Many people are shocked—pun intended—by how much it costs to hire an electrician. But there are a few reasons why electricians charge what they do. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the factors that contribute to the cost of hiring an electrician so that you can be better informed the next time you need electrical services.
- The cost of doing business: Like any other business, electricians have overhead costs that must be covered to stay in business and provide the best possible service to our customers. These costs can include everything from the price of gas to drive to job sites, to the cost of maintaining a website, software and marketing their services.
- The cost of equipment: Electricians need to not only have a reliable work van or truck, but it has to be fully stocked in order to do their job properly. This means that they need to always have a wide variety of tools, equipment, and material on hand. This can be very expensive, especially with the rising costs of tools and materials.
- The cost of training and certification: Electricians must complete extensive training and pass rigorous exams in order to become certified. In addition, they must complete continuing education credits every year to maintain their certification. This training and certification ensure that electricians are qualified to safely work on your electrical system. See our article about becoming an electrician to learn more about what it takes to become an electrician.
- Rising Cost of Materials and Labor: The cost of materials and labor has been on the rise in recent years, which has made it more expensive to hire an electrician. The price of copper and pvc, for example, has more than doubled in the last year. This means that the cost of wiring a house has also gone up significantly. In addition, the cost of labor has also been rising steadily over the last few years. In order to hire and keep the best employees, we must offer competitive wages and benefits.
The next time you need electrical services, remember that the cost of hiring an electrician reflects the many years of training and experience they have as well as the costs associated with running their business. When you consider all of these factors, the price of hiring an electrician is actually quite reasonable!