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    Question What do you charge?

    For you free-lance programmers out there. How do you estimate how much to charge your clients? Any good websites for figuring it out? Ive pretty much decided that no one is hireing...so im gonna contract myself out to a few places. Just want to know how much I should be charging.

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    Totally depends

    It totally depends on what type of programming.

    I have an article somewhere with the mean rates. I will see if I can find it tomorrow.

    I say charge anything over $60 an hour.

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    you need to be a lot more specific. What type of work do you do? what can you do? what are your specialties? what experience do you have? where do you live? where are you planning on doing work?

    It can be anywhere from $25-$200/hour depending :P
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    Im going to do mostly database programs in C++ or webbased in php. Im going to work for various govt agencies. Ive worked for General Electric Medical Systems for 2 years as well as the US Marshals last summer. Got a BS in computer science engineering and a Forensic Science certificate.

    Im lining something up out in Washington DC, but going to work from St. Louis. The job market here (st. Louis) is aweful for computer guys.

    I was estimating about $30 and hour, but gov't agencies dont want to hear that. They want to hear final costs and deadlines. So does anyone have a good "lines of code" to "cost ratio"?
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    $30/hr is a little low... This is very hard to say, it really depends, how long do you think that it will take you to do the project? Give a good estimate of time, make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time, and then give them an estimate on how much it will cost them. There's no real guideline here because nobody knows the details as well as you do. But you can most likely google and there are several boards online that have a lot of information on contracting rates and salaries based upon what type of work you're doing and age and whatnot... I don't know any off the top of my head but I know that they are out there.

    Good luck!
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    currently I am working on .ASP/MS-SQL 2000 websites getting $60 P/H AUS.... quite a good rate.... but yeah it really all depends on the workloads/skills required for the task etc....

    no real definative answer...
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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    Right now, firmware programming is the latest fad. Try to get your foot into that.

    As for pricing, shoot high and haggle down. A friend of mine went from > $120k/year down to $35k/year. Unless you have some incredibly specific experience that a company is looking for, don't expect to make much more than $25/hour.

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    PHP in Aus i get about $30-$50AU....... but I'm only 17 doing it in my spare time between school/life so I'd be asking a lot more if i was 25+......

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