Cost to Install an Outdoor Electrical Outlet to Make Your Yard Shine [2023 Data]

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated May 2, 2023
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It costs around $225 to install an outdoor electrical outlet

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There's nothing like relaxing outside in the ambiance of string lights while cranking your favorite band over some speakers. Add a cold drink from your outdoor mini fridge, and you're in home-life heaven. But to power up such outdoor features, you'll need to install an outdoor electrical outlet. The national average cost to install an outdoor outlet is $225, though the price can range between $150 and $300. Read on to learn all about the cost to install an electrical outlet outside so you can level up your backyard enjoyment.


Outdoor Outlet Installation Cost Breakdown

So how much will you spend on each part of your outdoor electrical outlet installation? The final price breaks down to three things: the outlet itself, the outlet cover, and local electrician rates.

GFCI Outlet

Anatomy of how electrical currents in a GFCI outlet illustrated, including the source, hot wire, and ground wire

A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is a safety mechanism that contains a sensor to monitor the flow of electrical currents through wires. A "ground fault" occurs when hot wires touch any part of a grounded device. GFCIs protect you from the risk of being shocked by breaking the circuit whenever it detects an imbalance. The National Electrical Code requires all outdoor outlets to be GFCI outlets. The actual cost of the outlet material can range from around $17 to $40.

Outlet Cover

If you'll be using your exterior outlet to plug in various outdoor tools from time to time, a box-shaped weatherproof outlet cover made of plastic will do—these range from $10 to $20.

If you're planning to use your outlet for extended periods to keep outdoor features running, you should be able to buy an in-use cover for about the same price.


The labor fees are the most significant expense associated with installing an outdoor electrical outlet. The hourly cost to hire an electrician can range from $40 to $100.  Your labor costs may include travel time. Running an outlet off an existing exterior outlet will take less than an hour, while starting from scratch could take several hours to a day or more.

Additional Cost Factors to Consider 

There are a few other cost factors to keep in mind before you get the ball rolling on your outdoor outlet installation.

Electrical Upgrades or Rewiring

If you'll be adding some upgrades or rewiring work when installing your GFCI outlet, expect to pay for parts and labor for these projects. If your home is more than 30 years old, your electrician may need to do additional work to get everything up to code before being able to legally complete your new GFCI installation.

Adding Electrical Panels

Adding a new electrical panel allows you to have the appropriate amount of circuits needed to protect your home. Expect to pay between $1,200 and $3,000 for a standard panel offering between 100 amps to 200 amps. Larger specialty panels can cost up to $5,000. Your electrician may recommend adding new electrical panels if you're installing a new GFCI outlet to accommodate a heated pool, a hot tub, outdoor lighting, or some other major appliance that will increase your home's energy output. Adding new outlets to increase your home's electrical load without making the necessary infrastructure upgrades could cause electrical overload.

Adding Electrical Box

When adding a new electrical box, costs range from $125 to $175. However, special pricing may apply for complex installations that can bring the cost up to $300.

Number of Receptacles

Electricians typically charge by the number of receptacles when hooking up electricity in a home. Each receptacle represents both wiring and hardware costs. The more receptacles you have, the higher your final price tag.

Moving an Outlet

If you're moving an outlet to better accommodate your home's layout, expect to pay between $200 and $300 for the cost of adding a new circuit, rewiring work, and drywall work.

Installing Switches

The cost to install new switches in a home can range from $75 to $200. When choosing modern dimmer switches, the actual hardware cost is between $10 and $45.

Outlet Expansion

The cost for outlet expanders can range from $10 to $35. Most products allow you to expand to six outlets. If you'll be adding surge protectors, expect to pay between $10 and $30 per unit.


If you'll be childproofing your electrical outlets on your own, packs containing between eight and 100 outlet plugs can be purchased for between $10 and $30. You can also consider having an electrician install tamper-resistant outlet covers that have a spring-loaded feature that prevents the outlet from ever being exposed when not in use. These outlets cost roughly $30 for a pack of 15.

How Much Does It Cost to Install an Outdoor Outlet Yourself?

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Installing an outdoor outlet shouldn't be done without proper home electrical education, as you could harm yourself or your home. So if you don’t know how to approach this project confidently, hire a licensed electrician near you and take solace in the fact that you’re not mixing electricity and DIY YouTube videos.

But if you’re a particularly handy homeowner with previous electrical experience, you could save about 80% of the cost to install an outdoor outlet if you DIY. Installing an outdoor outlet yourself should cost less than $60 for the project, which accounts for the price of the outlet and outlet cover. Most GFCI outlets from big-box stores cost between $17and $40, which is about $12 to $25 more than a traditional outlet. The outlet covers run between $10 and $20.

DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

To be extra clear: installing an outdoor electrical outlet is something that should generally only be handled by a licensed technician. The risks for shock and electrocution are simply too high for a typical homeowner to do a DIY outlet installation. Besides the risk of electrical shock, improper installation can create a serious fire hazard at your home. Failing to properly install an outlet can also put your home's insurance policy at risk if an accident were to happen. 

Finally, homeowners must follow local codes to a T whenever a new electrical outlet is installed—and the average homeowner isn't usually equipped to do code-level work. Homeowners attempting a DIY GFCI installation would need to have the knowledge necessary to turn off power to the area, remove the existing outlet, identify all line wires, connect wires, install the new GFCI into the wall box, and do finishing work on the new wall plate.

How to Save Money When Installing an Electrical Outlet Outdoor

One of the ways to simplify this project is to choose an installation site that's located within the same stud cavity as a preexisting indoor outlet. Tell your electrician about your preference for choosing a spot with easy access to ensure that you're not charged for a project that's more elaborate than necessary. The best way to save money on a GFCI installation without cutting corners is simply to be thorough about getting quotes from at least three local electricians.

Scott Dylan Westerlund contributed to this piece.

Frequently Asked Questions

When installing an outdoor outlet, it's important to proceed with caution. Unless you have the necessary training and licensure, it's not recommended to attempt this DIY. First, choose a suitable location. Make sure that the area can accommodate the outlet without overloading the circuit. You'll also need to ensure that your project complies with building codes. Next, turn off the power to the circuit, then install and wire the outlet according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once the outlet is in place, test it. Lastly, be sure to use a cover that will protect it from moisture and other weather-related damage.

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