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Cost for development of a site like this?

I'm looking for some feedback, from someone with experience building complex sites, on what the going cost might be for development of a site similar to the example I was given.

Site
Sitemap

The sitemap indicates the following:
10 top-level menu items
38 sub-menu items
42 sub-sub-menu items

Additionally, the site appears to contain two custom web apps, enabling users to search and apply for jobs.  The job search app is located under Careers » Search Jobs; another app is accessible from within each job listing and allows applicants to submit resumes and other info.

There's a great deal of information within this very well organized site.  But, aside from the two web apps, the site strikes me as something that could could fit nicely into a Joomla or WordPress site (Joomla is my preferred CMS).  And a php-enabling extension would allow the web apps to be built within Joomla -- I don't know if this is as easily done with WordPress.

I've been invited to bid on the new site, which will be similar to the one I've referenced here.  I'm thinking a reasonable bid would be in the $20,000 to $30,000 range.  But I've never built a site of this complexity.  I'd be grateful if someone who has would weigh in on what a reasonable bid would be for a site like this.

Thanks!

Regards,
Jon
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Jonathan Greenberg

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Thank you, Rowby and Jason, for a couple of really helpful answers.

Jason, until reading your answer, I hadn't considered prepackaged job board extensions.  Upon further examination, it appears that the job search and apply software on the site I referenced isn't custom, but rather is provided by icims.com.  Thanks for opening my eyes to this possibility.

It looks like that would bring down the bid quite a bit.  Rowby -- if I may hit you up for another response -- if we're not talking about any custom software development, do you think a bid of $12,000 to $16,000 is in the right ballpark, or does that seem low?
Rowby Goren

The bid is okay, but it's a little hard to tell based on the hours needed to get it done.  

Sometimes, when I am not sure what a client will pay I offer them 2 or 3 levels.

One is for a more basic site,

Two is for most of the featuers

Three is for the best site possible :)  

But never bid so low that you end up wishing you asked for me.

Rowby
Jonathan Greenberg

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As is often the case when I post questions to EE, I wish I were able to award more points than 500, because these were really helpful answers!  Thanks to you both for your help.

Regards,
Jon
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