Battle of the Salaries: Working at Home or On-Site ?

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We all know the benefits of working from home, but we sometimes wonder if we’re getting what we hoped for. Especially when it comes to money.

I recently wrote an article comparing the pay between a work at home job and its on-site counterpart. The particular type of job was in the Computer Tech Support sector, and the determination was that a WAH job in this field was, in fact, quite lucrative.

But I wanted to take my research a step further. I decided to do salary comparisons, via Salary.com and Indeed, on several common online jobs to their traditional mate. I wanted to know how much of a difference there was between working at home or on-site for the same job.

So I whipped up this nifty little graph to illustrate my findings, (which I will paste at the bottom of this blog for future reference):

salary_comparison_compressed

The on-site jobs typically pay more than the home based ones, but that’s really no surprise. Companies hire contract workers to save money, after all.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the differences are not too great. Hmmm…pretty interesting if you ask me.

We have to consider a few things:

When it comes to general transcription, payment is usually based on an audio hour, or audio transcription. It may take a few actual hours to complete an audio hour.

Writing and blogging jobs are often paid per piece (article or story of pre-defined length), and there is a large range of piece prices (the amount someone will pay for a piece). This was a hard one to figure the hourly salary for. I computed the median piece price by the typical time it takes me to write an article in the length specified. I’m not the fasted article composer, but I did come up with the figure of $10.00 per hour. Keep in mind, though, you may not be writing for 8 hours solid.

Weigh the Pros and Cons

So, even though there are differences, we have to weigh the pros and cons. Take a serious look at your needs and wants and see what is best for you.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a lower salary to reap the bennies of staying at home. Even though we suspected, or even knew, there were differences, it’s nice to actually see it rather that think it.

 

Sources of salary comparisons: Salary.com, Indeed.com

 

 

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About Kathleen Lewis

After many years of working for someone else, I was faced with the opportunity of doing my own thing. I grabbed the chance to develop my skills and share my knowledge in the areas of working at home and finding online work.
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6 Comments

  1. Awesome job on this! I often wondered if I could actually get a home job that was comparable in pay to the one I used to have (admin. Support for a sales team).

    I have been doing some work on odesk, but not really applying myself. Looks like I should.

    • Thanks for visiting, Germaine.

      I LOVE odesk ! You’re bound to gain a great client following if you continue to provide great work. And by work, I refer not only to the actual w-o-r-k, but the follow-up, contact with your clients, and providing overall great service.

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