The number of weekdays in the United States is between 260-262 for a standard 5-day workweek. By calculating the deducting the weekends from the number of days in a year, we find the number of weekdays in a year.
Knowing how many weekdays there are in a year is very important for planning, scheduling, and budgeting.
To calculate the number of weekdays, we need to consider a set of factors: whether it's a standard year or a leap year, the number of weekend days, and the number of working days in a week. For this, the following calculation, we will consider a workweek, a 5-day period from Monday to Friday. Practically, we do follow this formula for this calculation:
Weekdays = Calendar days - Weekend days
Here is how we define the terms in the formula:
Using this formula, in 2024, we will have 366 - 104 = 262 weekdays.
The table below details the number of weekdays in each month of 2024. We use the same method to calculate the weekly days: subtracting the number of weekends from the number of calendar days per month.
Month | Days | Weekend days | Weekdays |
January 1-31 | 31 | 8 | 23 |
February 1-29 | 29 | 8 | 21 |
March 1-31 | 31 | 10 | 21 |
April 1-30 | 30 | 8 | 22 |
May 1-31 | 31 | 8 | 23 |
June 1-30 | 30 | 10 | 20 |
July 1-31 | 31 | 8 | 23 |
August 1-31 | 31 | 9 | 22 |
September 1-30 | 30 | 9 | 21 |
October 1-31 | 31 | 8 | 23 |
November 1-30 | 30 | 9 | 21 |
December 1-31 | 31 | 9 | 22 |
Total | 366 | 104 | 262 |
The average number of weekdays per year over the next 10 years is about 261.1. The following table showcases the number of weekdays for each of the next 10 years, including the number of weekend days and weekdays. By averaging the weekdays in the next 10 years, we arrive at 261.1 weekdays annually.
Year | Calendar Days | Weekends days | Weekdays |
---|---|---|---|
2024 | 366 | 104 | 262 |
2025 | 365 | 104 | 261 |
2026 | 365 | 104 | 261 |
2027 | 365 | 104 | 261 |
2028 | 366 | 106 | 260 |
2029 | 365 | 104 | 261 |
2030 | 365 | 104 | 261 |
2031 | 365 | 104 | 261 |
2032 | 366 | 104 | 262 |
Average | 365.3 | 104.3 | 261.1 |
Note: We could have used the formula 52 weeks annually x 5 days a week = 260 weekdays, however as you see above the answer would be incorrect.