Majority of employed Americans believe the benefits and salary their job offers are good

Positive evaluation dampens with decreasing income and education levels

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  • Jennifer Berg Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, May 21, 2021 — A new Ipsos poll finds that a majority of employed Americans believe their current job offers good benefits and salary. The poll also shows that less than ten percent of Americans are currently looking for a new job, and less than five percent are receiving unemployment benefits.


Detailed Findings

1. A majority of employed Americans rate the benefits (61%) and salary (55%) that their job offers as good.

  • Those with a college degree are more likely than those with a high school diploma or less to rate both their benefits (71% vs. 47%) and salary (65% vs. 45%) good.
  • There is also a divide among income levels. Americans making more than $50K are more likely than those making less than $50K to believe the benefits and salary at their current job are good.
  • Employed Americans are less likely to rate the types of new job opportunities available to them (37%) and the ability to be promoted (31%) as good.

2. Sixty-five percent of employed Americans trust their team members to support their work activities.

  • The same splits along education and income levels exist; those with education beyond high school and those making more than $50K are more likely than their counterparts to trust their team members to support their work activities.
  • Fifty-six percent agree that their supervisor will support them if things get hard, while half say that they get emotional support from at least one person at their job.
    • Women (63%) are more likely than men (39%) to get emotional support from someone at their job.
  • While 54% say that they are aware of the mental health resources that their employer offers, only 38% say they are comfortable talking about mental health, and even less say that their company prioritizes mental health (35%).

3. Only 8% of Americans are actively looking for a new job, while more than one in five say that they are open to a new job but not actively looking.

  • Gen Zers (20%) and Millennials (14%) are more likely than Gen Xers (5%) and Baby Boomers (2%) to be actively looking for a new job.
  • Four percent of Americans are currently receiving unemployment; thirty-seven percent of those receiving unemployment rate their benefits as good.

About the Study

This poll was conducted May 14 – 17, 2021, by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,031 general population adults age 18 or older. The sample includes 88 Gen Zers, 235 Millennials, 259 Gen Xers, and 449 Baby Boomers. Generation Z includes ages 18-25, Millennials include ages 26-39, Generation X includes ages 40-55, and Baby Boomers include ages older than 55.

The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.18. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on other sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.

The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.

The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, race/ethnicity by gender, race/ethnicity by age, and race/ethnicity by education. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2019 March supplement of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS). The weighting categories were as follows:

  • Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–25, 26–39, 40-54 and 55+)
  • Race/Hispanic Ethnicity (White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Other)
  • Education (High School graduate or less, Some College, Bachelor and beyond)
  • Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)
  • Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
  • Household Income (Under $25,000, $25,000-$49,999, $50,000-$74,999, $75,000-$99,999, $100,000-$149,999, $150,000+)
  • Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Gender (Male, Female)
  • Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Age (18-44, 45+)
  • Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Education (Some College or less, Bachelor and beyond)

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, U.S., Public Affairs
Ipsos
+1 202 420-2025
[email protected]

Kate Silverstein
Media Relations Specialist, U.S., Public Affairs
Ipsos
+1 718 755-8829
[email protected]

 

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Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions.

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The author(s)

  • Jennifer Berg Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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