What is the Average Hours Per Week Worked in the US?

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How many hours a week do American work? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (February 2015), Americans work an average of 38.6 hours per week, slightly under the 40 hours which has been traditionally considered a typical work week.

The hours worked, on average, vary according to gender, age, marital status, race, location, type of job, and education level. Here's an overview of weekly hours worked in the United States.

Average Hours Per Week Worked (US)

Age
Age 16-19: 22.6
Age 20-24: 36.4
Age 25-54: 42.8 
55 and Over: 40.3

Gender
Men worked an average of 41.1 hours per week. Woman worked an average of 36.4 hours per week in paid employment.

Marriage 
Married men worked 5.1 hours more per week than men who were never married.  Married women worked 1.7 hours more than women who were never married.

Race
White: 39 hours per week
African American: 36.1
Asian American: 38.9
Hispanic and Latino: 37.9

Average Hours By Day, Gender, Location, and Type of Job

The following data is based on 2013 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Average Hours Per Day Worked (US)

  • On the days worked, employees average 7.6 hours a day
    • Weekdays average 7.9 hours
    • Weekend days average 5.5 hours

Hours by Gender

  • On days worked, men worked an average of 53 minutes more than women.
    • This difference may be on account of women’s higher instance of part time work
  • For full time workers, men still worked longer than women, with 8.3 hours compared to 7.7 hours

Weekend Work

  • 34% of employed people worked on weekends, as opposed to 83% on weekdays
  • Self-employed workers are more likely to work on weekends than salaried employees, at 43% compared to 31%
  • Weekend employees worked an average of 5.5 hours on a weekend days

    Hours by Location

    • On days worked, 83% of employees did some or all of their work at a workplace while 23% did some or all at home
    • Employees spend more time in the workplace than at home- 7.9 hours versus 3 hours

    Type of Employment

    • The self-employed were three times more likely than salaried workers to work at home - 56% work at home compared to 20% of salaried workers
    • Self-employed workers were more likely to work weekends - 43% versus 31%

    Education

    • 36% of employed people over 25 years old with a bachelor’s degree or more did some work from home
    • Only 7% of workers with a high school diploma did some work from home

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