Administrative assistants 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, administrative assistants rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 8% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy administrative assistants 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
Substance abuse social worker
2.7
$47k
Switchboard operator
2.7
$31k
Courier
2.7
$32k
Delivery service driver
2.6
$31k
Hazardous materials removal worker
2.6
$44k
Administrative assistant
2.6
$32k
Security guard
2.6
$27k
Receptionist
2.6
$26k
Office clerk
2.6
$29k
Exterminator
2.5
$38k

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

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

Are administrative assistants happy with their salary?