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How Much Does an Electrician Cost?

Posted on: April 7, 2015

Working with electricity is definitely not a DIY project. Not only is there the danger of electrocution, but improperly-installed wiring is the leading cause of house fires in the United States. For anything electrical, from changing an outlet to hanging a light fixture to wiring a new room or circuit in your home, you need to call an electrician.

Knowing the average electrician prices for the most common jobs can give you an idea of what to expect when you do need to make this call. This knowledge can prevent you from getting ripped off by unscrupulous contractors or hiring an extra cheap, yet extremely under qualified, electrical company.

Average Electrician Prices for Common Projects

Most electricians and electrical contractors charge an hourly fee plus the cost of parts and materials, if needed. Many electrician prices also include a set fee, usually between $60 and $100, for an on-site estimate. However, that amount is virtually always applied to the cost of the first hour of labor if you decide to have them complete the job.

To give you an idea of what electrician costs typically look like for a few common electrical jobs, we’ve compiled the following list:

  • Installing an outlet – $175
  • Installing a light switch – $155
  • Repairing a light fixture – $165
  • Installing a light fixture – $195
  • Installing a ceiling fan – $200
  • Installing an attic fan – $500 (includes the cost of the fan)
  • Repair an attic fan – $295
  • Installing or making extensive upgrades to your electrical panel – $1,000 to $1,300
  • Installing a generator – $2,000
  • Repairing a generator – $225
  • Installing a bathroom exhaust fan – $350
  • Repairing a bathroom fan – $200
  • Installing a whole-house “smart” system – $900

Larger or more complex projects, such as whole house re-wiring or any electrical project requiring a building permit, will usually be quoted on a per job basis rather than hourly.

How Much Does an Electrician Cost in the MD/VA/DC Area? Call Kolb Electric to Find Out!

At Kolb Electric, we want your home to be both efficient and safe. That’s why we employ only the most qualified licensed electricians, including a master electrician as a supervisor, for every electrical job in the DC area. However, we also understand that you may have a limited budget for your electrical repairs and maintenance and that often, such things come up unexpectedly. That’s why we always try to provide the best value on top-quality work.

To learn more about electrician costs for your Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC project, call us at 877 287-1179. We’ve been helping area Mid-Atlantic home and commercial building owners with their electrical needs since 1925.

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