And almost half are holding out for a pay rise before the end of this year.
Recruitment firm Randstad’s Workmonitor report found 66 per cent of workers didn’t think their salary accurately reflected their performance.
But, while many anticipated a pay rise, Aussies were conservative in their expectations compared with counterparts overseas.
Only Canada and a handful of European countries had lower pay expectations.
Workers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, India and Mexico were the most optimistic.
More than 80 per cent are expected to get either a pay rise, a bonus or an improvement in employee benefits.