Lawn care specialists 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, lawn care specialists rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 16% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy lawn care specialists 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
Surveyor
2.8
$62k
Highway maintenance worker
2.8
$46k
Plumber
2.8
$60k
Pipelayer
2.8
$46k
Lawn care specialist
2.8
$38k
Rail transportation worker
2.8
$61k
Tile and marble setter
2.8
$48k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$80k
Sheet metal worker
2.7
$53k

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

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

Are lawn care specialists happy with their salary?

Lawn care specialists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most lawn care specialists having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked lawn care specialists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

328 lawn care specialists

5 Star
13%

13% of lawn care specialists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of lawn care specialists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of lawn care specialists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of lawn care specialists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of lawn care specialists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do lawn care specialists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, lawn care specialists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.3/5. The majority of lawn care specialists struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked lawn care specialists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.3 out of 5 stars

330 lawn care specialists

5 Star
5%

5% of lawn care specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
11%

11% of lawn care specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of lawn care specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
30%

30% of lawn care specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
29%

29% of lawn care specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as lawn care specialists?

Lawn care specialists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.5/5. The majority of lawn care specialists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked lawn care specialists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

353 lawn care specialists

5 Star
22%

22% of lawn care specialists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of lawn care specialists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of lawn care specialists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of lawn care specialists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of lawn care specialists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a lawn care specialist’s work environment?

As a whole, lawn care specialists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of lawn care specialists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a lawn care specialist.

We asked lawn care specialists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

350 lawn care specialists

5 Star
20%

20% of lawn care specialists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of lawn care specialists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of lawn care specialists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of lawn care specialists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of lawn care specialists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are lawn care specialists making the best use of their abilities?

Former lawn care specialists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.4/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a lawn care specialist.

We asked lawn care specialists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.4 out of 5 stars

348 lawn care specialists

5 Star
6%

6% of lawn care specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of lawn care specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of lawn care specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of lawn care specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
30%

30% of lawn care specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars