What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?

Subject: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?
From: "Mark Filiatreau" <mfiliatreau -at- psi-it -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:57:31 -0400

...in a place like the hyper-expensive Washington, DC, area?

I am quitting my full-time tech writing job, but my company has already
asked me to be available as a contractor on an as-needed basis. I was
asked, "What's your rate?"

I won't be needing benefits any more. My "gross rate" on my paycheck is
about $40/hour, but of course, since we are a Federal govt. contractor,
the govt. has been paying my company much more than that. How much, I
don't know. I don't do just tech writing but also some Quality
Assurance work and training in topics like QA and business

I imagine this has been covered in the Archives, but I haven't found it
yet, so if this is an old topic, I apologize and ask: Please show me
where to look.


Mark D. Filiatreau


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