Distribution of contingent workers in the U.S. by education and employment 2017

This statistic illustrates the distribution of contingent workers in the United States in 2017, by education level and employment. In that year, 38.9 percent of independent contractors had a Bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 9.7 percent of independent contractors who had less than a high school diploma.

Distribution of contingent workers in the U.S. in 2017, by education and employment*

Less than a high school diplomaHigh school graduate, no collegeSome college or associate degreeBachelor's degree and higher
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Release date

June 2018


United States

Survey time period

May 2017

Supplementary notes

* The source defines contingent workers as persons who do not have a contract for ongoing employment.

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