Contractor Pay Calculator

Calculate your hourly contractor rate at a push of a button

Calculate how much you’re worth

How do you calculate the price and rate for your service? How do you ensure you that you are charging enough to pay for the tax, expenses and shortfalls as a contractor?

The most obvious and easiest way is to find what the market rate is per hour. However, not all market rates are easily determined and not all market rates will ensure that you are not left out of pocket more than being an employee.

As an employee in Australia, employers will pay for your superannuation, taxes, work-related expenses, holidays and leave.

In most cases when you become a contractor, you will need to pay for your own superannuation, taxes, work-related expenses, holidays and leave. This is one reason why contractors get a higher pay rate than permanent employees.

Working out if your contractor rate takes into account all the extra costs can be quite difficult!

Use the contractor pay calculator below to help you decide if you are getting the right rate as a contractor. This calculator will work out the bare minimum you should charge so you are not out of pocket as a contractor.

We also have a detailed guide to help you work out the rate you should be charging your clients. You can gain access to the detailed guide at the end of the contractor pay calculator.

How much should you charge as a contractor

Estimate the hourly contractor rate using this tool






Please input the required values.

Rate per hour as an an employee
Is superannuation added on top ()
Paid Sick Leave ()
Paid Annual Leave ()
Paid Public Holidays ()

Estimated costs each year


Workers compensation
Registration and Licenses
Tools and Equipment
GST ()
Total hourly Rate

Disclaimer: Many of the comments above are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to verify the applicability to their own circumstances. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as an indication only. It doesn’t take into account all circumstances and they are neither a quote or guarantee of your rate as a contractor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How accurate is the Contractor Pay Calculator?

Every effort is used to ensure that the calculations are correct. However, the calculations are entirely based on the data you input. We believe this is the most accurate contractor rate calculator out there that can help you with setting a minimum hourly rate.

Can this be used for any type of contractor role?

Yes! It doesn’t matter if you’re a tradie, a creative or in entertainment. This calculator is designed to account for all the compulsory overheads you may have when compared to being an employee, so that you’re not under-charging for your services.

What does the Contractor Pay Calculator take into account?

The calculator covers all compulsory costs such as insurance, superannuation, benefits (such as leave) and GST (if applicable) so that you’re accounting for all costs to deliver your service.

Can I use the calculation to help charge for my services?

Yes, definitely! The idea is that it factors in all costs to deliver your service which is commonly missed by a lot of contractors. By doing so, you will provide a more accurate representation of the full cost of your services. 

I can’t tell if I’m a contractor or an employee. How do I check before using this calculator?

We’ve created a guide that explains the difference between the two. If you’re unsure, check it out to help determine which one you fall under before using our tool.

What if I need more help with my contractor business?

Get in touch with us directly for a free initial consultation, and we can help diagnose what problems you have.