Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

Employees of Self-Employed bring in an average of $24.52 per hour, and when they are working overtime, they earn $30.75. Where you live plays the largest role in compensation at Self-Employed, but your role at the company and how long you've been working affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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  • Updated: 17 Jun 2017
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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $75.00 per hour) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif. ($60.00), Seattle, Wash. (around $42.50), and Denver, Colo. (approximately $35.00) are the next top-paying cities. At $25.00, Chicago, Ill. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Washington pays Self-Employed the most — $39.67 per hour on average.


General Contractors earn the highest median pay at about $39.15 per hour, followed by Tutors ($25.00), Carpenters ($20.61), and Maids or Housekeepers ($20.00). Earning only around $11.00 on average, Certified Nurse Assistants make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $15.45 per hour on average. Average pay is $15.73 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Self-Employed employees (37 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn $35.79 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Psychologists are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $152.604722665004 per hour. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD); Self-Employed awards approximately $140 to these degree-holders.


In this position, it pays to have Adobe Photoshop in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $40.00 per hour. A relatively widespread skill at Self-Employed is Elder Care; one-eighth of employees use it for work. Other top skills include Home Health/Home Care, Project Management, and Cleaning.

Benefits and Perks

Less than ten percent of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Health insurance is part of the package for roughly one in seven workers, and for less than ten percent of workers, dental coverage is too. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, none (contract-based), a company cell phone, free drinks, and optional telecommute / work from home.

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Hourly Rate
$10 - $40
Hourly Rate
$12 - $49

Job Satisfaction

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