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Pew study shows bosses happier than employees

Friday - 1/10/2014, 6:52pm  ET

WASHINGTON - If you want to be happy, climbing your way to the top of the corporate heap is the way to do it because your boss is living the good life.

A new study from Pew Research Center finds that bosses are satisfied with their their jobs, their family lives and their financial situations.

Eight out of 10 bosses say they are "very satisfied" with their family lives, compared to 7 in 10 workers.

Bosses are more likely to view their jobs as careers (78 percent to 44 percent), and just over half make $75,000 or more compared to 32 percent of workers who earn that much.

When it comes to advancing their careers, workers are far more likely to believe that becoming a parent hindered their advancement. But only 17 bosses of bosses see it that way.

There are still plenty of similarities between bosses and their employees.

Four in 10 of both workers and top bosses say having a job they enjoy is important.

Only 20 percent of both groups believe having a high-paying job is important.

The survey also finds younger women are getting closer and closer to closing that gender gap in wages than older women in the workplace.

Pew surveyed 2,002 adults between Oct. 7 and Oct. 27. The survey has a margin of error of 3.3 percent/

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