Cabinetmakers 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, cabinetmakers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 35% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy cabinetmakers 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
Crane operator
3.1
$62k
Upholsterer
3.1
$37k
Millwright
3.1
$60k
Freight and cargo inspector
3.1
$80k
Carpenter
3.0
$48k
Cabinetmaker
3.0
$38k
Metal caster
3.0
$46k
Auto body repairer
3.0
$47k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$37k
Auto repair technician
3.0
$47k

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

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

Are cabinetmakers happy with their salary?

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

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

287 cabinetmakers

5 Star
10%

10% of cabinetmakers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of cabinetmakers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of cabinetmakers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of cabinetmakers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of cabinetmakers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do cabinetmakers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, cabinetmakers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. While most cabinetmakers aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

288 cabinetmakers

5 Star
9%

9% of cabinetmakers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of cabinetmakers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

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

2 Star
24%

24% of cabinetmakers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
25%

25% of cabinetmakers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Cabinetmakers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of cabinetmakers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

310 cabinetmakers

5 Star
23%

23% of cabinetmakers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of cabinetmakers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of cabinetmakers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of cabinetmakers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of cabinetmakers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a cabinetmaker’s work environment?

As a whole, cabinetmakers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of cabinetmakers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a cabinetmaker.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

309 cabinetmakers

5 Star
20%

20% of cabinetmakers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of cabinetmakers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of cabinetmakers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of cabinetmakers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of cabinetmakers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are cabinetmakers making the best use of their abilities?

Former cabinetmakers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Cabinetmakers tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

310 cabinetmakers

5 Star
15%

15% of cabinetmakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

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

3 Star
25%

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

2 Star
22%

22% of cabinetmakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of cabinetmakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars