THE AVERAGE FREELANCER SALARY RANGE

There isn’t a global rule of thumb or guide to follow; a quick peek in any freelance marketplace shows that any one skillset can be prices anywhere from $1/hour to $100/hour. Rates can depend on professional experience, education, geographical region, and the demand for the specific field.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE FREELANCE INDUSTRY

The freelance workforce has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, and it is not stopping. In 2016, it was estimated that freelancers make up 35% of the US workforce. In countries where the average daily income is low, the workforce is shifting toward freelance, where marketplaces like Upwork and Fiverr offer online work opportunities for significantly higher pay.

The barriers to entry for freelancers are quite low. A skill, an internet connection, good-enough English and some luck may be it all it takes to get one’s freelance career off the ground. One struggle freelancers face right off the bat, however, is how to position themselves financially to attract new customers and develop a returning customer base.

THE FREELANCE INCOME SURVEY

Payoneer conducted a global study of over 21,000 freelancers from 170 countries, in an attempt to map out the factors that play into the freelancer salary. The survey contained 21 questions, asking freelancers about everything from their specific field to their work satisfaction level.

The freelance rates were capped at $100/hr max and $3/hr min, in order to prevent outlying statistics from affecting the data disproportionately.
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KEY FINDINGS

Across all fields and regions, the average freelance fee is $19 an hour.

Men make an average of $20/hour as freelancers, while women only make $16/hour on average.

More than half of the freelance global workforce is under age 30.

Freelancers working in IT & Programming present the highest levels of job satisfaction among all freelancers.