Cryptanalysts 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, cryptanalysts rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 15% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy cryptanalysts 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
Quality assurance analyst
2.8
$41k
Energy broker
2.8
$55k
Database administrator
2.8
$83k
Civil engineer
2.8
$76k
Budget analyst
2.8
$76k
IT support specialist
2.8
$49k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Nuclear medicine technologist
2.7
$78k
Shipping/Receiving clerk
2.4
$31k

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

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

Are cryptanalysts happy with their salary?