Nurses 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, nurses rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 13% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy nurses 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
Clinical nurse specialist
2.8
$73k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$57k
Speech language pathologist
2.7
$82k
Registered nurse
2.7
$66k
Nuclear medicine technologist
2.7
$78k
Pharmacist
2.7
$128k

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

Are nurses happy with their salary?