How Much Do FileMaker Developers Make?by
How Much Do FileMaker Developers Make?
by Molly Connolly
I recruit and train FileMaker developers for custom software solutions and have extensive knowledge of compensation in our field. Here are some salary numbers that I put together to help you get an idea of what junior, mid-level, and senior FileMaker developers earn:
A Technical Lead is currently the most sought after FileMaker position in the industry. A technical lead not only has great technical chops, but they are able to perform needs analysis, architect solutions, interact with customers and above all—manage other developers. This person helps you grow your business. This person already has a full-time job or is working for themselves and in order to lure them to work for you you’ll need to offer security, interesting projects, autonomy, flexibility and money. Technical Leads earn between $85-100/hour as a subcontractor. Technical Leads who are on their own typically have their own clients and are charging $100-150/hour. They can expect to earn $95-125K (including a bonus of up as much as 10% of salary) as a full-time employee.
A “senior” FileMaker developer is a person with strong project management skills and a good deal of experience behind them. A senior developer is someone you can trust to interact with your clients and deliver high-quality work on schedule. Some senior developers are able to work well and finish projects on their own but do not necessarily have the management experience (or aptitude) to lead a project team. A senior FileMaker developer can earn between $65-85/hour as a subcontractor or expect to earn $65-85K as an employee.
A “mid-level” person is a competent and experienced developer. They may be moving toward managing design and client relationships but aren’t quite there yet. A “mid-level” FileMaker developer may just need to gain experience interacting with clients or, in some cases; it may not be their personal forté. You’ll need to provide training, oversight and code review for a mid-level developer. A good mid-level FileMaker developer can bill about $35-50/hour as a subcontractor or expect to earn between $45-65K per year as an employee of a consultancy firm.
A “junior” developer has little FileMaker experience and 2-3 years of work experience or is just out of college. With training (see our month-long “on board” training program here) junior FileMaker developers can provide programming and administrative support to more senior staff. A junior can bill at around $25/hour and should expect to earn about $30-45K a year as an employee.
How do these numbers look relative to your skills and earnings? Do they sound about right?
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