Survey: The 40 Hour Workweek is Actually Longer

By Joe Gullo , CNN

Published 09/01 2014 10:39AM

Updated 09/01 2014 10:57AM

Just in time for Labor Day, a new survey shows that most full-time American employees are probably logging more time on the job than a typical 40 hour workweek.

The research shows that many of us could be working seven hours, or a full workday longer, that what the standard 9-5 would add up to. Here's why:

Gallup's annual work in education survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average.

Nearly one in ten say they work even more -- at least 50 hours a week, and 18 percent say they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time worker but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

Here's what some experts believe could be behind the numbers: some people might simply be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

The survey also suggests that while workers earning a salary likely enjoy a greater income, they also may have to pay the price by sacrificing more of their personal time.

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