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Varo Survey: More Men than Women Would Accept Dream Job Even if Paid Less than Someone of the Opposite Sex

by Varo Bank

May 22, 2018

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Gender equality in the workplace continues to be hot-button topic, but the data shows that people are more interested in doing a job they love than closing the pay gap: two-thirds (65%) of men would accept their dream job even if they knew they’d be paid less than someone of the opposite sex, as would 55% of women. The percentages are even higher among millennial men (71%) and women (64%).

  • 59% of Americans would take the job for love of the work regardless of the starting pay
  • One in 3 would expect a quick raise and 31% would expect a raise at some point
  • 27% would do it to break into the industry
  • 18% of men and 9% of women feel gender equality doesn’t matter

Having said that, 36% of American women make more money than their partner, and this figure is even higher among millennial women (40%). More than half of women (52%) have also completed a higher level of education than their partners.

Most Americans (73%) say they do not care if their significant other makes more or less money than them, and more than half (53%) say wealth is not a consideration when they are picking a life partner. Women are twice as likely (10%) as men (3%) to say that if their partner earns less money than them, it negatively impacts the relationship. Only 5% of Americans would prefer to marry someone who earns less than they do.

What’s love got to do with it?

Money seems to be a bit more of an aphrodisiac for millennials, however: 29% would like to marry someone who earns more money than they do, and more than a quarter say it affects their relationship and romantic dynamic “positively” when their partner earns more money than they do. This is especially true of millennial men:

  • 34% say the dynamic is positively impacted when their partner earns more than them
  • 57% say wealth is a factor when choosing a partner—26% say it is “extremely important”
  • 41% of millennial men would marry someone who earns more than they do so that their partner can pay off their debts

About a third (36%) of millennial women would marry someone who earns more in order to be a stay-at-home parent.

On the other hand, money also seems to be a point of greater stress for younger generations. Nearly 20% of millennials and Gen Xers have ended relationships because of “money issues” compared to just 5% of Americans over the age of 55. Also in stark contrast to older Americans, the majority of millennials (60%) have not held a job for more than three years.

“Millennials have a lot of unique money issues that other generations have not faced—student loans, housing costs, a changing economy—and that means they must be on top of their finances,” said Emily Brauer Gill, Director of Brand & Communications at Varo Money. “At Varo, we offer our customers a solution for managing their money without adding stress to their lives.”

That’s ‘woman boss’ and ‘madam president’ to you

When it comes to politics, the majority of Americans—regardless of gender—feel that women politicians are just as effective as men (68%). Another 20% feel that women are more effective.

Men believe that women make more effective politicians because they are “more caring” (35%), more level-headed (31%), and more willing to compromise (26%). On the other hand, women believe women make more effective politicians because they are harder working (35%) and care more about results than status (35%). Only 12% of Americans believe women make less effective politicians.

When do Americans graduate from “girls” and “boys” to “women” and “men”? Most Americans (51%)—and even more millennials (62%)—feel that they are all grown up by age 18.

  • More than 1 in 5 American women (22%) hate the term “girl boss”
  • Another 22% prefer the term “woman boss”
  • Only 10% of women love the term “girl boss”
  • 26% of millennial women feel offended when people refer to them as “girls”
  • 43% of millennial men take offense if people refer to them as “boys”

About Varo Money

Varo Money, Inc. (“Varo”), is changing the future of banking with their mobile app: a frictionless bank account offered through The Bancorp Bank that also helps customers do more with their money. Varo is building a mobile banking experience that helps customers cover their expenses, pay their bills and build their wealth over time — so they can stop worrying about money and go live their lives. Unlike traditional banks or other fintech apps, Varo offers a complete solution with integrated deposit, budgeting, savings, and lending products that aim to help customers bank with ease and achieve better financial outcomes. There’s no reason for a bank branch on every corner anymore: all that customers need is an iPhone to bank seamlessly. Based in San Francisco and privately held, Varo has raised $78M to date, led by Warburg Pincus. Varo Personal Loan and Varo Backup Line are offered by Varo Money, Inc., under state licenses, subject to application approval. For more information, please visit and follow Varo on Facebook @varomoney or Twitter @varomoney.

Varo Bank Accounts are provided by The Bancorp Bank, and deposits are FDIC-insured up to $250,000 through The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC.

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