Earned income of self-employed workers in 2013: sharp decline in most sectors

Laure Omalek et Sergine Tellier, division Salaires et revenus d’activité, Insee

At the end of 2013, 2.7 million people in France had a self-employed activity, excluding the agricultural sector. A quarter of them were auto-entrepreneurs. Excluding the latter, self-employed workers received an average of €3,190 per month, ranging from €980 in trade excluding shops to €8,130 for doctors and dentists. Auto-entrepreneurs drew €440 a month from their activity on average. A third of them combined this activity with salaried employment - including their wage, they received €2,090 in total. Within the same sector, women earned a third less than men. Part of this difference is explained by less work being carried out by women. Between 2012 and 2013, average earned income decreased by 4.6% for auto-entrepreneurs, 1.6% for conventional sole proprietors and 7.9% for majority shareholders of companies. For the latter, more than half of the drop is explained by a decrease in dividends. This decline affected all sectors except the paramedical professions. It was severe in business services or mixed services (legal professions, management consulting, architecture, engineering, design or IT).

Insee Première
No 1604
Paru le : 22/06/2016