Pricing for electrical work switches and light fixtures

Submitted by Deborah: Orland Hills, IL – January 06, 2011
I have a house that I need to clean up and update before I put it on the market. I want to change all the outlets switches light fixtures. What is the best way to pay by the hour or flat rate for the day? What should the hourly rate be?

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $50

Consensus Price: $85

High Price: $110

Submitted by Deborah: Orland Hills, IL – January 12, 2011
I have to replace 12 switches, 10 light fixtures and 30 receptacles. How much would something like this cost?

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $500

Consensus Price: $750

High Price: $750


10 thoughts on “Pricing for electrical work switches and light fixtures”

  1. If you can provide me with a count of the items I listed below this way we both will be more familiar with the job at hand and how much it should cost. My opinion would be that you would do better with a daily flat rate rather than a per item rate. If you are just replacing switches outlets and lights then a handyman skilled in electrical installations or better yet an electricians apprentice is all you will need. Let me know some more info and I can tell you how many days it should take etc.

  2. Hello Deborah I believe I answered one of your posts before. I am a Handyman – Electrician in NJ but I wish I was closer to you because I would give you a good price and would love to do the job. When considering my rates I would estimate the total job to take 2-3 days. If I saw the job my price may be less.If ceiling fixtures are basic flush mount type amp not chandeliers…I would charge. Because you have 10 to work on I would give a volume discount on the labor $50 for each. That includes any extra hardware you may need such as rods or screws and also to take down the old lights. I would also provide new light bulbs. Second Receptacles are pretty standard and don`t require you to work on a ladder so…$25 each labor only. GFI receptacles would cost more to install. Finally switches Single-Pole are most simple amp common $20 each labor. 3-Way amp 4-Way switches $30 each labor. Keep in mind this includes labor to remove the old ones as well.

  3. residential master bedroom needs new track lighting (we will buy white 8ft track lighting with 4 flood/spot bulbs) installed to illuminate art, separate switch to add to existing two gang wall plate which currently controls (1) fan/fan speed (2) lighting/on dimmer; need new box to house 3 switches behind drywall, will provide 3-gang wall plate and lutron branded switch/dimmer combo for (3); referred by joseph ray diosana (realtor)/jason chen of telfair (his client) – would like quote/estimate for houston,tx metro area

  4. I would like to get a price for putting a ceiling light in? there is no wiring as I just use a lamp. there is a light switch that operates the receptacle.

  5. The old stove was a built in so how much to switch the election from upper wall to a lower wall plug in? No extra wiring needed. Just add a plug in plate using existing wiring.

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