3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 23, 2013 9:21 AM by Joe Kuzich

    Freelance Drafting Rates

    Mike Pogue

      I’m probably going to take on some side work this afternoon, and I’m afraid the guy is going to have me at a total disadvantage. I know what freelance engineering costs, but I have no idea what freelance drafting costs. Does anyone know a ballpark range? It’d help to know what state you are in, too. This would be detailing parts and some sheet metal design.

        • Re: Freelance Drafting Rates
          Jeff Holliday

          I probably skew things toward the bottom side because I tend to think of freelance work as an "extra" and a hobby. I am somewhere in the $25/hr range but could be closer to $40 without a problem. Most of my freelancing has been to people I consider as friends in addition to being clients, so I give them lower price points.

          • Re: Freelance Drafting Rates
            Joe Kuzich

            I haven't done any freelance work with SW but I have a lot of AutoCAD (architectural) freelance work in the past.  It's always depended who its for and what it is.  Close friends that help me out with stuff I don't typically charge.  Personal stuff for acquaintances and friends that are not as close I usually charge $20-25/hr.  For business stuff I charge $50/hr.  I figure if it is something they are hiring me to do so they can make money I should to.  I know that a former company I worked for sold my same services for around $150/hr. so I figure they are still getting good deal on the rate.  I have even traded goods and services as payment.  Good luck to you.

            • Re: Freelance Drafting Rates
              Harold Brunt

              We do both, CAD services and CAD out sourcing and like everybody else our situation is a little different. We are located in West MI.


              We charge $145 per hour for my time if I am detailing a print or designing a system that requires a full simulation in OptisWorks. My time occupies me and my system regardless of the skill set required so we charge for the time not the job. We typically out source basic CAD especially detailing then pass the cost directly through to the client to help manage the total project cost. My PC should be running simulations. The CAD services we use charge the same for mechanical design and detailing and typically go for about $55 to $65 per hour.


              We do not out source to persons that do not have their own business / license. I don't want to get into a project and have a contractor tell us they no longer have access to the software because their day job manager found out and shut them down.