The Average Rate of Popular Freelancing Professions

Are you charging below the usual market amount?

Annie Wegner


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It’s a gig economy.

All the side hustles give this impression: Use your 9–5 skills to work for yourself on your off-hours.

If you catered to most people, you’d earn $4 per hour. When I started expanding into LinkedIn after Fiverr, agencies saw Fiverr on my job list. The starting rate of offers were $4 per hour. The highest rate was $7, and to get it I’d have to be a topic expert.

Didn’t make a name for yourself online? Don’t have a portfolio to prove your skills? Deal hunters are the ones scrolling into your direct messages making lowball offers.

Do you have credibility and work samples? It’s time to know what other freelancers get in marketplaces like Upwork to set your rate. Of course, you can earn more, but this is what most get on average.

Despite what you’ve heard (or believe), you don’t have to work for $5 per hour. Many freelancers, both new and experienced, charge the below rates. Some people even charge higher to account for inflation.

The inflation-based pricing model

My short and sweet two cents. Do you want your prices to be above the norm? You’ll have to elevate one aspect of your brand. One of these needs to be high quality:

  • Your free, organic content
  • Your customer service and onboarding experience
  • Your delivery.
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Average Rate & Annual Salary of Popular Freelancing Professions


  • Writers: Rate $30–40/hr. | annual salary $42,000.
  • Editors: Rate $25–35/hr. |yearly salary $40,000.
  • Programmers: Rate $60–70/hr. (across multiple programming languages) | annual salary $120,000.
  • General developers: Rate $50–60/hr. |yearly salary $100,000.
  • Mobile developers: Rate $55–65/hr. |annual salary…