While it's not new information that most people have more than a handful of jobs during adulthood, a new study suggests that workers who move frequently have suffering paychecks. The research demonstrates that "mobility"can lead to a compensation boost if the moves occur during the early years of your career and aren't "coupled with layoffs, discharges, employment gaps, or family-related leave." It suggests that if you're floating around the working world after this point in your career than your salary will take a hit.
If you're out of work for an extended period of time for reasons like layoffs or family-related leave, the study shows that any large gap in employment can cause lower wages. This last point seems more like common sense than something revolutionary, but it does make me think about how important stability is in terms of job history.
I think that moderation is key here — changing jobs should be done with the help of intelligent decision making and a big-picture mentality. You don't want to be seen as unstable, unreliable, or as having loyalty issues, but you also don't want to be complacent in your professional life. What's your take on job hopping?