I was wondering and am having trouble finding... ballpark figures for what people charge by the coding hour (the market rate). I understand that there are many factors that come into play here that can raise the coding hour rate, but what is a good base?
Is there additional information required to determine this?
If you're looking for the "industry standard" you can check out sites like GlassDoor.com to see salaries and hourly rates, but this information is moot when it comes to freelancers.
Freelance programmers rates change depending on too many factors for anyone to give a "proper" answer:
• Skill level
• Years of Experience
• Work history/Jobs accomplished (does the freelancer have a proven history of delivering?)
• Company association (ex: an ex-microsoft employee will charge more)
• Time constraints (how soon do you need project finished?)
• Existing code (if a previous programmer worked on the project it adds to total time needed for the new guy)
It's not fun to admit it but at this point your best option is to put out feelers. Reach out to several coders (or directories) with the general requirements of your project. Let them quote you their rate to give you a better idea of what specific skill-levels of developers charge.
Note: Hourly rates and salaries are extremely subjective. You may find that it takes a $100/hr coder 30 minutes to finish a project that a $10/hr coder would spend a week on.
Well it depends on a whole range of things that basically boil down to "what the market will stand" which means ask a sample of them and see what they come back with.
If your going to ask around then have a "smallish" unit of work (something under 1 month) for them to all quote on ... if your not a techie then this is 4-8 screens / pages. Get each one to give you a dollar figure and a time estimate and use a sample size more than 10.
The more you sample the more you will see
When your evaluating your choices the following is a guide for thinking about who they are and why they are quoting what they do.
As pblock says
I would extend the list with:
Or go for the one you think you can work with the best, as long term this is a much better ROI than what ever your paying them upfront.