Top 20 Highest Paying Freelance Jobs

Going freelance is becoming ever more popular as the years progress and with the pursuit of a healthy balance of work and life 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 simply just for some extra income, your choice of speciality is vital. Not only do you want to choose a job that you enjoy, after all, but also one that will bring in a good amount of money.

So, which jobs bring in the highest pay by freelancing? Continue reading the list to find out what the top paying gigs are!

20. Customer Service Support Officer

Average salary: $8-$12 (£5–£8) per hour

Freelance jobs in customer service are not as easy to find as some of the others on the list, but opportunities are still plenty. You could be hired as an Apple tech support, for example, and work in the comfort of your own home. To succeed in this position, you need to be a good communicator.

19. Administration Support Officer

Average salary: $11-$13 (£7-£9) per hour

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

18. PR Consultant

Average salary: $13-$22 (£9-£15) per hour

Many PR specialists are self-employed and take on various campaigns and projects. Previous experience to demonstrate that you have the skills to take on these tasks is beneficial. Before you solely freelance, it’s a good idea to build a strong online portfolio that demonstrates your previous work.

17. Marketing Consultant

Average salary: $13-$25 (£9-£18) per hour

You could be involved in a number of projects from email campaigns to social media or content. Once you establish a solid name for yourself, you’ll see a flux of projects coming in. Like with PR, build yourself a strong portfolio to showcase your work.

16. 3D Modeller

Average salary: $18-$20 (£12-£14) per hour

If you’re trained and skilled in 3D modelling, why not focus on being your own boss in the field? This in-demand skill is used 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.

15. Transcriber

Average salary: $20 (£14) per hour

This is the perfect role for you if you want to make a bit of extra cash on the side. Your work will involve transcribing audio files in any type of field. You need to ensure you have great listening and typing skills to succeed.

14. Illustrator

Average salary: $21 (£15) per hour

If you have a thing for creating logos, sketches or 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.

13. Graphic Designer

Average salary: $23 (£16) per hour

Graphic design ranks at number two on UpWork’s most in-demand skills list. You could be involved in designing webpages, infographics or designs for print. A portfolio is key in this area of expertise, too.

12. Article and Blog Writing

Average salary: $25 (£17) per hour

If you’re a skilled writer and enjoy being your own boss, why not go write for others or even start your own blog? There are a number of freelance websites that request writers for a number of jobs.

11. Social Media Coordinator

Average salary: $25 (£17) per hour

This position comes as no surprise, with the online world being the most important. Many businesses require an extra pair of qualified hands to take over their ‘Gram and other social media outlets. If you’re an online guru, you can start making a decent income out of it.


10. Game Developer

Average salary: $31 (£22) per hour

Are you a videogame fanatic? Then what’s better than building your own games and then getting to test them, too? In order to be trusted, you’ll need prior experience before going at it alone.

9. Translator

Average salary: $31 (£22) per hour

This is one of the most popular choices for self-employed positions – and it’s quite easy to become a translator, providing that you’re fluent in two or more languages. You’ll also need to make sure you have the correct certification for your country.

8. Teacher

Average salary: $41 (£29)

Do you love teaching but hate the early starts that come with a school job? It’s not the end of the world, because you can become a private tutor giving students additional lessons after school, or coaching pupils online. You’ll, of course, need the correct qualifications for your chosen subject.

7. Recruiter

Average salary: $46 (£32) per hour

If you’re an experienced recruiter and want to span off into a one-man band, you certainly can! You’ll have established the contacts you need in your specialised field and can work in the luxury of your home, coffee shop or hotel!

6. Voice Actor

Average salary: $46-$52 (£32-£36) per hour

If you have a distinctive voice, you could get paid to be 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.

5. Copywriter

Average salary: $47 (£33) per hour

Copywriters are different from content marketers and writers. These freelancers specialise in writing content for website pages and descriptions for products and services. The charge rates for copywriters depend on each individual’s level of experience and skill.

4. SEO Specialist

Average salary: $50 (£35) per hour

SEO specialists are high in demand in the freelance world – after all, everyone wants to rank highly on Google and other search engines, don’t they? You’ll need to have a proven track record to get an influx of clients.

3. Internet Security Specialist

Average salary: $50 (£35) per hour

With so many hackers targeting big business and startups, internet security skills are on the rise. If you’re able to ramp up someone’s internet protection, you could make a lot of money out of it.

2. Web Developer

Average salary: $60 (£42) per hour

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

1. Legal Services Expert

Average salary: $70–$120 (£49-£85)

If you have experience with a well-known firm under your belt but can’t take the long hours anymore, why not go at it alone? People are always seeking expert services when it comes to corporate, criminal, property and family law.

Freelancers now make up 35% of the US workforce, and companies are always looking to outsource and work with them to meet their business goals. All you need to do is get out there, build a strong personal brand and find the right opportunities to start earning (more) money.

Have you considered going freelance before or are 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. Currency conversions are based on rates supplied by on 24 January 2018.