As mobile technology continues to evolve, and businesses and consumers alike are getting more accustomed to it, telecommuting is fast becoming a more profitable way to get work done. Not only is this true for the companies that support such positions, it offers great benefits to their off-site employees, as well.
But, telecommuting isn’t the only sector that has been taking off. The number of self-employed professional freelancers and contractual workers has been steadily rising over the past 10 years. As of 2016, the total number of self-employed workers aged 21 and over totals nearly 40 million here in the U.S. Alone. In 2015, nearly 3 million of these mobile workers earned more than $100,000 for their work. Not too shabby!
And, that brings me to the topic of this article: I wondered what are the highest paying freelance jobs out there for those who work online. So, I decided to do a little research and find out…
You actually may be (pleasantly) surprised at just how many online freelance jobs will allow you to earn a decent living- especially if you have a professionally trained skill- while enjoying all the other benefits of freelance work, such as flexibility and independence.
So without further adieu, here is my list of the 10 highest paying freelance jobs in 2018:
What are the Highest Paying Freelance Jobs for Online Workers?
Multimedia Designers and Editors. Graphic designers, Web designers, videographers and video editors, as well as others who produce media continue to be in demand. Median yearly income is about $65,000, with a projected growth rate of about 5% over the next decade.
Web Developers. Freelance web developers work from home on large and small projects. Like multimedia designers and editors, median income is about $65,000, and it’s expected to grow significantly over the next decade.
Software and App Developers/Programers. While some coders are willing to work $50 per hour, there are more experienced programmers who can earn as much as an eye-popping $1,000 per hour! With a projected growth rate of 17%, this is definitely a good field to be in.
Voice Overs/Announcers. Got a smooth, soothing, or unusual voice? Voice artists can earn $72 an hour on average.
Writers. This category ranges from web content writers, to technical writing, financial writing and business writing. The average income for freelance writers varies depending in skill level and job, but it ranges from $25 to $50 an hour industry-wide.
Law Professionals. Consultants, tax lawyers, paralegal work, earn on average $28 dollars an hour.
Financial management. This category includes financial analysis and accounting. Freelance accountants have a median salary of $67,290, or over $32 per hour. The average hourly wage for professionals in this category is $19 an hour.
Marketing Consultants. In our constantly changing world, companies are faced with the challenge of establishing an effective strategy for marketing, branding, and advertising. If you have what it takes to be a marketing consultant, you can expect an average income of $58,440.
Translators. With the growth of the Internet and the global economy, the demand for freelance translators is rising quickly. So, if you’re fluent in a second language,this is a job to consider. A certification from the American Translators Association can be a major plus and help you earn an average of $40,000-$50,000 annually.
Freelance Photographers. Freelance Photographers can expect to earn about $25.62 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length as well as specialization in a subject matter.
What do you think of my collection of highest paying freelance jobs? Are you making more money online doing something else? Let us know and I’ll update the list!