Freelancer rates guidelines

SAFREA publishes an annual Freelance Media Industry & Rates Report. This is a survey of freelancers in South Africa and shows the average age, gender, residence, education, working hours and income of media freelancers.

The report includes a comprehensive overview of rates paid for specific freelance media specialities. These rates reflect fees that are reportedly charged by professionals in the media freelance industry.

SAFREA does not intend to influence or control pricing policy. All rates should be agreed between freelancer and freelance employer/client and should be in line with the freelancer’s experience and qualifications. 

Click here to view the 2017/2018 SA Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report

Click here to view the 2016 SA Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report

Click here to view the 2016 SA Rates Trends

For more information on how to charge clients, how to structure billing and how to negotiate fair wages, please see the posts below.

Please note: These resources are available to members only.

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Freelance rates guidelines

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SAFREA's recommended freelance rates are meant as a starting point for fee discussions and negotiations between freelancers and employers. 

2017-2018 SA Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report


The Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA) has released new insights into the South African freelance landscape through its 2017-2018 SA Media Freelance Industry and Rates Report.


SAFREA launches 2017/2018 Rates Survey

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The 2017/2018 SA Freelance Media Industry and Rates Survey is now live! Please take 15 minutes to share your freelance experience with us. 

How to charge for book editing

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The short answer is that you charge as much or as little as the client allows you to. But there are some steps you should take to ensure you're getting a fair wage for your time.

How to calculate an hourly rate

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How much should you charge per hour? SAFREA's Gwen Watkins gives you her tips on the best way to calculate earning requirements. 

How to charge for travel in your own vehicle

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In cases where you must use your own vehicle to travel for a job, you can incur expenses that will be paid by your employer. Here is how you can accurately determine those rates.

Understanding your word rate

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Determining your word rate sounds easy - just look up SAFREA's most recent rates trends. However, journalism is not the same as copywriting, which is not the same as fiction writing. Should you charge R2.50 per word regardless? SAFREA member Georgina Guedes discusses the rationale behind different word rates.

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