Although participation in the survey was low, the results may be useful to Canadian medical writers (rates are given in Canadian dollars).
The mean gross annual income of freelances was $72,467 (range, $25,000 to $165,000), whereas the mean gross annual income of employed respondents was $68,156 (range, $45,000 to $96,000). When the number of hours worked per week was taken into account, the standardized hourly rate of freelances was $54.91 (range, $19 to $138). However, when the hourly rate was calculated to include nonbillable hours, the effective freelance hourly rate was $42.08 (range, $14 to $122). The standardized hourly rate of employed biomedical communicators was $34.25 (range, $19 to $53). (AMWA JOURNAL . VOL. 22, NO. 4, page 181, 2007)The article also provides rates for specific freelance jobs and products (information not included in the US survey). AMWA members can access the article at www.amwa.org.