Landscapers 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, landscapers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 31% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy landscapers 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
Irrigation technician
3.1
$34k
Upholsterer
3.1
$37k
Nursery worker
3.1
$30k
Amusement attendant
3.0
$24k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$37k
Landscaper
3.0
$49k
Grounds maintenance worker
3.0
$34k
Barista
2.9
$25k
Maintenance worker
2.9
$43k
Street vendor
2.9
$29k

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

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

Are landscapers happy with their salary?

Landscapers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Landscapers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked landscapers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

1817 landscapers

5 Star
11%

11% of landscapers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of landscapers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of landscapers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of landscapers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of landscapers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do landscapers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, landscapers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.5/5. The majority of landscapers struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked landscapers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

1821 landscapers

5 Star
8%

8% of landscapers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of landscapers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of landscapers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of landscapers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
26%

26% of landscapers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as landscapers?

Landscapers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of landscapers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked landscapers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

1944 landscapers

5 Star
25%

25% of landscapers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of landscapers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of landscapers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of landscapers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of landscapers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a landscaper’s work environment?

As a whole, landscapers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of landscapers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a landscaper.

We asked landscapers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

1946 landscapers

5 Star
23%

23% of landscapers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of landscapers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of landscapers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of landscapers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of landscapers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are landscapers making the best use of their abilities?

Former landscapers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Landscapers tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked landscapers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

1954 landscapers

5 Star
11%

11% of landscapers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of landscapers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of landscapers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of landscapers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of landscapers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars