Crane operators 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, crane operators rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 39% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy crane operators 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
Plasterer
3.3
$45k
Building and construction inspector
3.1
$61k
Architect
3.1
$68k
Pipefitter
3.1
$54k
Crane operator
3.1
$57k
Carpenter
3.0
$39k
Cabinetmaker
3.0
$33k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$32k
Construction manager
3.0
$89k

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

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

Are crane operators happy with their salary?