Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs
Shop rates, what would you pay?
Lately I have been kicking around the idea of opening a shop for light-duty fab stuff (think sliders, bumpers, diff armor...), paint/body and mechanical work. I've been wondering what to charge for labor rates. I charge $20/hour for paint or mechanical or welding, but other places have rates that are many times that. I understand, they have overhead, rent, employees and lots of other stuff to contend with; but since I'm only one guy in a small shop with minimal overhead... what should I charge? What would you pay? Does this make sense?
Local shop (no names)
$60/hr paint labor (includes prep work)
$100/hr welding... and that's just MIG; their TIG rate is too nuts to post if you ask me. They didn't have a plasma cutting rate, so I assume they torch or cutoff wheel stuff?
Basically I'm asking so when I do actually open a shop, I'll know what to charge people off the street. Yota folks will get deals, don't worry about that. Jeeps pay extra 'cause it's a Jeep thing. I haven't had work done at a shop, so I don't have a solid idea of who charges what for what.
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