The job market is the strongest it’s been in years. That may be one reason why more people are happy with the money they are making.
Not all employees feel ‘overworked and underpaid.’ Tracy Elise Pool is an attorney.
“I think that I could make an argument that i could get paid more, but overall, I’m pretty satisfied with what i get compensated.”
She’s not alone. In a new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, 49 percent of professionals feel they are paid fairly, 46 percent believe they are underpaid.
And 5 percent actually think they are overpaid.
Paul McDonald is Robert Half’s senior executive director. “Employers are starting to get on board with: ‘we better pay appropriately in order to retain and to attract the workers.'”
Men are more likely than women to say they are paid fairly.
So are people making $100,000 or more a year.
Arthur Banach works in a coffee shop and receives benefits. “I get respect from the owner. And that goes a long way. Respect and recognition for the hard work you do.”
Banach lives in New York where only 37 percent of workers say they are underpaid.
Miami, Dallas, LA and San Francisco had similar results.
“There’s been a war on talent in those cities for the past four or five years. It’s not a new phenomenon,” McDonald notes.
Professionals in San Diego, Austin and Nashville were the most likely to feel underpaid.
McDonald says if you believe you deserve a raise – ask for one.
“Don’t go to your boss when you are in an emotional state. Number one. Number two, have your facts and figures on what is the substantiation for you feeling underpaid.”
One survey found most employees who asked for more money – got it.
(John Schiumo, CBS News)