Average field service hourly rates vary by location and type of work for countless reasons, which creates a headache when setting hourly pay rates. An hour of audio- visual work may have an average pay of $100 in New York City. However, that same job could have an average pay of $50 in Minneapolis. It is important to balance fair pay rates with your budget and preferred quality-outcomes. Many service companies are surprised to find how much labor rates vary by metro area based on population density, cost of living, the availability of skilled labor, and other compounding factors.