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What is the cost of hiring a website developer?

Last updated: 24th May 2019

On average, website development costs approximately $50/hr. Rates can still increase or decrease depending on the features you want on your website and level of customisation. For this reason, website developers can charge anywhere from around $30/hr to about $60/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Web Developers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Significant web factors that develop total cost

Each website development project has specific requirements, and final costs vary depending on their complexity. Web developers also take on different tasks, and the services that you need from them can also affect the total price. Here are some other factors that can influence the cost of your website:

Number of web pages

Obviously, the more web pages you need, the higher the price that you’ll have to pay. Some businesses offer service packages that include only a certain amount of web pages, and any additional pages cost a specific amount.

Flash animations and video

This requires a different kind of skill and software, and it’s often a specialised type of service. So if you need features on your website that will need flash animation expertise, this will definitely cost you extra.

Extra features

Added features such as a CMS, which gives you the ability to add, delete, or edit the site yourself, or e-Commerce and payment functionalities will also greatly increase the total cost of your web development project.

Additional services

Some of the additional services offered by web developers include web hosting, web design, and SEO. Other developers may also offer to maintain and update your website, but you need to make sure if there will be additional costs for that.

Where to find the most affordable web developers

Cost of website development

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Web developers in the Northern Territory charge the lowest average rate at around $33/hr. Meanwhile, website development businesses in Queensland and Victoria charge the same average price of approximately $45/hr, and those in Western Australia offer an average rate of around $47.98/hr.

The average cost of website development is the same in South Australia, New South Wales, and Tasmania at about $50/hr. In the Australian Capital Territory, the same type of service costs approximately $52.50/hr.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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