Freelance Rate Explorer

Visualize rates for thousands of freelance designers & devs

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#1 Product of the DayNovember 09, 2015

Bonsai's Freelance Rate Explorer lets you visualize freelance designer and developer rates by experience level, skill, and geography. Simply put, knowledge is power. New and experienced freelancers need a tool like this to know what's fair and what's right to charge.



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Adam Owen
Adam Owen@adamowenit · Search Engine Marketing Consultant
Useful tool. Looking forward to seeing more skills on there (such as marketing).
Matt Brown
Matt BrownMakerHiring@matttbrown · Co-Founder, Bonsai (
@adamowenit Definitely expanding skills + countries soon. You can help by adding your own rates + sharing with others to do the same!
Laura Mariakinaite
Laura Mariakinaite@laurama_ · Co-founder, Exec Tips
@matttbrown @adamowenit That's really cool. Super easy to use and compare numbers. I look forward to seeing this grow!
Abinash Mohanty
Abinash Mohanty@abinashmohanty · Product Design Manager @Turtlemint
@matttbrown @adamowenit This is really awesome!
Bolak@seanbolak · Engineer / Entrepreneur
This is awesome, thanks for sharing.
David Carpe
David Carpe@passingnotes · Thinker & Layabout
nice tool - this should be up on TechCrunch, seems relevant to startups looking to contract out work
Josh Kissel
Josh Kissel@eljoshkiss
@matttbrown Super helpful to see as college student/ budding freelancer! Might be cool to have an option to highlight (different color) the average column of each graph. Or possibly for each skill set have an overview graph that shows the average hourly for each of the year break downs (1-3yr, 3-5yr...)
Matt Brown
Matt BrownMakerHiring@matttbrown · Co-Founder, Bonsai (
Hey everyone, one of the makers of the Rate Explorer here. We built it using data from our freelance contract generator (, which we also launched on PH a few months ago. Happy to answer any questions you have!
Tim Perry
Tim Perry@pimterry · Creator of HTTP Toolkit
@matttbrown This is awesome, nicely done. I would've killed for this when I started doing freelance work a while back. "How much do I charge" is pretty much everybody's first question when they're getting started! Any plans to add non-US locations?
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Services for startups
@pimterry @matttbrown and also other skills too? :)
Matt Brown
Matt BrownMakerHiring@matttbrown · Co-Founder, Bonsai (
@bentossell @matttbrown @pimterry @matttbrown Yep, other countries + skills are definitely on the roadmap. Just want to make sure we have enough data to provide a good sample, so be sure to submit yours via the 'Add Your Rate' button.
Andy P
Andy P@andypngr · Founder of TapLab. Freelance designer.
@matttbrown this is great! It'd be really helpful to show the total number of people that the displayed data is gathered from.
Hwee-Boon Yar
Hwee-Boon Yar@hboon · iOS/macOS App Developer/Freelancer
@matttbrown Thanks for making this. When entering a rate, it would be great if we can type to scroll in the list of countries.