Games artists 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, games artists rate their career happiness 3.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy games artists 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
Video game level editor
4.3
$90k
Video game designer
4.2
$90k
Video game producer
4.1
$90k
Cartoonist
4.0
$30k
Games artist
3.9
$90k
Illustrator
3.9
$48k
Recording engineer
3.9
$34k
Art director
3.8
$89k

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

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

Are games artists happy with their salary?