The US Gig Economy: Who Gets Paid the Most?

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Posted: 20th March 2018 by
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No surprise - it's all about the gig economy now. Freelance work, a major driving force of US wealth for the last five years, is booming, contributing nearly $1.4 trillion to the national economy every year.

But, as discovered, certain gig economy fields are more lucrative than others. The guesswork is out by listing the most lucrative gig economy job categories for 2018. analysed publicly available data from leading sources including Upwork and the Freelancers Union, then gathered a variety of data, including fields where client billings grew by 200 percent from 2016 to 2017. Afterward, the publication compiled hourly rates of hundreds of freelancers in those skill areas from popular gig economy websites: Upwork, Freelancer, People Per Hour, Hubstaff and Guru.

The result? Here is the publication's analysis and ranking of the 10 highest paying gig economy jobs of 2018.

"What's interesting to note is that the number one job on our list – Deep Learning – pays over four times the country's median household income," says Eric Noe, Editor-in-Chief. "The average annual income for deep learning is $239,325, while the country's median household income is $59.039. But, even if you're a freelancer in the lowest paying gig economy job on our list – Instagram Marketing – you can make a good living with an average annual income of $64,958," adds Noe.


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