At Air Stars, we’re proud to offer 24/7 electrical services in Keizer, Salem, and surrounding areas in Oregon. Financing opportunities are available if you need, for example, electrical repairs, whole-home surge protection, or a panel upgrade. Hiring an electrician can be expensive, depending on the job. We’ll look at what homeowners spend on average and break costs down by project type and individual factors.
Forbes estimated that electrical services cost an average of $250 to $300 in 2023.¹ (HomeAdvisor estimated a national average of $346²). Small repairs can cost as little as $75, but hiring an electrician may cost $1,000+, depending on what the work entails.¹ Larger, more complex projects can cost much more.
Cost By Type of Electrical Service
Costs vary greatly depending on the type of service you need. You won’t receive an estimate until the electrician fully assesses the issue, knows the requirements of your home, and determines the best solution. Costs for common types of electrical service include:
- Home Inspection ($150 to $350): An inspector checks for issues with electrical wiring, connections, and appliances and verifies installations are done correctly.
- Generator Installation ($300 to $6,000): Generators range in size and vary from small portable devices to large systems that can kick in and power your entire home during an outage.
- Electrical Panel Upgrade ($600 to $3,500): An outdated electrical panel can violate building codes and increase the risk of an overload or fire. Electricians can install breaker panels with 100-, 200-, or 400-amp capacities.
- Circuit Breaker Replacement ($100 to $300): A faulty circuit breaker switch can disable an entire electrical circuit, and the damage can spread to other breakers and parts of the panel.
- Ceiling Fan Installation ($70 to $400): Ceiling fans are more complicated to install and wire than many people realize. Hire an electrician to ensure your fan runs safely and helps lower energy usage.
- Outlet Repair/Replacement ($50 to $300): You can save money by hiring an electrician to install or change multiple outlets all at the same time. Repairing faulty outlets can reduce the risk of a shock, burn, or fire.
- Light Switch Installation ($50 to $250): The types of light switches include flip/toggle, pushbutton, rocker, and dimmer switches, as well as timers.
- Rewiring a House ($3,000 to $18,000): Replacing outdated, damaged, or worn wires can eliminate fire hazards, but rewiring your home can involve replacing many electrical components and breaking through walls to reach them.
- Smart Home Upgrades ($200 to $2,000+): Smart home automation systems range in complexity from simple Wi-Fi controls to fully integrated lighting, climate control, entertainment, and security systems.¹
An electrician may charge a fee to visit. In addition, expect to spend between $50 and $150 per hour for labor. The hourly rate may be factored into the quoted price or not, so ask the contractor before letting them start. Depending on the project, it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than expected. Also, ask if the costs of parts and materials are included.
Generally, the higher their level of experience, the more an electrician will charge. This isn’t only because they expect increased compensation as they advance in their careers. Meeting educational requirements, taking exams, and obtaining licensing have high costs that hard-working professionals must find a way to cover.
The average hourly rates for electrical services based on skill level are as follows:
- Apprentice ($40 to $55): An apprentice must work for four years before they obtain a license. During that time, they’ll work under the supervision of a licensed electrician.
- Journeyperson ($55 to $85): The journeyman level is the next step to becoming a licensed electrician; some duties can be performed under the guidance of a master electrician.
- Master Electrician ($90 to $150): After completing numerous levels of training and gaining full licensure, a master electrician can become an electrical contractor with their own business.¹
The cost of obtaining a permit depends on the type of project and where you live. A permit for electrical work can cost as little as $50. But a larger, more complex job can cost $900 or more.¹
Size of Your Home
Your home’s square footage will impact the cost of electrical service, especially for a large-scale project. For example, rewiring is generally more expensive than installing wiring during construction. A 1,250- to 1,500-square-foot home may cost $4,500 to $9,000 for new wiring and $7,000 to $15,000 to rewire, while a 2,500- to 4,000-square-foot home may cost $9,500 to $26,000 for new wiring and $15,000 to $46,000 to rewire.¹
Can DIY Electrical Work Help Me Save?
Hire a trained technician to work on electrical devices, appliances, components, or wiring. One mistake can lead to extensive damage, a shock or serious injury, and a violation of building codes. The cost of repairs, medical bills, and fines can be much more than hiring a professional in the first place.
Call Air Stars for Electrical Services in Oregon
We’re available 24/7 to address any type of electrical issue. Our trained and experienced electricians also specialize in general installation, whether you need LED lighting, a ceiling fan, a smoke detector, a whole-home surge protector, or a whole-home generator installed. They can perform electrical panel replacement as well. To request electrical services or learn more about our special offers and financing options, call (503) 809-5831 or book an appointment online.