Account managers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, account managers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy account managers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Bank branch manager
2.8
$105k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Compensation and benefits manager
2.7
$115k
Recruiter
2.7
$55k
Restaurant manager
2.7
$38k
Account manager
2.7
$47k
Securities and commodities broker
2.7
$62k
Financial analyst
2.7
$80k
Compliance manager
2.7
$107k
Advertising sales agent
2.7
$52k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are account managers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do account managers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as account managers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are account manager’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are account managers making the best use of their abilities?

Are account managers happy with their salary?