After 10 years working as a cable TV installer, Shannon Thomas decided it was time for a career change. He wanted to do something more hands-on and exciting, so he went back to school and became an electrician. He is in the first year of a four-year apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 43 in Clay, N.Y.URL:

How much do self employed electricians make ?

Electricians often work on residential and commercial properties. They are responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining circuits, wiring, lighting, switches, and outlets. They must also be familiar with local and state building codes. They are required to pass a background investigation and two examinations in order to obtain their licenses.

In general, electricians charge between $50 and $100 per hour. The exact price will depend on the type of electrician you choose and where you live. The more experienced and well-equipped the professional is, the higher the rate. A truly skilled professional is worth the investment.

Before hiring an electrician, prepare a precise list of tasks you want completed. This will help them save time and money. Be aware that you may be charged a travel fee if the job is located far from their shop. This is to cover the costs of navigating traffic and getting to the job site.

Replacing a circuit breaker is a complex task that should only be done by a licensed professional. This is because it requires disabling all branch and main circuits and testing for currents before removing and replacing the breaker. If you are inexperienced, this could lead to dangerous electrical problems.