This is proof New Yorkers sleep in later than the rest of us

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If you’re not a morning person, stay away from Jacksonville, North Carolina – and definitely keep out of Hinesville, Georgia and Pascagoula, Mississippi. That’s because those locations have the earliest median arrival times to work out of all US metropolitan areas.

It’s information gathered from the Census Bureau’s data and compiled by FiveThirtyEight, and it shows New Yorkers have a median arrival later than any other part of the nation, at 8.24am. Across the states, the median arrival is 7.55am, nearly half an hour earlier than the big apple.

However, the numbers may say more about the types of industries and people that populate particular regions than about the regions themselves. Huge military bases populate many of the areas with early arrival times, while the areas that tend to roll out of bed later than average tend to be college towns or tourism hubs.

What time do you start – or finish – work?
  • Judy on 4/28/2014 9:55:31 AM

    My present employer is the first place I have worked that salaried, exempt employees were not expected to be here earlier than everyone else and stay later than everyone else. Dierdre, you are right, most salaried, exempt employees I know do work 60+ hours per week.

  • Susan Anderson on 4/28/2014 8:54:22 AM

    When I worked for a company that had an office in Long Island NY I was quite surprised to learn they opened the office at 9 am. The rest of the offices in the company opened at 8 am or 8:30 am.

    Our CIO wanted them to open at 8:30 am but even he couldn't make that happen!

  • Dierdre Spear on 4/28/2014 8:48:49 AM

    I often don't get to work until almost 9am, but regularly work until after 7pm, and rarely take lunch. As a salaried, exempt employee, I regularly work 60+ hours a week (not including my 2.5 hour daily commute time).

    Our employees complain most often about work/life balance and I'm interested in getting an idea of the average number of hours other salaried, exempt, employees regularly work. It seems in the U.S., the "norm" is no longer 45-50 hours a week, but closer to 60-70 hours a week.

    Are there any formal surveys to determine the average?

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