Music therapists are about average in terms of 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, music therapists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 48% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy music therapists 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
Massage therapist
3.4
$46k
Recreational therapist
3.4
$50k
Music teacher
3.2
$59k
Music therapist
3.2
$48k
Chiropractor
3.1
$70k

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

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

Are music therapists happy with their salary?