The 13 lowest-paying jobs where people work over 40 hours a week

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If you’re a workaholic, odds are you can’t help but put in more hours than most.

With some jobs, there’s a lot of payoff for this. For others, not so much.

To find jobs with the least payoff for working a lot, we analyzed US Census data for about 478 occupations from the Minnesota Population Center’s 2014 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

Based on that survey data, the average American works close to 40 hours a week and has a total income – a combination of salary, business, and any other form of money earned in a year – of about $50,569.

While some may work more or less than the average depending on their employer or where they are in their career, people with the following professions report typically working an average of more than 40 hours a week and earning less than $33,000 a year, on average:


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Flickr/James Emery

13. Industrial truck and tractor operators

They operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

Average hours typically worked a week: 42.0

Median earned income: $32,192


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Marchaud Wittouck/flickr

12. Chefs and head cooks

They oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served.

Average hours typically worked a week: 43.8

Median earned income: $31,784


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Flickr/pennuja

11.Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

They drive people to and from the places they need to go like airports, homes, shopping centers, and workplaces.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.6

Median earned income: $31,046


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Shutterstock/Picsfive

10. Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

They operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.5

Median earned income: $30,578


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Flickr / Anthony Spratt

9. Roofers

They replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen, and metal.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.4

Median earned income: $29,574


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Firma V/Shutterstock

8. Furniture finishers

They shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.5

Median earned income: $29,535


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NASA robonaut/flickr

7. Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers

They assemble or modify electrical, electronics, or electromechanical equipment or devices.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.5

Median earned income: $29,496


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife/Flickr

6. Forest and conservation workers

They develop, maintain, and protect forests.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.1

Median earned income: $29,386


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Han maomin/shutterstock

5. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

They set up, operate, or tend machines that wind or twist textiles or that draw out and combine sliver, such as wool, hemp, or synthetic fibers.

Average hours typically worked a week: 41.3

Median earned income: $28,101


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Bart Everson/flickr

4. Wood sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders

They set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.5

Median earned income: $27,411


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Ian Gavan / Getty Images

3. Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

They set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.2

Median earned income: $26,568


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Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

2. Shoe and leather workers and repairers

They construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.

Average hours typically worked a week: 41.4

Median earned income: $26,188


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Thomson Reuters

1. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

They operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Average hours typically worked a week: 40.1

Median earned income: $25,585