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
Tool and die maker
2.7
$54k
Mining machine operator
2.7
$55k
Machinist
2.7
$44k
Glazier
2.6
$44k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$35k
Metal worker
2.5
$33k
Machine assembler
2.4
$39k
Petroleum pump system operator
2.3
$74k
Drill press operator
2.3
$39k
Molding and casting worker
2.3
$34k

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?