Finding current market rates for home improvement contractors can be a difficult task, as a fair going rate varies according to location, job description, and experience. Below you will find a compilation of thirty home improvement contracting jobs conveniently located in one concise yet thorough list, including minimum and maximum hourly wage, and a brief job description. These figures are based on the median hourly wages of independent contractors with over 15 years of experience located throughout the United States. Keep in mind that these are base hourly wages, and do not take into account travel time, distance, or special requests/circumstances.

Contracting Job

Rate Per Hour


Architect (not landscape)

$28 - $51

Insures the safety and functionality of construction projects.


$17- $33

Builds walls, arches, fireplaces, chimneys, partitions, and other structures.

Brush Painter

$14 - $25

Paints smaller or more complex areas or objects by hand.


$18 - $28

Constructs, erects, installs, and repairs structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials.

Carpet Installer

$17 - $30

Installs new carpets from start to finish and possibly removes old ones.

Concrete Finisher

$15 - $24

Places, finishes, protects, and repairs concrete in engineering and construction projects.

Drywall or Ceiling Tile Installer

$15 - $27

Fastens, prepares, tapes, and finishes drywall panels/ceiling tiles to the inside framework of houses and other buildings.


$18 - $30

Installs, maintains, operates, or repairs electrical equipment.

Fence Erector

$15 - $22

Erects and repairs metal and wooden fences and fence gates around residences.

Floor Layer

$25 - $45

Lays floor coverings in homes.


$19 - $35

Performs general odd jobs, including construction, repairs, and remodeling.

Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

$15 - $25

Identifies, removes, transports, or disposes of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, etc.

HVAC Mechanic

$20 - $30

Deals with all aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

HVAC Service Technician

$20 - $29

Repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration appliances.

Insulation Worker

$15 - $40

Installs many different types of insulation to protect buildings and equipment.

Interior Designer

$18 - $76

Enhances the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces.

Landscape Architect

$25 - $51

Designs functional, beautiful areas that are compatible with their natural environment.


$18 - $28

Installs, rebuilds, repairs, and services electrical or mechanical locking devices.

Maid or Housekeeping Cleaner

$10 - $20

Making beds, changes linens, cleans rooms and halls, vacuums, etc.

Paint Technician

$17 - $30

Paints, strips, and touches up all sorts of surfaces.

Pest Control Worker

$13 - $25

Locates, identifies, destroys, controls, and repels pests.

Real Estate Appraiser/Assessor

$19 - $39

Estimate the value of property for a variety of purposes. Including property tax and mortgage collateral.


$17 - $28

Installs, maintains, and repairs many different types of pipe systems.


$16 - $25

Repairs and install roofs made of various materials, or shingles to protect homes from water damage.

Carpet Steam Cleaner

$10 - $20

Steams carpets to remove stains, dirt, and other unwanted accumulations.

Swimming Pool/Spa Technician

$13 - $22

Maintains, repairs, and installs pools and spas.

Tile or Marble Setter

$21 - $36

Applies hard tile, marble, and wood tile to floors, ceilings, walls, and roof decks.

Window Repairer

$15 - $21

Repairs or replaces cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged windows.

Whether you are in need of a carpet steamer or swimming pool technician, the contractors listed above run the gamut. This list should prove helpful in finding a quality contractor for your needs who will not cost you an arm and a leg in the process.