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U.S. Job Market: Workers Push for $80,000 Minimum Salary as Economic Expectations Rise

U.S. Job Market: Workers Push for $80,000 Minimum Salary as Economic Expectations Rise (Photo: What After College)
U.S. Job Market: Workers Push for $80,000 Minimum Salary as Economic Expectations Rise (Photo: What After College)

In a rapidly changing U.S. job market, American workers are recalibrating their salary expectations, seeking a minimum of $80,000 as their reservation wage, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s recent employment and labor market survey.

One of the most striking findings in the survey is the substantial increase in reservation wages in the U.S. job market. (Photo: Audacia Strategies)

One of the most striking findings in the survey is the substantial increase in reservation wages in the U.S. job market. (Photo: Audacia Strategies)

Optimism and Job Offers in U.S. Job Market

The survey reveals a decline in optimism among workers regarding job offers in the U.S. job market, a published article reported.

Only 18.7% of respondents expect to receive a job offer within the next four months, down from 21.1% in the previous year. This decrease in optimism is seen by experts as a return to a more sustainable post-pandemic job market, following a period of record-high hiring activity.

One of the most striking findings in the survey is the substantial increase in reservation wages in the U.S. job market. The average reservation wage, the minimum compensation an individual is willing to accept for a new job, surged to $78,645 in July 2023.

This figure represents a significant increase from the $72,873 recorded during the same period the previous year.

Individuals aged 45 and older had even higher expectations, with an average reservation wage of $80,239. In contrast, those under 45 had slightly lower expectations, with an average of $77,077.  This divergence highlights the evolving dynamics of the U.S. job market and the varying needs and experiences of different age groups.

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Inflation and Expectations in the U.S. Job Market

Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, suggests that the rise in reservation wages may be indicative of lingering post-pandemic wage expectations.

While the U.S. job market favored job seekers for most of 2022, the latest data indicates a shift in the landscape. American workers now express uncertainty about their ability to secure job offers in the coming months.

The percentage of individuals expecting job offers within the next four months decreased to 18.7% in July 2023, down from 21.1% in July 2022. Furthermore, the expectation of receiving multiple job offers dropped from 25.7% to 20.6% during the same period.

However, Pollak suggests that this decline in confidence is relatively minor and aligns with a return to healthier labor market conditions following the post-pandemic hiring frenzy.

Despite the shifting U.S. job market, there are positive aspects to consider. The survey reveals that while the number of Americans actively searching for new jobs decreased by 5.3% in July compared to the previous year, satisfaction with wage compensation increased by 3%. Additionally, non-wage benefits saw a 1.7% rise and opportunities for promotion grew by 4%.

As the U.S. job market continues to evolve, both workers and employers will need to adapt to changing expectations and conditions.

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