I use GigMasters.com to get almost all of my sax-with-trax gigs. I've been pretty successful, making their $59 quarterly fee do-able.
I have typically charged (and received);
$150 for a 1 hour or shorter gig reasonably close to me
$200 for a 2-3 hour gig (or a shorter gig some distance away), and
$250 for a 3-hour gig some drive away, as in a neighboring state.
From these fees, I have to subtract the $20 GigMasters cut.
However, the last couple events I've lost out on the gig to another, newer member, who hasn't played the sax that long and is taking lessons (by his own admission on his promo page). I checked out his clips, and they're reasonably pleasant, akin to one of the better buskers around the DC metrorail around here.
This most recent time I got the notification that a client chose the other sax player (a 45-min wedding "cocktail hour"), I sent the groom a brief polite email thanking him for supporting live music, and asking him if he would do the kindness of letting me know what led him to his decision.
He simply replied that the other sax player offered to do it for less than half of what I bid ($200 since the job was down in Virginia about an hour away, plus add another 30-45 min safety margin for DC traffic).
Do the math. Assume $90 less $20 booking fee, and the guy is doing a saturday nite wedding with schlepping a PA for a net $70. That's bar band pay, IMO. I can only assume the fellow is undercutting me to get gigs and his foot in the door, which I totally understand.
My issue is- am I charging too much in general? I'm not a recording artist-caliber performer, but I'm an experienced, reasonably polished player. However, I think I offer a solid entertainment value, especially compared to what a bride would pay a talent agency. I typically get very nice client feedback on my promo page.
I realize I may need to come down a little, but at some point, I have to also value time with my family those 4-6 hours on a Saturday....
What do you guys charge?