Pay day is better than sex, say young New Zealanders.

A survey of people in their 20s puts getting paid ahead of sex, winning a sports event, or meeting friends.

The Colmar Brunton survey said young women gave pay day a rating of 6.3 out of a possible seven while young men gave it a rating of 5.9. Both sexes rated sex at 5.8 and winning at sports 4.7.

Meeting friends earned a nod of 5.9 from women and 5.3 from men.