Don't have time to read the whole article? Here are the quick facts about uniform service investment.
- Standard work shirts and pants cost $4-$6 per wearer per week
- The average company with ten wearers pays $40-$200 per week
- The wide range exists because there are many different types and styles of work clothes
- Typically other factors like set up, delivery and environmental costs affect the weekly investment
Read on to fully understand how much you should expect to spend on uniforms each week. Hint - it's probably going to be pretty affordable!
How many times has this happened to you? You’re talking to a salesperson, and you ask about the price. However, instead of being straight forward they beat around the bush and don’t give you a definite answer. Frustrating, right? In our industry, that question usually sounds like this: “How much does uniform rental service cost?”
Admittedly this question does not have a simple answer, but we’ll do our best to offer some pricing guidelines.
Renting uniforms is like buying a house. It’s an investment. You wouldn’t ask how much any old house cost. You have to take location, size and other amenities into consideration. So, two 3,000 square foot homes could have entirely different prices depending on their neighborhood and how recently they were built or renovated. There are also not often considered costs like realtor fees and taxes, but they still should be factored in.
Why do we pay more for similarly sized houses? Because we don’t want to experience regret or buyer’s remorse. What if that new house doesn’t feel like home?
The same applies to uniform rental costs. Your team will wear their uniforms every day, so you don’t want there to be any regrets or stones left unturned.
Unfortunately, many customers want to go with the cheapest supplier without understanding why prices are what they are. Factors like style, embroidery, emblems, size and material can all affect your weekly service charge. Also consider other things like delivery, environmental and set up fees.
How Much Does Uniform Rental Service Cost?
Most companies that have ten people in uniforms invest $40-$200 per week on average. But the price could be as low as $30 or as high as $600. Why the variation? It all depends on the style and type of workwear you get.
Standard work pants and work shirts typically cost between $4-$6 per person per week, while particular products like FR shirts and pants involve a larger investment. Also – only getting shirts is cheaper than going with shirts and pants.
How the Type of Uniform Affects Cost
Your weekly uniform service cost could vary depending on your needs. We offer regular work clothes and specialty clothing like FR and high visibility. The more standard the attire, the cheaper the price. However, just because a style is more affordable, doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your company.
We’ll work with you to ensure you get the right uniforms for the best price. The typical work clothing styles are priced as follows.
Regular Work Uniforms
These are what you picture when you think of work apparel. Button down shirts with logo and name emblems and work pants or jeans. Work uniform weekly rental price (including environmental and delivery charges) for ten wearers is $60-$150. Standard work shirts are on the low end while unique oil resistant shirts and pants may be slightly more.
Flame resistant clothing is NFPA compliant and keeps your team safe from fire, ARC flashes and dust combustion. FR uniform weekly rental price (including environmental and delivery charges) for ten wearers is $170-$600. The rate depends on the items you get. FR shirts are less expensive than FR coats and FR coveralls.
High Visibility Uniforms
Hi-vis apparel is ANSI compliant and features bright colors and reflective tape to help your team stand out at dangerous work sites. High visibility uniform weekly rental price (including environmental and delivery charges) for ten wearers is $150-$250. Most hi-vis shirts cost the same but adding work pants will make it more expensive.
Food Service Uniforms
Chef coats, cook shirts and smocks are standards at restaurants and grocery stores. Food service uniform weekly rental price (including environmental and delivery charges) for ten wearers is $30-$160. Standard cook shirts are inexpensive while butcher smocks and executive chef coats cost more. Adding pants will also increase the price.
From polos and button downs to khaki pants, executive uniforms are perfect for sales and service teams. Executive clothing weekly rental price (including environmental and delivery charges) for ten wearers is $40-$200. A program with just polo shirts is on the low end while a company getting button-downs and pants would pay a little more.
Set Up Costs
Set up costs include logo and name emblems, embroidery and RFID tagging. Initially, these run $25-$50 per person, but they could range from $70-$100 for additional team members after that. It all depends on how many uniforms you put into service at the time.
The Cost of Renting Uniforms vs. Buying Them
While we are a uniform rental company, renting workwear might not be the right fit for your business. We offer purchase programs for customers who may need it for out of state employees.
Uniform rental service requires no upfront purchase — only rental charges. When you consider the benefits that come with a service program, the advantages may outweigh the costs. Benefits include:
- Weekly laundry service
- Weekly delivery service
- Easy size changes
- Free routine repairs
- RFID tracking
- Uniform upgrades every few years
These services give you peace of mind knowing your team will always look good and be safe on the job because our team is taking care of their apparel. When left to their own devices, employees can lose uniforms, damage them or leave them unwashed.
The uniform rental industry is infamous for unexpected price increases. You sign up at $5 per man, and a year later you’re paying $10!
At Rentwear, we cap our price increases at 5% per year. Moreover, you won’t have a price increase without a representative talking to you about it. That way, you’re clear on why the rate hike is happening and when it will go into effect.
Hopefully, now you understand why the question “how much does uniform rental service cost” doesn’t have a simple answer. However, this article should take you from confused to confident when you consider uniforms for your company.
Have questions or want to learn more about how we do things at Rentwear? Talk to one of our representatives today.
Connor is the Director of Marketing at Rentwear Inc. and writes about how uniform, floor mat and linen service can help your company.Connor Clay