CEOs 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, CEOs rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 9% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy CEOs 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
Chief executive
3.9
$180k

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

Are CEOs happy with their salary?