Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

Employees of Self-Employed bring in an average of $24.62 per hour, and when they are working overtime, they earn $33.34. Geography influences pay for Self-Employed workers the most, followed by your role at the company and how long you've been working. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $75.00 per hour) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif. ($57.39), Seattle, Wash. ($45.00), and Chicago, Ill. (around $44.22) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Portland, Ore.; in fact, at $20.00 it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in Washington, where pay average out at about $40.45 per hour.


General Contractors rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $40.00 per hour; Tutors come in second with average earnings amounting to $27.50, while Maids or Housekeepers and Carpenters rank near the top as well ($23.58 and around $20.31, respectively). With salaries averaging $10.30, Certified Nurse Assistants are among the lowest paid at Self-Employed.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $15.25 per hour. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $16.00 per hour. Overall, the greater share of Self-Employed folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average $35.38 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $148.30444714658097 per hour for Licensed Psychologists; non-accredited workers make much less. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at Self-Employed — these employees make the most at around $140 per hour.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Adobe Photoshop; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $40.00 per hour. It's pretty common to find people here who know Elder Care; nearly one-tenth consider it a key competency. Other skills in demand are Project Management, Home Health/Home Care, and Cleaning.

Benefits and Perks

Less than ten percent of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Self-Employed provides health insurance to nearly one-seventh of workers, and less than ten percent of workers do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are a casual working environment, flexible hours, a company cell phone, none (contract-based), company car / automobile, and free drinks.

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Key Stats for Self-Employed


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42 %
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$10 - $45
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$12 - $50
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