$85 an hour a bit much for an IT guy in the US?

United States
April 30, 2008 6:13pm CST
I don't know, this kind of shocked me. A guy near me is making $85 an hour for a township near me and all he does is do basic work with computers. Well, not basic basic, but definitely not worth it to be making $85 an hour. Do you think a guy in his field should be making $85 an hour? Maybe he has really awesome qualifications, but even still! It seems kind of high to me. Maybe $50 or $60. But $85? Good god! I wish I was making that much. =P (Rough estimates of what this guy makes after taxes.) $2400 a week. $9600 a month. $115,200 a year. What're your thoughts on this?
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11 responses
@Gesusdid (1681)
• United States
1 May 08
id say this man is making some crazy cash that i want to make one day wow , looks like im chaning my career , i want to be an IT guy lol , but thats great for him tho , but he probaly works or is on call 24 hrs or has a hetic schedule ..taxes are going to bite him in the butt tho
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• United States
1 May 08
Ehh, yeah. I totally agree with you. I'm lucky if I can find a job at my age that pays $11-$15 an hour =O Then again, i'm still young and have plenty of schooling ahead of me! You're probably right, he probably works the weirdest hours ever or something. I think its more of an on call 24 hours type of job though, i'm not entierly sure. i'll try to find more information for you and others if you want me to =O Or I could just take a picture of the article for you guys to read yourself =o
• Canada
1 May 08
This is believable in the U.S. but in Canada, unless you run your own business, it is pretty much impossible to make $85 an hour doing IT work. Good for him and obviously he spent a lot of time earning the education for that.
@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
1 May 08
I suppose it is supply and demand if we need these people then we have to pay them for thier services. We need people to kick a ball to hit it into a net and pay them obsene money to do it! Have a great day from Deeeky
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
1 May 08
Here in Phoenix, that sounds right if the guy has his own business. I know people who charge $170 or even $250 to check out your computer, getting running well and get virus etc. off of it. But that also means that he might not be working 40 hours a week if he doesn't get new clients or repeat work in. Also I had someone fix my computer and it cost $170, but he spent at least 4 hours on it, because I had a doosy yucky redirect thing - don't ask me the technical term - it was messed up. I also have lots of toys hooked up to my computer and I don't think expected all of that.
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@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
1 May 08
hi my son is making twenty eight dollars an hour and thats on the low end for computer programmers so its conceivable I guess but it sounds a bit high to me My son was making forty one thousand a year and was cut back and then given a raise but hes getting less than he really should I know he says some programmers make about fifty dollars an hour and that is pretty typical on the high end of the scale . I think the guy is stretching it some for a good story. more like fifty would be my guess. maybethe guy wanted to make a good story
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
1 May 08
Actually that is about right for someone who does work on computers as a business. I dont know about for someone who is employed by a company or something like that, but I have to assume the company would have to pay him handsomely to keep him from striking out on his own. This may not be that far-fetched after all.
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Well if you want to make the 85 an hour you should go and get the neccessary paper work to be able to do it. Do you have anything to compare this to as far as what the average pay is with his experience/qualifications? Do you know how much money he invested in school? Heck psychologist are upwards of 140 and hour and all the do is listen to people's problems and diagnose them with mental illnesses which many happen to mimic one another, this is why they continued their education so they can make this type of money. All I have to say is Great for your neighbor!
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• United States
1 May 08
oh, certainly not - i run an internet service, and our IT guy gets about $100.00 per hour - if we were a bigger town/city - there's no doubt he could make twice that, easily. you just need to consider the needs, and how many people are offering the services, and the reputation of each. people these days depend more and more on computers, and when it's down, it has to get fixed ASAP... the guy that can get there the fastest, at not too exorbitant a price, gets the job - when the job is done well, he also gets a referral
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
1 May 08
My sister does work for the VA hospital where she lives and she gets paid $55 an hour. It is contract work through another company. The VA actually pays $80 an hour, but the company she contracts through takes $25 of it per hour.
@livewyre (2455)
1 May 08
There's a difference between what a company charges per hour and what the engineers makes per hour, $85 per hour for site work is peanuts.. In our company (NOT IT-related) we charge $110 per hour for work on site and $100 per hour for work on clients equipment sent in to our premises. I know a Ford garage that charges $160 per hour to work on your car (this is the same garage that tried to do a test certificate on my car when they had forgotten to replace the exhaust so they are not exactly hot stuff!!). My point is that the company that send him out (even if it is his own company) has overheads - what if he only gets call-outs for 10 hours (2 hours per day)? then he only brings in $850, if this has to cover his training, travel and office rental he is not making a killing at those rates - in the real world of commerce, this guy is just charging the going rate as far as I can tell...those are my thoughts.
• United States
1 May 08
Wow thats alot! Haha I wish I could make that kind of money. I think that somebody in that field should be making that kind of money. Lucky Guy ;]