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Self-Employed Worker Statistics

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Self-Employed Statistics Data
Total number of people who are self-employed in the U.S. 14,600,000
Number of people who work for someone who is self-employed 29,400,000
Total percent of jobs held by the self-employed and the workers they hire 30 %
Average annual income of someone who is self-employed $43,003
Percent of self-employed who are male 63 %
Percent of self-employed between ages 45-54 28 %
Percent of self-employed workers who are 55 or older 31 %
Largest Self-Employed Occupations Total Number
Child Care 556,523
Carpenters 459,116
Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 441,551
Farmers and Ranchers 437,999
Construction Laborers 380,226
Percent of Workers Who Are Self-Employed by Industry Sector Percent
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, or Hunting 30 %
Construction 24 %
Other Services except Public Administration 21 %
Real Estate and Rental Leasing 17 %
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 16 %
Professional Scientific, and Technical Services 13 %
Administrative, Support, and Waste Management Services 10.5 %
Transportation and Warehousing 8 %
Educational Services 6.5 %
Health Care and Social Assistance 5 %
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Rank States With Highest Percent of Self-Employed Percent Number Self-Employed
1 Vermont 11.8 % 41,529
2 Maine 10.5 % 69,533
3 Montana 10.3 % 49,910
4 California 9.9 % 1,660,324
5 South Dakota 9.2 % 42,105
5 Idaho 9.2 % 64,217
7 Oregon 8.9 % 166,412
8 New Hampshire 8.7 % 59,565
9 Tennessee 8.4 % 245,723
10 New Mexico 8.3 % 73,347
10 Colorado 8.3 % 209,822
Countries With The Highest Percent Self-Employed Percent
Not All Countries Reported
Madagascar 88 %
Tanzania 75.9 %
Vietnam 65.1 %
Albania 59.8 %
Thailand 58.6 %
Morocco 53.3 %
Colombia 52.5 %
Sri Lankam 46.2 %
Iran 39 %
Greece 36 %
Turkey 33.9 %
Guatemala 33.4 %
Mexico 33 %
Panama 32.7 %
West Bank and Gaza 31.8 %
Algeria 27.5 %
Brazil 26.8 %
Italy 24.7 %
Cuba 22.7 %
Czech Republic 18 %
Cyprus 17.9 %
Spain 17.6 %
Netherlands 16.7 %
Croatia 15.6 %
United Kingdom 15.2 %
Switzerland 15.1 %
Singapore 14.9 %
Belgium 14.6 %
Egypt 14 %
Finland 14 %
South Africa 13.6 %
Austria 13.3 %
Argentina 13 %
Israel 12.5 %
Bulgaria 12.5 %
France 11.5 %
Japan 11.5 %
Germany 11 %
Australia 10.4 %
Sweden 10.3 %
United States 10 %
Estonia 9.1 %
Denmark 8.9 %
Canada 8.8 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, World Bank
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: February 18, 2016

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