The Least Affordable Cities For Workers?

work hours pay rent
work hours pay rent

By Matthew Tarpey

Most experts agree that about one-third of your salary should go toward paying rent. Unfortunately, in some cities that's a tough goal to achieve.

Using data from Economic Modeling Specialists International, along with average rent costs provided by, we've determined how many hours in the office it takes for a person making an average salary to cover the average rent in the 10 biggest U.S. cities. The numbers are based on a 40-hour workweek and a 50-week work year. Keep in mind that working 40 hours a week adds up to about 160 hours in the office each month.