U.S. Dollar (USD)
Washington, DC
Cost of Living
(US 69.92)
Time (UTC)
UTC -8 / -7
Constitutional Federal Republic

Hire in the United States without an entity and fully compliant with local labor laws

The United States of America is a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and traditions. Home to internationally known people, places, and corporations, the US gross domestic product represents 24.08% of the world’s GDP.

Almost as large as Europe, the U.S. borders Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The Atlantic Ocean is the country's eastern edge; the Pacific Ocean is the western border

Get to know the United States

America is known for more than having the world's largest economy and international brands. The coast-to-coast landscape includes snow-capped mountains, stunning desserts, iconic skylines, sprawling prairies, and welcoming small towns. 

Travelers and homebodies worldwide know America's famous cities, athletes, historical figures, musicians, and film stars. U.S. politics, corporations, food, and architecture are popular conversation topics across the globe.

America's stock market is the largest capitalized exchange in the world, fueled in part by the U.S. being home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other country. The World Bank classifies the United States as a high-income economy with the following trade agreements and alliances: 

  • ALBA - Bolivarian Alliance for America
  • CAN - Andean Community of Nations
  • CACM - Central American Common Market
  • CARICOM - Caribbean Community and Common Market
  • CELAC - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
  • Mercosur - Mercado Común del Sur
  • NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement
  • OAS - Organization of American States
  • OECS - Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
  • Pacific Alliance
  • SICA - Central American Integration System
  • USAN - Union of South American Nations

“Must know” if you’re hiring in the United States without an employer of record

Entity requirements
Mandatory hiring contracts & clauses
Different compliance risks for full-time vs. contractor employees
Mandatory probationary periods
Allowable working hours & overtime wage laws
Timecard and attendance records
Required employer payroll, labor insurance, and tax payments
Discrimination protection
Notices & termination regulations

Budgeting for U.S. employees

Hiring remote American professionals is smart and economical, assuming you’re fully compliant with local tax, labor, and wage laws.
Employee Classification–Full-time vs Contractor


  • Paid hourly wages or salary
  • Covered by federal and state labor laws
  • Employee mandated to complete W-4 tax form
  • Employers report employee earnings on W-2 tax form


  • No time or pay limits 
  • Not covered by federal and state labor laws
  • Contractor provides a W-9 tax form to company
  • Company required to report earnings $600+ on 1099-NEC tax form
Employment Contracts

Few states require written contracts

No minimum terms and typically include

  • Position
  • Job responsibilities
  • Salary, compensation
  • Incentive pay
  • Stock options
  • Termination causes and severance pay
Probation Period

6 - 12 months

Standard Working Hours & Overtime
  • 8 - 10 hours per day
  • 40 hours per week
Payroll Frequency

Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly

Wages & Bonuses
  • Minimum monthly wage = $1,257 (varies by state)
  • Minimum hourly wage = $7.25 (varies by state)

Salaries by Role

  • Data Scientist - $94,645 USD
  • Electrical Engineer - $86,259 USD
  • Hardware Engineer - $79,987 USD
  • IT Manager - $103,805 USD
  • Mobile Developer - $90,394 USD
  • Product Manager - $92,247 USD
  • Project Manager - $80,959 USD
  • QA Engineer - $70,487 USD
  • Software Engineer - $85,505 USD
  • System Administrator - $71,342 USD
  • UX Designer - $76,462 USD
  • Web Developer - $59,058 USD
Payroll Taxes & Employer Contributions
  • 10% - 37% Federal Income Tax 
  • Variable state tax rates
  • 6.2% Social Security
  • 6% Unemployment Insuranc

Health Insurance

  • 1.45% Medicare 
  • 0.9% Additional Medicare (based on filing status and income)

Paid leave


  • 12 weeks


  • 12 weeks

Vacation/PTO days

  • Prior to 12 months = 13 days
  • One - 3 years = 15 days
  • Four - 10 years = 20 days
  • More than 10 years = 25 days

Sick Days

  • Six-nine days

Additional Leave

  • Personal 
  • Vacation 
  • Holidays
  • Jury duty

Additional Benefits

  • Pensions
  • Dental Insurance
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Education Assistance


The United States celebrates 10 annual national (public) holidays and various celebrations, all based on the Gregorian calendar. Americans of different heritages also celebrate some holidays according to the Lunar calendar.


Federal holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (third Monday in January)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
Termination & Severance
  • Grounds for termination are negotiated on a case-by-case basis
  • Severance pay is based on length of employment
  • Continuing health care benefits governed by: (a) Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and (b) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)

A few fun facts about the United States

  • The United States is the only country in the world with tropical, dry, temperate, continental, and polar climates.
  • The U.S. is the 3rd most visited country in the world, behind Spain and France.
  • Seven states have more cows than people, and there are 75.8 million dogs in the U.S.
  • Americans eat the equivalent of about 100 acres of pizza daily!
  • Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii is considered the world's most active volcano; the three quadrillion gallons of water in Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake, would submerge North and South America under one foot of water.

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