Salary Survey Extra: More data about salary satisfaction, Part 2
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May 5, 2022
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Salary Survey Extra is a series of dispatches that give added insight into the findings of our annual Salary Survey. These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

The Salary Survey reveals that salary satisfaction, generally speaking, goes up as salary increases.

Fairly frequently we blow through a lot of hot air attempting to illuminate or clarify whatever raw data we have to share in these Salary Survey deep dives. And sometimes it's simpler or more, ahem, "satisfying" (for you and us both) when we stand aside and let the focus be on long columns of numbers.

We used this space last month to expand on the initial and limited findings about salary satisfaction that appeared in our January print edition. This week, we're taking a page from the "Say that again, Captain Obvious" annals by examining whether certified IT professionals who responded to our most recent Salary Survey express greater salary satisfaction on account of having, er, greater salary.

Put more simply, are people who have a relatively high annual income figure more likely to be satisfied with that amount than people who earn smaller salaries? Most people's immediate reaction would be that of course people who earn big money are going to happier with their paychecks than people who earn less.

On the other hand, one should never underestimate the basic human capacity for wanting more of a good thing. It's true that certified IT professionals with low salaries are generally more likely to express dissatisfaction than their higher-paid peers. As you'll see, however, that's not all there is to it. Once we get past the entry-level salary ranges, people have feelings across the spectrum.

What we've done below is cross reference salary and salary satisfaction. At the far right of the table from each listed salary range is the percentage of all survey respondents whose income falls within that range. The percentage figure under each salary satisfaction column is the number of individuals who a) are in that salary bracket, and b) expressed that level of salary satisfaction, as a percentage of all survey respondents in that salary bracket.

You'll also notice that this is just a reckoning of U.S.-based certified IT professionals. We'll probably circle back at some point to paint the same picture of non-U.S. respondents.

