Hourly workers are a major driver of the U.S. economy. Seventy-eight million Americans, or 59% of the workforce, are now paid hourly. Yet there are very few resources dedicated to helping hourly workers get jobs and advance in their careers. LinkedIn and Snagajob teamed up to change that. This week we'll publish a series of posts related to our research on the hourly worker industry, starting with this post illustrating the basic demographics of hourly workers.
Most hourly workers are young, but older workers have considerable education
To kick things off, we analyzed the basic demographics of hourly workers. We discovered that 71% of hourly workers are under the age of 30. This skew makes sense when you consider the most common reasons people choose hourly work – such as helping pay for school or helping start their careers. However when we looked at education levels, the findings were more surprising. Younger hourly workers naturally have less education than older hourly workers. But 45% of hourly workers over 30 have some post-secondary education, with 15% having a Bachelor's degree or more.
Wide variety of jobs in hourly work
We also wanted to better understand the types of roles that pay hourly. So we analyzed the job titles of millions of LinkedIn members who work at companies that employ the most hourly workers. Here are the most common hourly worker job titles:
The most common job titles for hourly workers
Overall this list shows how diverse hourly worker jobs are — from working with customers to producing products to managing employees. It helps people who are considering hourly work see what kinds of jobs are possible. It also underscores how important it is that employers use common language when developing their job descriptions so that they're easy for prospects to find, understand, and apply for.
Coming up next
We're excited about empowering hourly workers with more insights. Next up we'll reveal the hourly employers that hire and promote the fastest, and the ones with the most engaged employees. We'll also unveil the skills hourly workers need to get promoted and explore the top career paths for advancing beyond hourly work. Stay tuned, folks. We're just getting started!
Methodology: We analyzed Snagajob's job application activity to its top 142 employers over the past three years. This was comprised of 120 million+ applications by 20 million+ hourly workers. For age and education, we analyzed the total Snagajob database. (Note: education results exclude the 2% of applicants with unknown education.) We then examined the millions of LinkedIn profiles with common hourly job titles to learn more about hourly workers. The results represent the world seen through the lens of Snagajob and LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how LinkedIn members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis.