Chiropractors are about average in terms of 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, chiropractors rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 44% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy chiropractors 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
Family practitioner
3.4
$199k
Kinesiologist
3.3
$31k
Internist
3.3
$193k
Music therapist
3.3
$48k
Chiropractor
3.2
$69k
Dentist
3.1
$151k
Immunologist
3.0
$32k
Pathologist
3.0
N/A

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

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

Are chiropractors happy with their salary?

Chiropractors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.2/5. Most chiropractors do not feel that their salaries adequately reflect their work, and are actively unhappy with their income.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

5 Star
4%

4% of chiropractors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of chiropractors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of chiropractors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
35%

35% of chiropractors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of chiropractors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do chiropractors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, chiropractors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

5 Star
21%

21% of chiropractors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of chiropractors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

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

2 Star
21%

21% of chiropractors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of chiropractors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Chiropractors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of chiropractors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

5 Star
35%

35% of chiropractors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of chiropractors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of chiropractors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of chiropractors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of chiropractors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a chiropractor’s work environment?

As a whole, chiropractors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of chiropractors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a chiropractor.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

5 Star
30%

30% of chiropractors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of chiropractors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of chiropractors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of chiropractors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of chiropractors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are chiropractors making the best use of their abilities?

Former chiropractors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.3/5. Most chiropractors are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

5 Star
21%

21% of chiropractors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of chiropractors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of chiropractors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of chiropractors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of chiropractors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars