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    Default What Should I charge people?

    So I am currently out of a job, but I have been very busy doing Fab jobs (design and build) and repairs for people. I am making decent money but I feel like I am WAY undercharging people (compared to local shop prices). What do you guys feel is a fair price for a freelance welder these days?

    (I have been charging about $20 an hour + cost of material, using ALL of my own gear/consumables)
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    If your happy with $20 an hour that's good then. How much did you make at your last job?

    Are you paying your own/family health insurance? Liability insurance? Putting away money to replace or upgrade equipment as needed? Paying your income taxes & your self employment taxes? Social security &/or retirement savings?

    Not trying to give you a hard time but the above items take a large percentage out of the hourly rate. If your just out for some quick cash while in between jobs I still think it's low at least for my area. The local day laborers by me get $125 to 150 per day.
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    If you are only charging $20 an hour for your labor, consumables, and electricity/wear and tear of equipment and a whole slew of other things you haven't considered, then you are charging way too low.
    Shops around this area are at a MINIMUN $40 an hour. Some go to $60 an hour.
    Not sure where you are located, but $20 is way too low.
    Personally, my shop rate is $50 an hour + material for basic light fab and weld repair.
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    I used to make $12 an hour, way underpaid... the shops around here charge a minimum in of $75/hr inhouse with a minimum of 2 hrs. The only other mobile welding service place charges $180/hr with a minimum of 2hrs. But I have all of my own gear and work out of my truck its, I'm currently not licensed but I am seeking employment.

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    Charge just enough to give them a heart attack and not quite enough to kill them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    Charge just enough to give them a heart attack and not quite enough to kill them.
    That is a awesome statement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    you should be charging between $ 70.00 and 90.00 per hour.

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    Most guys I know are in the $80.00 h/r range around the northern New Jersey range. I'm still at $70.00. I do know a couple of guys ay $50.00.

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    P/S we are all mobile with our own equiptment. And we all don't have a shop to work out of.

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    Why don't you get legit and go out on your own full time?
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