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Electrical Project Costs


Electrical improvements will put a bite in your wallet, especially with the high cost of copper these days. This is a look at what the average cost is for common electrical projects.

1. Electrical Service

A photo of a service pole.
Tim Thiele

If you’re like a lot of people in an older home, the service is probably 60 amps and underrated. With the large demand for power in today’s home, a minimum of 100 amps is required. Larger homes will require 200 amps or more. Just as a guideline, a 100-amp service will run you around $1000. The 200-amp service will run you another $500, depending on the cost of wire and the area that you live. This will include a new meter, disconnect, wire, piping, panel and a weather head.

2. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

A photo of a GFCI outlet.
Tim Thiele

A skilled electrician can install this outlet in under 15 - 30 minutes. That combined with the price of the wire, outlet, box and miscellaneous parts will run you approximately $85.00 – $100.00 to complete.

3. Three-Way Switches

A photo of three-way switches.

A skilled electrician can install a set of three-way switches in under an hour. This includes a piece of 12-2 wire with a ground and a piece of 12-3 wire with a ground. Two switches are needed and any boxes that might need to be changed. This will run $100.00 - $125.00 for a complete installation.

4. Outlet

A photo of a receptacle.
Tim Thiele

A standard outlet can be installed in 15 - 30 minutes. An outlet, box, wire and labor should run you $85.00 - $100.00 for the installation.

5. 220-Volt Outlet

A photo of a 220 volt range outlet.
Tim Thiele

An outlet to run a larger 220-volt outlet requires larger wire. That means the cost of this operation is a little higher. The combination of the outlet, wiring, box and labor would be around $100.00 - $125.00. The installation should take less than 30 minutes.

6. Single-Pole Switch

Photo of a single-pole switch.
Tim Thiele

A skilled electrician can install a single-pole switch in less than 30 minutes. Wire, a switch, a cover plate a box is needed for this installation. To simply change the switch out, we'd treat this like a service call costing $50 - $75. However, if this is a new installation, you be needing a box, wire, switch and a cover, it's likely an $85 - $100 fee.

7. Entire House Wiring

A photo of house wiring.
Tim Thiele

Prices for wiring a house will vary from contractor to contractor. There are many variables involved, so this is a general price quote. On average, you have to figure $30 - $50 an opening. That means every switch, outlet, light, etc. times that rate. An average two to three bedroom home of 1,600 square feet would run you roughly $1800.00 - $3000.00 for a complete installation. Keep in mind everything depends on the amount of switches, outlets, wire, circuits, wire cost, etc... For a simple ranch home, this should give you a good idea of the cost associated with electrical installation costs.

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