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How much does a handyman charge?

$50 – $80 Per hour
$150 – $600 Average job

A handyman charges $50 to $80 per hour or $320 to $600 per day on average, plus the cost of materials. A handyman may have a minimum charge of $75 to $200 or a minimum number of hours. Common services may have flat-rate handyman pricing, including both the labor and materials.

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Updated on July 20, 2021. Reviewd by Tom Grupa and 5 expert handyman services on HomeGuide.

Handyman hourly rates

Handyman hourly rates are $50 to $80 for self-employed contractors and $75 to $125 per hour for a corporate handyman, plus materials. Handymen without insurance or those in rural areas charge $35 to $65 per hour. Handyman costs depend on job complexity, location, and experience.

Handyman Hourly Rates - Chart

Handyman hourly rates
Type Hourly rate
Self-employed $50 – $80
Corporate $75 – $125

*Rates not including materials, minimum charges, or trip charges.

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  • Consider buying the materials. Handymen who purchase materials may have a 20% to 50% markup or a trip charge of $30 to $80.
  • Many states require handymen to have a license for jobs over $500 to $10,000 and insurance to protect against damage or accidents.
  • Bundling multiple jobs together is cheaper. Prepare a detailed list in advance to save the handyman time.
  • All payments should be made after the job is completed.
  • A handyman doesn't expect a tip.

Handyman price list

Small handyman repairs cost $100 to $500 for two to five hours of work, and larger installation jobs that take from five hours to a few days are priced from $500 to $1,500 and up. The following table is a flat-rate handyman price list by service.

Handyman price list
Job Average cost
Appliance installation $100 – $250
Art hanging $40 – $200
Attic fan installation $300 – $900
Attic ladder replacement $200 – $650
Awning installation $175 – $400
Awning repair $250 – $1,000
Basement finishing $22,000 – $46,000
Bathroom exhaust fan installation $150 – $550
Bathroom remodeling $2,500 – $15,000
Bathtub reglazing $275 – $560
Blind installation $30 – $80 each
Blind repair $75 – $170
Brick mailbox $600 – $1,500
Cabinet refacing $2,500 – $8,000
Cabinet refinishing $1,700 – $3,000
Cabinet repair $120 – $400
Carpentry repair $250 – $800
Caulking repair $150 – $300
Ceiling fan installation $75 – $150
Ceiling repair $200 – $1,000
Childproofing home $200 – $700
Christmas light installation $240 – $650
Concrete work $600 – $1,500
Countertop repair $200 – $500
Crawl space cleaning or repair $500 – $2,500+
Crown molding installation $400 – $1,600
Curtain rod hanging $100 – $250
Deck or porch repair $500 – $2,600
Deck staining $450 – $1,000
Dishwasher installation $120 – $250
Door frame repair $75 – $220
Door installation $225 – $825
Driveway sealing $100 – $200
Dryer repair $100 – $400
Dryer vent cleaning $80 – $185
Dryer vent installation $200 – $500
Drywall installation $600 – $1,400
Drywall repair $200 – $800
Electrical work $140 – $420
Faucet installation $120 – $300
Fence or gate repair $200 – $800
Fireplace cleaning $150 – $250
Fireplace installation $1,900 – $5,600
Flooring installation $1,000 – $4,000
Flooring repair $150 – $500
Furniture assembly $85 – $200
Garage door opener installation $250 – $500
Garage door repair $125 – $300
Garbage disposal installation $80 – $200
General maintenance $100 – $300
Gutter cleaning $100 – $225
Gutter repair $150 – $500
Hardwood floor refinishing $1,000 – $2,000
Hardwood floor repair $500 – $1,500
Home safety modifications $150 – $2,000
House cleaning $90 – $180
Insulation installation $300 – $600
Kitchen remodeling $12,000 – $21,000
Lamp repair $30 – $100
Landscaping maintenance $100 – $200
Lawn care $25 – $50
Lawn mower repair $40 – $90
Leaky faucet repair $65 – $150
Light fixture replacement $65 – $175
Lock replacement $75 – $200
Mailbox installation $150 – $200
Microwave installation $100 – $580
Mirror installation $140 – $430
Moving (local) $700 – $1,500
Paint a room $350 – $850
Paint removal $400 – $1,500
Paver patio installation $2,000 – $7,000
Pest control $250 – $400
Pet door installation $200 – $450
Plumbing repairs $125 – $800
Pressure washing $150 – $300
Re-grouting $250 – $1,000
Roof repair $200 – $800
Security camera installation $80 – $200
Septic system repair $500 – $2,500
Shelf installation $150 – $500
Shower repair $70 – $200
Shutter installation $150 – $350 per shutter
Sink installation $230 – $650
Skylight installation $1,600 – $4,200
Sliding glass door installation $300 – $600
Snow removal $30 – $70
Sod installation $500 – $5,000
Soundproofing $400 – $600
Sprinkler system repair $75 – $250
Sprinkler system installation $1,500 – $3,500
Stain removal $80 – $350
Staining furniture $150 – $500
Stucco repair $200 – $800
Swimming pool maintenance $80 – $200
Sump pump repair cost $200 – $870
Thermostat installation $80 – $200
Tile and grout cleaning $250 – $650
Toilet installation $120 – $230
Toilet repair $130 – $310
Trash or junk removal $100 – $250
TV mounting $100 – $300
Unclog a drain $100 – $275
Wall framing & building $1,000 – $2,500
Wallpaper removal $150 – $1,000
Washer and dryer installation $50 – $175
Water softener installation $200 – $500
Water softener repair $150 – $600
Weather stripping installation $150 – $400
Welding work $150 – $500
Window cleaning $150 – $350
Window glass pane replacement $150 – $500
Window replacement $400 – $1,000
Window frame repair $150 – $600
Window screen replacement $15 – $50 per screen

*The total cost depends on the job size and may not include materials. Jobs over $500 typically require a contractors license.

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Handyman pricing PDF

We've compiled these services into a free handyman price list in PDF format and created a handyman pricing spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Handyman pricing PDF

Handyman pricing spreadsheet

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Handyman rates & charges

A handyman may quote jobs by the hour with a minimum charge or bid work on a flat-rate for labor and materials. Jobs outside a handyman's service area may include a mileage charge of $0.30 to $0.60 per mile or a flat fee of $10 to $50.

Handyman rates & charges
Type Average rate
Per hour $50 – $125
Per day $320 – $600
Minimum charge $75 – $200
Trip charge $30 – $80
Material markup 20% – 50%+
Mileage fee $0.30 – $0.60 per mile

Handyman minimum charge

A handyman may have a minimum charge of $75 to $200, which is either a higher rate for the first hour or a minimum number of hours. A trip charge of $30 to $80 may apply for a handyman to go buy materials, which can include a 20% to 50% markup.

Handyman Trip & Minimum Charges - Chart

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Handyman pricing guide

Pricing handyman work depends on the job size, complexity, location, tools and materials needed, if the contractor is licensed, insured, and self-employed, and their experience level.

Handyman Pricing Guide - Chart

Handyman pricing guide
Job size Average cost Description
Small $50 – $250 Jobs that take less than two hours and uses basic tools, such as lawn care, toilet installation, gutter cleaning, TV mounting, garbage disposal installation, or thermostat replacement.
Medium $250 – $500 Jobs under five hours that may require power tools, such as sink installation, drywall repair, fence repair, roof repair, door installation, Christmas light installation, or installing garage door opener.
Large $500 – $1,500 Jobs that take from five hours to a few days, such as interior painting, window replacement, concrete work, floor installation or refinishing, skylight installation, drywall installation, or sod installation.

Handyman experience & skill level

Hourly rates vary depending on the handyman's experience and technical skills required for a job. A skilled handyman with vast experience or licensing charges more per hour, but produces higher quality work faster.

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Self-Employed Handyman Repairing a Deck

Material costs

Handyman jobs billed at a flat rate include both materials and labor costs. When paying by the hour, materials cost extra and may require a trip charge of $30 to $80. Handymen who purchase parts or materials may also charge a 20% to 50% markup.

  • Some handymen allow the homeowner to purchases the materials before they arrive.
  • Some handymen have an hourly trip charge for shopping time, while others include material shopping free if there's short travel time.
  • Basic building supplies needed for minor repairs, such as nuts, bolts, nails, and screws are included in their rates.

High-end materials can increase the total cost significantly, especially for large jobs. Describe the job and materials needed in detail and send photos so the handyman understands the tools and materials required before arriving.

Handyman price chart by location

A handyman charges more in regions with a higher cost of living. States such as New York, California, and Massachusetts typically cost 20% more than other areas.

Handyman price chart
City, State Average hourly rates
Atlanta, GA $45 – $80
Austin, TX $50 – $85
Boston, MA $40 – $125
Chicago, IL $40 – $75
Dallas, TX $40 – $100
Denver, CO $50 – $80
Detroit, MI $55 – $75
Houston, TX $40 – $100
Los Angeles, CA $60 – $120
Miami, FL $35 – $85
Minneapolis, MN $50 – $85
Nashville, TN $50 – $85
New York, NY $60 – $125
Newark, NJ $50 – $100
Philadelphia, PA $55 – $90
Phoenix, AZ $35 – $90
Pittsburgh, PA $50 – $100
Portland, OR $55 – $80
San Diego, CA $60 – $95
San Francisco, CA $60 – $110
Seattle, WA $35 – $75
Washington, D.C. $40 – $80

*Hourly rates reported by homeowners in each location.

Handyman licensing and insurance

Many states have a “Handyman Exemption” that only requires a license for jobs over $500 to $10,000 or more, varying by state. In other states, a license is mandatory for all work. Many states also require worker’s compensation and liability insurance to protect against damage or accidents.

A licensed and insured handyman often charges more to cover their increased expenses than an unlicensed one.

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Corporate vs. self-employed handyman job prices

A handyman is either independent or works for a corporate franchise, such as Mr. Handyman or Handyman Connection. A self-employed handyman typically has more affordable hourly rates, while corporate handymen are vetted, licensed, and insured by the company.

Corporate vs. self-employed handyman
Type Pros Cons
  • Typically more affordable rates due to lower overhead
  • Flexible in pricing terms
  • More likely to go above and beyond since their reputation is on the line
  • Work is not subcontracted out
  • Ability to develop an ongoing working relationship
  • May not have insurance
  • You have to verify their qualifications and reputation yourself
  • All complaints go directly to the handyman instead of the main office
  • Companies verify the handyman's background and qualifications
  • Companies maintain insurance and licensing
  • Companies offer a workmanship guarantee
  • Any complaints go to the company instead of the handyman
  • Prices are typically higher, not flexible, and are set by the company
  • A different handyman may arrive each time
  • A corporate handyman is less likely to go above and beyond

Mr. Handyman hourly rate

Mr. Handyman charges $75 to $100 per hour on average, depending on the franchise location. Some Mr. Handyman franchise rates are as high as $229 for the first two hours. Mr. Handyman is fully insured takes credit card payments. Plus, they offer a "done right guarantee."

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How to pay a handyman?

A handyman typically has flexible terms to either accept payment on an hourly basis or as a flat-rate per project after completing the job. Most handymen accept cash or digital payments, including debit or credit cards, Venmo, Square Cash, Google Pay, PayPal, and Zelle.

Do you tip a handyman?

A handyman doesn't expect a tip. When using a handyman regularly, give them a $15 to $50 tip once a year during the holidays to show your appreciation for their hard work. If a handyman provides outstanding service above and beyond your expectations, consider tipping $10 to $20 on the spot.

What does a handyman do?

A handyman, also known as a handyperson or handywoman, is a skilled person or jack-of-all-trades at a wide range of home repairs and maintenance services. Handyman tasks include trade skills, small jobs, odd jobs, side work, and repair work, both interior and exterior.

Common home projects a handyman can do from your to-do list are:

  • Painting
  • Drywall repair
  • Minor plumbing and electrical work
  • Remodeling
  • Carpentry
  • Window repair
  • Small roof repairs
  • Landscaping and lawn care
  • TV mounting
  • Furniture assembly
  • Cleaning
  • Unclog a drain

What jobs can a handyman NOT do?

