Pay rates are not just based off of what you can do. They are also based off of years of experience, seniority in a company, and who you know. I have made anywhere from $7.50 an hour to $60.00 an hour. Currently I make $40.00 an hour as a contractor. I might work zero hours in a week or I might work 60 hours in a week. You do the math. Oh, as a contract employee, I do not get time and a half after 40 hours.