[consulting] General consultant's vent

Domenic Santangelo domenic at workhabit.com
Thu Aug 6 20:24:02 UTC 2009

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM, Sam Cohen <sam at samcohen.com> wrote:

>  Freelancer Rate in North America: $30-$60
> I'd be really surprised if there were many experienced Drupal freelance
> developers charging $60 or less in US.  I'd say the freelance rate is more
> like $30 to $125 -- and based, in large part of experience and skill.

Indeed; here on the west coast I've not seen a pro Drupal freelancer that
charges less than $75/hour, and $80-100 what I would expect to pay if I were
looking for someone. By "pro", I mean they have an impressive portfolio of
work, active modules on D.O, and the ability to jump into a project and
communicate exceptionally well. Often they have backgrounds at companies
that have either done extensive Drupal work as part of their overall
strategy, or at a Drupal-specific shop. Since these freelancers are
responsible for their own taxes/healthcare/retirement/etc, this works out to
a salary in the $60-80k range: not exactly an exorbitant pay grade for a
professional-level technologist. (YMMV, of course. Tax write-offs and other
creative ways to increase avg salary/year  differ from situation to

Sam mentioned theming; I know and have used the services of an *extremely*
good Drupal themer (downside being he's only CSS, he won't touch code except
to change a class or ID here and there). His rate is $75/hour.

YMMV, of course.

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