As of 2015, hourly rates for an electrician ranges from $50 to $100 per hour or higher, depending on the electrician's credentials and prevailing area rates. Electricians may charge a flat fee per job based on the scope of work and may charge $50 to $150 for diagnostic service calls.
Before hiring an electrician, find out the work required and the reason for it. Seek recommendations from various sources, including local hardware or home improvement stores, or the National Electrical Contractors Association as a large-job resource. Verify the electrician's license status and qualifications with the state or local licensing board. Ask the electrician if all work is done to code; obtain an estimate in writing that includes the proposed work, beginning and completion dates, materials, costs and payment dates.