Something I really should have brought up in FAQ Proposal: Off topic areas is that questions about average expected salary/hourly rates/how much should I charge are always too localized.

As typified by questions like https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/2892/how-much-to-charge-as-a-freelance-programmer#question we just can't answer these questions, and if we can, the answers won't help many people or for very long; the answers vary from city to city, year to year, and they're already very limited by job type and skills.

So I propose to add the following to our FAQ section on off-topic questions:

  • "What salary/hourly rate should I look for? How much should I charge for X?"
    • Questions regarding salary are too localized to the city, timeframe, job sector and specific skills. Answers to these questions become quickly outdated and just aren't helpful to others.
    • For general salary hunting tips, see How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for?
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    Agree; I'm not sure how any of us missed adding that.
    – jcmeloni
    Jul 29, 2012 at 3:20

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No objections? Anyone? Bueller?

Sold! This will be added to the FAQ.

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