The 30 Highest-Paying Freelance Jobs

If the 9-to-5 work life is not for you, freelancing can be a good alternative. There are numerous opportunities out there, and some are more lucrative than others.

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Freelancing is steadily becoming more popular among working professionals. With the need for a healthy work-life balance playing a vital role in our career choices, working from home seems to be the ideal solution.

Whether you’re thinking of doing this full time or to earn some extra income, your choice of speciality is vital. You want to choose a job that you enjoy, and that will bring in a good amount of money.

So, what are some of the best freelance jobs with the highest pay rates? Read on to find out what the top-paying gigs are!

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30. Virtual assistant

Average hourly salary: $16 (£11.69)

Virtual assistants offer administrative services to clients remotely. Day-to-day tasks usually involve scheduling meetings and appointments, managing emails, taking phone calls and making travel arrangements.

29. Administration support officer

Average hourly salary: $16 (£11.69)

Some companies don’t mind where their admin support is, as long as they are doing the job. To be a successful freelancer, you will need previous experience in an office position to show that you can manage your duties well from your home.

28. PR consultant

Average hourly salary: $17.50 (£12.79)

Many PR specialists are self-employed and take on various campaigns and projects. Previous experience will be essential to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to take on this role. Before you start freelancing, it’s a good idea to build a strong online portfolio that demonstrates your previous work.

26. Makeup artist (tie)

Average hourly salary: $18 (£13.16)

As a makeup artist, you can have the freedom to work for yourself as a freelancer. To increase your clientele, you’ll need a great online presence and portfolio to showcase your skills.

26. Customer service support officer (tie)

Average hourly salary: $18 (£13.16)

Freelance jobs in customer service are not as easy to find as others on the list, but opportunities are still plenty. You could be hired as a remote Apple tech support agent, for example. To succeed in this position, you need to be a good communicator and have excellent interpersonal skills.

24. Marketing consultant (tie)

Average hourly salary: $19 (£13.89)

As a freelance marketing consultant, you could be involved in several projects, from email campaigns to social media promotions. Once you establish a solid name for yourself, you’ll see a flux of projects coming in. Like with PR, you will need to build an impressive portfolio that showcases your work.

24. 3D modeller (tie)

Average hourly salary: $19 (£13.89)

If you’re trained and skilled in 3D modelling, why not focus on being your own boss? This in-demand skill is needed in many different industries, including virtual reality, video games, 3D printing, marketing, TV and motion pictures, scientific and medical imaging, computer-aided design and manufacturing.

23. Transcriber

Average hourly salary: $20 (£14.62)

This is the perfect role for you if you are looking for a side hustle. Your work will involve transcribing audio files in any field, and you need to ensure you have great listening and typing skills to succeed.

22. Illustrator

Average hourly salary: $21 (£15.35)

If you have the skills to create logos, sketches and graphics, becoming a self-employed illustrator could be the path for you. As you progress in your career, you can charge up to $250 (£200) per illustration.

20. Graphic designer (tie)

Average hourly salary: $23 (£16.82)

As a graphic designer, you would be designing webpages, infographics or designs for print. Having a portfolio is key to effectively demonstrate your abilities to potential clients.

20. CV writer (tie)

Average hourly salary: $23 (£16.82)

CV writing has become an increasingly popular job over the last decade. With today’s competitive job market, jobseekers often seek an experienced professional to write their CV for them and highlight their best skills. As a freelance CV writer, you can work for yourself or a handful of other CV writing services.

17. Article and blog writer (tie)

Average hourly salary: $25 (£18.27)

If you’re a skilled writer and enjoy being your own boss, why not write for others or start a blog? There are several freelance websites where you could find writing opportunities.

17. Social media coordinator (tie)

Average hourly salary: $25 (£18.27)

This position comes as no surprise. Many businesses require an extra pair of qualified hands to take over their Instagram and other social media outlets. If you’re a social media guru, you can start making a decent income out of it.

17. Photographer (tie)

Average hourly salary: $25 (£18.27)

While you can’t do this job solely from the comfort of your own home, you can work as a freelance photographer. Depending on your interest, whether it’s personal portraits or weddings, you can establish yourself as a photographer in that field by utilising your online accounts to advertise your services.

