The answer depends on how many FTEs you have and what your budget is. With a few exceptions, we recommend using the following four combinations:
For brief cases: $30 per hour (not including overhead) for paralegals and legal assistants; $60 per hour (including overhead) for attorneys; For medium-large cases: $45 to $50 per hour (not including overhead); About $70 to 85 an hour (including overhead). For small or very large cases: About 60% of the above rates for paralegals and legal assistants and about 75% of these same rates for attorneys.
What if I don’t like this rate? Can I negotiate it? Yes, but only with certain limitations. Negotiating hourly rates is difficult because everyone has different needs, expectations, skill sets, days at work/off work availability etc., so bargains are hard to come by. The federal government does not allow agencies to pay more than “prevailing market” wages in most circumstances except where there are special circumstances such as when an agency cannot otherwise obtain qualified applicants with experience equivalent to that required by its positions at the time of need pursuant to Section 10(C)(2) of Executive Order 11246 or other applicable statutes or regulations governing contracting practices in connection with procurement opportunities reserved exclusively for Federal employees. So even though you may feel that you’re being underpaid compared with local wages – which can vary significantly – there’s no