Marine biologists 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, marine biologists rate their career happiness 4.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 7% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy marine biologists 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
Zoologist
4.1
$63k
Animal breeder
4.0
$43k
Astronomer
4.0
$115k

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

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

Are marine biologists happy with their salary?