Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

Compensation for Self-Employed employees tends to be around $62K per year. Though geography and your experience level are influential salary factors for those at Self-Employed, what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Self-Employed typically pays:
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Employer: Self-Employed
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) (17)
$9.23 - $19.22  
[-]Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) (17)
Hourly Rate$9.23 - $19.22  
[+]Caregiver (14)
$9.89 - $17.50  
[+]Caregiver (14)
Hourly Rate$9.89 - $17.50  
[+]Handyman (12)
$9.93 - $122.34  
[+]Handyman (12)
Hourly Rate$9.93 - $122.34  
[+]Tutor (12)
$15.32 - $73.40  
[+]Tutor (12)
Hourly Rate$15.32 - $73.40  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 783
United States (change)


The highest average salaries go to Clinical Psychologists, who bring in close to around $281K, though Life Coachs are not far behind at $156K along with Tutors ($62K) and Handymans (about $44K). Self-Employed hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Certified Nurse Assistants ($25K).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $125K annually) can be spotted in Seattle; New York ($114K), Los Angeles (approximately $99K), and Houston ($94K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging around $51K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of about $103K per year) in Washington.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach $41K. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see an average salaries of about $53K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Self-Employed employees (39 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and typically earn $73K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Psychologists have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $304K. Salaries typically rise to around $130K per year for accredited Licensed Massage Therapists. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD), Psychology; Self-Employed awards approximately $296K to these degree-holders.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Clinical Psychology; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $250K. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Elder Care; nearly one-tenth deem it necessary for work. Many workers usually know Home Health/Home Care, Counseling, and Project Management as well.

Benefits and Perks

One-tenth of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. One in eight workers receive health insurance, and less than ten percent of workers get dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, a subsidized cell phone, none (contract-based), free drinks, and optional telecommute / work from home.

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Key Stats for Self-Employed


59 %
41 %
Hourly Rate
$10 - $59
Hourly Rate
$17 - $62
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

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