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
Glass blower
4.2
$38k
Sculptor
4.1
$30k
Cinematographer
4.1
$40k
Craft artist
4.0
$36k
Potter
4.0
$38k
Cartoonist
4.0
$30k
Costume designer
4.0
$26k
Games artist
3.9
$90k
Illustrator
3.9
$61k
Sewer
3.9
$30k

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?

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

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

355 cartoonists

5 Star
17%

17% of cartoonists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of cartoonists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of cartoonists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of cartoonists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
18%

18% of cartoonists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do cartoonists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, cartoonists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.9/5. Unlike many careers, cartoonists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become cartoonists.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

372 cartoonists

5 Star
42%

42% of cartoonists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of cartoonists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of cartoonists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of cartoonists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of cartoonists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Cartoonists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of cartoonists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.1 out of 5 stars

408 cartoonists

5 Star
46%

46% of cartoonists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of cartoonists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of cartoonists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
4%

4% of cartoonists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of cartoonists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a cartoonist’s work environment?

As a whole, cartoonists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.9/5. A solid majority of cartoonists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a cartoonist.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

399 cartoonists

5 Star
37%

37% of cartoonists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of cartoonists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of cartoonists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of cartoonists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of cartoonists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are cartoonists making the best use of their abilities?

Former cartoonists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.9/5. Most cartoonists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a cartoonist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

405 cartoonists

5 Star
39%

39% of cartoonists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of cartoonists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of cartoonists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of cartoonists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of cartoonists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars