According to recent data by the U.S. Census Bureau, around 33 million people in the U.S. work remotely at least half of the time that they work, and the number of remote and stay-at-home workers increased by 79.7 percent from 2005 to 2012.
On average, remote stay-at-home workers are 49-years-old, college educated, and employed at a company with more than 100 employees. They earn an annual salary of $48,000. Most of these workers are employed in the service industry. The states with the most remote workers are Oregon, Montana, Colorado, and Vermont.
Companies are reporting that a remote work arrangement has benefits for both employers and employees. Remote workers report greater productivity and connection to co-workers, despite working off-site. Employers enjoy the opportunity to expand work beyond the walls of an office.