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About two weeks ago, I sent the attached post to this list. As
promised, here is the summary of the responses I received.
Per-hour going rate ranges I heard were:
* Bay Area: $45 to $80
* Silicon Valley: $40 to $65
* Wisconsin: $45 to $60
* Cleveland, OH: $20 to $60, typically $35 to $45
* Huntsville, AL: $15 to $50
Some of you suggested ways of finding the Going Rate:
* Annual Rate Survey by the Consultants and Independent
Contractors SIG of STC
* STC meetings
* Clients or subcontractors
* Local headhunters
* Writer's Union
Thanks to the following members who responded to my post:
> * Ann Mackenzie
> * Barbara Philbrick
* Joanne Grey
* Linda Castellani
* Sharon Thomason
* The Tech Writer (I couldn't find a name)
> > ----------
> > From: Bhat, Milind[SMTP:MBhat -at- PJC -dot- COM]
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 1998 10:34 AM
> > To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> > Subject: Re: offsite rates
> > All Technical Writers and Technical Communicators,
> > I have been lurking on this list for a while now. Linda mentioned
> > "going rate". That was enough to make me de-lurk (is that a verb?),
> > at least for a while.
> > Anyway, how do you go about finding the going rate for your area?
> > What are the going rates for your respective areas?
> > I am guessing any going rate will be a range. How do you decide how
> > much to ask within that range? In other words, what qualifications
> > move you up within the range?
> > Please write me off-line and I will post a summary to the list.
> > Thanks.
> > Milind Bhat
> > MBhat -at- PJC -dot- com, (612) 342 - 8632
> > Technical Writing, Training, and User-Centered Interface Design
> > U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc., Information Services Department
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