Cost to Add an Electrical Outlet or Switch

Posted on: November 19th, 2011 by Alex 2 Comments

How much does it cost to add an electrical outlet (receptacle) or switch to an existing electrical circuit? Listed below is a basic price guide to having additional electrical outlets and switches installed in your home or office. For an actual price contact your local electrician.

Unfinished utility areas: $75 - $150

Unfinished basements & garages areas (requires GFIC): $100 - $300

Interior drywall areas: $100 - $300

Exterior drywall areas: $150 - $400

Bathroom or Kitchen areas (requires GFIC): $200 - $400

New wiring from the breaker box for larger load capacity: $200 - $500

GFIC outletAdditional Cost Considerations

The cost to add a standard 120 volt electrical outlet (receptacle) or switch to an existing nearby circuit will vary because of different types of building construction around the country.

The pricing does not included the electricians travel/service call fees (add $50 - $150 per trip of the electrical contractors).

The cost of your local permit and inspection fees if required. Also you think about local building code requirements.

All new 15 and 20 amp 120 volt circuits from the electrical panel box require AFIC or GFIC protection by the NEC (Older fuse and breaker boxes will have to be replaced with modern breakers to meet this requirement).

Possible repairs to walls or ceiling and painting for unforeseen problems inside the wall space. These may include bracing, fire stops, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducts, insulation and other unknown issues.

2 Responses

  1. Ian Reilly

    May 30, 2015

    I am building a house right now and the electrical has just gone in the walls, still you can see the electrical cords and stuff how much would it cost to add two outlets in my casita”s closet? The builder is requiring 250.00 for a change order. Would it be more expensive to pay the 250.00 they’re going to charge me for the change order and what it cost to add to outlets or just wait and get someone to do it myself when the house is finished?

    • Alex

      June 3, 2015

      It’s always hard to tell without seeing it in person. I would say have to builder do it so you can get exactly what you want with out having to tear up your new drywall.


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