Re: contract-to-hire pricing

Subject: Re: contract-to-hire pricing
From: "J. Ressler" <jressler -at- ewa-denver -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 15:43:10 -0600

Just to add even more legitimacy to Donna's great example, I really had to fight for my salary when converting from contracting. My employer wanted to do the old "We'll just add 2 zeros to your hourly rate" and call it done.

I had to prove what the current market rate was, but I didn't limit myself to just tech writers. I looked up the different descriptions, and found documentation specialist. The DS description yielded a higher salary. I through in a sprinkling of IT work and experience and came up with a number. I chose to use the rate for a Senior Documentation Specialist, hoping for the rate of a documentation specialist.

My boss took the number, 25,000 higher than my original offer, and said 'I don't quite think you are a senior documentation specialist', and reduced the number by 5k.

I took the offer, and said that while I might not be a senior documentation specialist, I have the responsibilities of one.

Later, after the refusal (by the employer) of education benefits because of the GI Bill, I asked for a raise. It was promptly denied. I also made no use of their medical insurance, and their 401k matching is not stellar by any means. The benefits of becoming an employee were quickly diminishing. While I had no choice, you might. Research their policies and all that might apply to you. I wish I had done a more thorough job.

Just my situation, and my two cents (which I might want to hang on to)


Jones, Donna wrote:

Roughly calculated, $40 per hour on a W2 (as a contractor with no benefits)
is about $80K in gross pay per year. That's 2000 work hours and allowing for
two weeks (80 hours) of vacation or sick time off. If you're looking for an
equivalent salary with benefits, I would guess that $60-70K would be in the
ballpark. What you don't get in cash every week, you get in paid time off,
maybe life insurance, and maybe 401K matching funds or profit sharing. All
of that factors in, so it may look like you're earning less money, but it's
actually about the same in the long run.


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