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FREELANCE RATE SURVEY Results
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2017
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Sample Size = 103 Reporter / Producers (people who collect tape, write scripts, cut tape, and sometimes mix the story)
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Data about the respondents:
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Location
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88% work in urban setting, 10% work in suburban, 2% work in rural
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92% work in United States, 8% overseas
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32% in New York, 13% in Massachusetts, 11% in California.
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(Other states include Colorado, DC, Georgia, Illinois, Lousiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota,
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NJ, Tennesse, Virginia, Washington, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania.)
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Education
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100% have at least some college education, 50% have bachelor's degrees, 45% have masters, 3% have doctorates
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Demographics
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69% female, 29% male, 2% transgender or other
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89% white, 3% Asian, 1% Latino, 1% Middle Eastern, 6% Other
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Work Details
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60% full-time freelance, 40% part-time freelance
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40% work hourly, 39% work by commission, 20% work day rate
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48.5% negotiated their rate, 48.5% did not negotiate their rate
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Of those who did not negotiate, 1% said they dislike negotiating, 3% said they were
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unaware they could negotiate, 11% said they plan on negotiatiating in the future,
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31% said the employer has a fixed rate that is non-negotiable.
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Rate range from $8 - $175 an hour
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Median rate $37.50/hour
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Breakdown: (all median and range units are per hour)
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Median Rate breakdown by gender
Rate range breakdown by gender
Median Rate breakdown by show type
Rate Range breakdown by show type
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MedianCountRangeCountMedianCountRangeCount
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Female$37.5071Female$8-$15071Public Radio3042Public Radio$8-$8042
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Male$40.0029Male$15-$12529Nonprofit podcast5027Nonprofit podcast$20-$17527
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For-profit Radio359For-profit Radio$15-$62.59
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Median Rate breakdown by years worked
Rate range breakdown by years worked
For-profit Podcasts4025
For-profit Podcasts
$18-$10025
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MedianCountRangeCount
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0-5 years30580-5 years$15-$17558
Median Rate breakdown by public/private
Rate Range breakdown by public/private
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6-10 years46.88246-10 years$15-$7524MedianCountRangeCount
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11-15 years65911-15 years$30-1509Public / Nonprofit3769Public / Nonprofit$8-$17569
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16-20 years35716-20 years$8-$807Forprofit4034Forprofit$15-$10034
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21+ years40421+ years$25-504
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Median Rate breakdown by payment
Rate Range breakdown by payment
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MedianCountRangeCount
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Paid by Commission
$36.25 40
Paid by Commission
$8-8040
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Paid Hourly$30 41Paid Hourly$15-17541
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Paid by Day Rate$50 21Paid by Day Rate$20-10021
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