Lawyers 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, lawyers rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 7% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy lawyers 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
Probation officer
2.9
$55k
Customs inspector
2.9
$83k
Legal secretary
2.7
$36k
Paralegal
2.7
$43k
Lawyer
2.6
$120k
Security guard
2.6
$27k
Correctional officer
2.4
$42k

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

Are lawyers happy with their salary?