How Many Work Hours Are In A Year?

How many work hours in a year?

Curious to know how many work hours are in a year? This post has the answers. 

You’re planning out your business calendar and need to know how many work hours in a year. Maybe you’re setting work schedules, hours for part-time employees, or company goals by month. In this article, we answer every question we think you might have about the amount of work hours in a year and provide spreadsheets for you to work with on your own.


How many work hours are in a year (excluding holidays)?

On average, there are 2,000 working hours per year if you look at the current 10-year period (2023-2032) and excluding hours on federal holidays.

We define a workday as a weekday (Monday – Friday) that is not a federal holiday. Then, we assume a typical work day is eight hours and multiply work days by work hours per day to get work hours in a year. We use also work hours, working hours, and business hours interchangeably in this article. Here are the number of work hours in a year for the next decade:

  • 2023: 1,992
  • 2024: 2,008
  • 2025: 2,000
  • 2026: 2,000
  • 2027: 2,000
  • 2028: 1,992
  • 2029: 2,000
  • 2030: 2,000
  • 2031: 2,000
  • 2032: 2,008


How many hours are in a work year (including federal holidays)?

On average, there are 2,089.6 work hours per year if you do not include federal holidays (based on the years 2023 – 2032). There are always between 2,080 – 2,112 work hours in a given year using this method.

In this scenario, we are multiplying the number of week days (Monday – Friday) per year by eight hours per day. Here are the work hours per year if you do not factor in federal holidays: 

  • 2023: 2,080
  • 2024: 2,112
  • 2025: 2,088
  • 2026: 2,088
  • 2027: 2,088
  • 2028: 2,080
  • 2029: 2,088
  • 2030: 2,088
  • 2031: 2,088
  • 2032: 2,096


Work Hours In A Year: 2023-2032

Here is a summary of the working hours and days in a year for the next decade, assuming an eight-hour work dayIf you’re on a mobile device, scroll to the right to see all of the data.

Year Total Days Federal Holidays Weekend Days Work Days Work Hours
2023 365 11 105 249 1,992
2024 366 11 104 251 2,008
2025 365 11 104 250 2,000
2026 365 11 104 250 2,000
2027 365 11 104 250 2,000
2028 366 11 106 249 1,992
2029 365 11 104 250 2,000
2030 365 11 104 250 2,000
2031 365 11 104 250 2,000
2032 366 11 104 251 2,008
Average 365.3 11 104.3 250 2,000


View the work hours per month for 2024.


Work Hours In A Year Calculator

If you’d like to calculate how many work hours are in a year for your own company (based on your work schedule, holidays, and business hours), use our work hours calculator here.

Work hours calculator


How To Calculate Work Hours (Formula)

To calculate your own work hours in a year, follow this formula:

First, calculate work days: Work days = Total days in a year – number of company holidays – weekend days

Then, calculate work hours: Work hours = Work days * number of hours per work day


Work Hours Spreadsheet

If you’d rather speed up the process a bit, use this spreadsheet.

  • If you’re logged into a Google/Gmail account, you can use the Google Sheets workbook by making a copy (File > Make a copy).
  • Or, you can use it in Microsoft Excel by downloading it (File > Download > Microsoft Excel).

Once you have a copy of the workbook, here is how to calculate your own work hours per year. 

  1. Open the “Work Hours Per Year” tab. 
  2. Select the number of work hours your company performs per day (D2).
  3. Update the “Federal Holidays” column (column D) to your number of paid company holidays per year.
  4. The number of work hours per year will calculate automatically (column G).


What are the US federal holidays?

There are 11 federal holidays each year, and therefore 88 work hours removed each year to observe those holidays (assuming an eight-hour work day). If you are trying to plan out further into the future, remember that the observed dates of 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)


Working Hours Tools & Templates 

Want to take some of this data with you? Feel free to download any of these images and datasets for the recent work years. If you choose to use it on your website, please give credit to Buildremote using this article’s website address.



Spreadsheet: 2023 – 2032 Work Hours Per Year Dataset

We have created a Google Sheets workbook with a tab for each year from 2023 – 2032 and summary tabs for all years. Within each tab, you’ll find total days, federal holidays, weekend days, work days, and work hours by month. You’ll also see a tab to calculate work hours per year based on your hours and holiday schedule.

Work hours in a year calculator/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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Additional Data Sets

Slice the work calendar data differently:

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



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

  • Work hours per day: Eight hours per day
  • Work hours per year: The number of work days (weekdays minus federal holidays) multiplied by work hours per day (eight)
  • 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


How To Use This Data About Working Hours Per Year

As you plan out goals for the year, having 2,008 working hours versus 1,992 could make a big difference… especially if you are a stable, well-established business. Maybe that 1% difference doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you have a 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 hours per year, work days per year, weekdays, weekend days, and holidays in a year. Here are a few ways we imagine people using the data compiled here:

  1. Set monthly, quarterly, and annual goals: Understand how many working hours, weekdays, holidays, and weekend days fall each month, quarter, and year. With that information, you can adjust your expected goals and returns based on hours you’ll be open and working.
  2. Prepare your payroll calendar: See the full calendar of days and hours 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.


Why I Built This Resource

Before I started Buildremote, I ran a fully remote marketing agency. In January of 2020, we decided to implement a four-day work week after a few months of discussion and research. In switching to a four-day week, we reduced from a 36-hour work week to a 32-hour work week… an 11% decrease in work hours overnight.

It got me researching and thinking about work hours per week, month, and year. How can we find ways to show our team that we can free them up in other ways, like fewer or shorter meetings? In my research, I didn’t find a good resource for figuring out work hours, so I wrote it myself on Buildremote. I hope you find it useful.


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