Authors 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, authors 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 authors 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
Author
4.1
$70k
Television writer
4.0
$70k
Blogger
3.8
$26k
Journalist
3.4
$37k
Editor
3.4
$63k

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

Are authors happy with their salary?

Authors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.5/5. Most authors do not feel that their salaries adequately reflect their work, and are actively unhappy with their income.

We asked authors how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

2157 authors

5 Star
14%

14% of authors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
11%

11% of authors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of authors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of authors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
32%

32% of authors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do authors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, authors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 4.2/5. Unlike many careers, authors have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become authors.

We asked authors how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

2274 authors

5 Star
54%

54% of authors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of authors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
12%

12% of authors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of authors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of authors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as authors?

Authors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.2/5. The majority of authors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked authors how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

2482 authors

5 Star
51%

51% of authors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of authors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
12%

12% of authors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of authors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of authors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an author’s work environment?

As a whole, authors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.1/5. A solid majority of authors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an author.

We asked authors how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

2460 authors

5 Star
48%

48% of authors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of authors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
15%

15% of authors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of authors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of authors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are authors making the best use of their abilities?

Former authors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 4.1/5. Most authors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an author, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked authors how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

2475 authors

5 Star
47%

47% of authors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of authors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of authors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of authors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of authors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars