More than seven in ten Americans do not think private companies should be required to publish the salaries of its employees nor do they believe private companies should disclose the wages of its employees internally. When it comes to disclosing one’s personal salary, about two-thirds of Americans oppose such publication, according to an Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll. However, Americans favor including a range of salary or wages in new job postings instead of a fixed rate of pay.
72% of Americans do not think private companies should be required to publish salaries and believe most people’s salaries should remain private. Racial differences exist. White residents, 79%, are more likely than non-white Americans, 61%, to say companies should not publicize the amount each employee earns.
What do Americans think would be the result of making salaries public? 58% of Americans think doing so would cause conflict between employees rather than increasing fairness of pay within the company. White residents, 63%, are more likely than non-white residents, 51%, to think publicly releasing salary amounts would cause friction within companies.
When it comes to internally disclosing the salaries of a company’s employees, 73% of Americans report salaries should remain private for most people. Here, gender differences are present. Men, 79%, are more likely than women, 67%, to say employees’ wages should not be published within companies for everyone to see.
When it comes to publicly disclosing their own salaries, 66% of U.S. residents say they would prefer that information not be made public. More than three in four Americans, 77%, favor the inclusion of a range of salary or wages in new job postings.
National Adults. Interviews conducted April 27 and 28, 2016. n=538 MOE +/-4.2 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.