Occupations of independent contractors
April 30, 2001
More than 8 million persons worked as independent contractors in 1999. Independent contractors were more likely than traditional workers to hold managerial, professional specialty, sales, and production jobs.
Among independent contractors, 20.5 percent were in executive, administrative and managerial positions, compared with 14.6 percent of workers in traditional arrangements. In addition, 18.9 percent of independent contractors were in precision production, craft, and repair jobs; 18.5 percent in professional specialty jobs; and 17.3 percent in sales jobs. The corresponding figures for traditional workers were 10.5 percent for production, 15.5 percent for professional, and 12.0 percent for sales.
These data are a product of a February supplement to the monthly Current Population Survey. "Independent contractors" are workers identified as independent contractors, independent consultants, or freelance workers, whether they were self-employed or wage and salary workers. Find out more in "Characteristics of and preference for alternative work arrangements,1999," by Marisa DiNatale, Monthly Labor Review, March 2001.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Occupations of independent contractors on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/apr/wk5/art01.htm (visited January 16, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.