See which Sacramento jobs require the longest hours

Published: Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013 - 10:22 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Sacramento firefighters, clergy, CEOs, childcare attendants -- they all typically work far more than the traditional 40-hour work week.

Full-time, year-round firefighters, with shifts often lasting 48 hours or more, put in more hours per week on average than any other profession in the Sacramento region, according to the latest census data. They're followed closely by farmers, who regularly work from sunrise to sunset. Full-time, year-round doctors, CEO's and emergency medical technicians also average more than 50 hours a week.

More broadly, Sacramento residents who are self employed in full-time jobs work, on average, 48 hours a week, compared to an average of 43 hours a week for everyone else.

Local residents with a college degree tend to work two more hours a week, on average, than those with only a high school diploma. Private sector workers average more time on the job than public sector workers - but only an hour more a week.

This chart shows the 25 occupations with the highest average hours per week on the job in the Sacramento region. Click the link below the chart to see a broader list of occupations.

Average hours worked per week by Sacramento professionals

Occupation Workers Avg. Hours
Firefighters 1874 59.0
Farmers 555 55.6
Physicians and Surgeons 4206 55.1
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 768 54.6
Chief Executives 5177 51.2
Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 1186 50.0
Photographers 735 49.9
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers 703 49.7
General and Operations Managers 5207 49.3
Food Service Managers 4769 49.2
Personal Care Aides 5217 49.1
Lodging Managers 632 48.8
Childcare Workers 3737 48.2
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 12831 48.1
Industrial Production Managers 797 47.9
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics 1545 47.9
Clergy 1417 47.7
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 621 47.6
Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents 4981 47.3
Sales Reps, Wholesale and Manufacturing 7523 47.3
Postsecondary Teachers 5071 47.1
Constructions Managers 5673 47.1
Chefs and Head Cooks 1568 46.9
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 16108 46.8
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales 7407 46.6

Full list of Sacramento professions

Notes: Includes only workers who typically spend more than 35 hours a week on the job, at least 48 weeks per year. In other words, part-time workers do not figure into the above averages.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey via the Minnesota Population Center

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