Illustrators 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, illustrators rate their career happiness 3.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 12% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy illustrators 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
Potter
4.0
$34k
Illustrator
3.9
$48k
Photographer
3.9
$38k
Hand sewer
3.9
$30k
Calligrapher
3.8
$64k

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

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

Are illustrators happy with their salary?