I work for a small (1 family) art company as a "computer artist". I have worked there part time for about 7 years. I believe they charge clients over $100 per hour for designs. At one point I charged them $25/hr but awhile ago they said they could only afford $20 and I gave in. By my calculations then they are getting over 80% of the profit from my work. I don't know how accurate this is though. It is complicated because I do a subset of all the kinds of artwork that they produce and I think they just charge flat rates that are supposed to work out to $100-$200/hr. Anyway, even if my estimates are way off, I think I am really being underpaid. Yet strangely they say that $20/hr is all they can afford, and they keep limiting my hours even though there is plenty of work to do (at the moment). It really doesn't make sense to me and maybe they are being irrational, but I would think that if they are getting even just 50% markup from my work they should assign me to do everything I possibly can.
So I would just like to know what is a fair markup for contractors in this field. And what special things need to be considered that effect this price?
For a little more background, they have a fairly high overhead with their studio and equipment and travel expenses etc. I essentially have none. But for the computer work I do it doesn't really cost them any more than maybe 15% of their time per the amount of time I put in to a job, if I do all the designing. I am not a very fast worker but I do high quality work.