Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:47

US tech professionals earning top dollar Featured


Freelance independent professionals in the United States technology industry - along with other industry sector professionals - are earning more than US$250 an hour for their work, according to a new report.

According to the report from US-based global freelancing platform Upwork professionals are achieving these wage levels in a number of other sectors including the legal, finance and marketing industries.

Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek says, “This data illustrates that work of a very high skilled nature is being done by professionals on Upwork”.

Ozimek says highly-paid skills aren’t just anecdotes or limited to one field.

“They range from law to marketing to finance to high tech, and a significant percentage of US freelancers earn quite high hourly wages on the platform.”

Here’s the skills that Upwork says companies are paying the big bucks for:

Top tech skills and their average hourly rates

1. Bitcoin – $215
2. Image object recognition – $180
3. Virtual machine – $175
4. SQR – $170
5. Lucene search – $165
6. OrCAD – $165
7. P-CAD – $165
8. Clustering – $165
9. DHTML – $150
10. SAP CPI – $150
11. Google Adsense API – $150
12. Oracle Integration Cloud – $145
13. Dell Boomi – $140
14. Google Experiments – $140
15. VWO – $140
16. Virtualization – $135
17. Backup administration – $135
18. Open CV – $135
19. Expression engine – $130
20. Systems development – $125

Top Upwork skills and their average hourly rates

1. Legal entity structuring – $255
2. Blackline – $220
3. Bitcoin – $215
4. International Accounting Standards – $215
5. Software licensing – $200
6. Applied Behavioral Analysis – $195
7. Behavioral design – $195
8. Trade law – $185
9. Image object recognition – $180
10. Trademark consulting – $180
11. Due diligence – $180
12. Virtual machine – $175
13. Property and equipment leases – $175
14. SQR – $170
15. S Corporation – $170
16. Patents – $170
17. IT strategy – $165
18. C Corporation – $165
19. Lucene search – $165
20. Orcad – $165



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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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