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Cheers! U.S. workers top beer index

  • Study: American workers earn a beer in five minutes
  • Higher hourly wages outpace pricier beer
  • Doing the math? That's 480 beers a week
Cheers! U.S. workers top beer index

In case you ever doubt you've earned a cold one at the end of a hard day's work, here's some good news: you've actually earned 96.

Time magazine reports on a study from UBS (packaged nicely in this infographic from the Economist) which factored median hourly pay and average beer prices in 150 countries. Beer prices are higher in the U.S. than in many other countries, but so are hourly wages. So, it takes the average American worker just five minutes to earn enough money to buy a beer. The average for all countries in the survey is 20 minutes. In India, it's almost an hour.

If you're counting at home (or at work) that's the equivalent of 12 beers an hour earned by U.S. workers. Yes, if not for that pesky mortgage, and the car payment, and annoying necessities like food and clothing, you, the American worker, could buy 480 beers after a typical 40-hour workweek.

Good thing man can't live on beer alone. (Not that someone didn't try.)

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