Judges are one of the happiest 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, judges rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 9% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy judges 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
Judge
4.0
$137k
Special agent
3.6
$83k
Legislator
3.5
$29k

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

Are judges happy with their salary?