Librarians are about average in terms of 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, librarians rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 46% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy librarians 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
Drug & alcohol counselor
3.3
$32k
Teacher assistant
3.3
$24k
Library assistant
3.3
$24k
Aesthetician
3.3
$30k
Computer repair technician
3.3
$47k
Librarian
3.3
$59k
Nanny
3.3
$26k
Painting, coating & decorating worker
3.2
$29k
Tailor
3.2
$31k
Music teacher
3.2
$69k

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

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

Are librarians happy with their salary?

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