Conductors rate their happiness above average.

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, conductors rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 28% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy conductors 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
Talent director
3.6
$79k
Music business manager
3.6
$32k
Conductor
3.5
$49k
Piano tuner
3.5
$37k
Costume attendant
3.4
$48k

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

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

Are conductors happy with their salary?

Conductors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Conductors tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

123 conductors

5 Star
18%

18% of conductors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of conductors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of conductors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of conductors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of conductors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do conductors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, conductors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.5/5. Unlike many careers, conductors have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become conductors.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

125 conductors

5 Star
29%

29% of conductors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of conductors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of conductors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of conductors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of conductors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

134 conductors

5 Star
38%

38% of conductors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of conductors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of conductors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of conductors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of conductors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a conductor’s work environment?

As a whole, conductors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of conductors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a conductor.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

138 conductors

5 Star
31%

31% of conductors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of conductors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of conductors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of conductors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of conductors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are conductors making the best use of their abilities?

Former conductors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.6/5. Most conductors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a conductor, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

134 conductors

5 Star
31%

31% of conductors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of conductors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of conductors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of conductors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of conductors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars