Healthcare social 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, healthcare social workers rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy healthcare social 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
Executive assistant
Pharmacy technician
Medical secretary
Clinical nurse specialist
Healthcare social worker
Printing worker
Speech language pathologist
Mail superintendent

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

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

Are healthcare social workers happy with their salary?