Insurance sales agents 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, insurance sales agents rate their career happiness 2.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 2% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy insurance sales agents 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
Vehicle cleaner
2.4
$26k
Postal service clerk
2.3
$44k
Customer service representative
2.3
$29k
Retail salesperson
2.3
$23k
Insurance sales agent
2.3
$43k
Housekeeping cleaner
2.3
$25k
Janitor
2.2
$25k
Cashier
2.2
$21k

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

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

Are insurance sales agents happy with their salary?