Journalists rate their happiness above average.

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, journalists rate their career happiness 3.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 35% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy journalists 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
Author
4.1
$45k
Television writer
4.0
$62k
Photojournalist
4.0
$36k
Blogger
3.8
$26k
News anchor
3.7
$67k
Journalist
3.4
$37k
Editor
3.4
$54k
News reporter
3.2
$27k
Proofreader
3.1
$43k

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

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

Are journalists happy with their salary?