Workers with advanced degrees more likely to work at home

July 30, 2018

On an average day in 2017, 23 percent of workers spent some time working at home on days they worked. The share of workers performing work at home rose from 19 percent per day in 2003 to 24 percent in 2009 and 2010, and remained relatively flat from 2010 to 2017.

Percentage of people working at home on days they worked, by educational attainment, 2003–2017
Year Total employed, all educational levels, age 15 and over Less than a high school diploma, age 25 and over High school graduates no college, age 25 and over Some college or associate degree, age 25 and over Bachelor's degree only, age 25 and over Advanced degree, age 25 and over

2003

18.6% 8.6% 12.9% 18.6% 28.0% 39.0%

2004

19.2 (1) 13.1 19.0 29.3 39.1

2005

19.6 (1) 11.4 20.6 31.7 38.4

2006

21.1 5.5 13.0 20.4 32.3 44.4

2007

19.9 6.2 12.8 19.7 29.5 42.7

2008

21.1 8.6 12.9 20.5 30.2 44.0

2009

23.6 10.2 13.0 20.7 36.6 46.6

2010

23.6 10.4 16.6 22.8 31.5 44.1

2011

21.3 11.0 11.2 20.1 32.3 40.9

2012

23.2 5.4 12.7 21.1 34.2 44.0

2013

22.9 7.1 17.0 18.9 31.6 43.2

2014

23.1 11.5 13.8 17.5 34.8 45.2

2015

24.1 7.2 14.0 19.8 34.6 46.7

2016

22.3 8.8 12.0 20.6 31.6 43.1

2017

23.4 12.5 12.4 18.6 32.2 45.6
Footnotes:

(1) Estimate is not available because it does not meet publication standards.

Among workers age 25 and over, those with advanced degrees were more likely to work at home than were those with lower levels of educational attainment. In 2017, 46 percent of those with advanced degrees, and 32 percent of those with bachelor's degrees, performed some work at home on days they worked, compared with 12 percent of those with a high school diploma.

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. For more information, see "American Time Use Survey — 2017 Results." Also see charts of the latest American Time Use Survey data.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workers with advanced degrees more likely to work at home on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/workers-with-advanced-degrees-more-likely-to-work-at-home.htm (visited April 21, 2019).

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