Mechanical engineers are below average when it comes to happiness.

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, mechanical engineers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 33% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy mechanical engineers 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
Petroleum engineer
3.1
$138k
Locomotive engineer
3.1
$67k
Engineer
3.1
$78k
Electrical engineer
3.1
$97k
Mechanical engineer
3.0
$72k
Ship engineer
3.0
$75k
Water engineer
3.0
$89k
Industrial engineering technician
2.9
$57k
Chemical engineer
2.9
$106k

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

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

Are mechanical engineers happy with their salary?