Freelance Statistics Report

Freelance Statistics Report

by Cyan Ta'eed and Collis Ta'eed

eBook includes PDF.

There are millions of freelancers around the globe, but for most, freelancing is something done in isolation. What do other freelancers charge? Do they quote or estimate? How many hours a week do they bill? These and many other questions are what we set out to answer in the Global Freelancer Survey of 2007.

3700 people took part in the survey from 6 continents and 10 industries. The results revealed some interesting facts:

Do Freelancers Work More? And if they do, do they Earn More?

We asked freelancers how many hours a week they worked, and just how that compared to their work as regular employees. Additionally we asked them how their earnings compared to the ol’ nine to five, here’s what we found out:

And just what are other freelancers charging?

Of course the question almost every freelancer will want answered is, just how much do other freelancers charge? In our complete report we’ve gone into a lot more detail of ranges, countries and even genders, but here’s perhaps the most sought after statistics, the average hourly rates according to industry:


About the author

Cyan Ta'eed

After Cyan Ta’eed studied graphic design and worked under some of the best in the industry, she went on to not only art direct but manage her own web and graphic design agency Good Creative. She co-founded Envato with her husband Collis in 2006, and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

About the author

Collis Ta'eed

Co-founder of Envato, Collis has been designing and building websites for many years for small sites and large, mom and pop businesses, multinational corporations and governmental organisations.

His work has been featured on numerous design and CSS galleries including BestWebGallery, WebCreme, CSSRemix, CSSMania, TheBestDesigns, and many more.

Collis has an easy to read style of writing, and his tutorials at Psdtuts+ and Nettuts+ have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of Photoshop and Web Design enthusiasts.

Collis is also co-author of several Rockable Press books and is passionate about teaching and training others.