Machinists 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, machinists rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy machinists 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
Sheet metal worker
2.7
$49k
Meter reader
2.7
$42k
Brickmason
2.7
$48k
Tool and die maker
2.7
$54k
Mining machine operator
2.7
$55k
Machinist
2.7
$44k
Truck driver
2.7
$46k
Construction worker
2.7
$32k
Cargo and freight agent
2.7
$44k
Hazardous materials removal worker
2.6
$44k

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

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

Are machinists happy with their salary?