Curators 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, curators rate their career happiness 3.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy curators 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
Embalmer
3.9
$48k
Industrial organizational psychologist
3.9
$93k
Humanitarian
3.8
$35k
Neuropsychologist
3.7
$102k
Curator
3.7
$53k
Anthropologist
3.7
$64k
Archaeologist
3.6
$64k
Historian
3.6
$64k

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

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

Are curators happy with their salary?