Change Your Freelancer's Hourly Rate

On Upwork, only the freelancer can lower a contract’s hourly rate and only the client can raise it.

To raise a rate on an hourly contract:

  1. Go to Jobs and find the contract.
  2. Click the Actions button and choose Edit.
  3. Update your contract terms.

The existing contract will continue. It will be updated on your work histories to reflect the new rate.

If you want to lower the hourly rate, either ask your freelancer directly to do so or end the contract and rehire your freelancer at a lower rate.


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