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Self-Employed Worker Statistics

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Self-Employed StatisticsData
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-employed29,400,000
Total percent of jobs held by the self-employed and the workers they hire30 %
Average annual income of someone who is self-employed$43,003
Percent of self-employed who are male63 %
Percent of self-employed between ages 45-5428 %
Percent of self-employed workers who are 55 or older31 %
Largest Self-Employed OccupationsTotal Number
Child Care556,523
Carpenters459,116
Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners441,551
Farmers and Ranchers437,999
Construction Laborers380,226
Percent of Workers Who Are Self-Employed by Industry SectorPercent
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, or Hunting30 %
Construction24 %
Other Services except Public Administration21 %
Real Estate and Rental Leasing17 %
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation16 %
Professional Scientific, and Technical Services13 %
Administrative, Support, and Waste Management Services10.5 %
Transportation and Warehousing8 %
Educational Services6.5 %
Health Care and Social Assistance5 %
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RankStates With Highest Percent of Self-EmployedPercentNumber Self-Employed
1Vermont11.8 %41,529
2Maine10.5 %69,533
3Montana10.3 %49,910
4California9.9 %1,660,324
5South Dakota9.2 %42,105
5Idaho9.2 %64,217
7Oregon8.9 %166,412
8New Hampshire8.7 %59,565
9Tennessee8.4 %245,723
10New Mexico8.3 %73,347
10Colorado8.3 %209,822
Countries With The Highest Percent Self-EmployedPercent
Not All Countries Reported
Madagascar88 %
Tanzania75.9 %
Vietnam65.1 %
Albania59.8 %
Thailand58.6 %
Morocco53.3 %
Colombia52.5 %
Sri Lankam46.2 %
Iran39 %
Greece36 %
Turkey33.9 %
Guatemala33.4 %
Mexico33 %
Panama32.7 %
West Bank and Gaza31.8 %
Algeria27.5 %
Brazil26.8 %
Italy24.7 %
Cuba22.7 %
Czech Republic18 %
Cyprus17.9 %
Spain17.6 %
Netherlands16.7 %
Croatia15.6 %
United Kingdom15.2 %
Switzerland15.1 %
Singapore14.9 %
Belgium14.6 %
Egypt14 %
Finland14 %
South Africa13.6 %
Austria13.3 %
Argentina13 %
Israel12.5 %
Bulgaria12.5 %
France11.5 %
Japan11.5 %
Germany11 %
Australia10.4 %
Sweden10.3 %
United States10 %
Estonia9.1 %
Denmark8.9 %
Canada8.8 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, World Bank
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: May 23, 2017

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