Which Workers Work The Most?

Time is a relative concept. Don't worry, we're not talking in an Einstein, speed-of-light kind of way. We mean in a practical, "time flies when you're having fun" kind of way.

Most of us feel like times when we're enjoying ourselves go by quicker, while times when we're unhappy, bored or stressed seem to drag on forever. This is why sometimes, when you're at work, you can feel like you've had the longest day of your life before you even take a lunch break.

Because everybody feels like they put in long hours on the job, we wanted to figure out which workers actually do work the longest hours. So, we dug up some statistics on who puts in the most time at work, below.


The industries that work the most

You'll probably be surprised to know that, at 44.2 hours per week, workers in mining and logging put in the most hours on the job, according to July 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those in mining and logging were followed by workers in:

Industry

Hours per Week

Utilities

41.7

Durable Goods

40.6

Manufacturing

40.3

Goods-Producing

39.8

Non-durable Goods

39.8

Wholesale Trade

38.6

Transportation and Warehousing

38.6

Construction

38.3

Financial Activities

37.4

Information

36.6

Professional and Business Services

35.7

Trade, Transportation and Utilities

34.5

Private Service-Peddling

33.2

Education and Health Services

32.9

Retail Trade

31.4

Leisure and Hospitality

25.8

Since the weekly averages above encompass broad industries, though, employees in the jobs and subsectors within each industry may be required to put in far more time.

Doctors, for example, fall under the "education and health services" umbrella, but most work more than the industry average of 32.9 hours per week. According to BLS data, in 2008, 43 percent of physicians and surgeons worked 50 or more hours each week.

Similarly, those who work in investment banking, a subsector of the "financial activities" industry, also typically put in longer hours than the weekly average suggests.

According to Finbox.com, an online community for professionals in financial services, employees at large investment banks work closer to 60 hours per week. For example, employees at Piper Jaffray, the bank with the longest hours, work an average of 59.9 hours per week; while at both Credit Suisse and Macquarie, the two banks with the second-longest hours, workers averaged 57.8 hours per week.


The states that work the most

According to a 2010 report from the U.S. Labor Department, residents of Nevada put in the most time at work, averaging 37 hours per week. Rounding out the top-10 states with the longest work weeks were:

Wyoming

36.7

Louisiana

36.5

Texas

36.3

Kentucky

36.2

Alabama

36.0

District of Colombia

35.8

Mississippi

35.6

South Carolina

35.6

Oklahoma

35.5

Does this seem accurate to you? How many hours per week do you usually work? Let us know in the comments section, below.

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Nerd Publicon

It is an old misconception that work has to take a lot of time. Finding better ways to work can save time and improve quality at once. This goes also for looking for a job - if you know a lot abou tthe company you are looking to apply for work to, the process of actually applying and communicating will be much more effective and much faster. See http://multichanneljob.weebly.com for free advice on efficient company research :-)

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