In addition, Gallup’s national study of employee engagement is currently registering the highest percentage of “engaged” workers — defined as “those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace” — in its 18-year history, tying the March 2016 reading of 34 percent.
Despite those indicators of economic progress over the past eight years, real wage growth for American workers has been tepid. In the years leading up to the recession, hourly wages often increased by 4 percent annually, but in recent years, increases from year to year have ranged between 2 percent and 3 percent.
The slow growth of wages provides one possible explanation why Americans are still as likely to feel underpaid now as they did when unemployment was so much higher and optimism about good jobs so much lower.
You can read the completer Gallup poll and the in-depth analysis here.