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Which country is the world’s hardest-working?

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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:

1. Mexico

  Average annual hours: 2,317

  Average annual wages: $9,885

2. Chile

  Average annual hours: 2,102

  Average annual wages: $15,820

3. Korea

  Average annual hours: 2,092

  Average annual wages: $35,406

4. Estonia

  Average annual hours: 2,021

  Average annual wages: $17,323

5. Russia

  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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