Models 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, models rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy models 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
Dancer
4.0
$39k
Model
3.8
$32k
Make-Up artist
3.7
$135k
Fashion designer
3.6
$77k

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

Are models happy with their salary?

Models rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. The majority of models are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

859 models

5 Star
27%

27% of models rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of models rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of models rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of models rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of models rated their compensation 1 stars

Do models find their jobs meaningful?

On average, models rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.2/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

879 models

5 Star
23%

23% of models rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of models rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of models rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of models rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of models rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Models rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of models find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

958 models

5 Star
40%

40% of models rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of models rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of models rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of models rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of models rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a model’s work environment?

As a whole, models rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of models enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a model.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

957 models

5 Star
34%

34% of models rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of models rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of models rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of models rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of models rated their work environment 1 stars

Are models making the best use of their abilities?

Former models on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most models are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

965 models

5 Star
21%

21% of models rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of models rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of models rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of models rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of models rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars