Construction workers 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, construction workers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 9% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy construction workers 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
Plumber
2.8
$51k
Pipelayer
2.8
$39k
Tile and marble setter
2.8
$43k
Construction painter
2.7
$35k
Brickmason
2.7
$48k
Construction worker
2.7
$32k
Drywall and ceiling tile installer
2.6
$41k
Roofer
2.6
$37k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$35k

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

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

Are construction workers happy with their salary?