Economists 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, economists rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 36% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy economists 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
Political scientist
Intelligence analyst

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

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

Are economists happy with their salary?