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2012 Brings Increased Salaries & Job Satisfaction

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Beth Stackpole
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Mixed messages on the economic front
Beth Stackpole   8/1/2012 7:42:58 AM
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Interesting that the results of our survey seem to buck the current feeling in the general populace around a stalled economy and stagnant economic growth. I'm running into this mixed messaging a lot lately, depending on the geographic location of who I'm talking to and the type of work/industry sector that they're in. Part of me thinks some of the current economic doom and gloom is too tied to what's going on abroad and the upcoming election, yet there are still so many hard-to-ignore signs that growth hasn't returned to where people expected after four years of "the great recession." In any case, I'm pleased to see engineering as a bright spot and hope there's some kind of filter down or filter up effect for the broader, global economic ecosystem.

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Positive about engineering
Rob Spiegel   8/1/2012 10:54:28 AM
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Nice report, Lauren. It's encouraging that such a high percentage of engineers would recommend their career to a son or daughter. 

As for as the political outlook, it seems to break down like the general population.

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Positive about engineering
Jennifer Campbell   8/1/2012 2:23:44 PM
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That is an encouraging sign. I could be wrong, but I believe the respondents to salary surveys going back as early as last year said they would tell their children to run in the other direction, screaming, rather than join the profession. Of course, that could be said for any profession.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Positive about engineering
Rob Spiegel   8/1/2012 3:42:22 PM
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Yes, 83 percent saying they would recommend engineering to a son or daughter is very impressive. I would imagine that comes from a combination of factors: pay, ability to find a new job if necessary, satisfaction with the work, security. The longevity of the engineering positions says a good deal about security. I would imagine it also helps that there is a perceived (and probably real) shortage of engineers in the United States.

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Dave Palmer   8/1/2012 4:58:29 PM
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A couple of years ago, a study showed that money buys happiness, up to about $75,000 a year.  Beyond that point, additional money didn't result in additional happiness.  It did, however, result in additional satisfaction. (In this study, "happiness" meant feeling happy on a day to day basis, while "satisfaction" meant having a sense that your life is going as well as it possibly can).

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NadineJ   8/1/2012 5:05:40 PM
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I think engineers have always been optimistic.  Satisfaction comes from creation more than recognition.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Positive about engineering
Rob Spiegel   8/1/2012 5:33:29 PM
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I agree, Dave. Money affects satisfaction only to the point that you're out from behind the 8 Ball ($75,000 as you say). After that it's the quality of how you spend your day, your family relations, belonging to a positive community. I think design engineers show their greatest level of satisfaction when 83 percent recommend their profession to their children. That's big. 

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Salary and satisfaction
Mydesign   8/2/2012 2:13:28 AM
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Lauren, during a financial year I used to participate 2-3 times for similar salary & satisfaction survey with different agencies. In all the cases, they asked for "are you satsfied with the current employment", we can select either satsfied, not satisfies or no comment. This answers are very blind because they had not defiend the parameters for satsfaction.

So far everything is fine with my company but the recent economic slowdown in EU may affect our business and in an unpredicted situation.

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Mydesign   8/2/2012 2:17:01 AM
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Dave, you are right, the parameters for satisfaction is not yet cleared. If salary is the only parameter, then higher salary or take home can make majority satisfied. If we are considering the other factors like work challenges, facilities, perks, work culture and environment, reporting structure etc, then the satisfaction level may come down further.

Lauren Muskett
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Re: Salary and satisfaction
Lauren Muskett   8/2/2012 9:28:31 AM
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I agree with the comment and the parameters are strictly related to their money and satisfaction in their career instead of taking in other sources. But the information we collected shows people with the highest salaries are the most satisfied. Also, be sure to check out the whole salary survey (you can find the link on pg 3 of this story) because it shows what factors contribute to job satisfaction and contains tons of more great info.

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