How much does a temp agency charge per hour?

Factors that impact cost

The cost of using a temp agency can vary widely depending on several factors, including the location, the type of work, the level of skill required, and the specific agency itself. Here's a general idea of how temp agencies charge for their services.

Markup percentage

Temp agencies often charge a markup on the hourly rate paid to the temporary worker. This markup can range from 25% to 100% or more, depending on the agency and the factors mentioned above.

For example, if a temp agency charges a 50% markup and the temporary worker's hourly wage is $15, the client company would be billed $22.50 per hour for that worker's services.

Direct billing

Some temp agencies charge a flat fee or a direct billing rate instead of using a markup percentage. They might bill the client company a fixed amount for each hour the temporary worker is on assignment.

Additional costs

In addition to the markup or direct billing rate, there may be additional costs for services such as background checks, drug tests, skills testing, or administrative fees.

Contract length

The duration of the temporary assignment can also affect the overall cost. Longer-term assignments may result in lower markup percentages or direct billing rates.

Skill level

Highly skilled or specialised temporary workers may command a higher markup or direct billing rate compared to workers with less specialised skills.


Costs can vary significantly based on the cost of living and labor market conditions in a particular region. Temp agency rates in major cities may be higher than in smaller towns.


Some industries, such as healthcare or information technology, may have higher temp agency rates due to the demand for specialised skills.

It's important to note that temp agency pricing structures can be negotiated, and rates can vary from one agency to another. Clients often work closely with temp agencies to determine the most cost-effective solution for their staffing needs. 

For more information regarding temp agencies, check out Indeed's article on how staffing agencies work.

Additionally, you can click the button below to read our article on how temp agencies make money.

How much does a temp agency charge per hour?

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