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New research has found how much freelancers can charge in the US, with those making mobile apps charging approximately $1,553.50.

The study, conducted by invoicing software company Bookipi, used freelancing platform Upwork to find how much freelancers in 40 different countries charge on average per job. They looked at several popular services, including logo design, video editing, and data entry. The starting and end prices were collected for each service in each country, and an average price overall was calculated.

Mobile app freelancers rank as the most expensive freelancers in America, with the average price of a job costing $1,552.50. Following in second is web programmers, where the average price of hiring a freelancer was found to be $574.65.

Creative writers rank third most expensive, with an average freelancer rate of $177.27 per job. Ranking as the fourth most expensive freelancer job is SEO, with an average rate of $162.31. Rounding up the top five is CV-writing, with a cost of $140.65 per job.

As well as looking at how much people in the United States could make in different freelancing jobs, the study also looked further afield to see which countries had the most expensive freelancers.

Australia ranks as the country with the most expensive freelancers, with the average job price costing $594.56. Australia was also found to be the most expensive country to hire a freelancer for creative writing, web programming, or mobile app development projects.

Following in second is India, where the average price of hiring a freelancer was found to be $501, while Morocco ranks third with an average freelancer rate of $402.03 per job.

In contrast, the United States ranked 17th, costing an average of $243.72 per freelancing job – 59% less than Australian freelancers. The United States were in the top 5 most expensive countries for freelancers working in logo design, SEO, resume writing, and web programming.

Speaking on the findings, Tim Lee, CEO and founder of Bookipi, said: “Our team members come from various corners of the world – Asia, Africa, Europe, and America and their life stories and experiences contribute to our team’s richness. Working closely together has taught me an immense amount about appreciating different cultures. As a result, we were interested in how these different experiences are reflected through the costs of freelance workers worldwide.

“Typically, countries with robust economies and high living standards tend to host the most expensive freelancers, which the data reflects by finding Australia as the most expensive freelance country. Although this is true for India, the second country to appear in the ranking, freelancers can command a higher rate thanks to their specialized skills and expertise in industries such as software development, IT services, and digital marketing.

“We hope this ranking will help empower freelance workers around the world to know their worth and be more confident in fairly pricing their services.”

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