Last year, CNN Money did a survey on the 10 hardest working countries. The U.S. was ranked seventh, behind Poland, Russian Foundation, Estonia, Korea, Chile and Mexico.
Mexicans averaged 45 hours a week, the most of any industrialized nation and about 519 hours more than the typical American worker each year. Their average annual wages was $9,885, only a fifth of what Americans earn ($54,450). The average Russian worker, which earns just $15,286, puts in 200 more work hours each year than an American.