Cost of Hiring an Electrician

Cost of Hiring an Electrician

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If you need the expertise of an electrician, expect to pay around $80-$100 per hour on average. However quoted rates can range depending on a number of factors such as your location (determining supply and demand of available electrical contractors) and how far they might need to travel to reach your job. Our data across major capital cities such as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne shows electricians closer to inner city areas generally quoting from $100 per hour.

Where does this pricing data come from?

All prices stated in the above article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Electricians on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.

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Electrician Call Out Fees

For first and one off electrician hires, licensed electricians in Australian will almost always charge a call out fee. This is primarily to cover their time and expense to reply to your call out, travel to your home and perform and initial inspection of the problem. Most often, the call-out fee is based on one hour of the electrician’s rate. The average call out fee charged is $90, while the minimum call out fee is $50. If your electrial job does not take long to resolve, for example, less than 10 minutes to diagnose and fix (common solutions may consist of resetting a safety switch), the electrician may only charge the cost of the call out fee, and no additional charge for the small amount of work.

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
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
Steve from Vic: Speaker Installation
Job details: Installation and wiring of 2 outdoor speakers; labour only

Electrician Quote Price List – 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.


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.

appliance installation electrical job | Photo from: Drury Design

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 October 2017.

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