Earned income of self-employed persons in 2017Average earned income increases for the third consecutive year
At the end of 2017, 3.2 millions people are self-employed in France, including 0.4 million in the agricultural sector. Excluding the agricultural sector, a third of self-employed persons are micro-entrepreneurs. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of micro-entrepreneurs grew strongly again, while the number of other (and so called “traditional”) self-employed persons fell for the fourth consecutive year.
In 2017, traditional self-employed persons in non-agricultural sectors received an average of €3,580 per month (compared to €3,440 in 2016), from €1,200 in retail trade, excluding stores, to €8,870 for doctors and dentists. In a given sector, women earn on average 32% less than men. Micro-entrepreneurs earned an average of 470 euros monthly from their work. Between 2016 and 2017, the average earned income of micro-entrepreneurs increased by 4.0%, while that of traditional self-employed persons grew by 3.0%. These increases concern almost all economic sectors.