Clinical Psychologists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $274K annually — though Handymans, Maids or Housekeepers, and Housekeepers also do fairly well at around $52K, about $38K, and approximately $32K, respectively. With salaries averaging $24K, Certified Nurse Assistants are among the lowest paid at Self-Employed.
On the lower end is Atlanta, Ga. at $52K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Washington; salaries there average to approximately $104K per year.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $42K annually on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $32K per year. The greater proportion of employees (36 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $75K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Licensed Psychologist certainly has its perks — salaries approach $281K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Self-Employed provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctorate (PhD) — these employees rake in about $255K annually.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Counseling; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $185K per year. Elder Care is a popular skill among Self-Employed workers, with close to a tenth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Home Health/Home Care, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Less than ten percent of workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for about a seventh of workers, and less than ten percent of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are a casual working environment, flexible hours, none (contract-based), a subsidized cell phone, free drinks, and optional telecommute / work from home.