The self-employed laborer earns wages in the broad economic sense.
The wages of self-employed labor are often simply the value of the material product it secures by exchange.
Are you employed, self-employed, or do you work for some company?
I worked for the railroad 15 years and was a self-employed builder, as well as—on the side.
I am a financial consultant, self-employed, and I am senior officer in several corporations.