Average Hourly Rate for Self-Employed Employees

Self-Employed laborers see wages hovering around $24.86 per hour. Adding overtime bumps the median up to $30.70. For the most part, employee paychecks at Self-Employed fluctuate depending on where you live; your job title and your experience level also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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  • Updated: 10 Feb 2018
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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $65.00 per hour) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; New York, N.Y. (about $65.00), Seattle, Wash. ($48.41), and Chicago, Ill. (around $44.22) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is near the bottom for pay at $25.60. Self-Employed workers in Washington earn the most — $44.22 per hour on average.


General Contractors rake in the most money, with average earnings of $39.68 per hour; Tutors come in second with average earnings amounting to around $29.83, while Carpenters and Maids or Housekeepers rank near the top as well ($22.30 and approximately $19.71, respectively). Financial compensation for Certified Nurse Assistants is rather low — on average only $12.23 — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Average pay is about $16.87 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $16.09 per hour. The largest slice of the Self-Employed workforce (37 percent) has been working for 20 years or more and earns, on average, $34.81 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $147.79348101137407 per hour for Licensed Psychologists; non-accredited workers make much less. Employees who have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) make the most here, hauling in around $130.5 per hour.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Adobe Photoshop; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $48.99 per hour. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Elder Care; roughly a tenth deem it necessary for work. Key skills also include Home Health/Home Care, Project Management, and Cleaning.

Benefits and Perks

Less than ten percent of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Self-Employed sponsors. Perks cover health insurance for about one in seven workers and dental coverage for less than ten percent of workers. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, none (contract-based), a subsidized cell phone, optional telecommute / work from home, and free drinks.

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Key Stats for Self-Employed


57 %
43 %
Hourly Rate
$10 - $46
Hourly Rate
$13 - $50

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 743 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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