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$62$81
Carpentry$82$107
Chiller Maint$92$120
Custodial$56$73
ECT$94$122
Electric$85$111
Fire Safety$99$129
Grounds$66$86
HVAC$91$118
Labor$56$73
Locks$84$109
Mason$86$112
Nevis$63$82
Paint$85$111
Plumbing$80$104
Steam Maint$94$122
Waste Mgmt$71$92
ReLamping$85$111
Preventive Maintenance$91$118
Custodial Lerner$63$82
Custodial Residential$57$74
Brownstones$63$82
Maintenance Residence Halls
$81$105
Project Team$83$108
Residential
$82$107
Key Charge$10$12