Electricians install wiring in new homes or during remodels. They can also completely replace outdated wiring in residential and commercial buildings. Wiring can include electrical and power, telephone and network, home theater wiring, audio wiring, security and video wiring, and more. Several factors affect the cost of wiring services.
Electricians often have an hourly rate for their labor. Rates vary based on geographic location, an area’s competition, and the electrician’s experience and training. Alpha Electric and More in Fremont, California, charges $75 and up per hour, depending on the complexity of the job.
Minimum service fee
A minimum service fee ensures that the company can cover its overhead when they visit a job site. Even if a project takes only 20 minutes, clients still have to pay the minimum service fee to account for the electrician’s time, a stocked work truck, transportation and other work lost by arriving to the location. That’s why it’s wise to consolidate several electrical needs into one service call. Alpha Electric and More charges a minimum service fee of $175–$250, depending on how far the electrician has to travel and the complexity of the job.
Each wiring job is different, and costs involve much more than just labor. Factors to consider include whether demolition required, the cost of materials and level of expertise needed for a job. Here are some sample jobs from Alpha Electric and More to demonstrate costs:
Install two new circuits, each with a two-gauge box: $650
- This job required wiring from the panel 40 feet away in a commercial setting, replacing burnt-out wires in the panel, and running new wires over the ceiling and down the wall. (2.5 to 3 hours of labor = $550; materials = $100)
Rewire a standard 10x10 bedroom to the panel (with no overhead light): $600–$800
Rewire a 10x10 room to the panel with more complexity: $900–$1,200
- The higher price accounts for one receptacle (outlet) on each wall (four total), one light switch and one overhead light.
Rewire a 10x10 room to the panel if there is no attic or crawlspace and the walls must be cut open: $1,200–$1,500
- This price accounts for one receptacle (outlet) on each wall (four total), one light switch and one overhead light.
Rewire a kitchen: $2,000–$4,000
- Price includes switching the garbage disposal and upping the capacity for all the outlets. If there’s no crawl space, the cabinets or backsplash might have to be removed and that can affect costs greatly.
Complete rewiring of a house: $9,000–$11,000, depending on specifics of the house
- This price range includes installation of 52 recessed lights ($65 per recessed light can = $3,380), lighting and occupancy/motion sensors in each closet, data cables for computers in every room, swapping out of on-off switches for three-way switches, all new kitchen light switches, new LED lighting and outlets under the cabinets, moving all switches in the master bedroom from one wall to another to accommodate LED lights around crown molding, and lots of custom work. (120 total hours of installation and wiring work)
Geographic location affects the cost for services. Electricians in cities and areas with a higher cost of living generally charge higher rates for services.