Who hates their boss most

by Rose Sneyd31 May 2013

‘You don’t quit your job, you quit your manager’ the saying goes, and a new survey reveals which industries bosses are most likely to be the worst thing about the job.

PayScale asked users what they would like to change most about their job, giving them several options: pay; boss; co-workers; company; job; commute; schedule; other; and ‘prefer not to answer’. The survey attracted 24,000 respondents and the percentages of those who would change their bosses before anything else were calculated from the total number of respondents minus those who opted for ‘prefer not to answer’.

Professions with the highest percentage of employees who would want to change their boss above anything else (salary in brackets):

     1.    Chemists and material scientists: 19.4% ($69,690)
     2.    Dental hygienists: 18.2% ($83,259)
     3.    Bakers: 17.9% ($32,445)
     4.    Food service managers: 17.0% ($41,574)
     5.    Occupation health and safety specialists and technicians: 15.8% ($75,375)
     6.    Database administrators – tie: 13.6% ($93,756)
            Adminsitrative service managers – tie: 13.6% ($51,936)
     8.    Dispatchers – tie: 13.5% ($44,167)
            Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks – tie: 13.5% ($36,148)
     10.  Actors, producers, and directors: 13.3% ($61,677)

Bosses in the baking industry and the bosses of food service managers and shipping, receiving and traffic clerks must be really bad: while making significantly less than New Zealand’s median income of $41,912, they still want to change their boss more than their salary.