Actors are one of the happiest 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, actors rate their career happiness 4.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 3% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy actors 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
Motivational speaker
4.3
$55k
Singer
4.3
$59k
Music artist
4.3
$59k
Actor
4.2
$36k
Performer
4.2
$33k
Comedian
4.2
$31k
Choreographer
4.2
$48k

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

Are actors happy with their salary?

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