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creativeworx says

Hi fellow authors.

I just have a quick question to all the authors/designers/developers from the US.

What’s the average monthly salary for freelancers in the US? And what’s the average monthly salary for full time, contracted webdesigners? And what does a “standard” contract include? Paid Holidays? Insurance? Any Extras?

At the moment I don’t have any idea about informations about this topic and also google doesn’t deliver an accurate result. That’s why I thought to ask around here, since here are many professionals with serious experience.

Thank you all in advance.

Edit: Sry, I guess I submitted the thread into the wrong category. Wouldn’t mind to be moved to the Global Off Topic. Thanks

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themelux says

In the US it all differs for contracted positions based on where you live because where you live will pay you different amounts.

Areas such as Houston, TX the average amount would be about $5,000/m Areas such as Los Angeles, CA the amount would be about $6-7,000/m

These are based on job positions I’ve applied to before. But keep in mind it seems like a lot but you can make way more by being a freelancer.

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CLINE123 says

How can you say Google doesn’t give an accurate result? What did you search for? There are many sites that provide average salaries by city. company size and other metrics.

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creativeworx says

@themelux thanks for your reply. Yeah, actually I know that I probably could earn more as a freelancer – but you know – clients come, clients go and for the moment a contracted position would be fine for me to collect some more experiences and so. I don’t have a clue how things are generally working in the U.S. Is everybody paying the taxes by his/her own or does the company where you work at cover you? I guess we have a quite different system over here.

@cline to be honest you’re propably right – I’ve searched for “average monthly salary united states” and only found some sites giving me informations about average monthly salary – but from india to pakistan, but not the U.S. Maybe I would found a site on the 3rd page of the results providing some infos about the U.S. but I didn’t went that far – my bad.

Do you have a site which you could recommend me?

Thank you

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CLINE123 says
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themelux says

@themelux thanks for your reply. Yeah, actually I know that I probably could earn more as a freelancer – but you know – clients come, clients go and for the moment a contracted position would be fine for me to collect some more experiences and so. I don’t have a clue how things are generally working in the U.S. Is everybody paying the taxes by his/her own or does the company where you work at cover you? I guess we have a quite different system over here. Thank you
You can choose to have your employer deduct tax or you can pay it on your own. (Note: Some employers wont deduct tax for you if you’re employed as a general contractor)
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Australia says

Either way, dont you have to submit your own tax return ?

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WebSmacker says

Either way, dont you have to submit your own tax return ?

Yes, but most Americans like to get a tax refund at the end of the year instead of having to pay. Myself included :)

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SpaceCrusher says

I can only speak for Los Angeles, but it varies pretty wildly depending on your skills or where you’re working. Themelux’s estimate of $6-7,000/m seems pretty accurate, but once you get some experience under your belt or if you’ve got skillz it can go way higher. Feel free to message me for more specific info.

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themelux says

Either way, dont you have to submit your own tax return ?

Yes, you have to submit your own tax return with any money you make in the US.

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