How many hours do full-time employees work?

Here are two general definitions of full-time working hours: According to the IRS, full-time employees for a given calendar month work an average of at least 30 hours a week, or 130 or more hours, in such month. Generally speaking, the Affordable Care Act views full-time employment as working 30 or more hours a week for over 120 days in a given year.

The important thing to remember is that definitions of full-time employment may vary by context (e.g., under employment laws, benefits rules and regulations, etc.) and by state, and you’ll still be responsible for any legal issues based on how many hours your employees actually work. So it’s important to consider the context when you are determining whether an employee is considered full-time.

For more details on full-time employment, check out this overview from the IRS.


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