U.S. employees are putting in more effort to know their own worth in the workplace, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. 

The studies revealed that 82% of professionals feel well-informed about what they should be making in their current position, and 73% say they’ve checked their salary against market rates through online resources, salary guides or job postings in the last year — up from 54% in a similar survey two years ago. The majority of workers, 54%, also admit to comparing notes on compensation with co-workers.

While their level of salary research may be rising, many workers aren’t liking what they’re finding, the survey suggests. Only 47% feel they are adequately paid.

“Workers have more access to information about their salaries, roles and career options than ever before, arming them for conversations with current and potential employers,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Managers must remain equally knowledgeable, regularly evaluating salaries to ensure they’re paying at or above market rates to recruit and retain highly skilled talent in today’s competitive hiring market.”

Younger workers are more likely to compare salaries with peers, the study showed. Two out of three workers (67%) ages 18-34 said they have discussed salaries with colleagues, compared with 54% of professionals 35-54 and 38% of those 55 and older. Additionally, 61% of men and 49% of women polled said they’ve talked about compensation with co-workers. 

More than 1,000 workers across the U.S. and 2,800 workers in 28 U.S. markets were surveyed for the studies. The research was issued in conjunction with the release of the Robert Half 2020 Salary Guides, which provide starting salary ranges for more than 470 positions in the accounting, finance, technology, creative, legal and administrative support fields.

To view an infographic of the findings, click here.