Art therapists 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, art therapists rate their career happiness 3.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy art therapists 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
Art therapist
3.7
$48k
Massage therapist
3.4
$46k

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

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

Are art therapists happy with their salary?