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October 1998, Vol. 121, No. 10

How hours of work affect occupational earnings

Daniel Hecker
Economist, Office of Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics

In most managerial, management-related, sales, production, and transportation occupations, workers with longer hours reported a higher hourly wage rate. The reverse was true for some jobs, including computer specialists, engineers, schoolteachers, and construction workers. This article takes a more in-depth look at the relationship between hours and earnings, with a focus on detailed occupations.

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