Boilermakers are below average when it comes to 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, boilermakers rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 28% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy boilermakers 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
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$60k
Electrician
3.0
$60k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$98k
Rotary drill operator
2.9
$56k
Stonemason
2.9
$48k
Boilermaker
2.9
$64k
Sailor
2.9
$47k
Ironworker
2.9
$59k
Quarry rock splitter
2.9
$38k
Maintenance worker
2.9
$43k

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

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

Are boilermakers happy with their salary?

Boilermakers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.6/5. The majority of boilermakers are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

75 boilermakers

5 Star
29%

29% of boilermakers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of boilermakers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
15%

15% of boilermakers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of boilermakers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of boilermakers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do boilermakers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, boilermakers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. The majority of boilermakers struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

76 boilermakers

5 Star
13%

13% of boilermakers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
7%

7% of boilermakers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of boilermakers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
30%

30% of boilermakers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of boilermakers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Boilermakers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of boilermakers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

80 boilermakers

5 Star
26%

26% of boilermakers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of boilermakers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of boilermakers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of boilermakers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
1%

1% of boilermakers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a boilermaker’s work environment?

As a whole, boilermakers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

79 boilermakers

5 Star
23%

23% of boilermakers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of boilermakers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of boilermakers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of boilermakers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of boilermakers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are boilermakers making the best use of their abilities?

Former boilermakers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most boilermakers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

79 boilermakers

5 Star
19%

19% of boilermakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of boilermakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of boilermakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of boilermakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of boilermakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars