Industrial engineers are below average when it comes to 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, industrial engineers rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 23% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy industrial engineers 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
Water engineer
3.0
$89k
Industrial engineering technician
2.9
$57k
Chemical engineer
2.9
$106k
Nuclear engineer
2.9
$106k
Environmental engineer
2.9
$89k
Industrial engineer
2.9
$86k
Power engineer
2.8
$62k
Sales engineer
2.8
$99k
Civil engineer
2.8
$76k
Product safety engineer
2.7
$91k

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

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

Are industrial engineers happy with their salary?