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Digital Nomad Salary – How Much Do Digital Nomads Make?

Last Updated on January 17, 2021 by Camilla Gill

 

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Find out what an average digital nomad salary is and how much they make…

Digital nomads are fascinating. A mythical creature roaming the world, their natural habitat is a tropical beach and they are never spotted without their trusty laptop.

Finding out people’s salaries is also fascinating. We’ve all got a nosy side to us, wanting to find out just how much so and so is making a month.

Digital nomads are fascinating. A mythical creature roaming the world, their natural habitat is a tropical beach and they are never spotted without their trusty laptop.

Finding out people’s salaries is also fascinating. We’ve all got a nosy side to us, wanting to find out just how much so and so is making a month.

So..put digital nomads and salaries together and what have you got?

A VERY interesting blog post! So, you want to find out how much do digital nomads make.

I get it. I do. How can the mythical creature that is a digital nomad afford to travel the world while you’re struggling to pay your rent some months…?

They must be earning MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year.

I used to think this as well….until I became a digital nomad and started meeting other location independent individuals.

Here’s the BIG secret

Digital nomads don’t actually make more MONEY than you.

Instead, they choose to spend their money differently.

Being a digital nomad is a lifestyle choice, and maybe it’s right for you, maybe it’s not.

Find out what’s it’s really like being a digital nomad here.

Lower Cost Of Living

But did you know being a digital nomad is actually cheaper than living full-time in the UK?

When I’m travelling, my expenses are rarely over $1200 a month. I don’t have many expenses apart from my subscription travel insurance which is only $30 a month!

SafetyWing have changed the insurance game for digital nomads, find this full review on SafetyWing . All about why they are the best long term travel insurance for backpackers and digital nomads.

How Much Do Digital Nomads Make

To satisfy your curiosity itch, I rounded up the best posts on the internet to find out how much other digital nomads are making. (You’re welcome)

ENJOY!

digital nomad salary katie & Ben

Katie & Ben – $170,000

Travel Bloggers

Katie and Ben are travel bloggers over at Two Wandering Soles

They earn a whopping $14,179 per month. Wowee! These guys are KILLING IT in the travel blogging niche.

Blogging is a popular choice for digital nomads and one I am involved with too now. You can make SERIOUS MONEY as a blogger, and learning how to start a blog is not actually that difficult!

You can start a blog for less than $4 A MONTH!

People make money blogging through a combination of ad revenue, affiliate market, digital products and sponsored posts.

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Jessica – $34,700

Graphic Designer

Jessica is a great example of someone earning a normal salary but instead of spending her money on rent and car payments. She chooses to work remotely and travel.

Jessica was starting her career as a designer for advertising agencies when the executive director of the Society of Digital Agencies reached out her and offered a remote position!

Working remotely gave her FREEDOM to choose which country to work from as well as the invaluable commodity of TIME.

You don’t have to be self-employed to become a digital nomad. More and more employers are now offering full-time remote positions!

Related: Best remote jobs for travel

nora digital nomad salary

Nora – $30,316

Freelance Writer/Travel Blogger

Nora is another travel blogger and writer over at The Professional Hobo. Nora writes about how you can still be a digital nomad and travel the world on a modest income.

You’ll find that there isn’t a wide variety of the types of careers digital nomads have. Most digital nomads make their money via writing, digital marketing or something computer based.

Although with remote working on the rise, more and more jobs will come with the option of being location independent.

Related: The pros and cons of freelancing

lylia rose income blogger

Victoria Sully – $29,600

Finance Blogger

Although, not technically a digital nomad. I wanted to include Lylia because she is a great example of a blogging success story.

Lylia Rose is a UK money blog by Victoria Sully featuring lifestyle topics with a focus on making money online and blogging.

Lyla mostly makes her money from being a full-time blogger, but she does also earn money from other sources too like matched betting for example.

Related: What types of blogs make the most money

how much do digital nomads make

Sharon – $72,000

Blogger, FBA, Rental Income

The passive income queen!!! Sharon Tseung is the owner of DigitalNomadQuest. Way back in 2016, Sharon quit her job and traveled the world for 2 years.

When she came back to the Bay Area she focused on saving more money and building over 10 PASSIVE INCOME STREAMS. Impressive stuff!

DigitalNomadQuest is a great resource for anyone interested in building a passive income for themselves.

Related: Is blogging worth it?

india freelance content creator

India – $50,000

Digital Content Creator

India is originally from Sussex, UK, but grew up in France, and works as a content creator.

After being signed off from work due to sickness, India decided life was too short to be spent in an office and became a digital nomad.

Most of her work is writing and editing, but she also manages social media channels and websites for clients, and has also designed an online course for people who want to become digital nomads.

(Notice the MULTIPLE income streams again!)

India is open about the negatives of freelancing. With refreshing honesty, India explains how sometimes it is a bit nervewracking to work as a freelancer and not know where the next pay check is coming from. She also talks about how tough it can be to figure out a health work-life balance.

All in all though, I would say India has things figured out! Congrats girl!

Katrina – $70,000

Business Consultant

If you think that your skills are too business based then think again. Why not become a remote consultant for in your industey? Katrina is a US citizen who was born in Germany and works as a business consultant traveling the world as a digital nomad!

As a consultant, she advises other freelancers and service providers on how to structure their business and market their services to attain financial and location freedom.

Her earnings were $70,000 (£55,000) last year, and is projecting $120,000 (£95,000) this year. Wow!

Related: My digital nomad story

kat remote work freelancer

Kat – $20,000

Freelance Creative Marketer

Kat is from California, USA, and works as a freelance creative marketer.

I like Kat because although she doesn’t earn much, she didn’t let that stop her from becoming a digital nomad. Proof that you don’t need to be earning big money to live your dream life.

There are lots of countries where you can live comfortably but keep your expenses low.

Related: Why I became a digital nomad

The Future Of Digital Nomads

Did you know that more than 15% of people in Britain are self-employed?

It seems like more and more people are sticking the middle finger to bosses.

But maybe they are also choosing to be self-employed because they want to have more control over their lives?

Since becoming self-employed, I’ve been free to travel wherever I want whenever I want.

It’s a freedom I can’t imagine my life without anymore.

But even if you don’t want to be self-employed, you can still be a digital nomad with a fixed-job.

More and more companies are now offering remote working contracts.

Further Reading

How I became a digital nomad

3 digital nomad jobs for people with no degree

Have you ever googled how much do digital nomads make only to find some vague, out of date figures? Find out how my digital nomad salary went from $1400/month to $50,000 a year!

Comments

  1. Thanks for this post. I am trying to set myself up to hopefully travel full-time in the next year and a half and I’m always on the lookout for options on how to make money as I go and not just eat up all my savings. So I appreciate your post.

    • Great to hear that you liked this post Josh! All the best with your travels next year and give me a shout if you have any questions! Phoebe x