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
Quality control inspector
2.8
$48k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Sheet metal worker
2.7
$49k
Tool and die maker
2.7
$54k
Mining machine operator
2.7
$55k
Machinist
2.7
$44k
Glazier
2.6
$44k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$35k
Metal worker
2.5
$33k
Machine assembler
2.4
$39k

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?