Salary (Down) / Level of Satisfaction (Across) Completely Satisfied Very Satisfied Satisfied Not Very Satisfied Not at All Satisfied Percentage of all respondents in this salary bracket
Less than $20,000 9.8 percent N/A 10.2 percent 75 percent 5 percent 1 percent
$20,000 to $22,499 19 percent 21.6 percent 16.2 percent 43.2 percent N/A 1.9 percent
$22,500 to $24,999 50 percent 16.4 percent 16.7 percent 16.9 percent N/A 0.9 percent
$25,000 to $27,499 11.8 percent 12.2 percent N/A 72 percent 4 percent 1.3 percent
$27,500 to $29,999 N/A N/A 40 percent 60 percent N/A 0.2 percent
$30,000 to $32,499 11.5 percent 23.1 percent 19.2 percent 42.4 percent 3.8 percent 1.3 percent
$32,500 to $34,999 13 percent 34.8 percent 17.4 percent 34.8 percent N/A 1.2 percent
$35,000 to $37,499 4 percent 28.2 percent 20 percent 44 percent 3.8 percent 1.3 percent
$37,500 to $39,999 4 percent 16.7 percent 29.2 percent 45.8 percent 4.3 percent 1.2 percent
$40,000 to $42,499 16 percent 36 percent 28 percent 20 percent N/A 1.3 percent
$42,500 to $44,999 5 percent 20 percent 60 percent 15 percent N/A 1 percent
$45,000 to $47,499 4.5 percent 28.6 percent 38.1 percent 23.8 percent 5 percent 1.1 percent
$47,500 to $49,999 21.6 percent 22.8 percent 11.1 percent 44.4 percent N/A 0.5 percent
$50,000 to $52,499 11.6 percent 37.2 percent 28 percent 20.9 percent 2.3 percent 2.2 percent
$52,500 to $54,999 N/A 42.6 percent 43.2 percent 14.2 percent N/A 0.7 percent
$55,000 to $57,499 N/A 36 percent 16 percent 36 percent 12 percent 1.3 percent
$57,500 to $59,999 3.7 percent 44.4 percent 29.6 percent 11 percent 11.3 percent 1.4 percent
$60,000 to $62,499 9.1 percent 13.6 percent 50 percent 27.3 percent N/A 1.1 percent
$62,500 to $64,999 N/A 28.6 percent 66.7 percent 4.7 percent N/A 1.1 percent
$65,000 to $67,499 N/A 11.8 percent 58.9 percent 17.6 percent 11.7 percent 0.9 percent
$67,500 to $69,999 N/A 26.6 percent 46.7 percent 13 percent 13.7 percent 0.8 percent
$70,000 to $72,499 10.7 percent 17.9 percent 46.4 percent 25 percent N/A 1.4 percent
$72,500 to $74,999 6.5 percent 48.4 percent 32.2 percent 9.7 percent 3.2 percent 1.6 percent
$75,000 to $77,499 7.8 percent 11.8 percent 54.9 percent 23.5 percent 2 percent 2.6 percent
$77,500 to $79,999 10.8 percent 21.3 percent 36.9 percent 20.7 percent 10.3 percent 1 percent
$80,000 to $82,499 6.7 percent 36.7 percent 43.3 percent 10 percent 3.3 percent 1.5 percent
$82,500 to $84,999 5 percent 25 percent 30 percent 30 percent 10 percent 1 percent
$85,000 to $87,499 2.7 percent 24.3 percent 27 percent 29.7 percent 16.2 1.9 percent
$87,500 to $89,999 4.5 percent 22.7 percent 36.6 percent 36.1 percent N/A 1.1 percent
$90,000 to $92,499 14.3 percent 28.7 percent 42.9 percent 14.1 percent N/A 1.8 percent
$92,500 to $94,999 10 percent 40 percent 30 percent 15 percent 5 percent 1 percent
$95,000 to $97,499 18.2 percent 27.3 percent 24.2 percent 15.3 percent 15 percent 1.7 percent
$97,500 to $99,999 14.3 percent 35.7 percent 28.6 percent 7.1 percent 14.3 percent 1.4 percent
$100,000 to $104,999 11.4 percent 30.3 percent 34.2 percent 20.3 percent 3.8 percent 4 percent
$105,000 to $109,999 6.2 percent 26.6 percent 35.9 percent 29.7 percent 1.6 percent 3.2 percent
$110,000 to $114,999 6.2 percent 34.4 percent 43.8 percent 15.6 percent N/A 3.2 percent
$115,000 to $119,999 17.9 percent 26.8 percent 41 percent 12.5 percent 1.8 percent 2.8 percent
$120,000 to $124,999 10.5 percent 34.8 percent 31.4 percent 19.8 percent 3.5 percent 4.4 percent
$125,000 to $129,999 18.6 percent 18.6 percent 48.6 percent 12.9 percent 1.3 percent 3.5 percent
$130,000 to $134,999 15.3 percent 23.6 percent 41.7 percent 18 percent 1.4 percent 3.6 percent
$135,000 to $139,999 9.1 percent 41.8 percent 38.2 percent 9.1 percent 1.8 percent 2.8 percent
$140,000 to $144,999 11.3 percent 35.5 percent 45.2 percent 6.4 percent 1.6 percent 3.1 percent
$145,000 to $149,999 10.8 percent 30.8 percent 43.1 percent 13.8 percent 1.5 percent 3.3 percent
$150,000 to $154,999 20 percent 32.9 percent 35.7 percent 10 percent 1.4 percent 3.5 percent
$155,000 to $159,999 20.7 percent 34.5 percent 22.4 percent 19 percent 3.4 percent 2.9 percent
$160,000 to $164,999 27.3 percent 45.5 percent 22.7 percent 4.5 percent N/A 2.2 percent
$165,000 to $169,999 23.5 percent 31.3 percent 35.3 percent 9.8 percent N/A 2.6 percent
$170,000 to $174,999 17.5 percent 42.5 percent 30 percent 7.5 percent 2.5 percent 2 percent
$175,000 to $179,999 15.9 percent 44.7 percent 34.2 percent 2.6 percent 2.6 percent 1.9 percent
$180,000 to $184,999 15.6 percent 37.5 percent 43.8 percent 3.1 percent N/A 1.6 percent
$185,000 to $189,999 21 percent 15.8 percent 42.2 percent 10.5 percent 10.5 percent 0.9 percent
$190,000 to $194,999 18.8 percent 40.6 percent 31.3 percent 3.1 percent 6.2 percent 1.6 percent
$195,000 to $200,000 46.7 percent 33.3 percent 16.7 percent 3.3 percent N/A 1.5 percent
More than $200,000 41.1 percent 28.8 percent 24.7 percent 4.1 percent 1.3 percent 3.7 percent

2022 Survey Data

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