How Much Does It Cost To Install An Electrical Outlet?
Most homeowners spend between $148 to $200 nationally.
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Whether you need more light in your large living room or want to install a flat screen TV and hide all the cords, many of us add electrical outlets. While it may seem like a small job, most homeowners hire licensed electricians. Fortunately, even if you go with a contractor, outlet installation costs are minimal.
See the full cost breakdown of adding electrical outlets below and how you can reduce your electrical receptacle price. Then, use ImproveNet to find licensed and experienced electricians in your town!
National Install an Outlet Costs
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|National Average Cost||$193|
|Average Range||$148 to $200|
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Table of Contents
- Electrical Outlet Addition Cost
- Cost Factors For Installing Electrical Outlets
- Electrical Outlet Types & Their Costs
- Existing Wiring Vs. Brand New Electric Prices
- Outlet Upgrade Costs
- Cost To Install Vs. Replace Electrical Outlet
- How To Reduce Electrical Receptacle Costs
- DIY Or Hire An Electrician?
- Find An Electrician
Electrical Outlet Addition Cost
Like most electrical projects, the cost to install your new electrical outlet will largely depend on the electrician’s costs per hour. Most electricians charge between $75 and $150 per hour. Therefore, depending on the complexity, adding a new electric outlet can range from $100 to $800, with the average cost around $350.
Cost Factors For Installing Electrical Outlets
Chances are, your cost to install an electrical outlet will fall between $100 and $800. Nonetheless, there are ways to reduce your price and ensure you don’t overpay for any outlet installation. Bear all factors in mind as you search for a licensed electrician near you.
- Existing Wiring
- Outlet Location
- Outlet’s Purpose
- Outlet Type
- Electrical Boxes
We’ll jump into more details later, but if you’re starting from scratch or the room needs new wiring or a circuit, your outlet installation costs will go up. Rather than just making the pie filling, you’re making the entire pie. Adding electrical wiring adds more materials and more time, increasing your overall outlet installation cost.
The location of the electrical outlet being installed is very important when budgeting. In instances of additions that have no wiring, the ability to tie into existing electricity will greatly impact the cost. If a simple outlet is needed and there is sufficient access to an electrical box that already exists, labor costs will reduce dramatically. However, this is not always the case.
All outlets were not created equal. As you might expect, certain appliances require more power than others, such as a washing machine versus a TV. Likewise, certain outlets need more protection than others. Given their proximity to water, kitchen and bathroom outlets need to be grounded and require special installations. This of course brings on additional costs.
Touched on already, there are a few different outlet types. Standard outlets, or 120 volt outlets, are the easiest and cheapest outlets to install. They are typically used for smaller electrical items or TVs. Heavy-duty outlets, or 220 to 240 volt outlets, may cost a little more than a standard outlet, but more often than not, fall in the same range. Heavy-duty outlets are typically used for washing machines, dryers and stoves. Finally, grounded outlets, used around sinks, are generally more expensive than standard or heavy-duty outlets.
Unless you’re using this outlet for a very small lighting fixture, your new outlet needs it’s own electrical box. This structure in the wall, also called a junction box, helps prevent fires and maintains reliable connections that stay tight over the years. Installing a new electrical box is not difficult, but it will add time to the overall project. Expect an additional hour of labor if you need to install a junction box.
Finally, like all electrical projects, materials will affect the cost of adding an electrical outlet. Earlier, we mentioned location as a dominant factor. If there is existing electricity to tie into, being flexible with the placement of your outlet can dramatically cut costs. The location of your new outlet will vastly affect how much material your electrician needs. Placing an outlet closer to the source of electricity means less material and decreased labor costs.
Electrical Outlet Types & Their Costs
Assuming all wires, panels and boxes are in place, the price difference between a standard outlet and a grounded outlet is roughly $50. Despite the minimal cost difference, you must know the three primary electrical outlet types and what appliances go into what outlets.
Beware that while most appliances belong in their respective outlet categories, there are outliers. Before you install any outlet, always check local codes and the appliance manufacturer. Both should indicate how much voltage, or power, is required.
1. Standard Outlets
Standard outlets have a voltage between 100V and 120V. Evident by their name, these are the most common outlets and fortunately, are the easiest to install. All wiring in place, installing a standard outlet should not take longer than 45 minutes.
Typical appliances that use standard outlets are:
- Gas Ranges
- Gas Dryers
2. Heavy-Duty Outlets
Other appliances require more power to function. Therefore, electricians also add heavy-duty outlets in homes across America. Luckily, installing such an outlet is usually the same price as a standard outlet. However, oftentimes, homeowners have to upgrade the electrical panel before installing a heavy-duty outlet. The average cost to upgrade an electrical panel is approximately $1,000. Needless to say, this increases the price of adding an outlet.
Typical appliances that use heavy-duty outlets are:
- Electric Dryers
- Washing Machines
- Electric Ranges
3. Grounded Outlets
Finally, if this new outlet is anywhere near water, you must make sure it’s grounded. Grounded outlets, or GFCI outlets, are protected by surge protectors. Should you ever drop your curling iron in the sink, the GFCI will trip, vastly reducing your odds of electrocution. Given their extra protection, grounded outlets are a bit more expensive than standard or heavy-duty outlets. They generally cost $50 more to install.
Typical appliances that require grounded outlets are:
- Any Outlet Near Sinks
Note that laundry room outlets do no always require grounded outlets. If you just have a washer and dryer in your laundry room, heavy-duty outlets are fine. However, if a sink is within six feet, you need a grounded outlet.
Existing Wiring Vs. Brand New Electric Prices
As you’ve hopefully learned by now, your final outlet installation cost will all depend on time. If your electrician takes one hour to install, you’ll pay less than if he or she took three hours to install. Therefore, the presence of existing wiring will affect the bottom line.
One of the first things an electrician will do is see if you need new wiring. You might need new wiring if you’re adding a brand new room, the current wiring is not powerful enough or if the added power from the new outlet is too much for one circuit. If any of these scenarios are present, the electrician will have to install new wiring.
The average cost to install new wiring or electrical panels is approximately $1,175, with most homeowner paying between $960 and $1,395. Once that is in place, the electrician should be able to install the new outlet in 30 minutes.
Clearly, existing wiring will affect your new home outlet price.
Outlet Upgrade Costs
Besides the standard, heavy-duty and grounded outlets, there are other receptacle upgrades homeowners require when it comes to your electric outlets. None of the following enhancements should vastly increase your electrician costs, but you should be aware of all your options:
- Childproofing: Little kids like to put their fingers everywhere, including in outlets. If you have young children, we highly recommend you ask your electrician to childproof all outlets near the ground. While this may add $20 per outlet, it ensures your young child won’t get electrocuted.
- Outlet Expansion: Rather than install a brand new outlet, consider expanding your standard outlet into a duplex outlet. Outlet expansion is easier than adding an outlet and as such, is more affordable.
- Outlet Upgrades: Different appliances or electrical products require different outlets. You have two-pronged outlets and three-pronged outlets. Two-pronged outlets are fine for charging phones, plugging in fans and other technology of that nature. However, more often than not, you need a three-pronged outlet for most major appliances. Therefore, if you’re not using a two-pronged outlet nearby, consider upgrading it to a three-prong outlet. Just like an expansion, this outlet upgrade should cost less than installing a new outlet.
- Installing Decorative Outlets: Believe it or not, you can install decorative switch plates. Once you buy them, an electrician can install in five minutes.
- Switch Upgrades: While an electrician is in the house, it pays to have them look at other projects. One example is a switch upgrade or installation. If it’s brand new, the average cost to install a switch is $140. If this is an upgrade, expect to spend $100.
Cost To Install Vs. Replace Electrical Outlet
With timing being a key factor, homeowners should be delighted to hear that the cost to replace electrical outlets can be far less than installing a brand new outlet. As you might expect, if an outlet is already in place, all wiring and circuits should be set up. Therefore, if you’re plugging in an item that uses a similar amount of power, feel free to replace your outlet as opposed to adding a new outlet.
On the other hand, if no outlet is set in your desired location or this new outlet requires a lot more power, you have to add a brand new outlet. If wiring is in place, expect to pay the average at the top of this page. If new wiring is required, plan on adding another $1,000 to your total wall outlets cost.
How To Reduce Electrical Receptacle Costs
Unless you have a friend who is an electrician, given the fact that installing a new outlet is a smaller job, you probably can’t install a new outlet for less than $100. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t save money on other, related electrical projects.
Electricians charge for their time, but they may also charge for driving and gas. Therefore, if you’ve been putting off a TV installation or switch upgrade, now is the perfect time to get all electrical done. Bundling projects ensures you won’t pay for extra gas and time the electrician spends in the car. Just like shopping for groceries, most of us prefer to take one big trip versus multiple small trips. It saves everyone time, but when it comes to electrical, it saves you money as well.
DIY Or Hire An Electrician?
If you’re just replacing the switch plate on the outlet, feel free to give it a go on your own. However, for any other project, you should hire a licensed electrician to do any electrical work on your home. In addition to being properly insured, a licensed electrician is legally the only person other than yourself allowed to work on the electricity, and for good reason. As well as knowing the proper building codes, they have an advanced understanding of circuitry that will expedite the job and ensure it’s done properly.
Find An Electrician
Given their low addition costs, don’t delay an electrical outlet installation any longer. Luckily, it’s easy to find licensed professionals via ImproveNet. Let us help you find reliable electricians near you today!
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Last updated on Jul 28, 2017