Firefighters 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, firefighters rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 16% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy firefighters 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
Embalmer
3.9
$48k
Hand sewer
3.9
$30k
Firefighter
3.8
$49k
Shoemaker
3.8
$30k
Make-Up artist
3.7
$67k

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

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

Are firefighters happy with their salary?