According to Pew Research, women earn less than 16% of what men earn on average. However, according to a new study from ZenBusiness, an organization that helps people start and run their own businesses, the gender pay gap is significantly more dramatic for freelancers. ZenBusiness analyzed data from 6,000 freelancers on Upwork. Here are some of the key findings of the study:Men charge an average of $68.58 per hour and women $46.30 for similar work, a difference of 48%. The gap varied by industry. The industry with the largest overall pay gap was accounting and consulting: men charged an average of $33 more per hour than women. However, the largest job-specific pay gap was in engineering: male DevOps engineers were charged as much as $70.90 per hour more than women. Freelancers working in the design and creative industries were paid fairly fair wages: the average difference was just $2.81 per hour. Freelance writers actually had the smallest pay gap at about $1 per hour, with a few notable exceptions. In fact, female copywriters charge an average of $6.29 per hour (11%) more than men. However, the pay gap was very real for business writers. Male business writers charge an average of $91.33 per hour, compared to women who charge $67.72 per hour.
As Fast Company reported earlier this year, half of the entire U.S. workforce is expected to be freelance by 2027.
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