Electrical engineers 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, electrical engineers rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 40% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy electrical engineers 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
Petroleum engineer
3.1
$138k
Locomotive engineer
3.1
$67k
Engineer
3.1
$78k
Electrical engineer
3.1
$97k

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

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

Are electrical engineers happy with their salary?