Electricians 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, electricians rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy electricians 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
Auto repair technician
3.0
$47k
Construction manager
3.0
$99k
HVAC technician
3.0
$49k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$65k
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$60k
Electrician
3.0
$60k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$98k
Rotary drill operator
2.9
$56k
Stonemason
2.9
$48k
Boilermaker
2.9
$64k

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

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

Are electricians happy with their salary?

Electricians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.2/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most electricians having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked electricians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

1695 electricians

5 Star
15%

15% of electricians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of electricians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of electricians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of electricians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of electricians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do electricians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, electricians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. While most electricians aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked electricians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

1699 electricians

5 Star
11%

11% of electricians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of electricians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of electricians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of electricians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of electricians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as electricians?

Electricians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of electricians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked electricians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

1842 electricians

5 Star
25%

25% of electricians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of electricians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of electricians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of electricians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of electricians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an electrician’s work environment?

As a whole, electricians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked electricians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

1839 electricians

5 Star
18%

18% of electricians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of electricians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of electricians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of electricians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of electricians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are electricians making the best use of their abilities?

Former electricians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.0/5. Most electricians are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked electricians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

1846 electricians

5 Star
15%

15% of electricians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of electricians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of electricians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of electricians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of electricians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars