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Software Engineers; How long is your average work day?

I'm just doing some research for a class of mine and i was wondering how long you work each day.

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Chris’s Answer

In my experience, work days for a programmer fall into two categories - normal days and crunch time. On normal days, I worked 8 to 9 hours. However, as we approach deadlines the team ends up putting in extra time to make the deadline - usually 10 to 12 hours, sometimes longer. This usually doesn't last for more than 2 to 3 weeks.

I agree with Tony - once your team sets the schedule for the project , it is a commitment. If necessary, the team is expected to work longer days to meet the project dates.
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Tony’s Answer

Hi David,

As you're doing a research for a class and I don't want to give you a false information. It depends on a lot of things to know the average work hours in a day for someone working as software engineer. If you have to come with a number, the range can be wide from 8 - 16 hours based on your experience on a task and the deadline to release it. You cannot say that you will only work 8 hours a day and requesting to delay the project.

Good luck on your research!!!
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Joe’s Answer

Typically, my days are usually 8 to 9 hours, but this can vary tremendously, depending on my projects and deliverables. I tend to have a very flexible work schedule, as it is outcome based, not necessarily hours in seat.
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