Brisbane rates for Freelance Senior Graphic Designer?
Posted 18.10.2017 @ 9.24AM
Just signed up so I could post this. I am a Senior Graphic Designer from London. I moved to Brisbane around 4 days ago and have had a brief look online for freelance roles/ full time positions and can’t seem to see much that has excited me yet. They all seem rather low on the full time pay front ($40,000-$50,000).
I have 7+ years of various agency experience (marketing, editorial, branding and packaging). Spent the last 2 years freelancing with no dry spells for various companies around London earning between £200-£300 a day ($330-$500). Although £300 a day was only at one particular agency and it was more often only a weeks work at a time but was on £250 a day for 4 months prior to leaving the UK taking lead on a large pharmaceutical packaging job.
I realise that Brisbane won’t quite have the same market as London but wanted to know from anyone who has freelanced here how a) they found work and b) how much they charged.
I was thinking of going in with a $420 day rate and a $60 hourly rate. Not sure if this is too low or high though?
I specialise in branding/ packaging but have done all sorts of marketing pieces for Chrysler, JVC, Merell Shoes, Nickelodeon, MTV and a tonne more. My website is two years out of date and is only for personal projects due to contracts I have had to sign when working for other agencies. I do intend to update this over the next month or two though.
Welcome to Brisbane, hope you enjoy it here, there's a bunch of good people around!
When I was in the UK, I got back 3 years ago I was working as an art director on a day rate of around £300-£400 a day so was living the life before moving into a full-time position with a pretty solid salary.
When coming back to Brisbane, I was just shocked at how low the pay was. I know most agencies will be a real stretch at $420 day rate or $60 per hour but I guess it depends what kind of work you do. A lot of UX/UI work around is paying pretty good but most other things I doubt you'll be able to push that high. Hit up http://getartisan.com.au/ - they'll probably tell you rough day rates you can expect :)
$60 an hour sounds about right for someone with your experience. Here on the Sunshine Coast it's more like $50. Sydney was around $60-$70. Good luck. Stu Flynn - Graphic Designer - Sunshine Coast - 20 years experience. https://advertideas.com/graphic-design-folio/
I actually ended up getting $500 day rate at a few places in Brisbane in the end. Although I found the design market to be pretty dry work so ended up moving to Melbourne where $550 isn’t too hard to get.