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
Auto body repairer
3.0
$47k
Ship engineer
3.0
$82k
Power plant operator
3.0
$81k
Auto repair technician
3.0
$47k
Financial manager
3.0
$132k
Construction manager
3.0
$99k
HVAC technician
3.0
$49k
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$60k
Electrician
3.0
$60k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$98k

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?

Construction managers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most construction managers having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

991 construction managers

5 Star
15%

15% of construction managers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of construction managers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of construction managers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of construction managers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of construction managers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do construction managers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, construction managers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.7/5. While most construction managers aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.7 out of 5 stars

986 construction managers

5 Star
12%

12% of construction managers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of construction managers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

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

2 Star
26%

26% of construction managers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
21%

21% of construction managers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Construction managers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of construction managers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

1055 construction managers

5 Star
27%

27% of construction managers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of construction managers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of construction managers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of construction managers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of construction managers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a construction manager’s work environment?

As a whole, construction managers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of construction managers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a construction manager.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

1053 construction managers

5 Star
21%

21% of construction managers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of construction managers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of construction managers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of construction managers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of construction managers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are construction managers making the best use of their abilities?

Former construction managers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most construction managers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

1061 construction managers

5 Star
16%

16% of construction managers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

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

3 Star
27%

27% of construction managers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

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

1 Star
12%

12% of construction managers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars