The research, conducted by the Healthcare Commission, found 48% of the 46,000 registered nurses and midwives questioned were either dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied with their pay.
Other findings from the survey show that 38% of nurses and midwives are considering leaving their job, a slight increase from the previous year.
And the pressure on services is still intense, with 30% of nurses and midwives describing working relationships as ‘strained’.
Incidences of violence from patients and relatives have decreased by slightly compared with last year’s survey to 17% and 5%, respectively.
Nurses also remained satisfied with infection control measures, with 91% saying that their trust provided sufficient handwashing facilities.