Beekeeping time commitments

Are you thinking about keeping bees?  Curious how much time it will take? Using statistics from the December 2016 copy of the American Bee Journal I have done the math to give some a ballpark time commitments.  I am saying it will take a hobbyist beekeeper 20 min per hive, sideline beekeeper 12 min per hive and a commercial beekeeper 8 min per hive.

As far as season length I am going to approximate spring and summer as 94 days, fall and winter as 88 days.  Keep in mind weather also plays a factor with the bugs…most hobbyists do not work during wind/rain/snow.  The commercial guys do.  They cannot afford the time to not.  This is just time going through hives.  It does not include meetings, conferences, finances, and equipment (ie building new hives).

Hobby Beekeepers (10 colonies)
Spring: 3.3 hours every 7-10 days
Summer:  3.3 hours every 2-3 weeks
Fall: 3.3 hours every 4-6 weeks
Winter: 3.3 hours every 6-8 weeks
80 hours over the year (1.5 hours a week average)
8 hours total per colony

Sideline Beekeepers (250 colonies)
Spring: 50 hours every 7-10 days
Summer:50 hours every 2-3 weeks
Fall: 50 hours every 4-6 weeks
Winter: 50 hours every 6-8 weeks
1300 hours over the year (25 hours per week average)
5.2 hours total per colony

Commercial Beekeepers (700 colonies)
Spring:  95 hours every 7-10 days
Summer:  95 hours every 2-3 weeks
Fall: 95 hours every 4-6 weeks
Winter: 95 hours every 6-8 weeks
2500 hours over the year (48 hours a week average)
3.5 hours total per colony