Don’t Operate in the Dark: Know What to Expect From a Home Repair

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by Harvey Bond
(Chicago, USA)

If you need repairs done around your home you want to know what it will cost you before you make that first phone call!.

While it is still important to get an estimate, knowing the going rate for various construction jobs can give you a good idea of how much you will be shelling out. Knowing the prevailing wage for various construction occupations will also give you some negotiating power when it is time to hammer out the terms of the job. The following statistics have been compiled based on salary research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupation: Median Wage:

Boilermakers $25.13 per hour
Brick Mason Helpers $13.19 per hour
Brick Masons $21.94 per hour
Building Inspectors $24.12 per hour
Carpenters $18.72 per hour
Carpenters Helpers $12.21 per hour
Carpet Installers $17.80 per hour
Ceiling Insulation Workers $15.34 per hour
Ceiling Tile Installers $18.12 per hour
Cement Masons $16.87 per hour
Construction Manager $27.95 per hour
Drywall Installers $18.12 per hour
Earth Drillers $18.39 per hour
Electrician Helpers $12.69 Per hour
Electricians $22.32 per hour
Electronics Repair $21.37 per hour
Elevator Repair Personnel $33.35 per hour
Explosives Workers $20.18 per hour
Fence Builders $13.49 per hour
Floor Insulating Workers $15.34 per hour
Floor Layers $17.50 per hour
Floor Sanders and Finishers $15.41 per hour
Glaziers $17.11 per hour
Heating and Air Conditioning Repair $19.08 per hour
Home Appliance Repair $16.30 per hour
Home Entertainment Installers $15.42 per hour
Iron and Rebar Workers $1918 per hour
Iron and Steel Workers $22.68 per hour
Laborers $13.71 per hour
Marble Setting Helpers $13.19 per hour
Mechanical Insulation Workers $17.95 per hour
Operating Engineers $18.88 per hour
Painters $15.85 per hour
Painting Helpers $11.23 Per hour
Paper Hangers $16.76 per hour
Paper Hanging Helpers $11.23 Per hour
Pavers $13.17 per hour
Paving Operators $16.00 per hour
Pile Driver Operators $23.01 per hour
Pipe fitter Helpers $12.73 Per hour
Pipe fitters $21.94 per hour
Pipe Layer Helpers $12.73 per hour
Pipe Layers $15.72 per hour
Plasterer Helpers $11.23 Per hour
Plasterers $18.01 per hour
Plumbers $21.94 per hour
Plumbers Helpers $12.73 Per hour
Roofers $16.17 per hour
Roofers Helpers $11.47 per hour
Septic tank Workers $16.19 per hour
Sheet Metal Workers $19.37 per hour
Steamfitter Helpers $12.73 per hour
Steamfitters $21.94 per hour
Stonemason Helpers $13.19 per hour
Stonemasons $18.17 per hour
Stucco Mason Helpers $11.23 Per hour
Stucco Masons $18.01 per hour
Tapers $21.03 Per hour
Terrazzo Workers $17.25 per hour
Tile and Marble Setters $18.85 per hour
Tile Setting Helpers $1519 per hour
Wall Insulation Workers $15.34 per hour

Of course the prevailing rates will vary according to a number of factors, including the part of the country you live in, the experience level of the technician and so on. Even so this guide should help you make the most of your home repair and home improvement dollars.

Updated: June 5, 2013 — 11:52 am

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