By Catherine Conlan,
Monster Contributing Author
Think you're putting in long hours? The compensation experts at PayScale
have put together a list of the jobs with the longest work weeks so you can see how your schedule stacks up.
Many of the longest work weeks are in the field of oil extraction, which is seeing a boom in some parts of the country. According to PayScale
have the longest average work week, clocking in at a whopping 61 hours a week. Median hourly wage was reported at $14.11 per hour, with a median overtime wage of $21. Roustabouts
assemble, maintain and repair equipment used in oil fields and may even participate in active drilling. Roustabouts
also work on oil and natural gas rigs.
Other oil extraction jobs with long work weeks include driller
at 59 hours a week ($20.13), service unit operators
at 57 hours (who operate equipment to increase or decrease well flow) ($16.98), and petroleum plant operator
Coal mining calls for long hours as well. A roof bolter
in a coal mine averages 50 hours a week ($23.04). The work consists of reinforcing the "roof" of underground mines to make them safe to work in. A coal miner
can expect to work an average of 46 hours a week ($21.64).
Public safety and health-care jobs demand long work weeks as a 24-hour service. A fire captain
averages 58 hours a week ($21.54). A paramedic supervisor
averages 50 hours a week ($17.97). An aircrew paramedic
works an average of 47 hours a week ($18.97).
Transportation workers may also spent a lot of unpaid time on the road as they spend rest hours in hotels between shifts. PayScale
found that a fuel tanker driver
($18.13) and commercial driver
($20.58) have some of the longest workweeks regardless of industry, at 52 and 51 hours a week, respectively. Railroad conductors
help assemble trains and keep track of travel orders, and report an average workweek of 47 hours ($21.42). Transportation jobs will continue to be in demand in the coming years as more workers retire.
Construction jobs reported work weeks that weren't too much more than 40 hours, and the overtime rates are occasionally quite lucrative. A radio tower and radar technician's
work week averaged 48 hours ($16.37). A blacktop paver operator
makes $17.24, while an operator of paving, surfacing or tamping equipment
averaged $15.96; both professions average a 47 hour work week. Excavator operators
and tower crane operators
clocked in at slightly fewer hours, 46 per week. Excavator operators
averaged $18.13, while the tower crane operators
had a wage of $27.87.
Finally, a weighmaster
reported an average work week of 47 hours, with a wage of $13.54. Weighmasters
inspect scales and other weighing equipment as a public or private employee, or may be the person who weighs cargo for shipping. Drivers of refuse trucks
reported a 46-hour work week with a wage of $15.12. Manufacturing team leaders
also reported 46 hours, at $18.29.