Gig economy in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on the gig economy in the United States

This dossier presents information on the gig economy in the United States. It includes an overview, and follows up with income and earnings, benefits, job satisfaction, and motivation.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Number of people freelancing in U.S. 2014-2019

    • Industries where gig economy workers are currently employed in the U.S. 2018

    • Share of people freelancing by industry U.S. 2019

    • U.S. freelance workforce distribution 2019

    • Number of jobs currently held by gig economy workers in the U.S. in 2018

    • Total number of hours worked per week by gig economy workers in the U.S. 2018

    • Number of people working independently in the U.S. by frequency 2017-2019

    • Share of people freelancing by employment status U.S. 2014-2019

    • Highest paying gig economy jobs by earnings per hour U.S. 2020

    • Leading concerns of people freelancing in the U.S. 2019

  • 2. Demographics
    • U.S. freelance workforce distribution 2019

    • Distribution of freelancers, by gender U.S. 2019

    • Share of freelancers by generation U.S. 2019

    • U.S. freelance workers, by education 2019

    • U.S. freelancers, by racial background 2019

    • Share of people freelancing who are caregivers in the U.S. 2019

  • 3. Income & earnings
    • Income distribution of gig economy workers in U.S. 2018

    • Median weekly income for full-time contingent workers in the U.S. by gender 2017

    • Median weekly income for full-time contingent workers in the U.S. by ethnicity 2017

    • Average monthly earnings of gig workers via online platforms by sector U.S. 2013-2017

    • Wage comparison of freelancing to employer jobs in the U.S. 2019

    • Share of high-earning independent workers in U.S. 2011-2019

    • Typical payment structure of people freelancing in the U.S. 2019

    • Common payment methods for freelancers in the U.S. 2017

    • Share of freelancers who have experienced not being paid in the U.S. 2017

    • Reasons for non-payment among freelancers in the U.S. 2017

  • 4. Benefits
    • Access to employer benefits among full-time employees and gig workers in U.S. 2018

    • Access to employer-based benefits in the gig economy in the U.S. by generation 2018

    • Access to employer-sponsored retirement among full-time and gig workers U.S. 2018

    • Share of gig economy workers with sponsored retirement plans U.S. 2018, by generation

    • Retirement savings among gig economy workers U.S. 2018

    • Health insurance attainment methods of freelancers U.S. 2019

  • 5. Motivations
    • Main reasons for freelance work in U.S. 2019

    • Reasons for choosing independent work in the U.S. by gender 2018

    • Interest in gig economy jobs for extra income and flexibility U.S. by employment 2018

    • Working gig economy jobs for extra income and flexibility in U.S. by income 2018

    • Financial reasons for working in the gig economy in U.S. by age 2018

    • Financial reasons for working in the gig economy in the U.S. by ethnicity 2018

    • Reasons people freelancing cannot work a traditional job U.S. 2019

  • 6. Job satisfaction
    • Satisfaction of gig economy workers with their current job in the U.S. 2018

    • Satisfaction of gig economy workers with employer values in the U.S. 2018

    • Satisfaction of gig economy workers with their financial situation in the U.S. 2018

    • Importance of work-life balance among gig economy workers in the U.S. 2018

    • Importance of flexible working times among gig economy workers in the U.S. 2018

    • Share of full-time independent workers who prefer a traditional job in U.S. 2012-2019

    • Salary requirements of freelancers to return to a traditional job U.S. 2019

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