How America Works Versus the Rest of the World


If you think you're working too much and getting paid too little, consider that the average Mexican worker puts in about 100 more hours of work each year than the average American, yet only makes the equivalent of $2.63 per hour (Americans average $23.65), or that Koreans, who work almost 600 more hours per year than the average American, still make about $10 less than us per hour. Feel better yet?

The U.S. Department of Labor's A Chartbook of International Labor Comparisons compares 22 labor markets in North American, Asian Pacific and European countries from 1995 to 2005. The chartbook, which was reviewed in June 2007, can be found at, but below is a summary of some of the findings. See how America's labor force compares to its international counterparts, and perhaps you'll gain a new appreciation for your own job situation.