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Methodology: Jobs That Hate Their Boss

Notes and Overview:

1. OVERVIEW: Data on jobs that hate their boss was based on the following question from the PayScale employee survey:

If you could change one thing about your current work situation, what would it be?

  • Pay
  • Boss
  • Coworkers
  • Company
  • Job
  • Commute
  • Schedule
  • Prefer not to answer
  • Other
2. Percentages were calculated from the total number of respondents who chose any response except "Prefer not to answer."

3. Data was gathered from 24,000 respondents to the question in February 2013.

4. Since not all questions on the PayScale survey are required, some of the data (e.g. high stress) uses a subset of the overall sample.

Definitions:

Job Types:  These categories are defined by O*NET. PayScale assigns each individual job to an O*NET category.

High Stress: The PayScale survey includes a question about job stress.  This is the proportion of respondents who answered either "Fairly stressful" or "Extremely stressful" to the question, "How stressful is your job/work environment?"

Low Job Satisfaction: The PayScale survey includes a question about job satisfaction.  This is the proportion of respondents who answered either "Dissatisfied" or "I hate my job" to the question "How satisfied are you in your job?"

% Who Hate Their Boss: This is the proportion of respondents in a given category that chose "Boss" in response to the question, "If you could change one thing about your current work situation, what would it be?"

Total Cash Compensation (TCC): TCC combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or value of other non-cash benefits (e.g., healthcare)

Median Pay: This is the median (middle) pay for Total Cash Compensation in a given job, meaning that half the people will get paid more while half will be paid less. This is median pay for workers with between 5 and 8 years of experience.


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