The Obama administration’s announcement that it wants to double the salary threshold that makes white-collar managers eligible for overtime pay from the current $23,660 per year to $50,440 comes on the heels of research that says half of America’s salaried employees work more than 40 hours per week.
According to a Gallup poll conducted last year, the average salaried employee puts in 47 hours per workweek. That’s almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails.
Plenty put in far longer hours:
- 18% work 60 or more hours per week
- 21% work 50-59 hours
- 11% work 41-49 hours
- 42% work 40 hours
- 8% work less than 40 hours per week.
Source: Gallup Work & Education Poll, August 2014
Overtime kicks in once an employee surpasses 40 hours in a workweek.