Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

U.S. job satisfaction hits 22-year low

By Julianne Pepitone, staff reporter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Fewer than half of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs, the lowest level since record-keeping began 22 years ago, said a report released Tuesday.

The Conference Board's survey polled 5,000 households, and found that only 45% were satisfied in their jobs. That's down from 61.1% in 1987, the first year the survey was conducted.

Even though one in 10 Americans is out of a job, those who are employed are increasingly dissatisfied.

"Through both economic boom and bust during the past two decades, our job satisfaction numbers have shown a consistent downward trend," said Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center of The Conference Board, in a prepared statement.

"[That] could spell trouble for the overall engagement of U.S. employees and ultimately employee productivity," she added.

The report notes that job satisfaction has steadily declined over the years despite big improvements in the work environment, such as a reduction of workplace hazards and an increase in vacation days.

The drop in satisfaction over the past 22 years spans various aspects of employee life, including interest in work (down 18.9 percentage points) and job security (down 17.5 percentage points).

And employee satisfaction dipped across the board; workers in every age group and income levels showed a drop, but workers younger than 25 were the most unhappy in their jobs.

Almost one-quarter of respondents said they didn't expect to be at their current jobs within a year. To top of page

Search for Jobs

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,207.48 8.15 0.04%
Nasdaq 5,230.95 -19.32 -0.37%
S&P 500 2,138.20 -1.23 -0.06%
Treasuries 1.85 0.06 3.46%
Data as of 1:05pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 17.06 0.19 1.13%
Ford Motor Co 11.74 -0.14 -1.19%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 6.14 0.14 2.35%
Qualcomm Inc 70.98 2.78 4.08%
Bristol-Myers Squibb... 52.84 3.55 7.20%
Data as of 12:50pm ET


Qualcomm scooped up chip maker NXP Semiconductors on Thursday in a $39 billion deal that's being driven by the booming smart car market. More

Nearly a third of workers in the gig economy, or independent workforce, do it out of necessity because they can't find better work or pay, a new study shows. More