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Chasing after the American dream more often than not, involves more chasing than one anticipated. The average work week in the United States for those employed full time was 42.9 hours long with 30% of the population working more than 40 hours a week. It should also be noted that most employees earning in the top 2% worked more than 50 hours a week. It is reported that the average American worker earned $16.64 an hour in the first two quarters of 2006.