While 40 hours is the standard definition for being employed full-time, a recently released Gallup poll shows that 50 percent of Americans are working far more than 40 hours each week.
Additionally, nearly 4 in 10 American workers say they’re logging more than 50 hours per week. According to the poll, the average full-time employee works 49 hours per week.
While for some workers the number of hours worked may be an indicator of personal gumption, for others it may be a function of their pay structure. Hourly workers can be restricted in the amount they work by employers who don’t need or can’t afford to pay overtime. By contrast, salaried workers generally don’t face this issue. And, perhaps as a result, salaried employees work five hours more per week, on average, than full-time hourly workers (49 vs. 44, respectively), according to the 2014 Work and Education survey.
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Here’s a closer look at how the average number of hours has been on the gradual incline over the last 10 years:
All of this is a case of good news/bad news for the full-timers logging long hours, according to Gallup.
“While workers earning a salary may enjoy greater income than their counterparts who are paid hourly, they do pay a price in lost personal time.”