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Re: [dotnet-130] Question about contract pay rates

From: Scott B.
Sent on: Sunday, January 31, 2010 9:08 PM

Are you coming in as staff augmentation, or as a specialist? Are you
going through a primary contracting agency or directly contracting
with the customer?

If this is your first contracting op, I would suspect that you don't
have a well-known reputation to boost your rate. In that case consider
breaking your last salary down to an hourly rate, including the hourly
value of all benefits. If the customer requires that you carry
business insurance, you'll need to add that to your rate. Add
somewhere between 10% and 20%, and you'll have a decent ballpark to
begin to consider what you might charge (plus or minus what you learn
from others).

Be careful of over-rating yourself. Charge what you feel you can
fulfill.  Your rate sets an expectation.  Make sure you can fulfill on


On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM, Elze H <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi group,
> Thanks everyone who responded to my question about preparing for an interview. I hope you can help me out with another question too. I have a potential offer for a contract C# programming job. I've never done contract work, and I have no idea how much to charge. What would be a reasonable rate, whether hourly, flat, or per-project, for a C# programmer? I asked two people already, and they gave me wildly different answers, emphasizing that pay rates are more art than science, and are highly dependent on circumstances, nature of the project, requirements, deadlines, and such. With all this in mind, can you suggest some kind of "ballpark" estimate, or point me to a source where I could learn more? Google has not been particularly helpful in this respect.
> Thank you in advance,
> Elze
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