Oct. 31, 2006 -- Salary, benefits, and the opportunity for work-life balance are key deal-makers for job-seekers in considering a new job, according to a survey released today by Monster, an online recruiting firm based in Maynard, Mass.

The results held regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, the survey found.

Of the 1,859 adults polled, 80 percent of African-Americans and 77 percent of Hispanics said that upward mobility was also important in making job decisions, compared to 63 percent of Caucasians, the survey found.

Female respondents tended to value work-life balance more than men, including opportunities for telecommuting and flexible work days, the survey found.