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What are the current electrician rates in Australia?

Electrician Rates

When starting an electrical project, the first thing that comes to mind is what competitive options are available in the market. If you have shopped around, then you have come across a wide range of pricing. This variation results from competition among electrical contractors eager for your business, with some offering meagre rates to secure projects. However, lower prices may indicate compromised quality. Conversely, premium providers may charge excessively high rates, which may not benefit you as a customer.

At ABI Electric, we prioritise fair and transparent pricing. Even though we may not offer the lowest hourly rate, we ensure our clients get the best value for their money. Below is a detailed breakdown of average rates across Australia by state, city, and job type. Our pricing matches these averages, ensuring our customers aren’t surprised.

Electricians with experience and a good reputation usually charge an hourly rate to save the hassle of quoting jobs, although the rates might differ based on the specific task. To help you make a well-informed choice, here’s a breakdown of electrician rates based on the scale of the job, the complexity involved, and the materials required.

Electricians may charge fees for their services as:

  1. Rates per hour
  2. Rates per day
  3. Task-based or common-jobs-based rates
  4. Turnkey-based rates (for big projects)
  5. Specialised / Emergency rates

In addition to these, there may be a call-out fee.

Electricians may also charge fees based on their qualifications / professional level:

  1. Apprentice Electrician
  2. Experienced Electrician
  3. Master Electrician

While electricians across Australia follow these calculation methods, charging fees by the hour, especially in a commercial setting, is most common.

The following tables detail the typical hourly rates, but specific projects may have different fees.

What are the typical rates an electrical contractor charges in the Australian States?

Australia’s expansive geography results in different costs of living and service rates across states. Although the Australian Capital Territory offers the most affordable electrical services at an average hourly rate of $90.50, Victoria stands out as the most expensive, with up to $104 per hour. Below is the state-wise estimates for the average hourly rate:

State Average Rate Per Hour
New South Wales $100 – 140 
Victoria $104 – 150
Queensland $98 – 140
South Australia $92 – 130
Western Australia $95 – 140
Australian Capital Territory $90 – 130

What are the average electrician rates charged in Australian Cities?

Charges for services in cities contrast with those in rural areas. The table below illustrates electrical contractor’s typical hourly rate in major Australian cities. Brisbane and Adelaide are the cheapest, with minimum rates of around $75-$80 per hour. Sydney and Melbourne are the most expensive, with services costing as much as $150 per hour. Deviation from the following average ranges may require further investigation.

City Average Rate Range Per Hour
Sydney $90–$150
Melbourne $85–$150
Brisbane $75–$140
Adelaide $80–$130
Perth $90–$145

Based on the above estimates, we can classify time-based electrician charges as below:

Rates Per Hour

  • Apprentice Electricians: $40 – $60 per hour
  • Experienced Electricians: $80 – $100 per hour
  • Master Electricians: $100 – $150 per hour

Hourly rates provide flexibility for small jobs and troubleshooting, but they can add up quickly if the job takes longer than expected.

Rates Per Day

  • Apprentice Electricians: $300 – $450 per day
  • Experienced Electricians: $600 – $800 per day
  • Master Electricians: $800 – $1000 per day

Day rates are often more economical for longer tasks, ensuring a fixed charge without worrying about hourly overruns.

Task-based or common-jobs-based Rates

What is the typical fee for everyday electrical tasks?

The typical fee for common electrical jobs can be quoted based on hourly rates or per job. The following are the average expenses for typical electrical tasks encompassing labour and materials:

  • Surge Protector Installation: $250 each
  • Ceiling Fan Installation: $250 each
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement: $140 each
  • Wiring Inspection: $220 each
  • Downlight Installation: $45 each (minimum 5)
  • Outdoor and Landscape Lighting: $180 each
  • Switchboard Upgrade: $2000 each

Task-based pricing provides clarity and allows you to compare costs for specific jobs, ensuring you know what you’re paying for each service.

Turnkey-based (for big projects)

  • Residential Building Projects: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Commercial Projects: $50,000 – $250,000
  • Industrial Projects: $100,000 – $500,000

Turnkey pricing covers entire projects from start to finish, providing a comprehensive quote that includes labour, materials, and project management. This is ideal for large-scale projects requiring extensive planning and execution.

Specialised / Emergency Rates

  • Emergency Call-Out Fee: $150 – $250
  • After-Hours Service: $120 – $180 per hour
  • Specialised Services (e.g., home automation, solar installation): $100 – $200 per hour

Emergency and specialised charges are higher due to the need for immediate response or advanced expertise. These rates ensure quick, high-quality service during urgent or complex tasks.

Electrician Rates: Apprentice, Experienced, and Master

Electrician charges can vary significantly based on their level of expertise. Here’s how the rates differ:

  • Apprentice Electricians: Typically charge the lowest rates. They are still in training and work under the supervision of more experienced electricians. While their hourly rate is lower, they may take longer to complete tasks due to their limited experience. Using apprentices for more straightforward tasks can be cost-effective, but their inexperience might result in longer completion times and higher overall costs for complex jobs.
  • Experienced Electricians: These professionals have several years of experience and can handle most electrical tasks efficiently. Their rates are higher than apprentices but generally lower than master electricians. They balance cost and expertise, making them suitable for various electrical jobs. Their experience allows them to work faster and more efficiently, which can lead to cost savings despite the higher hourly rate.
  • Master Electricians: Charge the highest rates due to their extensive experience and advanced skills. They are often certified and capable of handling the most complex and demanding electrical projects. Their expertise ensures top-quality work and adherence to the highest safety standards. Hiring a master electrician is advisable for intricate jobs where precision and reliability are crucial. While their rates are higher, their proficiency often translates to quicker, more reliable job completion, minimising the risk of errors and the need for future repairs.

The variation in charges reflects the differences in skill level, experience, and ability to handle complex tasks efficiently. Choosing the right level of expertise for your specific needs can help manage costs while ensuring quality work.

What is the standard rate for calling out an electrician?

A diligent electrician often dedicates an entire day to providing quotes without being awarded a job. This can quickly deplete their funds, mainly due to the expenses incurred on fuel while travelling between different locations. Most electricians enforce a call-out rate to filter out time-wasting clients, usually between $40 and $80, although this can vary between professionals. It’s worth noting that most electricians will incorporate this call-out rate into the first half an hour of actual work, so clients need not worry about it if the job is completed.

ABI Electric does not charge call-out fees for local jobs; our quotations include hourly rates, materials, and occasionally travel time, but never a separate call-out fee. If the job is any more than 30 minutes of travel then cost of travel is added to the job to compensate for the time.

What factors impact the rates for electrical services?

Multiple factors can affect the cost of electrical services. At ABI Electric, we prioritise equitable and transparent pricing to ensure you are charged a reasonable rate for services.

  • Hourly charges differ depending on the city, state, and job complexity. The rates provided are averages, and you should anticipate a reasonable deviation in cost.
  • Be cautious of meagre rates, indicating substandard work and underpaid workers.
  • Higher quotes may suggest overpricing. Premium services should still be competitively priced.
  • Incorporating travel time may be necessary if the electrician has to commute a long distance. We assign local contractors to jobs whenever feasible.
  • Quotes should delineate labour and material costs separately. All-inclusive prices may obscure material markups.

Understanding average pricing helps you gauge typical costs for electrical work throughout Australia. If a quote stands out as unusually high or low, don’t hesitate to question it or seek other options. ABI Electric ensures our quotes are competitive with these averages, and we provide a transparent breakdown for unique jobs.

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