Most Americans Would Take a Pay Cut for AI Assistance

Posted by Matt Birchler
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Sara Korolevich: Insights From American Workers: A Comprehensive Survey on AI in the Workplace

This study is full of fascinating numbers, but I wanted to call out a couple in particular.

57% of American workers — 53% of Boomers, 49% of Gen Xers, 59% of Millennials, and 65% of Gen Xers — said they would take a pay cut in exchange for an AI-enabled four-day workweek.


Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials agreed on their most preferred pay cut amount of 10%, while Gen Zers said they would forfeit up to 15% of their pay to work less if AI could help them do their job more efficiently. Workers have made it clear: they prefer to spend less time on the job even if it means sacrificing their own money.

I love the idea of a 4 day work week, but let’s be real, no productivity gains are going to lead to widespread reductions in work hours. It does feel like there’s a general air of burnout in the air the last couple years, so I totally get the desire and would welcome it myself.

74% of Americans — 70% of Boomers, 69% of Gen Xers, 78% of Millennials, and 79% of Gen Zers — said they believe AI layoffs are going to occur within the next six months to two years.

Say what you will about “AI” being “just another fad” like web3, but the web3 wishes it had anywhere near that many normal people thinking it was going to do anything at all.