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The average cost of excavation work is $101.17 per hour. This estimate includes the operator's labor and equipment rental fees.
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The cost of excavation depends on:

1. Where you live.

2. How much dirt needs to be moved.
Are you digging a basement? Leveling a yard? Excavating for a new driveway?

3. Topography of the land. Is the terrain hilly? Or, is it mostly flat already?

4. The type of equipment required. Will the work require a backhoe loader? A bulldozer?

5. The quality of the soil (clay, rocks, etc.)

6. The number of trees and/or stumps to be removed. Tree removal and stump grinding will cost extra.

7. Applicable dump fees. Does any material need to be hauled away? Removing the dirt from your property may add to the cost of the job.

8. Number of crew members. Each additional crew member on the job site will increase the total cost of labor.

Yard Grading and Excavation Cost Estimates
Bismarck, ND$79.10 - $103.89 per hour
Chapel Hill, NC$93.79 - $123.18 per hour
Columbus, OH$76.36 - $100.29 per hour
Indianapolis, IN$72.38 - $95.06 per hour
Jersey City, NJ$103.17 - $135.50 per hour
Knoxville, TN$74.20 - $97.45 per hour
Los Angeles, CA$113.38 - $148.91 per hour
Plano, TX$80.84 - $106.18 per hour
Sacramento, CA$96.45 - $126.67 per hour
Savannah, GA$77.61 - $101.92 per hour
Topeka, KS$76.19 - $100.07 per hour
Washington, DC$116.28 - $152.72 per hour
York, PA$84.74 - $111.30 per hour
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