Concierges are one of the least happy 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, concierges rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy concierges 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
Lodging manager
2.9
$59k
Street vendor
2.9
$29k
Merchandiser
2.9
$32k
Energy broker
2.8
$55k
Concierge
2.8
$35k
Highway maintenance worker
2.8
$46k
Executive assistant
2.8
$62k
Printing worker
2.8
$38k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$80k

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

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

Are concierges happy with their salary?

Concierges rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.6/5. Concierges tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

751 concierges

5 Star
5%

5% of concierges rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of concierges rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of concierges rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of concierges rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of concierges rated their compensation 1 stars

Do concierges find their jobs meaningful?

On average, concierges rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.2/5. The majority of concierges struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

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

2.2 out of 5 stars

754 concierges

5 Star
4%

4% of concierges rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
10%

10% of concierges rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of concierges rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of concierges rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
35%

35% of concierges rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Concierges rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of concierges find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

821 concierges

5 Star
35%

35% of concierges rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of concierges rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of concierges rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of concierges rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of concierges rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a concierge’s work environment?

As a whole, concierges rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

823 concierges

5 Star
17%

17% of concierges rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of concierges rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of concierges rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of concierges rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of concierges rated their work environment 1 stars

Are concierges making the best use of their abilities?

Former concierges on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.5/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a concierge.

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

2.5 out of 5 stars

819 concierges

5 Star
9%

9% of concierges rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
14%

14% of concierges rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

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

2 Star
28%

28% of concierges rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
25%

25% of concierges rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars