Pay rates for a Freelance Hack/Hacker
Any thoughts on hourly rates for various levels of freelance hack/hackers?
I was in a discussion with a colleague today, and was surprised to hear him suggest that “web producers” get paid $15/hour, with more advanced developers getting $30/hour for full, interactive multimedia projects. My impression was that the going rate for the latter, for someone developing a project from start-to-finish with both the necessary news judgement, design skills and programming ability, would be closer to $50 for starters.
I know this varies quite widely, but would appreciate what rates you’ve seen or any resources on Hack/Hacker payscales on an hourly or project basis.
The answer, unfortunately, is... it depends. I'm sure you could find someone to design and build a functional website for $50/hour or less, but it would be hard -- particularly in cities (like New York, if you happen to live there) where the going rate for freelancers is quite a bit higher. To give you some idea, a going rate for freelance developers is anywhere from $90/hour to upwards of $150/hour.
And if you're reading that and thinking "wow, I'm in the wrong business" ... the same has occurred to me too.
Went around and didn't get much more specifics to my own question, but there's a MediaBistro article (from 2008) that suggests between $50-$100/hour for webby productions skills.
This site seemed to have Flash freelancers at competitive rates from $45/hour to $150/hour, but none with journalism specific experience.
p.s. Thanks again for the answers, Aron and Albert!
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