I am trying to figure out irrigation rates. After talking to some of the guys on this board it seemed like we were a little low in our irrigation rates ($35 / hr.) for hourly work (e.g. repairs). So I have done some extensive...er... research (called a lot of my competition, pretending to be a customer, and asked about how much they charge for sprinkler repair.). After about 15 calls, about 9 of them said they charge $45 per hour plus parts. A few had a minimum service call ranging from $65-95. Only one guy charged a lot per hour at $85. And the others were $30, $35, $48, and $65 per hour. Anyway, seems like $45 / hr. is pretty normal around here. And minimum service call charges are too. But what I don't get is how some of you guys get so much more than that per hour. Especially since Oregon is like the most difficult state in which to become a licensed irrigation and backflow installer. Furthermore, our min. wage laws are $1 per hour higher than most states and that effects all labor rates. I would think that we'd have higher rates than elsewhere. How do you guys do it? Are these rates comparable at all with what's normal for your area?