Time spent working by full- and part-time status, gender, and location in 2014

July 02, 2015

In 2014, employed people worked an average of 7.8 hours on the days they worked. More hours were worked, on average, on weekdays than on weekend days—8.1 hours compared with 5.7 hours. On the days they worked, employed men worked 52 minutes more than employed women. This difference partly reflects women's greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women—8.4 hours compared with 7.8 hours.

Average hours per day employed people age 15 and older worked, by day of week, full- and part-time status, and gender, 2014 annual averages
Characteristic Average day Average weekday Average Saturday, Sunday, and holiday

Total, 15 years and over

7.8 8.1 5.7

Total, full-time workers

8.2 8.6 5.8

Total, part-time workers

5.7 5.7 5.4

Men, total

8.1 8.5 6.1

Men, full-time workers

8.4 8.9 6.1

Men, part-time workers

5.9 5.9 5.8

Women, total

7.3 7.6 5.2

Women, full-time workers

7.8 8.2 5.2

Women, part-time workers

5.6 5.7 5.2

Note: includes work at main and other job(s) and excludes travel related to work.

Many more people worked on weekdays than on weekend days. Eighty-three percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 35 percent on an average weekend day. On the weekend days they worked, men worked 6.1 hours and women worked 5.2 hours.

On days they worked at home or their workplace, employed people spent more time working at the workplace than at home—8.0 hours compared with 3.2 hours. On the days they worked, 85 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at their workplace and 23 percent did some or all of their work at home. 

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Employed persons working at home, workplace, and time spent working at each location by jobholding status, and educational attainment, 2014 annual averages
Characteristic Worked at workplace on an average day Worked at home on an average day(1)(2)
Average hours Percent Average hours Percent

Total, 15 years and over

8.0 85.0 3.2 23.1

Jobholder status

       

Single jobholders

7.9 85.7 3.1 21.5

Multiple jobholders

8.1 78.9 3.6 36.6

Educational attainment, 25 years and over

       

Less than a high school diploma

7.9 89.1 3.5 11.5

High school graduates, no college

8.1 91.0 4.1 13.8

Some college or associate degree

8.4 90.2 3.1 17.5

Bachelor's degree and higher

8.0 74.2 3.1 39.1
Footnotes:

(1) Individuals may have worked at more than one location.

(2) Working at home includes any time persons did work at home and is not restricted to persons whose usual workplace is their home.

Note: includes work at main and other job(s) and at locations other than home or workplace. Excludes travel related to work.

Multiple jobholders were more likely to work at home on an average day than were single jobholders—37 percent compared with 22 percent. Employed people with a bachelor's degree and higher were almost 3 times as likely to work at home on an average day (39 percent) compared with high school graduates, no college (14 percent). 

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. For more information, see "American Time Use Survey — 2014 Results" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Time spent working by full- and part-time status, gender, and location in 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/time-spent-working-by-full-and-part-time-status-gender-and-location-in-2014.htm (visited September 27, 2016).

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