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Average American Employee Hasn’t Had A Raise In 3 Years

Almost six in 10 working men believe their current salary is influenced by their gender (58%), compared to 54% of female employees

The average American employee hasn’t received a raise at their current job in the last three years. 

That’s according to a recent OnePoll survey of 2,000 American adults ahead of Labor Day. 

Although Labor Day’s core mission is to celebrate workers’ contributions to America, 46% out of the 1,859 employees polled said they feel “somewhat recognized” at work, while 8% said they don’t feel recognized at all. 

“Respondents also laid out their top concerns about the current workforce, with Gen Z saying they’re more concerned about the nationwide worker strikes than the lack of job security (69% vs. 49%),” said the survey.

Regarding pay disparities, 73% of all adults agree the gender wage gap is still very real. MONEY KNACK VIA UNSPLASH.

Meanwhile, half of millennials surveyed were more worried about salary cuts (53%) than wage gaps (49%) and worker strikes (45%).

The Gen X and boomer generations, however, had similar worries when it came to lack of job security (45% and 49%) and wage gaps (44% and 46%). 

Regarding pay disparities, 73% of all adults agree the gender wage gap is still very real.

“In fact, almost six in 10 working men believe their current salary is influenced by their gender (58%), compared to 54% of female employees,” said the survey.

When it comes to making a difference in the workplace, half believe speaking directly to management is the most effective way to pressure companies and bosses to improve work conditions and pay (51%). 

Many also think labor/union strikes (49%), filing an HR complaint (40%) or posting on social media (36%) could positively change workplace conditions.

Half of millennials surveyed were more worried about salary cuts (53%) than wage gaps (49%) and worker strikes (45%). KINDEL MEDIA VIA PEXELS.

As worker strikes continue to dominate headlines, 41% of respondents said they previously participated in a labor strike, while 47% had never done so. 

Of those who have participated in a strike, most protested for better work schedules (68%), higher pay (58%), better health insurance (56%) and to negotiate for better benefits (48%).

When asked if they currently belong to a union, 43% of workers said yes, while 43% said no. 

Most union members said joining one was the best work-related decision they’ve ever made (93%). 

Produced in association with SWNS Research

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager

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