16. Data analyst

Average hourly salary: $29 (£21.20)

Many businesses rely on data to make organisation decisions and create effective strategies. This is when they turn to data analysts. Essentially, your job will be to gather data and input it into different databases but also maintain these data systems.

14. Game developer (tie)

Average hourly salary: $31 (£22.66)

If you love video games and have a solid knowledge of different coding languages, you could pursue a freelance career as a game developer. However, in most cases, you will need to have plenty of experience and a portfolio of your work that demonstrates your abilities.

14. Translator (tie)

Average hourly salary: $31 (£22.66)

This is a popular choice when it comes to freelance positions. Becoming a translator is quite easy, as long as you’re fluent in two or more languages. In some cases, you may also be required to show certifications that confirm your language competency level.

13. Tutor

Average hourly salary: $41 (£29.97)

Do you love teaching but hate the early starts that come with a school job? In that case, you can become a private tutor giving students additional lessons after school or coaching pupils online. Of course, you will need to have certain qualifications and diplomas in your chosen subject area.

11. HR advisor (tie)

Average hourly salary: $45 (£32.89)

HR advisors collaborate with in-house HR teams to help them with training and provide guidance and solutions to common workplace issues that the company may be facing. As an HR advisor, you could work with a handful of different organisations, either remotely or face to face.

11. Financial consultant (tie)

Average hourly salary: $45 (£32.89)

Financial consultants work closely with their clients to evaluate their financial status, including income, assets, debts and expenses. Their aim is to help them set up a good financial system to pay off debts and save money.

9. Recruiter (tie)

Average hourly salary: $46 (£33.62)

If you’re an experienced recruiter and want to span off into a one-man band, you certainly can! However, you’ll need to establish a network of professional contacts before you can get started.

9. E-commerce manager (tie)

Average hourly salary: $46 (£33.62)

As an e-commerce manager, you will need to oversee the entire operations of an online site. This includes the design, development, content and marketing of the page. Since many companies have moved to a remote workforce, it’s a job that you can easily do as a freelancer.

8. Copywriter

Average hourly salary: $47 (£34.35)

Copywriters are different from content marketers. These freelancers specialise in producing written content for websites and descriptions for products and services. Your rates will depend on your level of experience and skills.

7. Voice actor

Average hourly salary: $49 (£35.81)

If you have a distinctive voice, you could work as a voice artist. This could involve adverts, TV shows, radio productions, tech companies or retail stores. As the working world is moving towards video advertising, voice actors are becoming even more in demand.

6. SEO specialist

Average hourly salary: $50 (£36.54)

SEO specialists are often sought after in the freelance world since everyone is competing to achieve a high ranking on Google and other search engines. To get a steady influx of clients, you’ll need to have a proven track record of your previous work.

5. Internet security specialist

Average hourly salary: $55 (£40.20)

Big companies and small businesses alike are beginning to place a big emphasis on internet security. If you are a skilled internet security specialist, you could tap into this lucrative market by freelancing your services.

4. Web developer

Average hourly salary: $60 (£43.85)

If you’re qualified at building and coding websites, you could be in business! Everyone wants a webpage, but they don’t have the skills or time to figure it out – this is where you step in with your expertise. You will also earn a decent salary while doing so.

3. Videographer

Average hourly salary: $75 (£54.81)

A freelance videographer captures live video content and edits footage for certain projects. In this role, you could focus on short clips, documentaries, live events or training videos.

2. Legal services expert

Average hourly salary: $95 (£69.43)

If you have extensive legal experience under your belt but can’t take the long hours anymore, why not strike out on your own? People are always seeking expert legal services regarding areas like corporate, criminal, property and family law.

1. Business consultant

Average hourly salary: $100 (£73.08)

Business consultants work with clients to propose methods and techniques for improving an organisation’s overall performance and productivity. They do so by analysing the company’s process to identify issues and provide solutions that help the organisation reach its goals.

Freelancing has steadily become more popular over the years. Indeed, in 2019, 57 million people were doing freelance work in the US alone. Companies are always looking to outsource talent that can help them meet their business goals.

All you need to do is put yourself out there, build a strong personal brand and find the right opportunities to start earning.

Have you considered going freelance before, or are you currently self-employed? What advice can you give to others? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.

Salary information is based on data compiled and published by Glassdoor and PayScale. Currency conversions are based on rates supplied by on 19 July 2021.

This article is an updated version of an earlier article published on 2 February 2018.