Web designer – starting pay???

Just curious…

All the web design work that I have done was either for myself, a favor for a friend, or small cash jobs here and there.

How much would a moderately skilled web designer make starting off (working for a company or small business)?

I know this is a vaugue question with MANY variables; experience, skills, etc… But generally speaking, can anyone give me a ball park figure?

I’m beginning to realize that I may be better off hiring someone for my business, rather than doing the design work myself.

varies on a number of things

but for the most part…i charge what people will pay if its too little then i wont work for them

35/hr minimum, and that’s only for long-term projects, like projects that will last me the better half of a year at least.

I’ll charge as much as 120/hr for projects for large companies that need to be expedited.

35/hr minimum, and that’s only for long-term projects, like projects that will last me the better half of a year at least.

I’ll charge as much as 120/hr for projects for large companies that need to be expedited.

Oh shi… Brb, raising rates.

Your rates need to be relative to the value of the site that you’re making. Each company values their website differently, and you need to be able to gauge that. If they’re a large company, and they’re being pressured by their bank and investors into creating a strong web presence, then you can bet your ass that you can get away with charging them $90/hr. Just make sure that your proposal is commensurate with your rate. If they’re a startup with little invested in their company already, don’t expect them to allocate a large budget for you; they value their site, but not enough to pay top dollar for it.

Thanks for all the feedback…I guess I should have been more clear.

I am thinking about hiring this person exclusively. So there wouldn’t be a "length of project" and the "complexity" of the job would vary daily.

Essentially I need someone with web design skills, but they make be completing other tasks as well. Design related…but not necessarily heavy coding all day long.

So for example you might be able to make $35/hr, or even $120/hr with the one example, but how many hours/week are you working for that rate? What is the consistency?

This would be a stable 40 hours/week (or whatever it worked out to be).

Stability has to be worth something I would imagine…

Thanks for all the feedback…I guess I should have been more clear.

I am thinking about hiring this person exclusively. So there wouldn’t be a "length of project" and the "complexity" of the job would vary daily.

Essentially I need someone with web design skills, but they make be completing other tasks as well. Design related…but not necessarily heavy coding all day long.

So for example you might be able to make $35/hr, or even $120/hr with the one example, but how many hours/week are you working for that rate? What is the consistency?

This would be a stable 40 hours/week (or whatever it worked out to be).

Stability has to be worth something I would imagine…

I’m currently contracted with a company at $35/hr for 15 hours per week, and I will have this job for the foreseeable future. I don’t think I’d ever go below that rate. This also leaves me with plenty of time to juggle other clients and make more money.

But there are definitely guys that can go down to $15/hr if it’s 40hrs per week because they want the stability, and they want the payroll. I personally would never go that low. I made $25/hr as a senior technician. I’d rather do that than make $15/hr as a web developer.

I have a book on pricing designers. I’m not much of a designer myself, so I have to subcontract designers all the time. I’ll get the name of the book for you when I get home. It should be really helpful in terms of determining how much you should pay the guy.

edit–

My rates typically come out to $300/day when I do any freelance work. But keep in mind I am a student and I am also running my own business, so I don’t do much freelance work anymore. For someone looking at a more permanent gig, you can obviously find something very affordable. Even if this person’s cost equals the value he or she is putting out, you are still left with more time to leverage elsewhere so you can grow your business. Keep that in mind ad try to think long term with an investment like this.