A news release from job site Monster said overall 76% of workers in the 19 North America and European countries polled gave that answer.
Workers in Ireland topped the charts, with 84% willing to sacrifice compensation for increased job satisfaction. Workers in Switzerland and Italy are not far behind with 82% of their respective respondent pools valuing workplace satisfaction over maximum compensation.
While most workers polled are willing to take a drop in pay for the job of their dreams, workers in Germany, France, and Hungary are more cautious, the release said. Thirty-four percent of workers in France and 27% of workers in Germany are not willing to sacrifice pay for ultimate job satisfaction. Workers in Hungary are least willing to take a cut in pay (38%).
“We see a general consensus among workers around the globe that people are open to pursuing more fulfilling careers, not just a fuller wallet,” said Norma Gaffin, director of career content at Monster, in the news release. “It’s interesting to note that despite some notions of a skittish economy, U.S. workers are still willing to be compensated less for a job that they are really passionate about.”