Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

An average Self-Employed employee can expect to make $62K per year. Your job title influences pay for Self-Employed workers the most, followed by your city and your experience level. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Clinical Psychologists rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $281K annually; Tutors come in second with average earnings amounting to $65K, while Handymans and Maids or Housekeepers rank near the top as well ($63K and around $42K, respectively). Self-Employed hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Certified Nurse Assistants ($25K on average).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $150K per year) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif. (about $146K), Seattle, Wash. ($120K), and Los Angeles, Calif. (around $83K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at approximately $58K) is Denver, Colo. Self-Employed workers in New York earn the most — $130K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $32K per year. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of about $43K annually. The largest slice of the Self-Employed workforce (38 percent) has been working for 20 years or more and earns, on average, approximately $74K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Psychologists earn $296K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Clinical Psychology; Self-Employed awards around $437K to these degree-holders.


When it comes to skills, Counseling seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $187K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Self-Employed is Elder Care; one in ten of employees use it for work. Some other standard skills here are Project Management, Home Health/Home Care, 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. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for approximately one-seventh of workers, and less than ten percent of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Additional benefits of working here are a casual working environment, flexible hours, none (contract-based), a subsidized cell phone, free drinks, and optional telecommute / work from home.

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