Re: Unskilled Tech Writing Managers

Subject: Re: Unskilled Tech Writing Managers
From: Kris Olberg <KJOlberg -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 16:35:07 -0500

In a message dated 95-11-09 02:51:21 EST, jleer -at- MV -dot- MV -dot- COM (Jonathan Leer)

>A few weeks ago I put out a request for information to this mailing list
>and cannot believe that I got 2 responses, none of which answered my
>survey request:

>If you are managing publishing services, I would appreciate a dollar figure
>(per hour) that you place on your perceived value for these services:
>* writing
>* editing
>* production
>* conversion between applications (e.g., Pagemaker, Word, Framemaker)
>* conversion between platforms (e.g., MAC-Windows)
>* translation
>* Other (please specify)

Jonathan, assigning $$$ depends on so many factors. Typically, labor rates in
large corporations are determined by the finance department. Some even assign
across-the-board rates for all personnel, regardless of function. If you look
at it from the perspective of a company that offers these services, then the
numbers are different still.
It's difficult, but I'll take a crack at it. Keep this in mind--the actual
numbers are not so important as the relationship between the numbers.

$50 writing
$45 editing
$40 production
$40 conversion between applications
$45 conversion between platforms
$60 translation
$50 graphics artistry

kjolberg -at- aol -dot- com
kjolberg -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com
102031 -dot- 3556 -at- compuserve -dot- com

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