Financial analysts 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 analysts rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy financial analysts 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

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

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

Are financial analysts happy with their salary?