Cartoonists 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, cartoonists rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 10% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy cartoonists 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
Filmmaker
4.1
$71k
Craft artist
4.0
$37k
Potter
4.0
$34k
Illustrator
3.9
$48k

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

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

Are cartoonists happy with their salary?