Average American Work Day Chart

Here is an interesting chart on the average American work day from the American Time Use Survey, released by the U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics. The chart shows time use on an average work day for employed persons ages 25-54 with children. Data include non-holiday weekdays and are annual averages for 2005.

Time use on an average work day for employed persons ages 25 to 54 with children

So, how does this compare to your typical work day?

Note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics page provides many other interesting charts, organized in the following categories:

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  1. Laney says:

    Last year my daughter was given a math assignment to record her activites for an entire week, then graph how much time she spent on each activity – sleeping, eating, studying, etc. I chose to do the assignment as well, and found it very enlightening to see where my time was spent. I was surprised to see how much time I spent on mundane personal and household activities and pleased to see how much time I spent just pondering life & appreciating nature. It was a wonderful exercise that I would challenge all of us to do at least once a year.

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