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Men Make 48% More Than Women in the Gig Economy, Study Finds

Even in the freelancing industry, women are falling behind men on wages. 

Office workers at desks in a WeWork co-working office space in the Waterloo district in London, U.K. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

Office workers at desks in a WeWork co-working office space in the Waterloo district in London, U.K. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

In the freelance industry, where workers can set their own wages, women are still falling behind. 

That’s according to a study of almost 6,000 US-based freelancers by ZenBusiness, a business administration service based in Austin, Texas. The study found that on average, male freelancers charge 48% more per hour than their female counterparts. According to reported wages among the six most common freelance industries, the pay discrepancy between men and women was broadest in admin, information technology and customer services. Women pulled ahead only in software development & data science, charging 22 cents more than their male counterparts in the space.