When looking at direct comparisons, work-at-home jobs have salaries which fall into the same range as in-office jobs, some paying more and some paying less. Of course, when trying to figure out if your paycheck would change as a telecommuter, it’s important to take into consideration a few fine points.
Salaries for in-office jobs are often dependent on where you live, so if you’re in a more suburban or rural area where local salaries tend to be lower, your prospects may actually be better with a telecommuting job with a company based in a more competitive market where the cost of living is generally higher. Conversely, if you work in an urban setting, you may find that telecommuting jobs pay slightly less, but offer you huge cost savings because they eliminate commuting costs like gas, car maintenance, parking, or public transit fares.
Generally, the qualifications for telecommuting jobs are the same for similar in-office jobs, although having a good working knowledge of technology, being a good self-manager, and being a proactive communicator are likely to be desired skills for telecommuting jobs. Aside from specific traits like those that an employer might look for, your earning potential still depends on your education, experience level, certifications, and professional qualifications. So, if you find yourself considering working from home in the future, don’t let the unjustified fear of a smaller paycheck hold you back.