Question:

How much do freelance designers make?

15 October, 2021 Gregory Pingree 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: SCOTT DAMRON
    17 October, 2021

    If you design from home, or from a coffee shop, then you will need to work long hours and be available for communication during all business hours. If it's the type of job that can easily coexist with other jobs, then it can earn a living wage. But if the only thing going for your design career is your connectivity to clients at least 8 hours a day - otherwise known as portfolio entrepreneurs - then you're going to run into serious problems after a year or two. The good news is that there are many more opportunities in this arena now than there were five years ago thanks to sites like LinkedIn and Behance that allow easy collaboration among those seeking freelance jobs.

  • AUTHOR: MARIBEL WRONA
    17 October, 2021

    The median salary of a freelance designer is $28,000. A 2005 survey conducted by the National Association of Graphic Designers found that 76% of their respondents earned an income averaging $34,000 per year as self-employed professionals. Approximately half (48%) reported annual salaries below $25,000 and 27% made more than $75,000 annually (Majchrzak 2005). A 2009 survey found similar results; designers had an average earnings of between $30k and 50k annually (Kuen 2008).

  • AUTHOR: LUZ BADON
    17 October, 2021

    That completely depends on the individual. Some designers work exclusively for themselves, while others may take on freelance projects to supplement their income. For me $1,000-$2,000+/month is where I want to be financially wise and that's what I'm primarily trying to reach this year. Part of that will include doing some freelance gigs just for extra cash through supplemental income! Finding an hourly rate is not really possible since it varies depending on the project $$$$ but rather what you feel comfortable charging over time because freelancers are in-demand much more often these days! Information about when they work traditionally should be included in the answer as well.

  • AUTHOR: TAMI GRISBY
    17 October, 2021

    This will depend on what industry they are designing for, but an average freelance designer can expect to make between $65,000 and $85,000. Those with more experience or who have gained a name in the industry can charge anywhere from $180,000 to over 400K annually. Freelance designers most often work out of their own office space since they are self employed so don't incur any overhead costs until they reach the high rates I mentioned before. Freelance designers most often work out of their own office space since they are self employed so don't incur any overhead costs until they reach the high rates I mentioned before. The thing about freelancing is that you should not take this occupation lightly!

  • AUTHOR: RALEIGH DAMRON
    17 October, 2021

    It's hard to quantify the average amount of hours freelance designers work, so it's also hard to figure out an average hourly rate. On one end of the spectrum, if your freelance designer is working 12 hour days every day of the week for $8/hour then at first glance they're making $864 per week before taxes. However this doesn't account for any overhead like their internet connection (which they need), coworking spaces (where they may be working), or food if they eat lunch while working; these are all things that impact how much money goes into your bank account each day.

  • AUTHOR: JACOB NOREN
    17 October, 2021

    Trying to answer this question is a bit of a Rubik's Cube. What city do you live in? What does your work look like? How many clients are coming to you per day now, and how many did you have last year? These factors all figure into calculating a final number. The one thing I can say for sure is that people who build their business up slowly make more money than those who start at full blast from the get go. Work on your portfolio, expand your client base, and then scale up as needed. A good rule of thumb for figuring out what will be profitable or not is to go with what has been working for you so far.