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More Than a Third of Working Americans Experienced a Pandemic Pay Cut, Survey Finds

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  • January 5, 2021

More Than a Third of Working Americans Experienced a Pandemic Pay Cut, Survey Finds

More than a third of full-time American workers have had their pay cut because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from consumer financial comparison site MagnifyMoney.

MagnifyMoney surveyed nearly 1,000 full-time American workers to gain a better understanding of pay cuts, pay raises and bonuses over the past year, and in the next year.

The news isn’t all bleak, though: While many workers experienced a pay cut, more than half of full-time workers have received a pay raise in the past year, even though 8% fewer workers received one than in the previous year.

Key Findings:

Just over a third (34%) of full-time workers experienced a pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While men and women experienced pandemic pay cuts at nearly equal rates, men (52%) were more likely than women (44%) to say their pay has been restored.

54% of full-time workers received a pay raise in the past year, down from 59% in MagnifyMoney’s 2019 report. Of those who got a raise, half were surprised by it, while a quarter asked for it.

More men (58%) received raises than women (48%). Additionally, men who received raises were more likely to be promoted compared to women.

The number of working Americans who think they’ll get a pay raise next year dropped by 17%, from 47% in 2019 to 39% in 2020.

28% of workers said their company made changes to bonuses amid the pandemic. In fact, 15% reported their company decided not to grant bonuses this year, while 13% said their bonus was reduced.

There was a significant age gap regarding pay cuts. Millennials (38%) were the most likely generation to experience a pay cut because of the pandemic; however, 53% of millennials had their pay restored after it was cut.