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How Much Does an Electrical Receptacle Cost?
Although the national average is about $200 to install a new electrical receptacle, that price is usually dependent on the price electricians charge per hour in your area, and the complexity of the project. Most electricians charge from $50 to over $100 per hour for labor depending on your area and the contractor’s skill level.
How much it will cost to install your new electrical outlet depends primarily on what type of outlet you want installed. If you are installing a new outlet for a specific appliance, such as a dryer, check the specifications.
Installing outlets for dryers, freezers, refrigerators, ovens, ranges, and air conditioners will typically require a 220-250-volt outlet, which will cost more to purchase and install. A 220-250-volt outlet will cost more than standard 110-125-volt outlets.
Tamper-resistant (TR) outlets or receptacles are only $.50 more than a standard receptacle and offer priceless peace of mind because these will keep the little ones safer. Other options include ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), floor, and two-prong, or three-prong outlets. Smart outlets are also rising in popularity, but you will pay for the convenience.
Dryers usually require a 30-amp, 240-volt receptacle hooked to a separate circuit breaker, using four conductors with GFCI protection. The outlet will cost between $15 – $25 in addition to $32 – $100 per hour for installation. Special circuits and any additional wiring will cost more.
Upgrading Two-Prong Outlets
In older homes, just about every outlet is a two-prong outlet. What this means is there is no ground, only a power or electric line and the neutral line. A ground makes the circuit much safer, as it reduces excess electricity by transferring it to the ground.
Changing your home’s two-pronged outlets to three-prong will average $25 – $50 per outlet. A seasoned electrician can remove and replace about eight to ten per hour, so the more you have to replace, the less per outlet they will likely charge. New wiring or circuits will raise the price.
Tamper-resistant outlets are necessary to childproof an outlet, and they are required for new construction; though optional when replacing an old outlet. For the added expense, it is likely worth it for safety sake. Changing to TR outlets throughout your house will cost about the same as upgrading two-prong outlets; $25 – $50 depending on what is required.
Although GFCI receptacles cost about the same to install, these cost about $20 more to buy. Anywhere there is water, GFCI protection is typically required.
GFCI receptacles protect against ground-fault shock hazards, and they can also protect against fires and overheating of electrical wires. If a separate circuit or larger circuit also needs to be added to meet code requirements, it will add to your expense.
Special Receptacle Floor Outlets
Although the hourly rate for adding a floor receptacle, to preclude running dangerous extension cords, is the same as a wall outlet. However, it might lead to alterations, which would add to the expense. Floor outlets installed over a finished space will cost more than those installed over an unfinished basement or crawlspace.
Many homeowners are using voice-activated hubs to automate their home’s lights with an internet or control hub. The price you will pay for this convenience is about $50 per hardwired unit. However, the energy/electric you will save by using these devices will pay for themselves over time.
Another option is to buy a wireless plug and play unit for $40 – $50. You can plug these into an outlet or power strip and pair it with your smart device.
In some municipalities, a permit may be required for electrical alterations, including adding new receptacles. The cost of a permit could vary from $20 to over $100 depending on location. Check with your local codes or ask your electrician to confirm if a permit is necessary in your area.
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All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration - U.S. Department fo Labor, Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), https://www.osha.gov/electrical/hazards/grounding/gfci