Extraction workers are about average in terms of 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, extraction workers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 46% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy extraction workers 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
Agricultural engineer
3.2
$83k
Grain elevator worker
3.2
$36k
Marine engineer
3.2
$93k
Wind turbine services technician
3.2
$56k
Extraction worker
3.2
$38k
Mining and geological engineer
3.1
$97k
Radio mechanic
3.1
$60k
Welder
3.1
$47k
Pump operator
3.1
$50k

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

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

Are extraction workers happy with their salary?

Extraction workers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.9/5. The majority of extraction workers are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

46 extraction workers

5 Star
33%

33% of extraction workers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of extraction workers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of extraction workers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of extraction workers rated their compensation 2 stars

Do extraction workers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, extraction workers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.9/5. While most extraction workers aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

46 extraction workers

5 Star
15%

15% of extraction workers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of extraction workers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of extraction workers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of extraction workers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of extraction workers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Extraction workers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.3/5. The majority of extraction workers don’t see personality fit as a hinderence in their career.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

46 extraction workers

5 Star
15%

15% of extraction workers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of extraction workers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of extraction workers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of extraction workers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of extraction workers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an extraction worker’s work environment?

As a whole, extraction workers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.1/5. Some extraction workers are happy with their work environment, but it does not seem to be a meaningful contributer to career satisfaction for most.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

46 extraction workers

5 Star
15%

15% of extraction workers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of extraction workers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of extraction workers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
35%

35% of extraction workers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of extraction workers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are extraction workers making the best use of their abilities?

Former extraction workers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Extraction workers tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

46 extraction workers

5 Star
11%

11% of extraction workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of extraction workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of extraction workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of extraction workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of extraction workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars