Infographic: 3 in 4 Americans work more than 40 hours a week

But they’re earning less and becoming more stressed. The solution? Bring back the 40-hour workweek.

Do you work more than 40 hours per week?

If so, you’re not alone. According to an infographic from, three in four American workers clock more than 40 hours each week. But, the graphic argues this may not be such a good idea.

Here’s why:

1. Americans are working more, but making less.

In 1970, the average workweek was 35 hours, and the average income was $59,000. In 2012, the average workweek is 46 hours, but the average income is only $51,000 (adjusted for inflation).

2. Overworking negatively impacts your health.

People who work 11 hours a day are two-and-a-half times more likely to be depressed than those who only work eight.

3. Working more doesn’t increase productivity.

Studies show that after eight hours of work, a person’s productivity decreases by half.

Need a few more reasons to clock out on time? Check out the graphic below: (View a larger image.)

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