Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

An average Self-Employed employee can expect to make $61K per year. Your role at the company primarily drives compensation; however, geography and your experience level are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Self-Employed. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Clinical Psychologists earn the highest median pay at $277K annually, followed by Tutors ($64K), Handymans ($58K), and Maids or Housekeepers (around $38K). Self-Employed hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Certified Nurse Assistants (approximately $24K on average).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $208K per year) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; New York, N.Y. (approximately $150K), San Francisco, Calif. ($146K), and Seattle, Wash. (about $120K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Denver, Colo.; in fact, at $58K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Washington, where they average to around $110K annually.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $32K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $42K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Self-Employed employees (37 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn approximately $73K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Psychologists have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $296K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Self-Employed pays those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Clinical Psychology the most — $437K.


When it comes to skills, Counseling seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $185K per year. Elder Care is regularly seen around here; close to a tenth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Some other standard skills here are Home Health/Home Care, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop.

Benefits and Perks

Less than ten percent of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. For one in seven workers, benefits include health insurance, and less than ten percent of workers get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include 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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Key Stats for Self-Employed


59 %
41 %
Hourly Rate
$10 - $59
Hourly Rate
$14 - $60
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5-9 years
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20 years or more

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