Ironworkers 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, ironworkers rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 25% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy ironworkers 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
Oil and gas rotary drill operator
2.9
$55k
Stonemason
2.9
$43k
Boilermaker
2.9
$63k
Sailor
2.9
$42k
Ironworker
2.9
$55k
Quarry rock splitter
2.9
$36k
Maintenance worker
2.9
$39k
Water treatment plant operator
2.9
$48k
Cement mason
2.9
$45k
Surveyor
2.8
$63k

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

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

Are ironworkers happy with their salary?