Architects are about average in terms of happiness.

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, architects rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 41% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy architects 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
Engraver
3.1
$31k
Urban planner
3.1
$74k
Building and construction inspector
3.1
$61k
Architect
3.1
$68k
Pipefitter
3.1
$54k
Crane operator
3.1
$57k
Upholsterer
3.1
$34k
Carpenter
3.0
$39k

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

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

Are architects happy with their salary?