Share this story...
commuter, WSDOT, traffic, Sammamish
Latest News

‘Super commuters,’ remote workers make more money, study says

(MyNorthwest photo)

Maybe donning a cape on your way into work will make you feel better about being a super commuter, but chances are you’d rather just grab another cup of coffee and work from your couch.

RELATED: Traffic problem emerges around Seattle’s new tunnel after stadium events
RELATED: Weekend closures on I-5 set to snarl traffic near Tukwila

A new study from Apartment List suggests more of us are super commuting (suffering through a 90-plus minute commute), working from home, or doing a combination of both. The study also shows these people “make significantly more money than their peers.”

No word on when you’d have time to enjoy that cash.

The number of super commuters in the greater Seattle area has increased 115 percent since 2005, according to the study. That number equates to about 3.4 percent of Seattle’s workforce.

The number of lucky people who get to sit in their PJs all day has increased by 89 percent since 2005. About 5 percent of Seattle’s workforce is working from home.

We can only assume the amount of laundry that’s being done on a weekday has also increased 89 percent.

It turns out we’re suffering through the I-5, I-405, I-90, and SR 167 slog for a reason. The super commuters are making 5 percent more ($63,000 annually) than those whose commute in under 90 minutes ($60,000). The remote workers are making even more at 30 percent ($78,000).

Seattle is in the midst of a well-advertised traffic “squeeze,” so if there was ever a time to ask for a raise or a remote login, that time might be now.

Most Popular