Construction managers are below average when it comes to 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, construction managers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 30% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy construction managers 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
Carpenter
3.0
$39k
Cabinetmaker
3.0
$33k
Health services manager
3.0
$100k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$32k
Financial manager
3.0
$114k
Construction manager
3.0
$89k
HVAC technician
3.0
$40k
Electrician
3.0
$40k
Stonemason
2.9
$43k

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

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

Are construction managers happy with their salary?