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Female freelancers have made some serious headway in the past decade. (If they were around today, I’m sure our ancestors would have balked at the concept of working for ourselves.) It’s becoming an increasingly popular career path for women to take, with the United States having one of the largest representations of female freelancers globally. In the last couple of years alone, millions of women across the globe transitioned from in-office jobs to gig or contract work after the COVID-19 pandemic, and have found that they prefer the job flexibility over stability.
Yet, there’s still work to be done when it comes to both job satisfaction and gender equality in the freelance world for women. While they enjoy the aforementioned flexibility, a quarter of them feel lonely when working remotely. And North America has the largest freelancer gender pay gap, with women earning only 64% of the pay their male peers do.
If you’re just getting started as a female freelancer, or thinking about making the career switch, it certainly comes with some great benefits. But you’ll want to keep in mind the pay gap discrepancy and some other challenges that women tend to face when working for themselves. This is why we’ve rounded up more than 50 female freelancer stats for you—so that you can be fully prepared (with both the good and not-so-good) as you embark on this exciting new journey!
It’s interesting to see just how widely female freelancer stats vary depending on where you’re located in the world. For example, while the United States’ freelancer population is 52% female vs. 48% male, those numbers in Europe drop to just 35% and 65% respectively. Check out the stats below for some more compelling female freelancer stats when it comes to demographics.
While being a female freelancer definitely has its perks (see #21 below), it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Following are some things you’ll want to keep in mind as you set out on this new path so you can go into your freelance career with a realistic mindset.
At first glance, the female freelancer stats below are discouraging. It’s 2022 and yet men are still able to charge 48% more than women for doing similar freelance work and the average hourly pay rate is $5 less for women. (What?!) But don’t let some of these statistics deter you—women are positioned to be extremely successful working for themselves. Not only are female freelancers less likely to get stiffed by clients, but those working in marketing, web and graphic design, and multimedia production earn more than men. Below are some more earnings-related stats that will be of interest to you as a female entrepreneur.
There’s certainly a ton of promise for female entrepreneurs in today’s world, but based on a majority of these statistics, there’s also a lot of work that needs to be done when it comes to the opportunities and pay for men vs. women freelancers.
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