Thinking about jumping back into the freelance world.
What are day rates like these days for CD-level creatives with a handful of awards under their belt.
If you could be somewhat specific, that'd be good. I'm trying to crunch numbers and see how feasible it is.

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ACD gets $1200 so a CD should definitely be more. Like $1400–$1700

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ACD here my partner and I quote 1200-1400 and don’t go under 1.1 but only for cool places with cool work or a lesser market like chicago or Austin or super long gigs we can double on. We’ve been booking in almost every time zone at these rates solid for months. Feel like CD roles are like 1400+ but less demand then the ACD sweet spot. Lots of CD work on pitches, lots of ACD work for just everything in between. Suggest flexing and hitting up places for both depending on the need.

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Agree, if u want the most opportunity to double, look for ACD roles. I take full 1500+ CD leading gigs, but I can’t double like that. Taking 2-3 gigs is much more doable in the Sr creative or ACD level.

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You can get 1500-2000/day. Maybe drop to $1250 for longer term bookings.

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I think it also depends on the type of shop. I’m at one that does more straightforward production work, and clearly isn’t billing me out at a high level to the client. So I took a lower fee for a longterm gig (6 months+).

Junior 600
Mid 800
Senior 1000
ACD 1200
CD 1400
Badass CD 1600+

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RH1: I actually think that's comparable to what ACD 1 listed as the daily rates. A 110-125 hourly rate would be about a 1200-1300 day rate. The very rough math (in my mind) is take the day rate and multiply by ten for the hourly rate. Of course, there's lots of variance depending on location and quality of book, but it's a back-of-the-napkin place to start.

I see $1K - $1.5K

and even more. (I could be wrong here).. this should be treated as baseline

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How do these rates go over when the agency says 1000 a day is their max?

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JRs can pull at least $500/day.

Can you handle difficult clients like health or B2B? Sometimes you can get more on those accounts.

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8 years exp, NYC jobs around ACD level, I didn’t book anything under 1200/day this past year. Going to start quoting 1400 soon and see how that goes

It will depend on the shop, deep pocket clients = better rate

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Depends where you are.

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Also who

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ACD in NYC, booking at 1,200 right now but could probably bump it to 1,400

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Is it common to get booked as a CD?

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You might oversee other people, but you will have to concept and ultimately deliver

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1200-1800/day depending on type of work (pitches, healthcare higher). 1200 for just throwing in some scripts but not needing to do a bunch of meetings.

1500 seems like a pretty good sweet spot for most at cd level

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1500 is definitely a sweet spot if you want to be booked constantly

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Are you only accepting CD-level jobs?

No. Just saying where my experience level is at

How do those rates go over with creative circle?

CC pays hourly. Only offers W4.. and they typically get crappy projects that limit your hours. I’ve never heard of CC paying over $75/hr.

STAY AWAY FROM STAFFING AGENCIES

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