We do a good job of keeping our noses to the grindstone here in the United States, where the average employee puts in 1,798 hours per year. But we’ve got nothing on the world’s hardest-working industrialized countries.
The U.S. comes in seventh in the world in terms of annual hours per worked, according to the statisticians at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In return, U.S. workers earn an average of $54,450 per year.
Workers in the following nations put in the longest hours, according to the OECD, for wages that are sometimes shockingly low:
Average annual hours: 2,317
Average annual wages: $9,885
Average annual hours: 2,102
Average annual wages: $15,820
Average annual hours: 2,092
Average annual wages: $35,406
Average annual hours: 2,021
Average annual wages: $17,323
Average annual hours: 2,002
Average annual wages: $15,286
Rounding out the Top 10 hardest-working countries are Poland (6), Hungary (8), Japan (9), and Slovak Republic (10).
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