Elevator Mechanic Hourly Cost: Are You Paying A Fair Rate?

Elevator Mechanic Hourly Cost

You’ve just seen a high price for elevator work. Now you’re wondering if the elevator mechanic’s hourly rate is fair.   

In this article, we review elevator mechanic costs. Specifically, we’ll discuss ways to reduce total elevator cost by focusing on the hourly rates of mechanics.  We also provide a list of elevator mechanic rates in different cities and states in the USA.

How To Reduce Elevator Cost (The Hourly Rate Tactic)

Let’s look at a simple tactic to reduce cost.

First, know that labor makes up an average of 70% of the total project cost. Materials and expenses make up the remaining portion of the project. This average applies to elevator maintenance, modernization, repair, and new construction. 

Next, identify the maximum per hour cost by using a rate sheet. Since labor is such a large portion of the cost, wouldn’t it make sense to control the maximum hourly rate?

That’s exactly what you should do. Have bidders fill out the below hourly rate sheet when you collect elevator bids.

Elevator Mechanic Hourly Rate Sheet
Elevator mechanic hourly rate sheet

Finally, attach the rate sheet to the contract. Now there is a cap on change orders and bills. This cap will reduce your total elevator cost. The rate sheet can be attached to any contract – such as an elevator repair project, modernization, or maintenance agreement.

Seems easy, right?

Major elevator contracts in the USA use this tactic (universities, government, and large retailers). You can use it for any project size.

What Is The Mechanic Rate In My Town?

Rates vary depending on location. Below is a sortable list to find the labor rate in your state or city. 

Your price would include the below information plus profit, overhead, benefits, and other business costs. However, the cost will help you understand the price. 

Elevator Mechanic Wage By State

StateHourly mean wage
Alabama$32.71
Arizona$35.92
Arkansas$27.42
California$42.22
Colorado$37.57
Connecticut$43.73
Delaware$36.77
District of Columbia$38.80
Florida$28.96
Georgia$27.33
Hawaii$41.64
Idaho$36.37
Illinois$44.80
Indiana$37.86
Iowa$37.29
Kansas$39.64
Kentucky$28.74
Maine$33.53
Maryland$39.90
Massachusetts$49.80
Michigan$39.84
Minnesota$42.20
Missouri$33.84
Montana$40.15
Nevada$62.45
New Jersey$35.09
New Mexico$35.18
New York$39.96
North Carolina$30.62
Ohio$35.54
Oklahoma$38.66
Oregon$46.78
Pennsylvania$39.93
Puerto Rico$15.10
Rhode Island$31.66
South Carolina$31.26
Tennessee$34.27
Texas$34.38
Utah$33.52
Virginia$31.39
Washington$51.61
West Virginia$33.34
Wisconsin$30.58

Elevator Mechanic Wage By City & Metro Area

City/ MetroHourly mean wage
Reno, NV$65.05
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA$52.42
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH$50.51
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA$48.39
Worcester, MA-CT$48.12
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA$46.13
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI$45.84
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI$45.35
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT$45.08
Urban Honolulu, HI$41.64
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD$41.63
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA$41.50
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY$41.37
Wichita, KS$41.00
Kansas City, MO-KS$40.93
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN$40.55
Memphis, TN-MS-AR$40.36
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI$40.05
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD$39.72
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA$39.49
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY$39.30
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA$39.28
Lansing-East Lansing, MI$39.10
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV$38.41
Syracuse, NY$38.07
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI$37.54
El Paso, TX$37.17
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN$36.26
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX$36.10
Greensboro-High Point, NC$35.90
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ$35.81
Roanoke, VA$35.73
Charleston, WV$35.45
Albuquerque, NM$35.28
Birmingham-Hoover, AL$34.77
Salt Lake City, UT$34.38
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA$33.75
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX$32.93
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX$32.73
Savannah, GA$32.50
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA$31.98
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL$31.37
Charleston-North Charleston, SC$31.19
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN$31.16
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL$30.42
Richmond, VA$29.17
Jacksonville, FL$29.00
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL$27.98
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL$27.08
Columbia, SC$26.92
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area$23.47
Macon, GA$20.15
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area$19.45
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR$15.10
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI-

Source: US Department of Labor

Conclusion

So there you have it, a simple tactic to help you save on elevator projects.

What hourly rate have you paid? Comment below.

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