What Defines Success? Salary of $50K-$70K a Year

Majority of workers says fewer than six figures equals success: survey
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 1:52 PM CDT
Updated Jun 17, 2012 7:00 PM CDT
Americans don't need to make six figures to feel successful.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Most Americans don't think they need to make six figures to be successful. A new poll of 5,772 workers found that a little less than 30% would define success as raking in between $50,000 and $70,000 a year; another 23% said they'd be happy with less than $50,000. But some still shoot high: The CareerBuilder survey did find that about 10% of respondents equated success with a salary of more than $150,000.

So how are Americans stacking up? A little less than a quarter of those surveyed were happy with their current salaries, LiveScience reports. Another 45% did say they were close to the salary they wanted, but 32% said they were nowhere close.

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