Feature Article - July 2011
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Money & Happiness

Our Fourth Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Working Life

This year saw a drop in the number of respondents who report working 50 or more hours weekly. While more than a third (34.4 percent) of respondents in 2010 said they worked at least 50 hours per week, that number dropped to 30.5 percent in 2011. The majority of respondents work between 40 and 49 hours per week, with 30.6 percent indicating they work between 40 and 44 hours weekly, and 31.7 percent reporting they work from 45 to 49 hours per week. (See Figure 10.)


For most respondents, 2011 saw a leveling off of weekly hours, which had been increasing steadily for a couple of years. The exception was found among health club respondents, who saw an increase in their working hours from an average of 46.9 in 2010 to 48.5 in 2011. Respondents working for schools reported the highest number of working hours, with an average of 51.2 hours. The shortest work weeks were found among respondents from community centers (45.4 hours weekly) and parks and recreation (45.8 hours weekly).