Film directors are one of the happiest 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, film directors rate their career happiness 4.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 1% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy film directors 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
Film director
4.3
$75k
Glass blower
4.2
$34k
Filmmaker
4.1
$71k

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

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

Are film directors happy with their salary?