New survey gives information about employee pay, job application expectations


Job application resource site has revealed new information about wage expectations and other employee job expectations thanks to a one-year, national survey.

Including more than 1,800 job-seekers throughout the U.S., the “job-hunting” survey examined how much service-sector job-seekers expected jobs would pay and what they would settle for in payment.

In terms of a national average, job-seekers anticipated that jobs they were applying for would pay $11.27 an hour. On average, the survey found that those job-seekers would settle for $10.13 an hour, a 10% drop on what they expected they would be paid.

Washington job-seekers expected the highest hourly wage, expecting to earn $14.58 an hour. Those same job-seekers said they would accept as low as $12.83 an hour.

States with the lowest anticipated hourly pay were Kentucky ($9.79), Kansas ($9.68), Idaho ($9.35), Mississippi ($9.04), and Montana ($8.25).

“What we see in this year-long effort to learn from job-seekers is that they are willing to accept less money than they hope for but within limits,” noted Doug Crawford, president. “It appears job-seekers will not accept a job that pays them any more than 10% less than they were expecting.”

Looking at minimum wages across the country, the range varies broadly, but the federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 an hour since July 2009. Throughout the U.S., 29 states plus Washington D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have an hourly minimum wage above the federal minimum, according to the Labor Department, Washington has the highest hourly minimum wage in the U.S., set at $13.50.

Sixteen states have a minimum wage that equals the federal minimum, and five states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee – have no state law that governs the minimum wage.

In addition to findings of pay expectations, the survey also publicized information about the job application process, revealing most respondents (46%) believe that the job hunting process “about a week,” followed by 31% of people who believe it will take “about a month.”

On the subject of moving for work, the survey identified which job-seekers would consider moving to obtain a “decent-paying job.” More than half of the respondents living in Alabama (61%), Arkansas (53%), Colorado (52%), Indiana (53%), and Mississippi (60%), said they would consider moving to obtain better employment. Overall, only 40% of the total respondents said they would consider a move.

Click this link below to read more about the survey’s findings

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