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How much to charge for a database?

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I've been offered a database development project, but I have no idea what to charge.  The database is pretty straightforward- about the complexity of the Northwind sample database, with more queries and reports.  I feel like I can make this a professional program. I'm a computer science major and have also spent quite a bit of time working with Access and a couple Access development books, as well as developing another database for a local doctor.  However, I have no idea what the going rate is (I traded the doctor for services), and since I am still on a learning curve, I hesitate to just charge by the hour.  Can any professionals out there give me a rough idea what custom databases are going for?  Thanks!  
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by:spike55
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Just realized that it might be helpful to say what country I am in- Southern United States.
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approaximately $35/ Hour
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With what kind of maximum?  Like I said, since I am still learning, I will surely end up spending more time than a professional would.  Obviously I shouldn't be charging for that though. $35 an hour- that would be $350 for a ten hour job, and I imagine it will take longer than that. Charging much more than that would seem pretty steep though.
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by:devtha
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You got to judge in such matters. The "consultant" rate is what I gave you. As a consultant you are on your own and there is no such word like learning. So may be you can do it for $15-20/ Hr.


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by:cowmilker
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I'm doing a large db for our local police, and state police force.  I am charging $5,000 per copy, w/ an annual price for maintance.  But, i do have to say, we created the db in Open
Access 4, about 5 years ago, and it was free of charge.  Now, since they are using it
so much, we are converting to access, and lot of the stations are interested, just in the
fact that they won't have to re-enter the information.  (We are doing data conversion for
another charge).  $5,000 is not much, but it depends on what the db can offer, and how
critical it is.  If you are just doing a run of the mill db, $50-75 /hour is not a lot.  Remeber,
it was you who took all the hours to learn access, and put it to use.  
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The rate I have given is for MS ACCESS in NewYork Metro Area.

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