Neurologists 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, neurologists rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 9% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy neurologists 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
Neurosurgeon
4.1
N/A
Dermatologist
4.1
$201k
Pediatrician
4.0
$171k
Neurologist
4.0
$201k
Cytotechnologist
4.0
$61k
Anesthesiologist
4.0
N/A
Orthopaedic surgeon
3.8
N/A
Psychiatrist
3.8
N/A
Neuropsychologist
3.7
$103k

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

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

Are neurologists happy with their salary?

Neurologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.7/5. The majority of neurologists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

33 neurologists

5 Star
42%

42% of neurologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of neurologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
15%

15% of neurologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of neurologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of neurologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do neurologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, neurologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.8/5. Unlike many careers, neurologists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become neurologists.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

33 neurologists

5 Star
48%

48% of neurologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

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

3 Star
12%

12% of neurologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of neurologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of neurologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Neurologists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.2/5. The majority of neurologists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.2 out of 5 stars

41 neurologists

5 Star
54%

54% of neurologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of neurologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
12%

12% of neurologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of neurologists rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a neurologist’s work environment?

As a whole, neurologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.0/5. A solid majority of neurologists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a neurologist.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

38 neurologists

5 Star
45%

45% of neurologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of neurologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of neurologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of neurologists rated their work environment 2 stars

Are neurologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former neurologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 4.0/5. Most neurologists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a neurologist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

39 neurologists

5 Star
49%

49% of neurologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of neurologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of neurologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of neurologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of neurologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars