How much does it cost to install outdoor outlet?
How much does it cost to install outdoor outlet?
$180 – $350 cost to install new outdoor outlet
$100 – $175 cost to replace an existing outdoor outlet
Cost to install outdoor outlet
The cost to install an outdoor outlet is $180 to $350 on average, depending on the location, the home's wiring conditions, and whether the outlet requires adding a new circuit. Electricians charge $100 to $175 to replace an existing outdoor outlet. All outlets installed outside must be GFCI protected.
|Add a new outdoor outlet||$180 – $350|
|Replace an existing outdoor outlet||$100 – $175|
Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Cost breakdown to add outdoor outlet
Installing a new outdoor outlet costs $180 to $350, including the unit itself, a weatherproof cover, and the electrician's labor. In comparison, indoor outlet installation costs $150 to $350, depending on the type, voltage, amperage, and the distance from the home's main electrical panel.
|GFCI outdoor outlet & supplies||$15 – $30|
|Outlet cover||$5 – $20|
|Installation labor||$160 – $300|
|Total cost to install||$180 – $350|
Outdoor GFCI outlet cost
An outdoor GFCI outlet costs $15 to $30 on average for the unit alone, not including a weatherproof enclosure or the installation labor. A weatherproof cover adds $5 to $10 and is required by National Electric Code (NEC).
Labor cost for electrician to install outdoor outlet
Electricians charge $50 to $130 per hour for labor to install an outdoor outlet. Labor costs increase for difficult-to-access locations or if the electrician must run new wiring from the main electrical panel to the outlet's location.
The following factors affect the cost for an electrician to install an outdoor outlet:
Number of outlets – Costs per outlet are lower when installing or replacing multiple outlets at the same time.
Tapping an indoor outlet vs. running new wire – The electrician may drill through the exterior wall to tap an indoor outlet on the opposite wall for power or instead tap a basement junction box or run new wiring from the main electrical panel to the new outlet's location.
New electrical wiring costs $7 to $10 per linear foot installed, resulting in higher costs for outlets located farther from the electrical panel or junction box.
Tapping an indoor outlet reduces costs by preventing the need to run new wiring back to the main panel.
New circuit – A dedicated circuit costs $250 to $900 and includes a new outlet. Circuit installation costs depend on the distance from the main panel, circuit breaker type, and project complexity.
Electrical panel upgrade – Upgrading the electrical panel costs $1,300 to $2,500 for a 200-amp panel or $2,500 to $4,000 for a 400-amp panel. Replacing or upgrading may be required if the panel does not have the capacity to support the new outlet.
Permits – Electrical permits cost $50 to $350. Most areas require a permit to install a new outdoor outlet or run new wiring but not to replace an existing outlet.
Outdoor outlet cover cost
An outdoor outlet cover costs $0.50 to $20.00, depending on the style and weather rating. The installation estimate for an outdoor outlet typically includes a watertight or weatherproof enclosure.
Outdoor outlets directly exposed to the elements must have a watertight cover labeled "Extra-Duty".
Outlets in damp locations—such as an open porch covered by a roof—must have a weatherproof-rated cover.
Cost to replace outdoor electrical outlet
The cost to replace an outdoor outlet is $100 to $175. Replacing an outlet takes only 10 to 15 minutes, but most electricians charge one-hour minimum rate plus a $75 to $125 trip fee.
In comparison, indoor outlet replacement costs $80 to $200, depending on the type, voltage, amperage, and the distance from the home's main electrical panel.
Outdoor receptacle FAQs
How long does it take to install an outdoor outlet?
Installing an outdoor outlet takes 1 to 4 hours on average, depending on if the electrician can tap in interior outlet on the opposite wall or instead must run new conduit inside the walls or along the home's exterior to connect the new outlet box to the main electrical panel.
Are outdoor outlets waterproof and safe in rain?
Outdoor outlets installed in wet or damp locations must be GFCI and weather-resistant to protect them from rain, snow, or water from a hose or sprinkler. Weather-resistant outlets feature a "WR" printed or embossed on the face plate.
Do outdoor outlets need to be GFCI?
Yes, according to the National Electrical Code (NEC), outdoor outlets must be GFCI. GFCI outlets are required in wet or moist locations to prevent fatal shocks and reduce the risk of electrical fire. The outlet monitors the electrical current and immediately cuts power upon detecting an imbalance.
Do outdoor outlets need to be on their own circuit?
No, outdoor outlets do not need to be on their own circuit.
Getting estimates from outdoor outlet electricians
Before hiring an outlet installer to put in an outdoor outlet, be sure to:
Get three in-person estimates to compare.
Browse their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Hire a licensed, bonded, and insured company that has been established for 5+ years.
Avoid hiring the company with the lowest quote as quality may suffer.
Get a detailed contract and warranty in writing before the work begins.
Never pay in full before the project is complete. Work out a payment plan instead.
Questions to ask
How long have you been in business?
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
Can you provide local references with contact information?
What kind of enclosure will you install with the outlet? Is it watertight or weatherproof?
Will the project require a permit? If so, will you obtain one?
Are all permit fees included in the estimate?
What additional costs might come up during installation?
How long will the installation take?
Do you offer a warranty. If yes, what does it cover?