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Winter 2006-07 Vol. 50, Number 4

Work more, earn more: Occupations that 
pay a premium for longer workweeks

Why do some people work more than 44 hours per week? One possible answer: more money.

Are you willing to work more hours to earn more money? Or would you rather work less and have more time for other activities? Depending on your occupation, working more hours each week could increase your earnings significantly.

Knowing which occupations require and reward working more hours can help jobseekers make informed choices about their lifestyles and finances. The hours-to-earnings connection might seem straightforward, but the relationship between earnings and hours is not always simple. 

The data in this article show which wage-and-salary workers put in more hours and in which occupations they worked. The data also show which occupations pay a premium for more hours at work—and offer clues about why.

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Last Updated: June 8, 2007