Trained electricians are just starting out and don’t need to be licensed. They work with a mentor who can be an experienced electrician or master electrician and learn the trade as they go. Apprentices cannot work unsupervised but may perform some limited and light duties under the supervision of their mentor. The learning period can last from two to six years.
Vocational-level electricians have typically completed an apprenticeship and met state or local electrician licensing requirements. They can work independently without supervision. They are also authorized to install electrical wiring, appliances, and equipment and may supervise apprentices.
These are the highest level of electricians, so they usually have the most experience and knowledge. Master Electricians have been successful in a path-level role for at least two years (four years in some states) and have demonstrated an understanding of the National Electrical Code by passing the Master Electrician exam. They can perform almost all types of electrical work and on all types of electrical systems.
Call-out and minimum fees:
Service calls, or any work that requires diagnostics, typically cost between $50 and $100 per hour. However, homeowners typically pay more for the first hour, up to $150. The higher rate for the first hour is because it includes a minimum call fee of between $25 and $75. A call fee is a fee charged for calling an electrician to come to your home and fix the problem. This fee will cover gas, travel time, and small parts (large parts will be billed separately).
Average prices per task:
Since you may be paying a minimum fee just for a visit, it’s best to get a quote for all the tasks you want to be done at once. Before calling a professional, take a quick walk around your home and list anything that needs attention. This will save you time in terms of the number of visits to the electrician, as well as money, as you will only have to pay one call fee.
Rough for new structure:
Electricians hired to install rough wiring for new construction will charge by the hour or a flat rate based on the electrical plan. The hourly rate averages $180 for two professionals. The number can vary widely for flat rates depending on the size of the home and specific plans.
An electrical panel upgrade costs between $550 and $2,000 but can reach up to $4,000. Prices vary depending on the extent of the upgrade (for example, 200 amps to 400 amps) and the length of wiring needed.
A generator costs between $1,400 and $8,100 to install, but repairing one will only cost you about $250. Generators have many advantages, including providing power during extended power outages. They can also be a great investment if you live off the grid or operate a recreational vehicle.
One drawer or container only costs a few dollars. But with a minimal service call fee that’s usually included in the price of the first hour, it costs between $100 and $300 to install an electrical outlet. On average, a light switch installation costs a little less than $150. To get more value for your money, it’s best to combine these simple repairs with other jobs.
The price of the lamp:
The cost of installing a light fixture varies depending on the type. On average, expect to pay somewhere between $150 and $900. However, installation fees can run up to $2,600 and more for complex fixtures like chandeliers.
Electric circuit breaker:
Replacing an electrical breaker will cost about $100 to $160, including $30 to $60 per breaker plus an hour of labor.
Floor and ceiling fans
The average cost to install an attic fan is between $400 and $900. This includes the cost of the fan, which can range from $80 to $400 or more. Floor fans reduce heat build-up by expelling hot air and replacing it with cool air from outside. This can reduce the work your air conditioner has to do, especially in the summer, and lower your energy bill.
Installing a smart home device:
Installing a smart home system costs between $180 and $1,450. However, installation costs can go up to $3,000 depending on the type and price of the device.
Low-voltage smart home devices do not require a licensed electrician to install, so they can cost less. To be safe, consult a professional to determine if your smart home devices need a licensed professional, and if so, what type.
An electrical inspection costs around $100 to $400. Inspections can be of different types. For example, an inspection where an electrician checks your home, wiring, electrical panel, circuit breakers, and other components to diagnose a problem or make sure everything is working properly is considered a service call.