Survey Says: Freelancers Sacrifice Bigger Salaries to Work Alone

Survey Says: Freelancers Sacrifice Bigger Salaries to Work Alone

As a follow up to my recent post, How To Calculate Your Hourly Rate, I did some searching for salary surveys and here is a summary of what I found.

Coroflot’s 2008 Design Salary Survey

Coroflot is a job search site for designers and creative professionals. Their survey included more than 3,900 respondents in 60 countries and at all levels of their careers. The results of note:

  • Experience is rewarded with greater pay, regardless of expertise.
  • The Pacific Northwest saw a nearly 17% jump in salaries last year.
  • Those with staff jobs make more than freelancers, who make more than those in academia.
  • Web and graphic designers are most likely to work independently.

Survey Says: Freelancers Sacrifice Bigger Salaries to Work Alone

Coroflot has been polling web professionals since 2001; full results from 2008 and past surveys are available on their site.

AIGA/Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2008

AIGA, the professional organization for design, tallied more than 6,400 U.S.-based responses to their 2008 salary survey. This is what it said:

  • The median web designer’s salary is $65,000; an entry-level designer’s is $45,000.
  • Among web developers, those located in the Middle Atlantic region have the highest median salary.
  • 87% of employees at web development firms get paid time off.

AIGA has been conducting their salary survey since 2001 and past results are available online.

Survey Says: Freelancers Sacrifice Bigger Salaries to Work Alone

HOW Magazine’s 2008 Design Salary Report

HOW Magazine polled just over 2,200 designers in the U.S. Here’s a look at the results:

  • Designers overall saw an average 8.1% increase in their take-home pay from 2006 to 2008 (there was a 6.2% increase from 2004-2006).
  • In-house salaries have caught up to design firm salaries with a gap less than $100.
  • Freelance designers reported a huge spike in salary, a 21% change from 2006 ($52,236).

HOW Magazine conducts the survey every two years. The full report is available for download online.

Even if freelancers and solo designers do make less than in-house designers, the trade off of freedom is worth it in my opinion. What’s yours?


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