Infantry soldiers 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, infantry soldiers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 30% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy infantry soldiers 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
Transit police officer
3.2
$72k
Police officer
3.2
$57k
Military tactical operations leader
3.2
$40k
Sheriff
3.2
$63k
Armored assault vehicle crew member
3.0
$35k
Infantry soldier
3.0
$31k
Sailor
2.9
$42k
Control center specialist
2.9
$37k
Artillery crew member
2.8
$35k

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

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

Are infantry soldiers happy with their salary?