Survey Finds Most Employees are Unhappy With Salary Level

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About 65 percent of full-time U.S. workers said their salary is less than desired, the employment website CareerBuilder said in a July 24 news release on the findings of a recent salary survey.

Among workers whose income ranged from at least $75,000 to more than $100,000, most of those surveyed said that they earn their desired salary, CareerBuilder said.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said they can feel successful making less than $70,000, it said.

“The survey supports past research suggesting that the $75,000 threshold is particularly significant, as this level allows households in most areas of the country to not only get by, but enjoy an ideal lifestyle and a secure future,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said in the news release. “Interestingly, what workers would ultimately like to earn does not necessarily factor into what they need for a successful career.”

About 29 percent of women and 15 percent of men said they would need to earn at least $100,000 to feel successful, CareerBuilder said.

Fifty-six percent of workers said they never asked for a raise, but of those who sought a raise, 66 percent said they were successful, it said.

About 29 percent of employers said they openly disclose worker salaries, CareerBuilder said. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees are more likely to openly disclose all salaries than most other company sizes, it said.

Most employers do not publicly disclose pay levels, but 47 percent said they positively viewed the practice of openly disclosing salaries, with 24 percent saying the practice ensures pay equality and 23 percent saying it can dispel wrong assumptions, CareerBuilder said.

The nationwide survey of 3,372 full-time workers and 2,188 hiring managers and human resource professionals at a range of salary levels, industries and company sizes was conducted from May 13 to June 6 by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder.

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