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Old 09-06-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
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I am doing a speech in my speech class to inform them how to replace a outlet.
I was wondering if someone can point me in the direction on where I can find an average rate per hour someone would charge. If there is a web page or something like that will work.
I am electrician but in the military so it is hard to price it.
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I think legit company's are charging anywhere from 65 per man hour and up.

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It's too regional an issue to give you a price, unless someone here is in your area. Someone may charge $25/hour, another may be $125.
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I charge $25.00 and hour for anything over the first hour. I charge $85.00 for the first hour or any part of the first hour.
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I charge $25.00 and hour for anything over the first hour. I charge $85.00 for the first hour or any part of the first hour.
So, youre retired and do this for grins, right?

I know common laborers that make over $20.00/hr and they don't have any overhead and get medical and other benes from their employer. How do you pay for all that at $25.00/hr?
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I charge $25.00 and hour for anything over the first hour. I charge $85.00 for the first hour or any part of the first hour.
Wanna full-time job?

I'll make a killing paying you 25 clams an hour as contract labor, then I charge my usual $75 an hour.

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I am in the new mexico area.
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I don't have employees and I don't have helpers and I try not to compete with what I call "on-line" companies. Yes, I'm retired, but that doesn't mean I'm dead.

When I need other trades, I include their cost in the cost to the customer. Mostly carpenters and finishers.

$25.00 an hour isn't bad where I am. The big companies where paying $9.50 an hour just a few years ago.

I hope when you are my age, you'll still be able to do some of this stuff -- and know your limitations as I know mine.

Dano, New Mexico has got to be like West Texas where wages are horrible. I haven't been out there in a very long time, but working people are way down the ladder out there. "Trickle down" in action.

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Wanna full-time job?

I'll make a killing paying you 25 clams an hour as contract labor, then I charge my usual $75 an hour.

I five years, I'll be sitting on the beach, sippin' Piña coladas all day.
No, I long ago quit working for opportunists. Just have no need for them or their work. That is why I encourage young electricians to always look toward the day they can be on their own.

That said, I charge $85.00 for the first hour or any portion of the first hour. A majority of residential service calls take less than an hour. On bigger jobs, I charge what I said, but it remains my contention that very little of commercial and residential work is worth more than $25.00 an hour.

Let's face it, commercial and residential are highly repetitive work -- meaning, doing the same task over and over again. Industrial isn't, but I stay away from that mess.

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..... but it remains my contention that very little of commercial and residential work is worth more than $25.00 an hour.
It's worth what the customer is willing to pay. So if I charge $75 an hour and the customer pays it, then that's what it's worth.
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I am doing a speech in my speech class to inform them how to replace a outlet.
I was wondering if someone can point me in the direction on where I can find an average rate per hour someone would charge. If there is a web page or something like that will work.
I am electrician but in the military so it is hard to price it.
Thanks,
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Rephrase the question to "How long would take to replace an outlet" and you will get a better answer.
Try doing one and time yourself. Then do the math.
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I don't have employees and I don't have helpers and I try not to compete with what I call "on-line" companies. Yes, I'm retired, but that doesn't mean I'm dead.

When I need other trades, I include their cost in the cost to the customer. Mostly carpenters and finishers.

$25.00 an hour isn't bad where I am. The big companies where paying $9.50 an hour just a few years ago.

I hope when you are my age, you'll still be able to do some of this stuff -- and know your limitations as I know mine.

Dano, New Mexico has got to be like West Texas where wages are horrible. I haven't been out there in a very long time, but working people are way down the ladder out there. "Trickle down" in action.

Do you have insurance? Do you pull a permit at $25 and hour?
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You are absolutely correct Waco, Wages for skilled labor and trades in West Texas & Eastern New Mexico are very low compared to the national average excluding a few (very few) companies. I occasionally do contract work @ 75.00 hr with a 150.00 minimum plus expenses ( if required).
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i charge AU$110 for first hour or part thereof, and AU$77 per hour after that. For larger construction/renovation jobs where there are considerably more hours on each job, i charge a flat rate of AU$66 per hour to the builder because of the volume of work.
People in Sydney get charged anywhere from $50 to $90 per hour. I'm aiming for the halfway mark on the hourly rate.
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i charge AU$110 for first hour or part thereof, and AU$77 per hour after that. For larger construction/renovation jobs where there are considerably more hours on each job, i charge a flat rate of AU$66 per hour to the builder because of the volume of work.
People in Sydney get charged anywhere from $50 to $90 per hour. I'm aiming for the halfway mark on the hourly rate.
That works out to roughly $89, 62, 53, 41 and 73 UD$, respectively (at exchange rates at the time of this post).
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I have insurance and I pull permits when required. I just don't need to rip people off to make it.
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Different strokes for different folks. Seriously though I will pay you 26 an hour if you want to move to socal.
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I don't do resi on a normal basis, but when I do commercial the first hour for one man is $55 every hour after that is $45 per man. If the job is an industrial normal service call it's going to be $105 per hour plus $75 per additional man required. If it is going to be a technical service call such as motor controls expect me to charge $145 for the control technician I'll send out (normally myself). And of course if it is a PLC trouble call and I have to bring out my laptop expect me to charge $185-$235 depending on the customer, if its a steady customer I'll charge them the lower $185 if it's a new customer and I think it's a going to be a one shot deal $235 all the way.
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I have insurance and I pull permits when required. I just don't need to rip people off to make it.
You had me till you made this statement, we are not ripping people off, it is a fair price based upon an agreement between contractor and customer.

My time in training and skills in solving problems others cannot is worth something. In addition I have over 1/2 a million in test equipment then there are the trucks, warehouses and employees. I charge a fair rate for a quality service and the customer understands my rates going into the job.
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I charge 65 for a journeyman and for apprentice it is based on their status. New hires I charge 25 but then I start them at 14.5. There is no way I could cover expenses charging 25 an hour for an electrician. I would pay 24-30 for a journeyman depending on skill level. I think I am still low in this area. Other shops charge starting at 75. I could not even afford a vehicle if I charged 25.
This is a hot spot right now though. Lots of oil and gas money around.

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