A GLO Working Paper (Remote Work, Wages, and Hours Worked in the United States by Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, Ph.D. & Victoria Vernon, Ph.D.) examine

Work From Home Workers out earn Office Workers in the US

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A GLO Working Paper (Remote Work, Wages, and Hours Worked in the United States by Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, Ph.D. & Victoria Vernon, Ph.D.) examines wage and hours differential trends for full-time remote and office-based workers. Historically, full-time remote workers consistently earned more than their on-site peers, with the gap widening recently. In 2010, telecommuters had a modest 5.4% wage premium over office-goers. Fast forward to 2021, and this premium has rocketed to 14.2%. This trend isn't just hourly-based but is also reflected in annual income.

Remote work is changing where we work, how much we earn, and how long we work. On average, remote workers out earn their on-site colleagues, with this wage gap growing during the pandemic. We know that working from home is correlated with higher fertility and marriage rates, and this may explain a portion of the higher rates.

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