In a study involving more than 1,000 couples, Fidelity Investments found more than 40 percent were wrong when they guessed how much their partner earns.
Ten percent of the respondents were off by more than $25,000.
Why the guesses about spousal salary are so off
That’s a big bounce, from 27 percent two years ago to 43 percent this time around. A Fidelity spokesman says that could be because more workers are now freelancing or working multiple jobs with unpredictable hours and others take bonuses as a big part of annual income – an amount hard to guess ahead of time.
According to the survey, Generation X, in their late 30s and 40s and at the peak of their careers, is also the worst at guessing a partner’s income. The Fidelity spokesman says, again, bonuses may be throwing the guess off.
Baby boomers approaching retirement were wrong 42 percent of the time, while the younger working adults – millennials – were wrong only 34 percent of the time.