When it’s time to choose a vendor for handling your web scraper project, what often stands between you and your data-driven goals is the cost.
Did you know that 58% of companies are keen to revisit the pricing structure with their outsourcing partners? What it means is that more than half the market looks for a clearer picture of what they’re investing in.
But let’s face it. Pinning down the exact cost for data scraping isn’t always possible. Because each project is as unique as the data it targets. The volume of information, the complexity of the websites, and even the frequency with which you need that data make a difference in terms of the data collection cost. And it doesn’t end there.
So, we’re here to unpack all this. We’ll break down what factors affect the final cost of web scraping as a service.
Defining the cost of a web scraping project is akin to asking “How long is a piece of string?” The answer is: it depends. Too many variables come into play as you calculate the final price tag of scraping websites. Namely, these are:
Let’s break down the usual things that affect your final quote in more detail in the next sections.
There’s no one-fits-all approach to custom web scraping. If you need to scrape 30 simple websites that don’t change their structure or content much, and don’t have rigid protection measures, it’s one thing. But scraping Amazon and other marketplaces, with hundreds of categories, complex page structures, and different data types is a whole different story.
So, what project details define the data collection investment size?
Data loading speed and the number of concurrent processes will mainly depend on website responsiveness. Sometimes, we load data within minutes—because the website is responsive. In other cases, it takes days.
In turn, the speed at which you can load data relies on the number of records, search complexity, and the number of search requests. For example, if the site shares data fast, it will take minutes to get data. On the contrary, to complete a complex search with many requests, developers can spend from 1 hour to 7 days.
|Project Specification||Lower price range(up to $500)||Medium price range (from $500 to $5,000)||Higher price range (above $5,000|
|Number of websites||1-2 simple sites||3-10 average sites||10+ sites|
|Number of records||1,000 - 10,000||10,001 - 1,000,000||1,000,001 and above|
|Input data formats & types||Structured data (price, description, ratings, and SKU numbers)||Semi-structured data (HTML or XML files)||Unstructured data (emails, PDF files, or images)|
|Quality control||Raw data||Verified data||Standardized and ready-to-use information|
|Data delivery frequency||One-time||Monthly||Daily or real-time|
|Turnaround speed||Is defined by:
Some websites are open fields. Others are dense forests. So, the more complex the website is, the pricier it will get to fetch data from it.
Website structure Before estimating the web scraping service cost, we always look at the website structure. Sure, a well-structured website with clear, consistent HTML elements, straightforward URLs, and a sitemap is a dream for every developer. Scraping information from these sources is usually less time-intensive. Which means a lower cost for you.
In such cases, we need more advanced tools and strategies. Our developers might have to employ headless browsers that mimic human interaction. Or write complex code that navigates through the complex websites. This naturally impacts the project’s cost.
The level of website protection will also impact the cost of the data scraping services.
IP blocking is a common protection tactic. Websites use it to block access if they notice too many requests from the same IP address. To outmaneuver such blocks, we may need to use a pool of rotating IP addresses or residential proxies. Usually, the price ranges between $100-$300 per month.
If you would like to access information locked by login, this adds another dimension to our web scraping task. To legally access these sites, we’ve got to manage accounts and sessions.
Lastly, there are CAPTCHAs. And here, there are two solutions. First, we can automate solving CAPTCHAs with sophisticated anti-captcha services (from $0.5 to $2 per 1000 solved CAPTCHAs).
|Cost range||Website specifications||Measures that impact the cost|
|Lower (from $10 to $100)||
|Mid (from $100 to $500)||
Simple anti-scraping measures
Dynamic content loading
Basic login requirements
The average salary of a middle developer in Ukraine is around $2,500. So, let’s break this down into an approximate hourly cost. For simplicity, let’s consider a standard work month of 160 hours (which is 40 hours per week multiplied by 4 weeks).
Here’s the basic calculation for the hourly rate:
💰 $2500 average salary / 160 hours per month = approximately $15.63 per hour
Now, we’ll consider how different levels of project complexity affect the code development cost.
As you hire web scraping developers for simple projects, development time is typically reduced. The tasks will include basic data extraction from several websites and no anti-scraping mechanisms.
Projects of medium complexity might involve dynamic content and some anti-scraping measures. So, it will require a developer to write code capable of overcoming those complexities. Usually, there is a need for some form of data processing, which also requires extra time.
Here’s how this might look:
|Project complexity||Estimated development time||Estimated cost|
|Simple||3-4 hours||$50 - $100+|
*The estimated development time is a rough guide and will vary according to the specific details of each project. For the most accurate estimate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our experience, data processing accounts for around 80% of the project’s overall time and cost. Take, for example, our India Voter Registration Poll project. Processing about 1 billion records and recognizing data in 14 different languages wasn’t a small feat—it took 9 months. So, what exactly is included in this scope of web data extraction?
💡 These costs are influenced by the labor market. For example, the rates for hiring web scraping developers in Ukraine might be different compared to other regions.
Each tool in the tech stack of data scraping companies has its price tag. The investment into this expense item will largely depend on the project’s specific demands and the chosen service providers. Additionally, costs can fluctuate based on market conditions, regional pricing, and the evolution of technology.
The cost here varies based on the server’s performance specifications, required uptime, and scalability. For a project with moderate demands, you might expect costs starting from:
This cost depends on the amount of data you’re storing and the duration of storage. With cloud storage solutions, you typically pay for the amount of storage you use per month. Here’s a rough estimate:
Depending on the project, web scraper freelancers or vendors may need specialized software or subscriptions to services that facilitate scraping.
For using proxies for web scraping, you’ll usually be charged based on the amount of traffic they handle and the level of IP rotation you need.
If the website is protected with CAPTCHA, developers will need to use dedicated solvers. Here, you usually pay per solved CAPTCHAs. So, costs can add up quickly for sites that heavily use them. Estimates might range from $2 to $5 per 1,000 CAPTCHAs.
Not every web scraping project requires ongoing support and maintenance. For example, if you’re interested in a one-time scrape, the job is done once the required data is collected and delivered to you.
But as you need data on an ongoing basis, you won’t do without maintaining the scraper. First, you’ll want to track the results of scraping activities. Second, many websites change regularly. And if you require up-to-date information, this involves changing the code. This could be daily, weekly, or monthly—depending on the website and your needs.
Usually, it takes 2-3 developer’s days to revisit the code and maintain the scraper. Also, based on our experience, 1-3 websites out of 30 will require code updates due to the changes. So, let’s compare the costs. Mind that third-party and other services (cloud,
|Type of work||Cost||What's included|
|Initial setup||From $50 to $500 one-time payment per website||
|Support & maintenance||Starting from $500 per month||
At Nannostomus, we tailor our support and maintenance packages to the specific needs of each client. Pay only for what you need.
Let’s break down the potential costs involved in three common service scenarios:
Static sites are easier to handle. Here, the data is readily accessible. So, developers don’t have to deal with complex navigation or bypass anti-scraping technologies.
This scenario involves setting up scrapers that handle websites with basic anti-scraping measures. Mainly, simple CAPTCHAs or IP rate limitations. Plus, we add ongoing support to the quote.
In the chart below, you’ll find a simplified guide to understanding the potential financial commitment for each web scraping scenario over the course of a year.
|Service scenario||Initial setup cost||Monthly support cost||Total cost for 1 year|
|One-time scrape of 10 static websites||$500 - $1,500 (one-time)||n/a||$500 - $1,500|
|10 websites with basic anti-scraping||$5,000 - $7,000||$500 - $1,000/month||$13,400 - $19,000|
|10 websites with severe anti-scraping||$10,000 - $15,000||$1,000 - $2,000/month||$22,000 - $39,000|
Whether you require a one-off data scrape or an ongoing stream of fresh data from sites ranging from simple to highly complex, we’ve got the tools, the talent, and the adaptability to meet your needs. Here’s our pledge to you:
We make enterprise-level website scraping services available for every business. Get quality data regularly to empower timely decision-making. Reach out to us for a quote.