How Much do Electricians Charge?

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If you need the expertise of an electrician, expect to pay around $75/hr for an average job. For minor electrical work, sparkies can offer you a budget rate of $65/hr. However, if you have a difficult task, the cost of your job can reach a premium rate of $80/hr.

Where does this pricing data come from?

All prices stated in the above article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Electricians on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Electrical service prices from real customers

Megan from NSW: Lighting Replacement and Powerpoint Moving
Job details: Replacement of 2 wall lights and 2 ceiling lights, replacement of 1 ceiling light with ceiling fan, removal of 1 outdoor light, and moving of power point
TOTAL COST: $480
Jared from Vic: Rangehood Replacement
Job details: Replacement of old non-ducted rangehood with canopy ducted rangehood
Other details: Rangehood provided by customer, but duct and outlet provided by the business
TOTAL COST: $375
Steve from Vic: Speaker Installation
Job details: Installation and wiring of 2 outdoor speakers; labour only
TOTAL COST: $139

Cost of common electrical jobs

Electrical Task Typical Quoted Prices
Install down light $35 (plus call out fee)
Fix power point $60 (plus call out fee)
Replace light switch $95 (plus call out fee)
Fault finding $100 (plus call out fee)
Fix damaged cable $120 (plus call out fee)
Repair metre box $250 (plus call out fee)

How each service cost is totaled

Common jobs include lighting installation, ceiling fan installation, power points, safety switches, and complete re-wiring or circuit repair. They are all priced differently due to a variety of reasons. Some of the factors that can affect the total cost of electrical services are the following:

Size of job

The bigger the job, the longer it will take to finish. This will definitely cost you more especially if you hired an electrician on a per-hour basis.

Level of difficulty

Depending on the complexity of your job, the task may be done quickly or it may take longer to complete. You can ask your sparkie for a timetable so that you’ll know if you’re on track once the project has started.

Materials

The materials that you’re going to use will have an effect on the total cost of your job too. Different types of materials have varying costs. On top of that, you can get electrical products like switches and cables at different prices depending on the manufacturer or supplier.

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Cost of electrical services

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Why “state” matters when you hire an electrician

With an average cost of $86.29/hr, Western Australia is the most expensive state to hire an electrician across Australia. Meanwhile, the lowest electrician rate, which is $68.86/hr, is charged by sparkies in Victoria.

Tasmania has the second highest price at $79.33/hr, followed by the Australian Capital Territory with an average cost of $78.02/hr. In Queensland, you can hire electricians for $75.22/hr while professional electrical services in South Australia cost around $75.21/hr. Sparkies in New South Wales charge an average of $69.38/hr.

Aside from comparing quotes, make sure to weigh the qualifications of your potential electricians as well. They should be properly licensed, skilled, and experienced for your peace of mind.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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