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Hourly Rates #12549 08/12/02 04:22 PM
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FatDog65 Offline OP
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What are some of the hourly rates going right now? General service calls?

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Re: Hourly Rates #12550 08/12/02 09:42 PM
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Roger Offline
FatDog65, This is very geographical.

Hopefully someone in your area will respond.


Re: Hourly Rates #12551 08/12/02 10:00 PM
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spkjpr Offline
Fatdog, in MO (central small town) I get $25 for first hr, $20 addtnl hr and if drive time then 1 hr for that. I'm a small shop, part-time. Have heard others are $25-30 per hr. Hope this gives an idea.

Re: Hourly Rates #12552 08/12/02 11:14 PM
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golf junkie Offline
Rural Nebraska;

$30/hr.........$17 service call gets me to the front door.


Re: Hourly Rates #12553 08/13/02 04:21 AM
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joeh20 Offline
$35 for the call and thats 1 hour minimum,
Residential mostly, no estimate fees ever.
$28 hour for me $24 for my help, when we charge by the hour, most jobs are bids though.
We ain't getting rich, but still trying to build up a clientel for the future. It seems these rates are a bit low for the area, I've talked to a couple of guys, one gets $45 for him and bills 2 helpers out at $32 each. He doesn't do much new work at these rates but alot of addons and repairs, New trucks, new tools, they look good when they show up, and they're real quick when they work.

If's its and older person and they offer me a glass of tea after I reset a gfci or change a light bulb, it's on the house, you gotta give something back sometimes.

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Re: Hourly Rates #12554 08/13/02 06:34 AM
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Electricmanscott Offline
Holy $%#! I realize that cost of living varies greatly accross the country but wow. If you guys are in business for real (By that I mean pay insurance, pay taxes, and all the normal expenses) It would seem to me that you are virtually working for nothing. I am not leaving the house for less than $75.00 for the first hour and just raised from $65 to $68 each hour thereafter. Seems to be about average around here. I have work booked through the end of the year so I would say the rates are a non issue. I work alone but very quick and efficiently. I also do the free gfi reset on occasion.

Re: Hourly Rates #12555 08/13/02 06:44 AM
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sparky Offline
true..... a gallon of milk or loaf of bread is probably same-same........but our disparity is probably proportional to the permit/inspection/licensure process......

i.e.-when it's 'legal' for Homer the handyman to beat you out of a bid.......

Re: Hourly Rates #12556 08/13/02 08:08 AM
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joeh20 Offline
The guys down here wiring new houses will have one guy that drives the truck, two more that drill and pull wire and a guy picking stuff up and putting in ceiling blocks, No license, on any of them, one guy getting $15 an hour, two getting $12 fourth guy getting $9, The GC pulling the permit and fixing what don't pass. Maybe they get a 1099 at the end of the year, some don't even bother to find them. No social security, no liability insurance, no work comp, no nothing. They work everyday like this on $175,000 houses one right after the next.
Don't want know part of it myself, We have a state inspector here, and he says it all up to the GC's how they're sub are handled. He keeps passing the houses though.

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Re: Hourly Rates #12557 08/13/02 09:23 AM
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spkjpr Offline
Electricman. I do have all the expenses cited but I also have a night gig at an industry here. Trying to build a client base to do it full time. When that day arrives my rates will have to go up.

Re: Hourly Rates #12558 08/13/02 03:33 PM
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joeh20 Offline
same here 40 hrs third shift at the local water treatment plant, $580 a week, family insurance free, two weeks vacation paid, triple time and a half for holidays, 5% sepira, 5% match on 457b deffered compensation plan. Dish network top 50, no dial up internet and 25 cent pepsi's in the machine.
Wife works for UPS in customer counter, will be driving the brown truck in two more years, full family insurance there too, 4 weeks vacation, $23,83 an hour to start then $5 raise over 6 years-go teamsters on that one. First day she drives that truck Ole Joe is a full time EC from then on.

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