Drywall and ceiling tile installers 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, drywall and ceiling tile installers rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 7% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy drywall and ceiling tile installers 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
Marine electrician
2.8
$61k
Tile and marble setter
2.7
$33k
Brickmason
2.7
$38k
Construction painter
2.7
$29k
Construction worker
2.7
$28k
Drywall and ceiling tile installer
2.6
$31k
Roofer
2.6
$31k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$29k

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

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

Are drywall and ceiling tile installers happy with their salary?

Drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.1/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most drywall and ceiling tile installers having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked drywall and ceiling tile installers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

5 Star
12%

12% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do drywall and ceiling tile installers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, drywall and ceiling tile installers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.3/5. The majority of drywall and ceiling tile installers struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked drywall and ceiling tile installers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.3 out of 5 stars

5 Star
9%

9% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
11%

11% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
37%

37% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as drywall and ceiling tile installers?

Drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.3/5. The majority of drywall and ceiling tile installers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked drywall and ceiling tile installers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

5 Star
22%

22% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a drywall and ceiling tile installer’s work environment?

As a whole, drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.0/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked drywall and ceiling tile installers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

5 Star
18%

18% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are drywall and ceiling tile installers making the best use of their abilities?

Former drywall and ceiling tile installers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.5/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a drywall and ceiling tile installer.

We asked drywall and ceiling tile installers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

5 Star
10%

10% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
32%

32% of drywall and ceiling tile installers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars