Magicians are one of the happiest 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, magicians rate their career happiness 4.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 5% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy magicians 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
Motivational speaker
4.3
$55k
Performer
4.2
$37k
Sculptor
4.1
$30k
Life coach
4.1
$47k

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

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

Are magicians happy with their salary?

Magicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most magicians having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

30 magicians

5 Star
20%

20% of magicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of magicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of magicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of magicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of magicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do magicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, magicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 4.0/5. Unlike many careers, magicians have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become magicians.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

30 magicians

5 Star
40%

40% of magicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of magicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of magicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of magicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of magicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Magicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.4/5. The majority of magicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.4 out of 5 stars

34 magicians

5 Star
50%

50% of magicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of magicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
15%

15% of magicians rated their career fit 3 stars

How enjoyable is a magician’s work environment?

As a whole, magicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.0/5. A solid majority of magicians enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a magician.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

34 magicians

5 Star
29%

29% of magicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
47%

47% of magicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of magicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of magicians rated their work environment 2 stars

Are magicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former magicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.9/5. Most magicians surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a magician, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

34 magicians

5 Star
35%

35% of magicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of magicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of magicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of magicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars