Average Workweek Length

If you lived and worked in the United States in the 1800s, chances are you worked a good 70 hours per week. The average workweek* has steadily decreased for the general population, but if you’re in senior leadership, you’re probably still burning the midnight oil.

In 2006, 58 percent of senior executives and managers worked 51 or more hours a week, and in 2014, white-collar employees averaged 49 hours—five more hours than all other workers. By 2015, technology had pushed us past the 70-hour mark, with 60 percent of executives, managers, and professionals with smartphones clocking in about 72 hours per week.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tracks working hours around the world.

Here’s how Americans stack up.



Join the Diversity Woman Community

Be intentional about your relationships, including our relationship with you. Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of new issues along with exclusive announcements, career opportunities, and information about our upcoming conferences and webinars.