SEO Agency Pricing by City
Our latest report compares the pricing of SEO agencies across the U.S. We pulled average pricing for a full-service SEO campaign, which includes the following deliverables:
- Baseline SEO health report
- Keyword research
- Content strategy
- Weekly content production
- Weekly meetings
- Monthly or quarterly reporting
Below you will find the average pricing for an SEO agency headquartered in each of the 16 U.S. cities listed. While most SEO firms serve clients nationally, the city in which they are headquartered affects the cost of business in that area and thus is reflected in the agency’s pricing. Nationally, you will find that nearly all top-tier SEO agencies charge between $6,000 and $10,000 per month for comprehensive SEO services, including content marketing, as of 2021.
SEO Agency Pricing by City
|SEO Agency Location||Pricing|
|Austin||$7,250 / mo|
|Boston||$8,400 / mo|
|Chicago||$8,500 / mo|
|Dallas||$7,300 / mo|
|Denver||$7,750 / mo|
|Houston||$7,200 / mo|
|Las Vegas||$6,400 / mo|
|Los Angeles||$8,350 / mo|
|New York||$9,000 / mo|
|Philadelphia||$7,800 / mo|
|Phoenix||$7,000 / mo|
|Sacramento||$6,350 / mo|
|San Diego||$8,250 / mo|
|San Francisco||$9,500 / mo|
|Seattle||$8,800 / mo|
|Washington DC||$7,350 / mo|
Note: We’ve previously compared the price of a full SEO campaign at 10 San Francisco-based SEO agencies; if you’re looking for a comparison of the services SEO agencies offer, you might find that article helpful.
Variations in SEO Agency Pricing
SEO agency pricing does vary depending on the company being served. Most often, where you find variations in the above pricing is in (a) the competitiveness of your industry or (b) how much technical knowledge is needed to ghostwrite content. Thus, it’s reasonable to expect that a B2C company in a moderately competitive, easily understood industry would swing $1,000-$2,000 per month lower, whereas a company in a moderately competitive but highly technical B2B industry could expect a swing equally higher.
SEO Agency Pricing for Consulting
If you’re only interested in consulting, fees range from $50 per hour for offshore SEO firms to $300 per hour for large, multinational marketing agencies. An average website assessment that includes strategic and conversion rate optimization suggestions should run between $5,000 and $11,000.
Selecting an SEO Agency
Pricing is clearly an important factor in selecting an SEO agency, but it should weigh against several other factors:
(1) the quality of the work, particularly keyword research and content creation
(2) the services’ fit to your company’s needs
(3) the strength of the team serving you
(4) expertise in all of: SEO strategy, keyword research, content creation, analytics, and marketing attribution (i.e. the entire SEO system)
You should ask an agency you’re considering working with for examples of their work and case studies that demonstrate ROI as opposed to just leading indicators.
If you’d like to put our agency in the mix to perform SEO for your business, feel free to get in touch. We’re a full-service SEO firm that specializes in B2B lead generation across a wide variety of technical industries.
Evan Bailyn is a bestselling author and award-winning speaker on the subjects of SEO and thought leadership. Contact Evan here.