Cost per hour for Accessibility Testing

Like all things tech, it widely varies based on location and levels of certification

Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC
5 min readDec 2, 2019


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This is part one of a two-part article. The second part focuses on whether you should staff testing resources as employees, contractors, or use crowdsourcing.

Although I am usually not afraid of confrontation, this is an article that I have avoided writing about for a while. No matter what I write below, I’m going to piss someone off. Spending the last two months in a really intense “pitchathon” program has helped thicken my skin in a few places, so upon multiple requests, I am putting my thoughts out there on salaries and cost per hour that accessibility consults should expect to receive, and organizations should expect to pay.

Disclaimer: I currently work (or have worked in the past) with several accessibility consultancies, but have not spoken with any of them about this article. I was a Level Access contractor in 2014 (when it was SSB Bart Group).


A friend of mine reached out on LinkedIn. She had recently interviewed at a large university in a very big city who was currently in litigation over lack of WCAG compliance. They offered her what would be effectively poverty wages in that particular city for a position with an end date (funding was not guaranteed after a certain point) where they were requesting someone with:

  • Five years of experience
  • IAAP certification
  • WCAG testing skills utilizing many forms of assistive technology
  • Coding capabilities in Drupal, Wordpress, and PHP, and;
  • Curriculum development skills.

So basically what they were looking for was:

- someone with incredibly elite skills (testing/coding/training)



Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC

LinkedIn Top Voice for Social Impact 2022. UX Collective Author of the Year 2020. Disability Inclusion SME. Sr Staff Accessibility Architect @ VMware.