[SASAG] Consulting Rates

Chris MacGregor chris at cybermato.com
Mon Jun 2 23:01:46 PDT 2008

I don't know about current rates for sys admin work as that's not my 
focus, but I did up a little spreadsheet to help with contract rate 
calculations for myself and some other folks I know. You can get to it 
via the URL below. Note that the OpenOffice version is the native one; 
the Excel version is just a "save-as" from OpenOffice and has not been 
tested on actual Excel.

No warranty, but I am interested in bug reports and suggestions for 



On 06/02/2008 12:00 PM, Hal Pomeranz wrote:
>> On 06/02/2008 10:52 AM, Eric Kahklen wrote:
>> I am thinking of doing a little consulting on the side and am trying to
>> figure out an hourly or contract rate for general Sys Admin type of
>> services for small businesses.  What type of rates are people charging?
> For full-time consultants, the "rule of thumb" formula for hourly rate
> is usually "(current annual salary * 2) / 1200".
> The explanation of this formula is as follows:
> 1) Consultants have higher costs than salaried employees.  You have
> to pay the "employer's share" of the taxes, buy your own benefits, etc.
> To maintain your current standard of living, expect to have to bill
> double your current annual salary.
> 2) You're not going to be able to bill 2000 hours a year, especially
> when you're just starting out.  You'll have downtime when looking for
> new business, etc.  Figure on 1200-1500 billing hours per year.  I went
> with the more conservative end of this range in the above formula.
> If you don't think your personal salary is representative of what
> people in your area are making, you can always look on monster.com or
> one of the other jobs boards to get an idea of the salary ranges for
> different kinds of Sys Admin work in your area.
> Good luck!
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