2015 American Working Conditions Survey: First Findings



In this report we present preliminary findings from the 2015 American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS), a new nationally representative survey of U.S. workers ages 18-71. We find that older workers (older than 50) are less likely than younger workers to work at very high speeds, experience frequent stress, or carry or move heavy loads. They are also slightly less likely to receive training from an employer. Most strikingly, older workers are much more likely to report having a feeling of making a positive impact on their community or society through their work.


Maestas, Nicole, Kathleen J. Mullen, David Powell, Jeffrey Wenger, and Till von Wachter. 2016. "2015 American Working Conditions Survey: First Findings." Ann Arbor, MI. University of Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) Working Paper, WP 2016-342. http://mrdrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/papers/pdf/wp342.pdf

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