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Subject:Re: Freelancing fees - Reply From:Peter Kent <76711 -dot- 2557 -at- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM> Date:Sun, 18 Feb 1996 23:15:51 EST
In answer to Richard Farley's query, Peter Kent said:
>I figure that somewhere around 1% of freelancers are making over $100,000.
>>The survey I mentioned found four people making between $100,000 and
>>$124,999, and one person making between $125,000 and $149,999, out of 71
>>Sarah Lee Bihlmayer then responded:
I'm confused--where does the 1% figure come from? When I do the math, the
5 out of 71 survey respondents making over $100K constitute 7%. <<
Ah, you found the intentional mistake!
Well, actually, in the past I've looked at these surveys and found that
somewhere between 1% and 2% of all respondents--not just freelancers--earn over
$100,000. When I looked at this one I found about the same. There were 299
respondents, 5 of whom earned over $100,000--that's 1.7%, the same ballpark.
When I came to write that msg a few days later, I threw down a few numbers
without paying enough attention! As you point out, 7% of the freelancers were
making over $100,000.
Peter Kent: 71601 -dot- 1266 -at- compuserve -dot- com, 303-989-1869
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