How Much Labor to Replace a Catalytic Converter?

by Kathryn Shimer
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Catalytic converters vary wildly in price depending on the vehicle you are driving. Cars can also have one or more catalytic converters, and each converter on the car can be hundreds of dollars more or less than another one. Despite the unpredictability in prices of the actual components, labor to replace your catalytic converter should be fairly straightforward.

Call Local Shops

Call a local mechanic and ask what he charges per hour for labor. About $60 to $90 per hour is usually a fair price for labor as of 2010. Dealerships, however, may charge more.

Use the Internet

Check an auto repair estimate website like or for an idea of what it will cost to replace your catalytic converter. Choose your make and model of car and type in or click on "catalytic converter." This website will give you an average price for both parts and labor for your job. It will also recommend shops in your neighborhood.

Bottom Line

As of late 2010, consumers could expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $250 on labor to replace one catalytic converter at a shop. The labor should take from one to two hours for a typical converter replacement.

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