What does a Freelance Designer do?

Designers play key roles in creative companies and use elements including typography and illustration within their daily work. Designers have several fields they could choose from, including graphic design, interior design, floral design, and fashion design.

Designers use research to help solve problems and to properly assess what a client or an audience may need; they strive to get to know their customers by finding solutions and products that satisfy their needs. Designers use their creativity which helps ensure they are on the right path to create what the customer desires. Designers stay current with industry trends to keep ahead of their competitors and strive to produce consistently excellent work. As nurturers of creativity, they encourage others to share ideas, and they provide direction for projects and team members. While there is no formal requirement to become a designer, many attend art schools where they learn expertise and their field of choice. Most designers have fluency in software packages including InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Freelance Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$69,307 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $69K
$115K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Freelance Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Freelance Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Freelance Designer
$69,307/yr
L3
Senior Designer
$64,307/yr
L4
Lead Designer
$89,542/yr
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Freelance Designer Insights

Read what Freelance Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Octopus EnergyOctopus Energy
Designer
Dec 10, 2020

“Friday night family dinners are great and a great way to keep the whole business on the same page.”

Caron Architecture
Senior Designer/Architect
Nov 1, 2020

“A friend warned me about him shortly after joining but the boss seemed nice and good to work with.”

Inform InteriorsInform Interiors
Sales and Designer
Jun 4, 2021

“It was nice to work with people that were passionate about interiors and creating great spaces.”

Wren KitchensWren Kitchens
Kitchen Design & Sales
Aug 16, 2019

“This was very beneficial to me and i have learnt so many new things!!”

frog designfrog design
Designer
Dec 6, 2019

“life balance depends on the Program Manager (some are good but others are not great).”

Rainbow Design ServicesRainbow Design Services
Designer
Jul 28, 2021

“Direct supervision/leadership can be good to work with IF you get assigned to a good boss.”

danckerdancker
Designer/Specifier
Jan 17, 2021

“Benefits are okay but not enough to stay in a job with a career cap.”

Gemmiti Model ArtGemmiti Model Art
Designer
Nov 10, 2019

“I liked the work and was given the freedom to do it in my own.”

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