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Pay Your Programmers $200/hour (abtinforouzandeh.com)
17 points by abtinf on Dec 30, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

The author mixes work as a contractor and work as a full time employee in the same article. Further, there is no evidence he is working (or has worked) as an employee.

"As a programmer, I treat contracts that pay me $200/hr differently from jobs/contracts that pay me $65/hr [...]." (emphasis mine)

FWIIW, I work as an employee and I do a huge amount of self-education nor do I charge every hour I work (if I punched a timeclock, I would find many days I work more than 8 hours, but some days I don't). As a full time employee, I expect a level of employment stability and, more importantly, I expect others in the company to do stuff I don't particularly care to do (benefits / insurance shopping, billing, accounting, payroll including all the rules and tax crap, marketing, etc.). I'm happy to trade off a sizable per-hour amount for someone else to remove those hassles from my life.

As a salaried worker, I am making enough money for my family to live comfortably. Where I am in life, I could be making more money, but my quality of life would be worse. For me, for now, the answer is salary at a competitive market rate.

I'm fairly sure he is not mixing full-time / contract here, but strictly referring to contract work.

I disagree, the section quoted by GP continues "[...] $65/hr equivalent salary [emphasis added]" which makes it even more clear that a full-time position is being referred to.

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