Service Rates

Columbia University Facilities provides many services (e.g., basic custodial, maintenance/repair of public spaces, and Registrar classrooms) at no direct cost to academic and administrative departments.   

There are some supplemental services, however, for which Columbia University Facilities must charge a fee in order to recover its costs. Services that require a fee include repair or maintenance of department owned spaces, supplementary custodial service (i.e., in addition to the basic services described in the Request a Service section of this web site), or any services in support of a special event. In these cases, Columbia University Facilities assesses a rate for the labor (including associated fringe and management costs) and materials if necessary. A table of these rates is included below to help provide a general sense of cost.

Please keep in mind that the actual cost for any service request will depend on several factors, including the amount of time and the cost of associated materials required to complete the job.  There is a one-hour minimum labor charge for all jobs. 

If you require an estimate prior to work being authorized, please inform your local Area Management Office of this when you submit your request.   

Hourly Rates
TradeRegularOvertime
Baker Field$57$74
Carpentry$75$98
Chiller Maint$85$111
Custodial$51$66
ECT$83$108
Electric$72$94
Fire Safety$86$112
Grounds$57$74
HVAC$72$94
Labor$53$69
Locks$80$104
Mason$73$95
Nevis$68$88
Paint$74$96
Plumbing $76$99
Steam Maint$81$105
Utility Services$93$121
Waste Mgmt$71$92
ReLamping$72$94
Preventive Maintenance$72$94
Custodial Lerner$51$66
Custodial Residential$51$66
Brownstones$75$98
Residential $75$98
Project Team$74$96
Key Charge$10$12