Hazardous materials removal workers 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, hazardous materials removal workers rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 9% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy hazardous materials removal workers 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
Meter reader
2.7
$42k
Substance abuse social worker
2.7
$47k
Switchboard operator
2.7
$31k
Courier
2.7
$32k
Delivery service driver
2.6
$31k
Hazardous materials removal worker
2.6
$44k
Administrative assistant
2.6
$32k
Security guard
2.6
$27k
Receptionist
2.6
$26k
Office clerk
2.6
$29k

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

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

Are hazardous materials removal workers happy with their salary?