The 10 Highest Paying Jobs In The Freelance Economy Proves You Don’t Have To Be An Office Rat


The notion of throwing on a suit and tie and commuting to your office every Monday through Friday is becoming less prevalent. If you walk by a coffee shop on any given weekday, you’ll see it packed with people who don’t look like they’re on vacation. That’s because the gig economy is becoming a more sought-after way for people to make money. Since 2014, the U.S. workforce has grown by about 2.6 percent each year, compared to the 8.1 percent growth produced by the freelance workforce, FitSmallBusiness reports.

According to Moneyish, the gig economy is loosely defined as “workers who work a series of freelance or temporary jobs rather than one full-time job.” Although 85% of gig workers make less than $500 a month, there are certain fields that are more lucrative.

Airbnb hosts tended to earn the most with a median of $440 a month and Etsy giggers earned the least at at median of $40 a month.

Artificial Intelligence – Deep Learning: $115 per hour
Blockchain Architecture: $87 per hour
Robotics: $77 per hour
Ethical hacking: $66 per hour
Cryptocurrency: $65 per hour
Amazon Web Services Lamda Coding: $51 per
Virtual Reality: $50 per hour
React.JS Developers: $41 per hour
Final Cut Pro Editors: $37 per hour
Instagram Marketing: $31 per hour

The hottest gig economy jobs center around robotics, finance, artificial intelligence, and marketing. The Deep Learning gig earns an average annual income of $239,325 and the average annual income of the lowest paying job on the list (Instagram marketing) earns $64,958 a year. Not too shabby.

If you’ve got some extra time and want to make a bit of cash on the side, check out the popular gig sites below:

[h/t Fit Small Business]

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.