24% of employed Americans work overtime

Significant numbers of Americans are working longer hours than the traditional 40-hour work week. Some 39% of workers say they put in more than 40 hours a week, compared with 31% who say they usually work 40 hours a week and 28% who say they work part time. 24% of employed Americans – the majority of Americans who work overtime – work between 40 and 50 hours a week. Some 15% of working Americans work more than 50 hours a week; similarly, only 15% work fewer than 25 hours a week, according to Pew Internet Project.

Certain work environments linked to longer work hours

  Less than
40 hours
40 hours 41-50
hours
Over 50
hours
All Adults 28% 31% 24% 15%
Worker income
Less than $30,000 50 30 11 7
$30,000-$49,999 20 43 25 11
$50,000-$74,999 16 27 36 21
$75,000 or more 14 22 34 30
Supervision
Supervise other workers 17 30 29 22
Do not supervise anyone 36 32 20 11
Work at home
Work at home frequently 27 18 27 27
Work at home sometimes 20 31 30 19
Never work at home 31 38 21 8
Team work in past month
No team work 36 30 20 12
Worked with one team 33 40 19 7
Worked with 2-4 teams 20 32 30 18
Worked with 5 or more
teams
14 22 33 31
Source: Pew Internet Project

80% of Americans think technologies have improved their ability to do their job

While working Americans largely hold positive views about the role of information and communications technology in their lives: 80% say these technologies have improved their ability to do their job; 73% say these technologies have improved their ability to share ideas with coworkers; 58% say these tools have allowed them more flexibility in the hours they work, according to Pew Internet Project.

18-29-year-olds are significantly more likely to work less than 25 hours per week

Employed 18-29 year-olds (23%) are significantly more likely to work 25 hours or less per week when compared with 30-49 year-olds (11%) and 50-64 year-olds (13%). Employed Americans in the middle age groups are significantly more likely, on the other hand, to work 41-50 hours a week. As noted in the table below, those earning higher incomes also tend to work longer hours, according to Pew Internet Project.

Editor salaries increased 15.2% in 2008

Although companies have devoted nearly the same number of staff to custom publishing initiatives in 2005-2008, the trend is up 51% since 2000, according to Custom Publishing Council (CPC). Communication and editorial titles had compensation increases of 3.4% and 15.2%, respectively, while design titles dropped 3.7%. There was an overall increase of 7.7% over 2007.

58% of employed Americans have been working for their current employer for less than 7 years

Fully 58% of job-holding Americans have been working for their current employer for fewer than seven years and 30% have been working for that employer for two years or fewer; compared with 42% of employed respondents who have been with their current employer for eight or more years and 20% who have been with their employer for 16 years or more. Many working Americans also have little tenure in their current positions at their place of employment. Fully 39% of employed Americans started their current position within the past two years. This number is significantly more, than the number who have been in their current position for 3-7 years (29%). Just 18% have been with their current position for 8-15 years and only 13% have been in the same position for 16 years or more, according to Pew Internet Project.

22% of supervisors work over 50 hours a week

Among those employed Americans who supervise others, 29% work 41-50 hours a week and 22% work over 50 hours a week- considerably more than those who do not supervise anyone (20% and 11% respectively). Respondents who work at home frequently (27%) or sometimes (19%) are also significantly more likely to work over 50 hours a week than those who never work at home (8%), according to Pew Internet Project.

42% of workers supervise other employees at work daily

Fully 87% of employed Americans have at least one person at work, and the majority of workers are overseen by only one or two supervisors. 46% of employed respondents report to only one person, 23% of respondents report to two people at work. 18% of employed Americans report to three or more people. 11% of employed respondents do not report to anyone at all. Some 42% of workers supervise other employees at work daily. About 84% of those who supervise other employees also report to at least one supervisor themselves. 36% of Americans say that the employees they supervise also supervise other employees. Nearly 74% of multi-level supervisors use the internet at least several times a day at work while only about 54% of single-level supervisors use the internet as often at work, according to Pew Internet Project

42% of self-employed Americans are satisfied with their jobs

Self-employed respondents are significantly more likely than those who work for someone else to be completely satisfied with their jobs; 42% of self-employed Americans are completely satisfied with their jobs compared with 31% of non-self-employed who are equally satisfied. Respondents also find some occupations more satisfying than others. 94% of managers and business owners are satisfied (mostly or completely) with their jobs, notably more than the 86% of service workers and 80% of skilled-trade workers who are satisfied with their jobs. Also, 93% of professionals and 90% of clerical workers are satisfied with their jobs – significantly more than the percentage of skilled-trade workers who are satisfied at work.Job satisfaction may also be related to teamwork, according to Pew Internet Project.