Do Work-at-Home Jobs Pay Less Than Office Jobs?

Find Out if Telecommuting Means Taking a Pay Cut

Pay Differences Between Telecommute & In-Office

One persistent belief about work-at-home, or telecommute, jobs is that they almost always pay far less than in-office jobs. But is this really true?

While it may have been the case many years ago when telecommuting was just starting to take shape as a movement, today’s at-home jobs pay salaries comparable to in-office jobs. Additionally, there are substantial cost savings that come with working from home, such as a reduction in commute costs, wardrobe and dry cleaning bills, eating out, and childcare costs to cover time spent commuting. Ironically, recent surveys have shown that professionals would gladly take a pay cut to be able to work from home. In particular, a 2012 survey of working parents found that nine in ten parents value workplace flexibility, including telecommuting, more than competitive pay in a job.

That being said, the reality is work-at-home jobs’ salaries are typically in-line with traditional office jobs, so people don’t necessarily have to choose between the convenience of working from home and the size of their paycheck. *Here’s a breakdown of five of the most common telecommuting job categories, along with a comparison of their salaries and those of similar in-office jobs.

*Salary data: All salaries listed are for annual full-time schedules based on 40 hours per week, for jobs that require very similar or the same qualifications. The telecommuting salaries are based on real telecommuting job listings from FlexJobs and the in-office salaries were researched on