Archivists 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, archivists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 49% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy archivists 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
Historian
3.6
$64k
Museum conservator
3.5
$44k
Scientist
3.3
$70k
Archivist
3.2
$54k
Urban planner
3.1
$74k
School psychologist
3.0
$78k

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

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

Are archivists happy with their salary?