Essential Report

Perceptions of incomes

Nov 14, 2017

Thinking about types of workers, as far as you know, do you think the following types of worker are paid too much, not enough about right?

  Paid too much Paid about right Not paid enough Don’t know
Politicians 74% 18% 3% 5%
CEOs/senior executives 72% 18% 3% 7%
Lawyers 65% 25% 3% 7%
Accountants 32% 51% 6% 10%
Managers 22% 61% 7% 11%
Journalists 20% 55% 7% 17%
Doctors 20% 58% 14% 8%
Engineers 15% 65% 9% 11%
IT workers 14% 64% 11% 11%
Bank workers 9% 67% 13% 11%
Retail workers 2% 40% 49% 8%
Hospitality workers 3% 38% 51% 8%
Teachers 6% 31% 58% 5%
Child care workers 4% 23% 66% 6%
Nurses 3% 22% 69% 6%

Well over half believe that politicians (74%), CEO’s/senior executives (72%) and lawyers (65%) are paid too much.

A majority believe that nurses (69%), child care workers (66%), teachers (58%) and hospitality workers (51%) are not paid enough.

There were few significant differences across demographics.

Those on higher incomes ($2,000+ pw) were somewhat less likely to think lawyers (56%), accountants (22%), managers (14%) and CEO’s/senior executives (62%) were paid too much.

Women were more likely to think child care workers (74%) and nurses (76%) were not paid enough

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