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

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How many hours a week do Americans work? How does this change based on factors like age, gender, and race? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 data, Americans work an average of 38.6 hours per week, slightly under the 40 hours that 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, based on these various factors.

Also read below for an overview of daily hours worked, based on 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

Marital Status 
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 hours per week
Asian American: 38.9 hours per week
Hispanic and Latino: 37.9 hours per week

Average Hours Per Day Worked (US)

Read below for information on the average hours Americans work per day. These numbers vary based on factors like weekend vs. weekday, working from home vs. working in an office, and self-employed vs. salaried employee.

Factors like gender and education also influence the numbers.

The following data is based on statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These statistics refer to 2016 numbers.

Average Hours Per Day Worked (US)

  • On days worked, employees average 7.63 hours a day
    • Weekdays average 7.99 hours
    • Weekend days average 5.44 hours

    Hours by Gender

    • On days worked, men worked an average of 56 minutes more than women - this difference may be on account of women’s higher instance of part-time work (there were almost twice as many part-time female employees as there were part-time male employees).
    • However, for full-time workers, men still worked longer than women, working 8.4 hours compared to 7.8 hours for women.

    Weekend Work

    • 33% of employed people worked for at least some time on weekends, as opposed to 82.8% on weekdays.
    • Employed people worked an average of 5.44 hours on a weekend day.
    • Self-employed workers were more likely to work on weekends than salaried employees, at 37.8% compared to 30.3%.
    • People holding multiple jobs were more likely to work on weekends (60%) than people with only one job (30%).

    Hours by Location

    • On days worked, 83% of employees did some or all of their work at a workplace, while 22% did some or all of their work at home (this is an increase from 19% doing some work from home in 2003).
    • Employees spend more time doing work in the workplace than at home - they spend 7.9 hours working in the workplace, and 3.1 hours working at home.
    • The amount of time people spend doing work at home has grown: the average employed person now spends 3.1 hours per week working at home on the days he or she works, as opposed to 2.6 in 2003.

      Type of Employment

      • The self-employed were three times more likely than salaried workers to work at home – 53.8% work at home compared to 19.2% of salaried workers.
      • People holding multiple jobs worked more hours per weekend (5.7) than single jobholders (5.38). They also worked more hours on weekdays (8.45 hours as opposed to 7.93 hours).

      Education

      • Those with advanced degrees are more likely to work from home: 36.2% of employed people over 25 years old with a bachelor’s degree or more did some work from home. Only 12% of workers with a high school diploma did some work from home.
      • Workers with advanced degrees are more likely to work on an average day (73%) than those with a high school diploma (67%).
      • Those with advanced degrees (bachelor’s degree and higher) work fewer hours than those with less than a bachelor’s degree. Those with a bachelor’s degree work 7.47 hours per day, while those with some college work 7.92 hours per day. Those with less than a high school diploma work the most on an average day: 8 hours.

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