In the SPIE survey, Swiss, Australian and Canadian respondents enjoyed a combination of top pay and moderate workload. These countries are three of the top four in median salary, with fewer than 10% of respondents working more than 55 hours per week.
The survey did not demonstrate a correlation between job satisfaction and either salary or hours on the job. Israelis and Portuguese were tied at the top of the job satisfaction scale, with 94% saying they enjoy their work, yet Israel’s median salary is twice that of Portugal, and Israel matches Romania in reporting the highest percentage of workers who say they spend 55 hours or more on the job each week. Close behind, 39% of workers in higher-income Asia said they work 50 or more hours per week.
Respondents in lower-income Asia were the most optimistic about pay hikes in the near term, with 91% saying they expect to receive raises in 2014.
Median salaries – at $76,000 – were 4% higher than last year, with differences primarily driven by country income level and employer type.
See the survey results at http://www.spie.org/salary.
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