Battle of the Salaries: Working at Home or On-Site ?
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, (click to view larger image ):
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.