Mayors 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, mayors rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy mayors 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
Judge
4.0
$148k
Legislator
3.5
$37k
Arbitrator
3.5
$49k
Lobbyist
3.4
$50k
Political scientist
3.4
$123k
Economist
3.1
$106k

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

Are mayors happy with their salary?

Mayors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.1/5. Mayors tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

13 mayors

5 Star
38%

38% of mayors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
8%

8% of mayors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
38%

38% of mayors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of mayors rated their compensation 2 stars

Do mayors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, mayors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 4.2/5. Unlike many careers, mayors have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become mayors.

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

4.2 out of 5 stars

13 mayors

5 Star
46%

46% of mayors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of mayors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of mayors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

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

Mayors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of mayors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.1 out of 5 stars

14 mayors

5 Star
36%

36% of mayors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
43%

43% of mayors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of mayors rated their career fit 3 stars

How enjoyable is a mayor’s work environment?

As a whole, mayors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.9/5. A solid majority of mayors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a mayor.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

14 mayors

5 Star
43%

43% of mayors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of mayors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of mayors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of mayors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of mayors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are mayors making the best use of their abilities?

Former mayors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 4.0/5. Most mayors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a mayor, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

14 mayors

5 Star
43%

43% of mayors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

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

3 Star
14%

14% of mayors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of mayors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars