If you’re short on time or don’t feel like tackling a small repair yourself, consider hiring a handyman. Handymen specialize in smaller jobs that aren’t worth calling a general contractor to fix. Unfortunately, the cost of hiring a handyman can vary widely. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to pay for a handyman’s services: 

What We Predict 

On a national basis in the United States, most homeowners spend between $185 and $626 for a handyman's services. The high-end costs for handymen run as high as $1,122, while the low-end costs average $75. HomeAdvisor found that the average reported cost for a handyman was $390.

If you dive into these numbers a little more, you'll learn that there are a number of variables that impact the cost of hiring a handyman.

Size of the Job

The scale of work is one of the biggest factors in the cost of hiring a handyman. The larger a job, the more time it will take to complete and the more it will cost. Each handyman uses his or her own pricing schedule, but you can break job sizes down by time to get an accurate estimate: 

  • Small Jobs are generally classified as one to two hours in length and are relatively simple in nature. Installing a new thermostat and fixing a leaky faucet are considered small jobs. 
  • Medium Jobs take two to four hours to complete and consist of projects like drywall repair or installing hanging shelves. 
  • Large Jobs are anything from four hours to several days or weeks in length. This covers anything from completing several small tasks all in one day to the installation of drywall in a newly finished basement. If you have a larger project, always make sure to ask your handyman if it requires special licensing. Never complete a job without first checking on local ordinances and certifications. 

HomeAdvisor cost analysis found that the average small job will cost you between $77 and $154. Medium jobs will run anywhere between $154 and $308, with large jobs starting at $308 and up.

Hourly vs. Flat Rate

Most handymen work on one of two pricing schemes. Which pricing scheme a handyman chooses depends on the complexity of the project. If you hire a handyman to install a new ceiling fan in your master bedroom, it’s likely that your handyman will charge per hour.  

For larger projects, or those with unknown time frames; such as cleaning up and repairing items damaged by water, a handyman is likely to use a flat rate for the project. The amount of unknowns involved could drag a project out over the course of an entire day, at which point an hourly rate would become exorbitant.  

The average hourly rate for a handyman was generally found to be between $60 and $65, but professional handymen with greater experience can charge upwards of $125 per hour. The U.S. national average is $77 per hour for a handyman.

Corporate vs. Independent

Lastly, the employment of your handyman is going to have an impact on the cost of hiring that individual. If you hire someone who works independently as a handyman, you're going to have to do some of the legwork on your own to check his or her background and qualifications. But you're more likely to be able to strike a bargain with them on pricing. At the very least, they'll be flexible with their prices.

Licensed handymen that work for a company come with insurance coverage and standard industry guarantees. But the handyman as an individual has no ability to adjust prices for you, which can sometimes result in paying more for certain jobs.

The Bottom Line 

The true cost of a handyman involves several factors. The more familiar you are with those factors, the better you'll be situated to make a smart hiring decision.


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