Bookkeepers are one of the least happy 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, bookkeepers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy bookkeepers 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
Fundraising manager
2.8
$115k
Risk management specialist
2.8
$73k
Budget analyst
2.8
$80k
Executive assistant
2.8
$62k
Bank manager
2.8
$132k
Bookkeeper
2.7
$46k
Compensation and benefits manager
2.7
$128k
Securities and commodities broker
2.7
$63k
Financial analyst
2.7
$92k
Financial advisor
2.7
$94k

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

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

Are bookkeepers happy with their salary?

Bookkeepers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Bookkeepers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

2985 bookkeepers

5 Star
8%

8% of bookkeepers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of bookkeepers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of bookkeepers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of bookkeepers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of bookkeepers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do bookkeepers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, bookkeepers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.3/5. The majority of bookkeepers struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

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

2.3 out of 5 stars

2988 bookkeepers

5 Star
6%

6% of bookkeepers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
10%

10% of bookkeepers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of bookkeepers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of bookkeepers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
34%

34% of bookkeepers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Bookkeepers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.5/5. The majority of bookkeepers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

3189 bookkeepers

5 Star
23%

23% of bookkeepers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of bookkeepers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of bookkeepers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
12%

12% of bookkeepers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of bookkeepers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a bookkeeper’s work environment?

As a whole, bookkeepers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

3186 bookkeepers

5 Star
19%

19% of bookkeepers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of bookkeepers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of bookkeepers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of bookkeepers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of bookkeepers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are bookkeepers making the best use of their abilities?

Former bookkeepers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Bookkeepers tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

2.7 out of 5 stars

3193 bookkeepers

5 Star
10%

10% of bookkeepers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of bookkeepers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of bookkeepers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of bookkeepers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of bookkeepers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars