2022 Freelancer Survey Results

Thank you once again to everyone who participated in this year’s survey of freelance cartographer rates and business practices! Herein, you will find the results of the survey, sliced into a few different charts and visuals, all crafted by my survey partner Aly Ollivierre.

For previous surveys, we offered the results in the context of a text-based chat featuring out thoughts and analysis. This year, time and energy constraints, and a couple of years of pandemic life, mean that instead, we will present you simply with the data, and leave the analysis to you. Probably most people just want to see the numbers anyway.

If you’d like to be notified when the next survey is conducted, you can sign up for our email list: bit.ly/cart-list.

In many cases, there are analysis we did behind the scenes that turned out not to be interesting, or show no correlation, so sometimes an absence from the set of charts below is meaningful. But, if you’d like to see the data sliced in other ways, leave a comment! Without further ado, here are Aly’s visuals.


Median rates by work type:

Median rates by experience level:

Projection Cards: Now a Reality

A couple months back, I floated an idea for making some fun trading cards based on map projections. I’m very happy to report that several dozen of you responded and contributed designs to help make the set happen. I’ve been spending several weeks on managing everyone and working through logistics, and I’m pleased to now be able to offer a pre-order of The Projection Collection.

Note that some designs are still being finalized (the photo above is from a test print). You can order cards either for delivery, or for pickup at NACIS 2022, by clicking the buttons:

I’m operating this as a not-for-profit venture, selling everything near the actual production/shipping cost, so I hope you’ll help spread the word and get these into as many hands as possible.

I will keep pre-orders open for the next few weeks. At that point, all orders will be closed; this as a one-time event, to spare me the ongoing logistical work of sending out orders throughout the year.

I’m excited to share all these great projections with you!