The average hourly rate of an electrician in the UK is around £40.
This varies depending on where in the UK you live, with the south-east and London being more expensive. It also varies depending on the electrician’s level of experience, their reputation and whether they are self-employed or part of a business.
But an hourly rate is just one of three potential ways you can pay for an electrician’s services.
An electrician can also charge a daily rate or a fixed fee – it comes down to the job.
For large-scale jobs that span a week or more, an electrician will normally charge a fixed rate. On the other hand, smaller jobs that require less time will normally be charged by the day or hour.
The average daily rate of an electrician is between £200 and £250; but again, this varies by location, experience and employment status.
Electrician charges for common electrical issues
The following table is a list of the routine jobs undertaken by electricians and their average prices, excluding VAT. We’ve done our best to arrive at the most accurate price for each. However, the figures will be subject to the factors we mentioned above – like your location. If you live in London or the south-east, expect the price to differ by around 20%.
|Repair/install a light switch or fitting||£80 – 150|
|Socket installation||£80 – 190|
|Supply and fit a smoke alarm||£80 – 130|
|Video doorbell||£120 – 200|
|Install an electric hob||£100 – 250|
|Repair an electric shower||£90 – 150|
|Install or replace an extractor fan||£140 – 230|
|PAT testing||£1 – 2 per appliance (minimum of 50 items)|
|Access control/door entry||£500 – 800 per door|
|Aerial/Satellite dish installation||£120 – 200|
Electrician call-out fee
The average call-out fee for an electrician is double the electrician’s hourly rate, e.g. £80.
It is common for a call-out fee to cover the first hour of labour, after which the electrician’s cost reverts to their standard rate. However, the cost and remit of a call-out are at an electrician’s discretion so always ask for clarification.
Most electricians require a call-out fee to cover the cost of their travel, as well as the time to inspect the problem. A call-out fee is not necessarily the same as a minimum charge, which is the minimum amount an electrician charges per job. Make sure to ask the electrician about both.
Emergency call-out fee
An emergency call-out can cost anywhere from two to four times the amount of an electrician’s hourly rate.
For example, if an electrician charges £40 per hour, their emergency call-out fee will be between £80 and £160.
However, like a call-out fee, an emergency call-out is entirely at the discretion of the individual and many will charge a high premium to reflect the inconvenience.
A couple of final things to note.
- As well as covering the cost of the job, an electrician’s rate has to cover the cost of the trade and the cost of living. When deciding on their fee, electricians have to account for their overheads, insurance policy, scheme membership, sick and holiday pay and so on.
- While many electricians do have an hourly/daily rate, the actual cost is largely determined by the work itself; i.e. the complexity of the job, the necessary materials, the duration of the work and the age and condition of the property.
So just be mindful that the numbers can fluctuate and use the average rate as an indication rather than a hard number.