Top-Paying U.S. Cities for Gig Workers

Wonolo, the leading platform disrupting the temporary staffing industry, today released a report detailing the cities where gig workers earn the most hourly pay relative to the cost of living.

“Now more than ever workers need access to living wage, rather than minimum wage, opportunities,” said Wonolo CEO and cofounder, Yong Kim. “We’re proud to partner with many like-minded companies across the U.S. to connect them with high-quality workers.”

Yong Kim

The report – available here – shows that in markets across the country (Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Las Vegas, New York, New Jersey, Austin, Nashville) the average pay gig workers using Wonolo earn is above the living wage.

The report is based on an analysis of tens of thousands of jobs workers accepted through Wonolo between April 2019 and June 2020. It also reveals the average number of available job opportunities in each market.

Wonolo looks to the living wage to capture what a typical person must earn to meet the minimum standards of living absent other financial support. Wonolo determines the living wage by using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Living Wage Calculator. You can see the calculator here.

Jobs posted on Wonolo are open to anyone who signs up for the Wonolo mobile application – who we call Wonoloers. Local jobs are broadcast to local Wonoloers via the app and they can start working as soon as the next day.

In addition to good pay, Wonoloers also generally get paid soon after jobs are completed, rather than waiting for the traditional 2-week pay period. Wonoloers typically get paid via direct deposit 1-3 days after a job is completed.