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Electricians are in high demand in California. The state is welcoming thousands of new companies that will be launching new projects and buildings. Hence, the state always needs skilled and licensed electricians. first of all, you have to know how many types of electricians are there. in this article you will get a complete idea about different types of electricians, their jobs and how much do electricians charge.

Types of electrician:

Apprentice Electrician

An apprentice electrician works under a master or licensed electrician. He doesn’t have much experience.

Journeyman Electrician –

Journeyman electricians are licensed and they also have experience in electrical jobs. After completing 4 years of apprenticeship, they become an independent electrician.

Master Electrician

A master electrician passes the electrician exam and he becomes a licensed electrician. He has several years of experience. Hence, he is suitable for all kinds of electrical jobs.

So, How Much Do Electricians Charge?

An electrician in California charges based on his experience, license, and skill level. He can charge hourly. Apart from that, he can also charge based on the entire project.

Average Hourly Rates for Residential Electrical Jobs-

An apprentice level electrician may charge $35 – $50/hour.

A journeyman electrician may cost you $50 – $80/hour.

A master electrician may charge you $80 – $120/hour.

Average Hourly Rates for Commercial Electrical Jobs –

Commercial electrical jobs are complex and the projects are usually large and take a considerable amount of time to complete. As a result, electricians charge more rates per hour given the complexity of the project and staffing needed.

A commercial electrician may charge 20%-30% more than a residential electrician.

For Instance – A master electrician may charge $100/hour for a residential project. But, he would charge $125/hour for a commercial project.

Inspection and Consultation Rates

A residential electrical inspection can cost between $100-$200/hour. Electrical inspection and consultation fall almost under the same category. Hence, an electrician may charge you the same hourly rates.

Some inspections may involve more complexity. In that case, an electrician may charge you more.

Electric Equipment Installation Rates

Different electrical equipment has different installation rates.

A thermostat installation may cost you $80 to $175

(without the device).

Security camera installation may cost you $150 – $450

(a single security camera).

A ceiling fan installation may cost you $40 – $100/hour

(without the labor and parts).

Wiring Rates

Wiring costs are dependent on many factors. Usually, an electrician may charge you $2-$8 per foot. But, the total bill may range between $750 – $2000.

Light and Electrical Outlet Installation Rates

A simple light fixture may cost you – $40 – $150. But, an entire house light fixture may cost you up to $750.

An electrician may charge you $150 to install a single outlet installation.

Generator Connection and Setup Rates

A generator connection is a complex project. So, an electrician may take several hours to complete it. Moreover, this job should only be done by an experienced master electrician.

An experienced electrician may charge you – $2500 – $7000 to connect your generator completely.

Emergency Call Rates

An electrician may charge you a high rate for emergency calls. The nature of the job may be simple. But, you have to pay high for his emergency services.

Emergency service calls may cost you up to $200 per hour.

Upgradation and Repair Costs

An electrical panel up-gradation may cost you more than $1000.

But, ‘electrical repairing’ can be of different types. Hence, repairing costs may vary.

For instance – repairing a bath fan may cost you more than $200. But, to repair a generator you may have to spend more than $300.

Total Bill Vs Hourly Rates

You should remember that there is a difference between an electrician’s hourly rate and total bill amount.

An electrician may supply electrical parts. He may have to do small wiring services. Apart from that, an electrician has travel costs and labor costs. That’s why his entire bill may cost higher than his average hourly rates. So that’s why it’s important to verify the fees in detail you will be charged prior to choosing an electrician who quotes the cheapest hourly rate.

Moreover, electricians’ rate for the first-hour of their jobs, is often higher. If your electrical project is complex, then the hourly rate could be higher.

You should always hire an experienced and licensed electrician. And remember the common phrase that says ‘Pay now or pay (again) later.’ An electrician may charge seemingly high rates. But, if his/her qualifications have been verified, chances are your job can be completed perfectly and precisely – on the first try!