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#13913 - 09/13/02 03:21 PM Payscale
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Registered: 09/13/02
Posts: 31
Loc: Park Forest, Illinois, USA
I'm a independent electrical contractor and am in the process of looking for another electrician in my area to hire for full time/ part time work. I charge by the job and a few friends are telling me I need to pay by the hour. I have no idea what a non-union electrician charges a hour. All the other electricians I know are union scale and affilated. Would appreciate hearing from a few independents what they charge per hour for residential/commercial electrical work. I work in the Chicagoland area.

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#13914 - 09/13/02 05:16 PM Re: Payscale
golf junkie Offline
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Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE
Hi Rowd,
The company I work for charges $30/hour, but it is probably time to raise that again, rural Nebraska.

As a journeyman I would not consider working for you unless you could pay hourly and provide at least 40 hours per week.

Good luck, sounds like your business is growing.

GJ

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#13915 - 09/13/02 11:28 PM Re: Payscale
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Registered: 09/13/02
Posts: 31
Loc: Park Forest, Illinois, USA
Thanks GJ. I've heard 35hr and as much as 55hr in my area. Hope to hear from a broader cross section of electricians so I can get a good estimate. I've also heard as low as 20hr.....When I was an apprentice for a private firm I think I was making 10 to 11 dollars an hr.....but that was 20 years ago.

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#13916 - 09/14/02 02:12 AM Re: Payscale
fedup Offline
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Registered: 10/26/01
Posts: 32
Loc: alabama
you got to pay enough so your employees can afford titelist golf balls and play the local resort course once a month

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#13917 - 09/14/02 05:07 AM Re: Payscale
tsolanto Offline
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Registered: 09/03/02
Posts: 131
Loc: Long Island NY
In Long Island we charge $75.00/hr for service calls and maintenance. $65 to $70 for mechanics rate and $45 for apprentice if we are doing a time and material job.



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#13918 - 09/14/02 05:54 AM Re: Payscale
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Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE
"you got to pay enough so your employees can afford titelist golf balls and play the local resort course once a month "

Damn Right!

GJ
"Wiring America to support my habit"

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#13919 - 09/14/02 04:13 PM Re: Payscale
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Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
Here around the Omaha Ne area I charge 45.00/man hour for all jobs that are not bid. If I have to pay union scale the price goes up to 65.00/man hour.
Union scale for is about 32.00/hour for a journeyman. This includes the union dues and other union contract items. Non union journeymen get around 18.00 to 25.00/ hour depending on the type of work they do. These figures are for commercial/industrial work.
Residential is about 20-30% less.
As you can see even the approxamatley 150 miles between golf junkie and me can make a difference.
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#13920 - 09/14/02 04:20 PM Re: Payscale
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Registered: 03/31/02
Posts: 31
Loc: Benton, Ar. USA
I'm a one man show and I charge $55.00 hr in Arkansas. I hire another contractor to help me sometimes and he charges $30.00 hr. but he's not carrying insurance or workmans comp.

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#13921 - 09/15/02 04:15 AM Re: Payscale
rowd Offline
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Registered: 09/13/02
Posts: 31
Loc: Park Forest, Illinois, USA
WOW! what a range so far. $30.00 to $75.00 an hr. depending on what part of the country your in. Also I'm curious as to why the commercial work is more. To me , depending on the location,....commercial or residential it's still work.The only way I can see charging more for commercial would be higher permit costs or need to hire additional manpower.

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#13922 - 09/15/02 04:49 AM Re: Payscale
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Registered: 09/03/02
Posts: 131
Loc: Long Island NY
I charge more for commercial work simply because I can... Not sure why it works that way but it does.

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