Coroners are one of the happiest 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, coroners rate their career happiness 4.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 6% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy coroners 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
Surgeon
4.3
N/A
Gynecologist
4.2
N/A
Ophthalmologist
4.1
$201k
Coroner
4.1
$72k
Neurosurgeon
4.1
N/A
Dermatologist
4.1
$201k
Pediatrician
4.0
$171k

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

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

Coroners rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.7/5. The majority of coroners find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.7 out of 5 stars

10 coroners

5 Star
70%

70% of coroners rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of coroners rated their career fit 4 stars

How enjoyable is a coroner’s work environment?

As a whole, coroners rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.2/5. A solid majority of coroners enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a coroner.

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

4.2 out of 5 stars

10 coroners

5 Star
50%

50% of coroners rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of coroners rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
10%

10% of coroners rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of coroners rated their work environment 2 stars

Are coroners making the best use of their abilities?

Former coroners on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 4.4/5. Most coroners surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a coroner, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

4.4 out of 5 stars

10 coroners

5 Star
60%

60% of coroners rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of coroners rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of coroners rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars