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Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

Self-Employed pays its employees $62K annually on average. At Self-Employed, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is what you do at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your city and how long you've been working each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on 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) (19)
$8.94 - $19.00  
[-]Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) (19)
Hourly Rate$8.94 - $19.00  
[+]Caregiver (15)
$9.85 - $15.56  
[+]Caregiver (15)
Hourly Rate$9.85 - $15.56  
[+]Maid or Housekeeping Cleaner (13)
$7.97 - $30.10  
[+]Maid or Housekeeping Cleaner (13)
Hourly Rate$7.97 - $30.10  
[+]Clinical Psychologist (13)
$63.89 - $290.87  
[+]Clinical Psychologist (13)
Hourly Rate$63.89 - $290.87  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 833

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Bringing in the most money are Clinical Psychologists — their earnings average $281K per year. Tutors are a close second at $63K along with Handymans (about $42K) and Maids or Housekeepers (approximately $41K). Financial compensation for Certified Nurse Assistants is rather low — on average only $25K — relative to the rest of the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $125K annually) can be spotted in Seattle, Wash.; New York, N.Y. (about $114K), Los Angeles, Calif. ($88K), and Portland, Ore. (around $62K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $52K. Within the firm, employees working in Washington take home the most — approximately $104K per year on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $32K annually. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of around $46K per year. Overall, the greater share of Self-Employed folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average $75K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Psychologists, who make approximately $296K per year. Self-Employed compensates Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Psychology-holders the most at $291K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Counseling; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $187K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Self-Employed is Home Health/Home Care; around one in ten of employees use it for work. Key skills also include Elder Care, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop.

Benefits and Perks

To plan for old age, less than ten percent of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For around one in seven workers, benefits include health insurance, and less than ten percent of workers get dental coverage, too. Some other perks are a casual working environment, flexible hours, none (contract-based), a company cell phone, free drinks, and optional telecommute / work from home.

Key Stats for Self-Employed


60 %
40 %
Hourly Rate
$10 - $59
Hourly Rate
$15 - $61
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 242 votes.
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