Side Hustle Statistics (2022): The Complete Picture

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While the term “side hustle” has exploded into the popular vernacular in recent decades, the phrase — like the practice — is much older. For as long as we’ve had jobs, we’ve had the option of additional pay through side hustles.

Modern technology has made obtaining a side hustle all the easier; you can find well-paying gigs on apps, for example, or platforms specifically designed to connect gig workers with businesses that want to hire them. For some, a side job is a little extra money; for others, it’s income necessary to survival. And for still others, the side gig is a stepping stone towards starting their own business.

What percentage of the country has a side hustle? What are they earning? How old are they? Find the answers to these questions and more in our side hustle statistics.

Side Hustle Statistics: The Full List

Statistic

Study Title

Source

Publish Date

"1% of the workforce use app-based platforms to do their side hustle."

Bureau of Statistics

September 25, 2020

"28% of millennials, between the ages of 18 and 26, are working on their own on the side right now."

Bankrate Study

Jul 19, 2017

"61% of millennials working a side hustle are at it once week or more."

Bankrate Study

Jul 19, 2017

"96% are at their side hustle at least once a month."

Bankrate Study

Jul 19, 2017

"5% say their side hustle earns them $500 a month or more."

Bankrate Study

Jul 19, 2017

"About 28% of millennials from ages 18-26 are continuing to work on the side."

Bankrate Study

January 2, 2022

"61% are on their side gig once a week or even more sometimes."

Bankrate Study

January 2, 2022

"About 45% of the U.S. working citizens earn extra income through side hustling."

Bankrate Study

January 2, 2022

"37% of the population are working side jobs."

Bankrate Study

January 2, 2022

"30% of people with side hustles do it to make ends meet."

Bankrate Survey

September 25, 2020

"Some 43% of households earning at least $80,000 per year have a side gig."

Bankrate Survey

June 5, 2019

"53% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 who work in the gig economy use it as their primary income source."

Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey

March 18, 2021

"29% of the workers have second jobs."

CareerBuilder Survey

January 2, 2022

"1,000 Americans who are currently working a side hustle found the main motivating factor is cash."

CreditLoan.com Survey

March 20, 2018

"21% who work a side hustle are doing it during their regular working hours."

CreditLoan.com Survey

March 20, 2018

"23.1% use a side hustle to learn new skills."

CreditLoan.com Survey

March 20, 2018

"Another 23% are using their side hustle as a form of insurance in case they’re laid off at their primary job."

CreditLoan.com Survey

March 20, 2018

"14.5% are using the side hustle to start a new business of their own."

CreditLoan.com Survey

March 20, 2018

"10.8% said they use the income and experience to transition out of their primary job."

CreditLoan.com Survey

March 20, 2018

"33% of survey respondents earn $500 or more per month with their side hustle."

DollarSprout Side Hustle Survey

May 14, 2020

"More than 35% of respondents spent more money on their side gig than what they earned."

DollarSprout Side Hustle Survey

May 14, 2020

"Almost 1/3 of the side workers are over 54+ of age."

DollarSprout Side Hustle Survey

January 2, 2022

"42% of the side hustlers are optimistic about their future."

DollarSprout Side Hustle Survey

January 2, 2022

"18% of them are interested in going full-time with their side gig."

DollarSprout Side Hustle Survey

January 2, 2022

"One in four Americans is working another job or gig in addition to their full-time job."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"About 63% have had one or more side hustles in the past."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"About 12% currently have multiple side jobs."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"Nearly 25% of respondents said they took on a side hustle to pay off debt."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"About 23% said they had a side hustle just for fun or as a hobby."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"At 38%, members of Generation X ages 35 to 44 had the highest percentage of respondents who said they currently have a side hustle."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"Nearly 82% of adults ages 65 and older and 74% of baby boomers ages 55 to 64 said they have had one or more side hustles in the past."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"Older adults ages 45 to 54 were also more likely than younger adults to say that they took on a side hustle to cover basic expenses."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"Over 60% of the survey respondents said they spend 15 hours or less each week on their side hustle."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"Men were much more likely than women to say that they enjoyed their side hustle more than their full-time job — about 31% compared to 20%, respectively."

