Larry Kaltenbach Posted November 23, 2022 Report Share Posted November 23, 2022 I've been in the location sound business for about 30 years, in the U.S. I've posted here a few times over the years on various topics. I'm re-visiting here now in Nov of 2022 checking to see if there's been any recent non-union "rate" discussions, as in compensation for work performed. I have found some old compensation rate discussions. So, have I just not searched here correctly? Anyone in the Definitive Know if there's a current discussion going on? Let me know. Otherwise... perhaps, in light of recent inflation, new discussions on compensation rates may be in order? Why my motivation know? I'm recently hearing of, and seeing in print online, some rates that sound a bit incongruous, to the "high" side, relative to the averages I've been accustomed to my whole career. I'll be specific to kick things off - the rates I'm referring to that seem "high" (not as in "too much", just "above relative to...") are $750-$850 labor/10 portal-to-portal and $450 for a basic kit with a mixer/recorder, 2 lavs and a boom. So, basically, a minimum of $1,200, plus most travel miles and tolls also paid. I'm seeing these rates posted by people with 1/2 to 1/3 the number of years experience I have. Hey, my thanks to them for putting these rates out there! I'm reviewing my rates to see if I'm the no-good-lowballer out there! If so, I'll be adjusting my rates upward. I respect and admire the seasoned pros here too and wonder how these numbers square with your experiences? I know everything is relative, every type job is different, there's regional differences... on and on. But, overall, there are average patterns that fall in place regarding rates, that tend to influence all rates no matter the job type we're working on. What are your rate experiences? Mine, on average, in the New York area, are $500-$750 labor/10 on site, $250-$350 basic kit, with the average labor & basic kit total being $850, with some clients paying tolls/parking/miles, some not. Using another means of averaging, by dividing gross income by number of days worked, I come up with $894, which captures all the higher rate days with lots of rentals and the lower rate days when I sit behind someone's console and just mix. The data period I've used is March of 2022 to late Nov 2022. COVID economic effects seemed to cease in March 2022, at least for me. Thanks for any thoughts. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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