market rates for web design
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: meuslix22-ga
List Price: $20.00
03 Nov 2002 11:23 PST
Expires: 03 Dec 2002 11:23 PST
Question ID: 97418
I am looking for information on typical rates charged for web design work. The work involves interfacing with databases both to produce dynamic pages and to allow users to post information to the site. The scripting is in PHP, and some of the HTML work is left to me as well. The site is virtual-hosted, so server administration is not involved. I would like to know how this kind of work is distributed between hourly and flat-rate pay arrangements. I would also like to know what a standard hourly rate for this work would be, and hopefully get some references for descriptions of flat-rate projects and the rate that was charged. Samples where I can see the completed site would be excellent, because that will help me compare it to what I am working on.
Re: market rates for web design
Answered By: tox-ga on 08 Nov 2002 20:39 PST
The answer to this question depends on whether you are employed or freelancing Employed web designers get payed based on their skill set and their experience. Across the U.S., a web designer typically earns $38,813.37 and an average bonus of 7%(http://www.webdesignerjobs.com/ejobs_cfmfiles/salary/view_salary.cfm?RequestTimeout=300) However, the production of a web-based application requires an entire team of people, and depending what your job is within that team, your salary can range from $25000 (Assistant) - $100000 (Project Manager). The job that you specified, including HTML and database programming would start at around $40000 and make go up to $120000 depending on the database complexity and your ability to manage it. Hourly, these can range from $35 - 50/hr to start and can go up to 90 - 100/h. Once again, this is completely dependant on project requirements and your skills. No sane manager is going to be paying you $100/h for writing a comment page. But if you were say, integrating an online network of WAP connected cellphones with an SQL database that required 99% uptime and efficiency, well, that's another matter. (http://www.emediastaffing.com/html/salary_guide.html) If you are a freelancer, http://www.ecommercebase.com/article/483 provides a nice summary of how you should define your rates, based on current industry rates listed above. But in addition to the factors listed above, your reputation is also a huge factor in determining your salary. The site designers of http://www.2advanced.com/ for example, can charge much more then the average web designer because of his many corporate clients and he has been featured at many design conventions. A site like http://www.phan.ca/ would at most, cost $500 to make. http://www.wired-web.com/design.htm provides an article on website costs. Generally, if you are employed by a company, you will be played a yearly salary. However, if you are a free-lancer, then you will most likely be charging by per hour. The only exception to this is if the website is small, in which case a flat rate is charged. Hope this helps. -Tox-ga
Re: market rates for web design
From: rac-ga on 03 Nov 2002 18:57 PST
Hi, If you want to how to price your work then check the following link http://webdesign.about.com/cs/pricingsalaries/ It tells you in detail how to price webprojects and other useful tips like how to estimate the work, how to price the projects etc. http://www.kessels.com/Webdesign/howto.html This links also tell about the normal cost charged by programmers. In general to decide flat rates or hourly rates If the specification is very clear go for fixed flat price. If the specification is vague or need lot of revision go for hourly rates. For Analysis and post production support phase go for hourly rates. For Design, Buid and unit testing phase go for fixed price If you want to outsource your work then I suggest to post your work in Http://www.rentacoder.com Http://www.elance.com for bidding. Hope it helps. RAC
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