Detectives rate their happiness above average.

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, detectives rate their career happiness 3.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 24% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy detectives 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
Make-Up artist
3.7
$67k
Special agent
3.6
$83k
Detective
3.6
$83k
Sign language interpreter
3.6
$52k
Clergy
3.6
$51k
Wedding planner
3.6
$46k
Legislator
3.5
$29k

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

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

Are detectives happy with their salary?