The pay rates report


Tired of haggling over your rate (and worth!) with your clients? Or are you a job-poster wondering what to pay a freelancer? Our pay rates report has industry-standard freelance writing rates to get you started.

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Whether you’re a job-poster wondering what to pay a freelancer, or you’re a freelancer quoting a project, our pay rates report can get you started. It features regularly updated freelance writing rates for a range of different types of creatives.

This is a report we compiled to help our job-posters who weren’t sure what to pay freelancers, but it took on a bit of a life of its own when our job-seekers found out about it – and it’s since been downloaded and shared hundreds of times.

Our pay rates report covers freelance writing rates for:

  • copywriters
  • content producers
  • journalists
  • sub-editors
  • editors and proofreaders
  • social media writers
  • designers
  • interns


If you’d like advice on what to pay (or what to charge) for another type of creative job, please email us via our contact page.

For further reading / resources, check out these blog posts and podcast episodes in which we also cover freelance writing rates, getting paid what you’re worth, and figuring out what to charge:

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    The Pay Rates Report is an excellent resource. It’s actually Australian (which can be hard to track down) and is based on genuine freelancer experience. That’s important. There are pay scales out there that are somewhat fanciful estimates intended to sell you a course in becoming a digital nomad. This one is real. It also distinguishes between various areas of work so you know what might apply to your own field or experience. Also, it’s free. Get it.

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