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The average cost of design per hour....

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by bigdave, May 23, 2011.


On average, what is your hourly design rate?

  1. Up to £10

    15 vote(s)
  2. £11 - £20

    38 vote(s)
  3. £21 - £30

    49 vote(s)
  4. £31 - £40

    26 vote(s)
  5. £41 - £50

    12 vote(s)
  6. Over £51

    6 vote(s)
  1. MattRich

    MattRich New Member

    Thank you. I guess it's a case of knowing your stuff and sticking in there until you find some decent clients. Sorry to drive this thread off topic. I have posted another thread on this subject.
  2. robsteele

    robsteele Member

    I usually charge 1 rate for all, but most projects are quoted in full which has cost me but is a fair way to price.
  3. zowika

    zowika New Member

    totally depends on the client and there budget offcourse, here in Holland it's usually between 40-50 euros for a pro freelancer.
  4. Inkbot Design

    Inkbot Design New Member

    Seems quite low, my usual rate is £120 per hour ($170 approx per hour) - usually for layout work, and smaller projects.
  5. statbd7

    statbd7 New Member

    Actually rate depend on work and professionalism. IF you have full confident to make any design for working like Coca Cola. I think it will help you to pay the higher rate.
  6. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I'll design for booze.... most types of booze.

    If anyone would like to hire me then I'll be on the park throwing stones at passing cars.
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  7. Inkbot Design

    Inkbot Design New Member

    Haha, maybe I'll join you! ;)
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  8. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    You're more than welcome @Inkbot Design it's awesome.
    Right now I'm hiding in a bush.

    SH-H-H-H-H. ;)
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  9. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    @scotty So it was you that threw that stone at my Abellio!!! :mad:
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  10. Vladislav

    Vladislav New Member

    I love your character . You made me smile with every post ^_^
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  11. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Probably... I'm quite prolific. ;)
  12. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Groan! :(

    I'm no marketing professional or anything but even I can see that you may be selling your services in the wrong place all together.
    You are essentially trying to sell your design service to a forum of professional designers.
    We do this for a living.
    I mean, would you go to a cobbler to try to sell them shoes?
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  13. ash

    ash Member

  14. ankur saha

    ankur saha New Member

    I think artist should be hired on base of his skill and creativity not on a fixed rate
  15. raden92

    raden92 New Member

    It depends on where you works. In my office, my hourly design cost is £35
  16. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I'm surprised by how little a lot of people are charging.

    £30 an hour is quite cheap, imo.
  17. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    It depends whether you are a sole trader or a limited company etc, with staff wages to pay, business rates and so on. If it is the latter then £30 p/h would not be feasible.

    I am a sole trader, I charge a set rate on a project by project basis but I do work out my quotes based on a £35p/h rate and £30p/h for amendments.
  18. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I must be doing ok then, as I charge £50 an hour, design only, print quoted separately with a 100% markup.
  19. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    I didn't know you were a sole trader, I thought you ran you own printers for some reason? Must be due to your superior knowledge of design for print ;)

    Oh yeah, printing costs are quoted completely separately from design costs. They depend on how much the printers quote, which I have no control over.

    An obvious point with regards to a designer's charges is the 'calibre' of clients they have. Obviously, if a designer has clients with very large pockets, wallets and purses, then charging under £50p/h would be foolish. I wouldn't charge a new start-up the same rate as a large, established corporation. If you can't make some extra buck off a big client, then what's the point?

    Other factors include; your valued worth, quality of your work, professionalism, experience etc, etc.
  20. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Better to miss a client because you're too expensive than to win them because you're too cheap…

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