32 Highest Paying Gig Economy Jobs For 2022

How can you maximize your earnings in the gig economy? We did the research so you don't have to, evaluating the pay and other benefits of 32 different gig economy jobs.

The dramatic growth in the gig economy over the past decade has fundamentally changed many people’s relationship with work.

What Is The Gig Economy?

The definition of the gig economy varies, but one commonly-recognized characteristic is that gig economy jobs are organized through central marketplaces run by established brands.

16 Manual Labor Gig Economy Jobs

These are the simplest gig economy jobs. They offer straightforward work that most people can do regardless of qualifications.


One of many gig economy food delivery companies, DoorDash lets you earn money as a delivery driver by picking up takeout orders from local restaurants and bringing them to the customer’s doorstep.


 GrubHub is a food delivery service, similar to DoorDash and other options on this list. A relatively modern smartphone to run the company’s app, and either a car, bike or scooter to make deliveries.

Uber Driver

The world’s most famous side gig, Uber lets you work as a driver, taking people where they need to go using your own car. Effectively an on-demand taxi service, Uber is treated as one in many jurisdictions.


Shopping for and/or delivering groceries to Instacart customers (you can work as a shopper, a delivery driver, or both).


Taskrabbit is a way to get paid for all sorts of one-off tasks, from cleaning to lawn care to running errands. The tools and skills you need will vary, but the requirements to get started are minimal.

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