Proof Point


Percentage of freelancers earning $75,000 or more annually almost doubled from 17% in 2014 to 31% in 2018, according to Upwork

Annual Personal Income Range of U.S. Freelancers
2018 (percentage)

Note: Data from Upwork’s 2018 Freelancing in America survey of more than 6,000 U.S. workers, of which 2,000 are freelancers, in June 2018
Proof Point Findings:
  • Freelancers – Self-employed segment of labor force, working with clients on contractual or temporary basis
  • High-Earning Freelancers – Freelancers earning $75,000 or more annually almost doubled from 17% in 2014 to 31% in 2018, though those earning more than $150,000 annually remain unchanged, according to Upwork study
  • Lower Income Tier – Freelancers earning less than $75,000 decreased from 83% of surveyed in 2014 to 69% in 2018
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing dependence of companies on freelancers and other external employees, accelerating company return on flexible talent employment, rising income level of freelance jobs and rising employee demand for intangible freelancing benefits, such as time and location flexibility, as well as work variety
Sector: Cross-sector

Date Last Updated: March 4, 2019

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