Carpenters 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, carpenters rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 36% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy carpenters 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
Building and construction inspector
3.1
$61k
Architect
3.1
$68k
Pipefitter
3.1
$54k
Crane operator
3.1
$57k
Carpenter
3.0
$39k
Cabinetmaker
3.0
$33k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$32k
Construction manager
3.0
$89k
HVAC technician
3.0
$40k

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

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

Are carpenters happy with their salary?