Golf course superintendents are about average in terms of happiness.

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, golf course superintendents rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 47% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy golf course superintendents 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
Range manager
3.5
$63k
Soil and plant scientist
3.4
$63k
Forester
3.4
$62k
Arborist
3.1
$39k
Landscape architect
3.1
$70k
Irrigation technician
3.1
$30k
Nursery worker
3.1
$23k

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

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

Are golf course superintendents happy with their salary?