Service Rates

Columbia University Facilities and Operations 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$59$77
Carpentry$73$95
Chiller Maint$85$111
Custodial$52$68
ECT$87$113
Electric$73$95
Fire Safety$87$113
Grounds$58$75
HVAC$81$105
Labor$54$70
Locks$81$105
Mason$83$108
Nevis$59$77
Paint$78$101
Plumbing$78$101
Steam Maint$83$108
Waste Mgmt$67$87
ReLamping$73$95
Preventive Maintenance$81$105
Custodial Lerner$52$68
Custodial Residential$52$68
Brownstones$78$101
Residential$78$101
Project Team$78$101
Key Charge$10$12.00