- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2015

Despite the critiques that no work ever gets done in Washington, a new study reports that D.C. residents have the third-longest workweek in the nation.

The average workweek for D.C. residents clocks in at 48 hours and 39 minutes, including time spent on the job and commuting to and from work.

The Office of the New York City Comptroller compiled data on the average workweek for residents of 30 major U.S. cities, and concluded that New Yorkers spend the most combined time working and commuting — 49 hours and 8 minutes.

San Francisco ranked second, followed by the District, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas.

A breakdown of the data shows that Washingtonians actually spend more time at work than New Yorkers — an average of 43 hours and 50 minutes, compared to 42 hours and 50 minutes.

But, complaints about D.C. traffic aside, the average weekly commute time of 4 hours and 49 minutes for Washingtonians falls short of the 6 hours and 18 minutes New Yorkers spend traveling to and fro each week.


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“The more time one spends at work, the more time they are likely to spend commuting and vice versa,” the study notes.

Baltimore registers in ninth on the list, with an average workweek of 47 hours and 25 minutes, including 4 hours and 51 minutes spent commuting each week.

The average workweek among the 30 cities analyzed was 46 hours and 48 minutes, with 4 hours and 11 minutes spent commuting.

Breaking down New York’s worker population, the study finds that physicians and surgeons work the longest hours overall, clocking in an average of 61 hours weekly.

It also finds disparities in the time spent working versus commuting between New Yorkers in high-paying jobs and those in low-wage professions.

“Although well-educated, well-paid professionals such as physicians and surgeons, lawyers and judges, chief executives, and financial managers tend to work the longest hours, less well-paid employees typically have the longest commutes,” the study notes. “That is, apparently, because well-paid professionals are able to afford housing close to their places of employment, living disproportionately in Manhattan.”


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