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I am a small Electrical Contractor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a crew of four including myself. For bigger jobs I invite fellow ECs or sub-contract out.
95% of my work is residential and commercial electrical renovation and troubleshooting. I drive on average 40 minutes one way to a job site and 40 minutes back. And an average project takes about three hours to complete.
I always charge a $160 service call fee, which includes first hour or less of work. $160 is a minimum amount. And I charge $32.50 every half an hour or fraction thereof after the first hour for labor. Plus I charge double for materials and inspection. (I have increased my rates as of May 2011. Why? See comments )
In downtown Toronto I charge even more. Because driving around, looking for a parking spot and then running back and forth with toolboxes, wires, ladders, etc. is hard, stressful and wasteful.
And I never go for free estimates if the expected price of the job is below $2000. Do you?
I decided to ask other electrical contractors doing residential renovation work and troubleshooting in Toronto & the GTA what their hourly rate is.
Let us discuss fair rates for both the contractors and reasonable prices to our customers.
Do you think $160 first hour fee is too low, right, or too high?
Do you think my $65 hourly rate is about right?
Do you do free estimates?
Do you waste too much time on free estimates?
What is your service call fee and rate?
Can you compete against handymen doing illegal electrical work? And what should be done about that?
We all know that big firms charge their commercial and industrial customers from $70/hr to $200/hr. Why do so many of us, residential ECs charge so much less?
I know some small ECs charge from $30/hr to $40/hr. I think it's a shame and discreditation of our occupation! Do you agree?
When I began working for myself, I also charged $30/hr. When in a few days there was too much work, I raised to $35/hr. It did not help. In a week I was making $40, then $50 and $60/hr. And I started to take a services call fee.
Amazingly, no matter what the prices were, most callers eventually became my customers! It is the case up to this day at $100 one time travel charge and $60 to $70 per hour!
Wouldn't it be worthwhile for everyone to charge fair amounts close to the average in the industry? Would you like to discuss it here?
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Below is some data on the topic available online.
Stats on average wages & Hourly Rates in Canada for an Electrician
Keep in mind - the following are electricians' wages or rates that ECs pay to electricians/employees. Obviously, their customers pay much more than the rates below.
According to The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario a unionized first year apprentice electrician wage package in Ontario (effective May 1, 2008-April 30, 2009) ranges from $19.70 to $24.81 per hour depending on the local union jurisdiction.
A unionized journeyman electrician wage package in Ontario (effective May 1, 2008-April 30, 2009) ranges from $49.93 to $51.89 per hour depending on the local union jurisdiction. Last Updated: 1-12-2009
According to Ministry of Labour, Ontario - Toronto electrician fair wage rate per hour was not less than $35.19 as of 2011
Check out Electrician Journeyman Salary in Canada. As per this National Data, Electrician Journeyman National Hourly Rate is $22.08 - $40.26, median: $30. And the Total Pay is up to $91,636 a year! as of 1 Apr 2015
Where the "Total Pay" combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare)
Example of high-rise residential UNION wages and fringe benefits for 2015.
Yahoo claims an average electrician salary in 2013 was $53,000 CAD
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