Younger workers reported big gains in their happiness with pay. American workers under 35 reported being happier with their paychecks than people over 55 for the first time since at least 2011.
Overall, the share of workers satisfied with paychecks rose to 46.4% in 2018, from 43% in 2017, an increase that mirrors data that shows wage growth accelerated in 2018.
The biggest leap came from the Millennial and Gen Z generations, whose enthusiasm for their compensation shot from 36% in 2017 to nearly 46%.
In all, nearly 54% of U.S. workers said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2018. In addition, with unemployment at historic lows and many managers worried about holding on to employees, Americans also reported feeling far more secure at work.