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.
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.
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.
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.