Financial advisors are one of the least happy 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, financial advisors rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 10% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy financial advisors 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
Budget analyst
2.8
$76k
Bank branch manager
2.8
$105k
Bookkeeper
2.7
$37k
Securities and commodities broker
2.7
$62k
Financial advisor
2.7
$81k
Cost estimator
2.7
$59k
Revenue agent
2.7
$54k
Tax preparer
2.7
$46k

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

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

Are financial advisors happy with their salary?