Salary vs. Job Satisfaction: Which is More Important to You?

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salary vs job satisfaction

Sometimes in your career, you might find yourself on a crossroad. Your job doesn’t pay you much and you are comfortable with it. But, should you keep doing something you enjoy but doesn’t pay well? What if you will need to be financially stable enough to  start your own business or be able to take your family to vacation without worrying about money?

To some, money is more important, but to others, job satisfaction can a top  priority. Research shows that most employees believe they would be happier if their job will embrace more of their personal interests, including a better salary.

Choosing Salary Over Job Happiness

Choosing-Salary Over Job Happiness salary vs job satisfaction

Spending so much time doing  work that does not make you feel satisfied or enjoy it can have a  negative effect on your overall being. Working in an environment that does not align with your strengths, interests or values can result to lack of confidence, stress and anxiety.  Research shows that, working long hours in a harsh environment can also lead to burnout and relationship issues.

Choosing Job Satisfaction over Money

Choosing Job Satisfaction over Money salary vs job satisfaction

When you are working in a job that suits your personality, strengths and you have interests in it, you are more likely to be happier and successful. This is because you will understand your job well and  be more engaged, hence more confidence in executing tasks.

Why Consider Job Satisfaction Over Salary

salary vs job satisfaction why job satisfaction matters

Choosing money over your job satisfaction may depend on several factors. It might be family reasons, your financial independence, dreams, etc. But you have to consider some other things apart from a high salary. When trying to decide on whether to take a lower paying job or a satisfying one, consider the following:

1. Find other avenues for extra cash.

If you are in middle of choosing to take a job that satisfies you rather than salary, start by thinking if you can you take a part-time job to make some extra money. You can consider a part-time job to make up for a lower salary while you pursue your dream career.

2. Adjust your budget.

Another measure to take is that you should adapt your lifestyle to reflect your new income so as to be able to pursue your dream career while receiving a low salary. You can come up with a  budget and review your expenses to see what to cut back.

3. Put Your Priorities first.

Also, you should research your dream career to ensure you know the average salary scale and future job prospects. This will help you understand what you might make if you progress in that field. If there is a chance you will be able to gain enough salary with your experience, then you should keep working on your dream job.

Lastly, if you  ever find yourself torn between choosing a well-paying job or  working on a career you love, do your research first. Even though there is no specific way to ensure your happiness, but doing a job you love is  the right road to take.

Mustapha Mosha
Mustapha Ally is a Community Marketing Manager at Zoom Tanzania and BrighterMonday Tanzania. He loves digital marketing social media