GOBankingRates Survey

May 24, 2019

"25% of people describe themselves as having a 'side hustle.'"

Henley Business School Study

December 18, 2020

"20% of gig workers are over the age of 55."

Illuminating the Shadow Workforce: Insights into the Gig Workforce in Businesses.

December 16, 2021

"On average, one in four workers is a gig worker at 40% of companies."

Illuminating the Shadow Workforce: Insights into the Gig Workforce in Businesses.

December 16, 2021

"In 6% companies, gig workers make up as much as 85% of the workforce."

Illuminating the Shadow Workforce: Insights into the Gig Workforce in Businesses.

December 16, 2021

"11% companies have about 52% gig workers."

Illuminating the Shadow Workforce: Insights into the Gig Workforce in Businesses.

December 16, 2021

"The workforce in the finance sector is made up of 25% of gig workers, primarily independent contractors."

Illuminating the Shadow Workforce: Insights into the Gig Workforce in Businesses.

December 16, 2021

"Workers above 55 also choose gig work, making up 20% of the total gig workforce in the U.S."

Illuminating the Shadow Workforce: Insights into the Gig Workforce in Businesses.

December 16, 2021

"Nearly all working Americans (93%) have some kind of side hustle in 2022."

Insuranks Survey

June 28, 2022

"Nearly half of respondents (44%) said they need a side hustle to make ends meet and cover bills."

Insuranks Survey

June 28, 2022

"28% said surging inflation has pushed them into a side hustle."

Insuranks Survey

June 28, 2022

"12% increase in entrepreneurs engaged in side hustles in the 21-25 age group."

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

February 18, 2020

"For 44% of gig workers, their work in the gig economy is their primary source of income. "

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"For over half of age 18-34 gig workers (53%), their gig job is their primary source of income. "

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"85% of gig employees whose gig work is their primary source of income."

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"Persons age 18-34 are more likely to work within the gig economy (38%)."

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"Men (31%) are more likely than women (18%) to be employed in the gig economy."

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"Women (56%) are more likely to have a gig job as secondary income than men (51%)."

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"For over half of African-American gig workers (55%), their gig job is their primary source of income."

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"51% of gig workers say they work harder for their income than those in traditional jobs."

Marketplace-Edison Research Survey

December 2018

"The number of global gig workers is expected to rise from 43 million in 2018 to 78 million in 2023."

Mastercard Survey

May 10, 2022

"About one in four respondents admit to preferring their side jobs over their primary career."

NBC News Survey

January 2, 2022

"About 57% of the respondents are working a side job."

NBC News Survey

January 2, 2022

"1.1 million people are either employed in two jobs or are self-employed in addition to being in employment."

Office of National Statistics

December 18, 2020

"56% of gig economy workers say they take gig jobs to earn money on top of their main source of income."

Pew Research Center Survey

May 10, 2022

"Only 40% of American gig economy workers have access to medical insurance."

Statista Survey

May 10, 2022

"Millennials make about $10,972 on an average every year via side gigs."

SunTrust Bank Survey

January 2, 2022

"From the survey of 2,028 people with different age groups and income, 1,116 had a side hustle."

SunTrust Bank Survey

January 2, 2022

"About 64% of the millennials admitted to having a side job at present and in the past."

SunTrust Bank Survey

January 2, 2022

"Plus, 19% of the millennials had multiple side gigs,"

SunTrust Bank Survey

January 2, 2022

"One in three Americans — 34%  — have a side hustle."

Zapier Survey

Jan 14, 2021

"61.1 million Americans (24%) plan to start a side hustle in 2021."

Zapier Survey

Jan 14, 2021

"Among Americans who have a side hustle, two thirds (67%) started it within the past three years."

Zapier Survey

Jan 14, 2021

"About a quarter of Americans — 24%  — plan to start a side hustle in 2021."

Zapier Survey

Jan 14, 2021

"34% of Americans, or one in three, have a side hustle."

Zapier Survey

October 18, 2021

"67% started their side hustle within the past three years."

Zapier Survey

October 18, 2021

"31% started theirs in 2020."

Zapier Survey

October 18, 2021

"24% of Americans planned to start a side hustle in 2021."

Zapier Survey

October 18, 2021

 

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