How do I know how much to pay for my job?

There are no set rules, but first consider the complexity of the job and amount of time it will require. Calculating a reasonable rate can be based on averages in your service area. Keep in mind that rates vary from city to city and region to region. For a better sense of the going rate in your area, Browse other postings in our Categories section. Here are three other steps that may help: 

Step 1

Consider the skills and experience required of your job to determine an hourly rate. This may vary, even within specific categories.  For instance, a sous chef job requires fewer skills than a master chef position.


Step 2 

If you have a set budget and the flexibility to let Workers complete the job at their own pace, you might want to consider Fixed Price instead of Hourly Rate. Good examples are mowing a lawn or painting a room.

Also note: the rate you set in your post is a starting point.  Posters and Workers can negotiate within the Comments section of a job posting to reach a mutually agreeable rate.


Step 3

Regardless of whether you choose Fixed Price or Hourly Rate, you have the option to add funds for expenses when posting the job.  These might include supplies, like lumber or paint, travel costs or any other expenses you find appropriate.


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