Hourly workers in San Francisco work more hours but spend less time getting to work than New Yorkers do.
If you measure your work day by the time you get into the office or workplace and the time you leave, you could be ignoring a major portion of your work week schedule.
According to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and its 2013 American Community Survey show that New York hourly workers work an average 49-hour work week thanks to huge amount of time it takes to transit from home to Manhattan.
“The Hardest Working Cities” shows the average work week for hourly workers in the 30 largest cities in the United States and places New York workers atop the list for “working’’ for 49 hours and 8 minutes round trip from home and back again. The average commute for a New York worker is six hours each week.
“Employees in the Big Apple get paid less than it appears on an hourly basis because their commutes are significantly greater than anyone else in the country,’’ Stringer writes. “New Yorkers are dedicated, ambitious and tough, but to compete in the 21st century we need to expand our transit networks and advance policies like flexible work arrangements and predictable scheduling.”
The average work week not including getting to and from work is 42.40 nationwide. The average work week including transportation was 46.48 hours.
The key to the report is where downtown workers live in terms of distance from their workplace and the availability of mass transit to get from home to work.
Second on the list of longest work weeks is San Francisco, which is just under 49 hours a week. But workers in San Francisco actually spend more time in the office than New Yorkers (44.01 hours to 42.50) while their commuting time each week is much shorter (4.57 hours to 6.18 hours).
San Francisco is followed in the top 10 by Washington, D.C.; Houston; Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Baltimore; and Seattle.
Among the 30 communities measured, Milwaukee had the shortest work week at 44.53 hours (41.14 hours in the office and 3.40 hours per week getting to work).
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.