This is how much your long commute is costing you

How 15 minutes can cost you more than you realize

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The hidden psychology of a longer commute

People tend to overestimate the impact of salary, while they underestimate the impact of commuting.

A full 84% of our participants chose Job 1, thus expressing a willingness to forfeit one hour each workday to their commute — 250 hours per year — in exchange for just $3,000… We checked to see whether participants could do this math, and they could. Their responses simply reflected an inability to fully appreciate the psychological, emotional, and physical costs of longer travel times.

So if that hypothetical situation wasn’t enough to sway most people into recognizing the cost of longer travel times, let’s look at the actual math of a scenario like this.

The 50-hour workweek

Longer commutes mean that you no longer work a 40-hour workweek.

The monetary factor

The average worker spends more than $3,300 a year to go to work. This includes not only the morning commute, but things like meals, dry cleaning, coffee, and even things like daycare.

Bringing it back to the hypothetical scenario

So let’s take a look at that hypothetical scenario, with some of the associated travel costs attached.

If you’re still considering the longer commute job

If you’re still tempted by the longer commute for other reasons, here’s the math-based solution to whether or not it’s worth it:

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