Telephone Jack Cost

How much does it cost to install a phone jack?

Even in our digital world, homes still need a phone jack to communicate. This example will consider the cost of installing a standard four-conductor phone jack, which averages $90. Installing a phone jack is a fairly simple process and can be done by all levels of DIY-ers.

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: a four-conductor phone jack houses one to two phone lines and is fairly standard. It costs $3-$10. Existing phone jack wire can typically be reused for a replacement jack.
  • Labor: if you need to hire an electrician, they typically charge $65-$85 per hour. This project would take one to two hours, for a labor cost of $65-$170.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Installing a phone jack in a new room can require the purchase of more wire to expand the phone line. This typically costs $0.10-$0.15 per foot.
  • Phone jacks that hold more lines tend to be more expensive. A six-conductor jack with two to three lines costs $5-$15.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Homes without interwall access may need to re-route the jacks through other parts of the wall or floor to get access to the connection box. Plan to spend $30-$60 more per jack if this is the case.
  • If the wires behind the existing phone jack are corroded, you may need to cut them back, which would require the use of a wire cutter, which can be purchased for $10-$20.
  • Phone jacks in hard to reach places or with exposed drywall 1 may require a professional. Add an extra hour or two ($65-$170) to the electrician's fee to deal with location issues.

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Cost to install a phone jack varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cambridge, MN
-25%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Hampshire, IL
+28%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Las Cruces, NM
-43%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Naples, FL
-3%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Portland, OR
+11%
Ringgold, LA
-68%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Savannah, GA
-12%
Seattle, WA
+9%

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