Almost 1 in 2 American Workers Earning Less Than They Anticipated At Current Age

CashNetUSA Survey Finds Only 16 Percent Making More Than They Had Dreamed

Dec 17, 2013, 09:45 ET from CashNetUSA

CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Earning more money in 2014 will certainly be a New Year's resolution for most Americans.  According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of online lender CashNetUSA, half of Americans who receive a paycheck today (49 percent) are earning less than what they anticipated at their current age. One-third (34 percent) of American workers say their current paycheck is equal to what they thought they would be making at this age. Only 16 percent report it being higher. The online survey was conducted in October 2013 among 2,014 Americans ages 18+.

More women report making less than anticipated at their age (55 percent), versus men at 45 percent.  This belief is accentuated in women as they age, with only 28 percent of women 35-54 saying that they are making what they expected while 41 percent of women 55 and older earn what they expected. 

"It's hard enough that so many Americans are struggling to get by in this slow economic recovery," says Megan Staton, director of marketing for online lender CashNetUSA.  "Now add to that the disappointment that you aren't making as much as you anticipated at your current age.  Many Americans are likely to be putting 'make more money in 2014' at the top of their New Year's resolutions."

About the Survey

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of CashNetUSA from October 17-21, 2013 among 2,014 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, visit the CashNetUSA Newsroom.

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For a videotaped interview with Megan Staton commenting on the survey, please visit the CashNetUSA YouTube page.

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