Are there any datasets available freely online without restrictions that include individual level responses to questions about job satisfaction?

Ideally, I'd be interested in a datafile that included multiple questions about job satisfaction as well as other work related variables. But even some surveys that included job satisfaction as a small component perhaps as part of some broader survey would still interest me.

The motivation for this question is that I'd like to use some real world data files in some courses in the area of organisational psychology.

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    It'd only cover federal employees, but you might be able to file an FOIA request to get the details from bestplacestowork.org/BPTW (they do not include the contractors who work for the agencies, only the civil servants)
    – Joe
    Aug 28, 2013 at 14:36

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The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal panel survey which includes job satisfaction questions in one of its modules. It primarily focuses on tracking US individuals 51 years and over.

The GSS also has a few questions on job satisfaction.


The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) provides the data you are looking for: several questions about job satisfaction as well as a wealth of work related variables.

The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) also has a question on job satisfaction as well as a section on "employment and work-life balance". It has a broader scope than EWCS.

Indvidual level data for both surveys is available for free.

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