These are the highest paying freelance skills in 2021

Welcome back! Let’s go ahead and talk about some of the highest paying freelance skills in 2021, these can range from technical to non technical skillsets, let’s get started! First off, let’s give credit to Indeed for compiling this list, check out their list down below:

Let's begin!

Web Designer

Based off the national average, a web designer could actually be one of the highest freelancing skills out there. Now, there is alot that encompasses this skill, you should be able to essentially develop websites using any technology stack you know (Wordpress is a huge one here), there is also a massive demand for web designer jobs as well:

Looking at Fiverr it looks like a lot of the average hourly salaries are fairly high as well:

Freelance Programmer

Next up we have freelance programming, Indeed actually called it a “computer programmer” which I guess is correct. This encompasses a ton of different projects, you could develop software, you could create apps for people, there are tons of things that go into this. In my experience, this is a massive field that has historically been one of the biggest freelancing markets. Another massive thing about this field is the fact that it’s still growing, there maybe new things next year that people may need to hire for, this field is definitely growing. Below are a few rates for programmers:

Graphic Designer

Next up we have graphic designers, this is also a massive field that has endless potential. Graphic designers develop graphics / images for software, apps, games, etc. Let me put it this way, for almost every app / software or game, there are graphic designers behind it to make it visually look better. Some graphic designers can make thousands per project, although this is a pretty competitive field, it’s still a very lucrative field to freelance in! Indeed says that the national average pay for a graphic designer is $48,920 a year!


Next up we have writing, this is something i’ve recently started doing (not freelancing but blogging) and i’ve had a great time so far. Writing encompasses many different areas as well, you could write blogs, you could write documents for companies, you could even write on behalf of your clients, again this field has endless possibilities. Indeed mentions that the average pay for a writer is over $60,000!

Social Media Specialist

Next up we have social media specialist, essentially people who manage social media accounts. This is another field that’s growing year after year, more companies / clients want to freelance out their social media accounts. In my personal life i’ve heard many stories of people who’ve made alot of money managing Tiktok or Instagram accounts on their clients behalf. Indeed mentions that a social media specialist can make over $60,000 a year:

Financial Consultant

Finally we have financial consultants, essentially this can range from managing your clients income, expenses, debts and overall helping your clients manage their money. This is another freelancing skill that’s been around for many years, you may have even been contacted by some freelance financial consultants. Indeed mentions that the average pay for a freelance financial consultant is over $83,000!

There you have it! Have you freelanced any of these positions? I would love to know you’re experience! As I mentioned before, this isn’t a definitive list, freelancing jobs fluctuate all of the time, one year can vary greatly to the other. Regardless of any list, make sure to freelance in exactly what you love doing!

As Always

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Thanks so much for reading!

Data Scientist / Engineer

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