It depends on where you are at. Around here the average wage is about $
10 to $ 12 an hour for most people in the stores and factories , the charges
are usually $ 40 to $ 50 an hour for help around the house if they are good
at the work. I have payed a doctor over that much for about 5 minuits of
his time just for him to tell me I had something like the flu and there was
not much he could do about it.
Was the door the same size ?Was it a wooden door,or metal, was it necessary
to reframe the door opening, 2 1/2 hrs is alot of time.
Sounds expensive to me but ,maybe if your husband was not helping it would
of been cheaper :)
You didn't discuss price ahead of time? That was a mistake.
Seems high, unless he had alot of travel time and billed for it; which he is
certainly allowed to do unless he told you he wouldn't.
But if you didn't discuss price ahead of time you have only yourself to
blame. Don't use him again if you can find someone cheaper.
No, it is not fair. He should have charge you at least $200 for that much
time. That 2 1/2 hours is at least 3 hours when you factor in travel time.
Skilled labor is about $75 to $100 an hour, less skilled around $50 to $65.
My first question would he, who takes 2-1/2 to
hang a screen door. $150 should have included the
screen door cost and the installation.
As for labor costs, realize that $75 and hour
translates into $150,000 per year working full
time (if he doesn't work full time it is his
problem not the customers). Might be common where
some people live, but not where I live or ever
have lived. Few people make $150,000 per year and
certainly no labor, skilled or not makes that
much. $10-15 hour is common for labor, skilled
laborers (not counting electricians and plumbers)
get $20-30. Electricians and plumbers get $50-60
and much of their work is hardly skilled.
Hanging a door in an out of square opening can take longer than 2-1/2 hrs.
If the door ran $200, I suppose the handyman should pick up the difference,
plus install for free. How in the world did you draw such an absurd
Sure glad I don't live in the boonies. Is it any wonder government
dependency is on the rise?
It must suck to live in a depressed area.
You said "My first question would he, who takes 2-1/2 to
hang a screen door. " And as one example out of many, the reason could be
an out of square opening. Comprehend now? Quit being such a bonehead, you
On Sun, 01 May 2005 20:52:27 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"
There are way too many variables for you to make a blanket statement
I average $50/hour. That's time while on the job for the day.
That doesn't count the time spent bidding, billing, drive time,
picking up materials, lost time due to problems, scheduling
It also doesn't account for the cost of my vehicle maintenance, fuel,
By your calculations I should be making $100K.
It's never happened. Not even close.
Might be common where
These prices you quote are close to what employees earn.
Where's the overhead & profit for the company that mans the phones,
organizes the office, handles the advertising, does the accounting,
Obviously you're not a contractor.
You should give it a try, there's BIG money in it.
AND it's EASY.
As a comparison I recently had an estimate done on installing a total of 8
doors. Plus doing a small amount of framing and drywall.
The contractor doing the estimate was both professional, and if his photo
album was any guide a craftsman.
Through this blanket contracting operation that he works for he quoted a
price that amounted to $92/hr. (the total duration of the work was his
estimate not mine)
Of this he said that he got to take home $40/hr.
I would have been ecstatic to pay this man $40/hr. for the job. I would
have been happy to pay him $60. I would have paid him $75 but would have
expected a pristine job. I thought that $92 was a bit much.
On asking why he would work for an organization that took over half of what
the jobs he did paid he replied that not having to deal w/accounting,
insurance, and marketing made it worth it.
Obviously? And what do you base that on?
Yeah it was probably an exaggeration but could
also be true, but he/she did say a screen door.
Lots of screen doors are way less than $100, but
then some are probably in the $500 range. And
yep, there are too many variable to say that I am
Actually the dollar numbers I gave are what people
pay for a job. If an employee of a company does
the work, what he gets paid, is highly variable.
But for reference, major auto shops charge about
$80 an hour and the mechanics make less than $20.
I think you have fallen into that old trap of
thinking that your experience is universal.
When they use the term "handyman" I'd say they are talking about a one man
operation without all the MAJOR overhead mentioned above.
Not a Contracting COMPANY that does.
The local jack of all trades guys here get $ 25/hr..plumbers @ $ 35
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