A handyman cannot perform home repairs that require special licenses or permits, or jobs costing more than $500 to $10,000, depending on the state. The following jobs typically require a permit and are best performed by a licensed contractor:

  • New construction
  • New roof installation
  • Major home remodeling
  • Modifying existing electrical, plumbing, or gas systems
  • HVAC installation
  • Water heater replacement
  • Building a retaining wall
  • Drainage system installation
  • Building a raised deck
  • Fireplace or wood stove installation

Handyman vs. contractor

  • Handyman work involves minor repairs, odd jobs, or low-cost projects that typically don't require permits or licensing. Handymen charge by the hour or job and are often cheaper than a contractor.
  • Licensed contractors work on jobs with a bidding process and permits, such as electrical, plumbing, and remodeling work.

Can a handyman do plumbing or electrical work?

A handyman can do small plumbing and electrical work that doesn't require licensing.

  • For plumbing, a handyman can replace a toilet or faucet, or unclog a drain, but can't modify lines.
  • For electrical, a handyman can replace a light bulb or hang a TV, but can't replace wiring or modify the circuit box.

How much does a handyman make?

A handyman makes $30,000 to $60,000 per year in salary, depending on their hourly rates and time worked. Handyman wage rates are $18 to $30 per hour when including travel time between jobs, material runs, labor, and breaks.

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How to find and hire a handyman

A handyman takes care of your to-do list, odd jobs, and saves you time and money. Look for a handyman that you can develop a trusting relationship with over time.

Here's the best way to find a reliable handyman:

  1. Make a detailed list of what you need done.
  2. Set a budget for each task.
  3. Find handymen on Google, HomeGuide, or ask your friends, family, and neighbors.
  4. Get quotes from at least three handymen to compare.
  5. Ask questions about their experience, licensing, and insurance.
  6. Check their prior work and ask for their references.
  7. Get the contract in writing.
  8. Pay after the job is complete.

Getting handyman quotes

Most handymen offer free cost estimates or have a flat-rate pricing sheet.

  • Get at least three quotes to compare.
  • Ask friends, family, and neighbors, check with the local hardware store, and use review websites like HomeGuide to get quotes.
  • Read reviews and check out their previous work on HomeGuide, Google, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  • Select companies that are insured, bonded, and have been in business for longer than five years.
  • Discuss rates upfront and payment methods upfront.
  • Avoid selecting the lowest quote as quality may suffer.
  • Ask for at least a 1-year labor warranty.
  • Get a full breakdown of all labor and material costs involved.
  • Confirm that they provide new quotes for all unexpected expenses.
  • Discuss job timelines, work hours, and expectations for larger projects.
  • Avoid making payments upfront. Instead, pay when the handyman completes the work.

Questions to ask a handyman

  1. What type of work can you do?
  2. How do you charge?
  3. Can you provide a quote upfront?
  4. Can you provide a written contract showing labor and material costs?
  5. Do you have local references or a portfolio of your work?
  6. Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
  7. What hours do you work?
  8. How long will the job take?
  9. Do you have a trip charge for getting materials?
  10. How much do you mark up materials?
  11. How do you handle additional work that arises?
  12. Do you provide a guarantee?
  13. How do you handle damages that happen on the job?
  14. Do you work alone, or will you use subcontractors?
  15. What’s your payment schedule?

How to save on handyman jobs

There are several ways to save money when hiring a handyman:

  • Combine multiple jobs – Bundling multiple jobs together at once is cheaper. Prepare a list in advance to save the handyman time.
  • Compare estimates – Get at least three estimates before hiring. Handymen with less experience are more affordable and are suitable for easier projects.
  • Buy Materials – Purchasing the materials yourself avoids a trip charge from the handyman. If you are unsure, ask the handyman for advice.
  • Planning – Write down the exact specifications of the job, such as dimensions, paint colors, repairs, materials required, and take several photos from different angles to share with the handyman. Specs and details help the handyman understand what tools to bring to complete the job more efficiently.
  • Preparation – Move furniture, clean, and prep the working area to save the handyman time. Some projects have additional ways to save, such as tearing up and disposing of old carpet before the handyman installs new carpet.
  • Negotiate / discounts – Some companies offer discounts for low-income seniors, veterans, and disabled individuals. A handyman's rates may be negotiable, especially when bundling multiple tasks.

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