A 2010 survey of 2,900 people commissioned by the Conference Board research firm indicates that all Americans are increasingly unhappy with their jobs no matter their age. However, "Washington Post" writer Carol Morello reported that some pollsters question Conference Board surveys, asserting that the phrasings of questions about job satisfaction are open to interpretation. The respondents were asked to rate their job satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 indicating the least satisfaction. According to Morello, just 45 percent of respondents marked a 4 or 5 in their response. Gallup-Healthways Survey
A 2011 survey done as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that 87.5 percent of nearly 62,000 respondents are satisfied with their jobs. Senior citizens have the highest level of job satisfaction among U.S. workers, with nearly 95 percent of seniors reporting that they're satisfied with their work. Job satisfaction generally increases with age, according to the survey. For example, 84 percent of survey respondents 18 to 29 reported being satisfied with their jobs. However, 87.5 percent of respondents 30 to 44 reported being satisfied with their employment. Older Workers' Satisfaction
Links between job satisfaction and age may still be valid despite differences in survey results. For example, Morello noted that the head of the University of Chicago polling center asserted that age is the best measure of job satisfaction among employees, considering that people in their 50s are usually the most satisfied with their jobs. People in their 50s have usually discovered which field they excel in and they've had a history of good work in their field that has led to promotions and respect from their bosses. As a result, people who are 50 and older often have more autonomy at work and earn higher salaries than younger workers do. Younger Workers' Disatisfaction
"Los Angeles Times" writer Tiffany Hsu reported the Conference Board survey showed that only about 36 percent of people under age 25 are satisfied with their jobs. Hsu reported that a workplace consultant tied the high job dissatisfaction among younger employees to unrealistic expectations due to their desire to work in an engaging, fast-paced environment. Their dissatisfaction with their work may result from discovering that many companies are resistant to change. Furthermore, younger workers may get frustrated with co-workers who are satisfied with mediocrity.