Lobbyists rate their happiness above average.

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, lobbyists rate their career happiness 3.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 36% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy lobbyists 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
Legislator
3.5
$37k
Arbitrator
3.5
$49k
Hearing officer
3.5
$103k
Lobbyist
3.4
$50k
Political scientist
3.4
$123k
Intelligence analyst
3.2
$84k
Economist
3.1
$106k
Public relations specialist
3.0
$63k

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

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

Are lobbyists happy with their salary?

Lobbyists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. The majority of lobbyists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

166 lobbyists

5 Star
19%

19% of lobbyists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of lobbyists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of lobbyists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of lobbyists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of lobbyists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do lobbyists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, lobbyists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Unlike many careers, lobbyists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become lobbyists.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

171 lobbyists

5 Star
24%

24% of lobbyists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of lobbyists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of lobbyists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of lobbyists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of lobbyists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Lobbyists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of lobbyists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

171 lobbyists

5 Star
31%

31% of lobbyists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of lobbyists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of lobbyists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of lobbyists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of lobbyists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a lobbyist’s work environment?

As a whole, lobbyists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of lobbyists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a lobbyist.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

170 lobbyists

5 Star
25%

25% of lobbyists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of lobbyists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of lobbyists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of lobbyists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of lobbyists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are lobbyists making the best use of their abilities?

Former lobbyists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most lobbyists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a lobbyist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

171 lobbyists

5 Star
23%

23% of lobbyists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of lobbyists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of lobbyists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of lobbyists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of lobbyists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars