Salary serenity: Majority of workers feel they're paid the right amount of money
The survey, taken August 5-8, covered adults older than 17 currently working at least part-time.
Looking back at earlier iterations of this survey shows that in August of 2008, only 46% of those surveyed felt they were making the right amount of money, while more than half (51%) considered themselves underpaid; 3% reported being overpaid.
When the survey asked if they were completely satisfied with their income, 31% said they were. Gallup has tracked this number since 1990, when only 16% were content with their compensation. The number grew steadily until 2004, when the percentage dropped from 28% to 25%, then climbed to 31% in late 2006 before dropping to 26% last year.
Gallup also asked if workers were afraid they were going to lose their job or experience a drop in pay. 26% were worried they might lose their job, down 5% from 2009 but far higher than the 15% in 2008. 26% feared their wages would be reduced, down 6% from 2009 but far higher than the 14% that answered the 2008 survey.
39% of those surveyed feared a loss or reduction in benefits, down 7% from 2009 but 12% higher than in 2008.
The quick take? The survey shows that workers have regained a little confidence in the status quo, but have a long way to go to recapture the sense of security that they felt during the boom times of the mid-00's.