When you're trying to figure out your hourly rate, take the following into account:


  1. Consider your industry.

    Based on the industry you work in, research common hourly rates for the company, project, and role.

  2. Consider your experience.

    Do an honest assessment of your experience, and determine what you feel would be a reasonable hourly rate for your experience, your abilities, and what you'd be bringing to the table.

  3. Determine your desired annual income.

    Assuming you typically work 40 billable hours per week and take 6 weeks of vacation per year, you can calculate your desired hourly rate by multiplying:

    [46 weeks per year] x [40 hours per week] x [$n per hour] = [$n per year]