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  • How much to charge for welding services in the Los angeles area?

    How much can i charge to weld from small jobs to big jobs an hour, per job?Im L.A City certified welder in SMAW and FCAW. I only own a small portable lincoln 140 for small jobs and use my bosses shop when bigger jobs requiring 1/4 weld and up. Need help on giving estimate quotes to customers. Thank you

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    How much to charge for welding services in the Los angeles area?

    I usually charge between 50 and 75 bucks an hour plus materials depending on how involved the job is. Even if I only use some of the material such as a half sheet of metal, the customer pays the cost of the whole thing. If the material is being supplied by the customer I figure out about how long it should take me and charge for my time. If you get enough work you will start to get a feel for how much to charge. You have a skill that not a lot of people have so you have to take that into account even if the price seems a little high for the job. Don't let anyone bully you down on your price. If you go down a little it's ok but you don't want to screw your self just to get the job. As you do more work you will get a feel for what price is fair to both the customer and you.
    Last edited by michaelwilson777; 01-16-2015, 01:23 PM.

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    • #3
      Dont forget to factor in your license, bond, and insurance, which you have because they are required for doing work in the great state of California.

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      • #4
        just ask the customer to bring you two bids from other fab shops and then beat the price by a few bucks.you'll get the work and also get a feel for what they are charging in your area.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tommy2069 View Post
          just ask the customer to bring you two bids from other fab shops and then beat the price by a few bucks.you'll get the work and also get a feel for what they are charging in your area.
          Unless they don't know either or they are low balling to get work.

          If you work in a welding shop you should have a good feel for how long stuff takes.

          My advice would be to figure out how much time you think it will take & multiply it by an hourly rate. With a few phone calls you can easily find out what labor rates are of welding shops/welders in your area. You will learn quickly if you are under quoting or not.
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