Astronauts 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, astronauts rate their career happiness 4.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 7% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy astronauts 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
Astronomer
4.0
$115k
Nanotechnology engineer
3.9
$99k

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

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

Are astronauts happy with their salary?