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In 2010, 4.3 percent of American workers did their jobs from home. Half of them were self-employed, but opportunities are growing fast in certain fields, too.

New data from the Census Bureau shows working at home is increasingly common.

According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the number of people who worked at home at least one day per week increased from 9.5 million in 1999 to 13.4 million in 2010, increasing from 7.0 percent to 9.5 percent of all workers. The largest increase occurred between 2005 and 2010, when the share grew from 7.8 percent to 9.5 percent of all workers, an increase of more than 2 million.

What makes this more interesting, though, is the other info they pair it with. For instance, how much people make working from home versus in an office.

“The median household income was significantly higher for mixed workers at $96,300,” the survey says, “compared with $74,000 for home workers and $65,600 for onsite workers.” Mixed workers are those who are based in an office, but also get to work from home part of the time.

The fastest-growing work-from-home jobs involve computers, engineering, and science – those jumped 69 percent from 2000 to 2010. A quarter of stay-at-home workers are in management, business and financial jobs.

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