Metal workers 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, metal workers rate their career happiness 2.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 4% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy metal workers 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
Roofer
2.6
$47k
Butcher
2.6
$36k
Glazier
2.6
$47k
Exterminator
2.5
$38k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$38k
Metal worker
2.5
$36k
Machine assembler
2.4
$47k
Garbage collector
2.4
$38k
Vehicle cleaner
2.4
$29k
Petroleum pump system operator
2.3
$80k

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

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

Are metal workers happy with their salary?

Metal workers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.6/5. Metal workers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

78 metal workers

5 Star
4%

4% of metal workers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of metal workers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of metal workers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of metal workers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of metal workers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do metal workers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, metal workers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.1/5. The majority of metal workers struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

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

2.1 out of 5 stars

79 metal workers

5 Star
5%

5% of metal workers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of metal workers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of metal workers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of metal workers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
44%

44% of metal workers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Metal workers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 2.9/5. Few metal workers seem to find that their personalities work mesh well with their career.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

83 metal workers

5 Star
12%

12% of metal workers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of metal workers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of metal workers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of metal workers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of metal workers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a metal worker’s work environment?

As a whole, metal workers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 2.7/5. Few metal workers enjoy their work environment, which helps contribute to a lower overall satisfaction in the career.

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

2.7 out of 5 stars

82 metal workers

5 Star
11%

11% of metal workers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of metal workers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of metal workers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of metal workers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
28%

28% of metal workers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are metal workers making the best use of their abilities?

Former metal workers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.5/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a metal worker.

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

2.5 out of 5 stars

83 metal workers

5 Star
8%

8% of metal workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of metal workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of metal workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of metal workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
33%

33% of metal workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars