How Many Work Days Are In A Year?

It’s time to plan out the business calendar and you need some solid information so you can set expectations and goals by month and quarter. You need to solid info like…

  • How many work days (or business days) are in a year?
  • How many weekdays are in a year?
  • How many federal holidays, and when are they observed?
  • How many weekend days are there?

As we all know, 31 days in a month versus 28 can make a big difference on impressions, leads, and sales… just like how 249 working days versus 253 in a year. We did some of those behind-the-scenes calculations for you so you can tweak your calendar based on the number of work days in a year.


Work Days Per Year

View the work days per month for 2023, 2024, 2025.

We counted the work days per year for every year this coming decade: 2023 – 2032. Every year has between 249 and 253 working days (or business days) per year. We call a working day as a weekday with federal holidays removed. Here is a summary of the types of days per year for the next ten years.

Year Working Days Federal Holidays Weekend Days Total Days
2023 249 11 105 365
2024 253 11 102 366
2025 250 11 104 365
2026 250 11 104 365
2027 250 11 104 365
2028 249 11 106 366
2029 250 11 104 365
2030 250 11 104 365
2031 250 11 104 365
2032 251 11 104 366
Average 250.2 11 104.1 365.3


Work Days In A Year Calculator

We summarized all of the data per year in the table above. But maybe you need to calculate specific time periods rather than annual totals. For that, we’ve recommended some of the best work day calendars below so you can customize the time period:

  1. Coda calculator
  2. Time and date calculator
  3. Omni calculator


How many work days (business days) are in a year?

On average, there are 250.2 working days per year based on the years 2023 – 2032. There are always between 249 – 253 work days in a given year.

We define a workday as a weekday (Monday – Friday) that is not a federal holiday. We use also work days, working days, and business days interchangeably in this article. Here are the amount of work days (or business days) in a year for the next decade:

  • 2023: 249
  • 2024: 253
  • 2025: 250
  • 2026: 250
  • 2027: 250
  • 2028: 249
  • 2029: 250
  • 2030: 250
  • 2031: 250
  • 2032: 251


How many weekdays are in a year?

On average, there are 261.2 weekdays per year based on the years 2023 – 2032. There are always between 260 – 264 weekdays in a given year.

We define a weekday as Monday – Friday. Here are the weekdays per year for the next decade:

  • 2023: 260
  • 2024: 264
  • 2025: 261
  • 2026: 261
  • 2027: 261
  • 2028: 260
  • 2029: 261
  • 2030: 261
  • 2031: 261
  • 2032: 262


How many weekend days are in a year?

On average, there are 104.1 weekend days per year based on the years 2023 – 2032. There are always between 102 – 106 weekend days in a given year.

We define a weekend day as Saturday and Sunday. Here are the weekend days per year for the next decade:

  • 2023: 105
  • 2024: 102
  • 2025: 104
  • 2026: 104
  • 2027: 104
  • 2028: 106
  • 2029: 104
  • 2030: 104
  • 2031: 104
  • 2032: 104


What are the US federal holidays?

There are 11 federal holidays each year. If you are trying to plan out further into the future, remember that the observed holidays change each year. Here are the US federal holidays for 2024:

  1. New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday: Monday, January 15
  3. President’s Day: Monday, February 19
  4. Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
  5. Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19
  6. Independence Day: Thursday, July 4
  7. Labor Day: Monday, September 2
  8. Columbus Day: Monday, October 14
  9. Veterans Day: Monday, November 11
  10. Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28
  11. Christmas: Wednesday, December 25

Here are some other popular holidays many companies offer as paid days off:

  • Friday after Independence Day (Friday, July 5)
  • Friday after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 29)
  • Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24)
  • New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, January 31)


Work Year Calendar Downloads

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Spreadsheet: 2023 – 2032 Work Calendar Dataset

We have created a Google Sheets workbook with a tab for each year from 2023 – 2032 and a summary tab for all years. Within each tab, you’ll find total days, federal holidays, weekend days, work days, and work hours by month.

Whether you are planning company holidays for the upcoming year or setting company goals by month, this spreadsheet provides important input data.

Work days in a year (spreadsheet)

👉 Access in Google Sheets 

To use the spreadsheet, you have two options:

  1. Log into your Google account, then click “File” and “Make a copy.”
  2. Download the workbook to Excel by clicking “File” and “Download.”


2025 Work Calendar

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2024 Work Calendar

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2023 Work Calendar

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Table: Work Days Per Year, 2023 – 2032

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Here is how we define each term you see used in the information provided above.

  • Weekdays: Monday – Friday
  • Work days, working days, business days: A weekday (Monday – Friday) that is not a federal holiday.
  • Weekend days: Saturdays and Sundays
  • Federal holidays: Paid weekdays off from work for employees of the U. S. federal government
  • Standard work week: Eight hours of work per day on Monday through Friday, totaling 40 hours per week


How To Use This Data About Working Days Per Year

As you plan out goals for each month, having 19 working days in one month versus 23 in another makes a huge difference. In fact, 23 business days provide 21% more work hours for your team and for your customers to buy. In fact, having 249 work days in a year instead of 253 is a 1.6% difference. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you have a stable and mature business growing or shrinking at just a few percentage points each year.

That’s why it is important to know the number of work days, weekdays, weekend days, and holidays in a year.

  1. Set monthly, quarterly, and annual goals: Understand how many working days, weekdays, holidays, and weekend days fall each month, quarter, and year. With that information, you can adjust your expected goals and returns based on the types of days that occur.
  2. Prepare your payroll calendar: See the full calendar of days so you know when your 24, 26, or 52 payroll dates will occur throughout the year
  3. Set your company holidays: Start with the list of 11 federal holidays and when they are observed. Then, add or subtract holidays throughout the calendar to build your company’s paid holiday list.
  4. Plan out your own vacation days: See the full picture of when work breaks will occur. When do the federal holidays fall? Which months have the most or least weekend days? Set your own vacation times for the upcoming year with useful data.


Additional Work Week Articles

Slice the work calendar data differently:

View the work days per month for 2023, 2024, 2025.

Click those links to view the same data for specific years. Or, continue reading our series about work week schedule options.

View unique work week schedules

This is part of our series highlighting unique work schedules. Have a look:

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About the author

Henry O'Loughlin

Hi, I'm the founder of Buildremote. I have worked from home for a decade and ran a fully remote, four-day work week company for eight years. I've made all of the mistakes running a distributed team. I hope if you read my work, you'll be spared.

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