Petroleum pump system operators 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, petroleum pump system operators rate their career happiness 2.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 3% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy petroleum pump system operators 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
Glazier
2.6
$47k
Exterminator
2.5
$38k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$38k
Metal worker
2.5
$36k
Machine assembler
2.4
$47k
Petroleum pump system operator
2.3
$80k
Drill press operator
2.3
$39k
Molding and casting worker
2.3
$38k
Dyeing machine operator
2.2
$30k

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

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

Are petroleum pump system operators happy with their salary?

Petroleum pump system operators rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. The majority of petroleum pump system operators are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked petroleum pump system operators how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

21 petroleum pump system operators

5 Star
24%

24% of petroleum pump system operators rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of petroleum pump system operators rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of petroleum pump system operators rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of petroleum pump system operators rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of petroleum pump system operators rated their compensation 1 stars

Do petroleum pump system operators find their jobs meaningful?

On average, petroleum pump system operators rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.1/5. While most petroleum pump system operators aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked petroleum pump system operators how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.1 out of 5 stars

21 petroleum pump system operators

5 Star
14%

14% of petroleum pump system operators rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of petroleum pump system operators rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of petroleum pump system operators rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
38%

38% of petroleum pump system operators rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as petroleum pump system operators?

Petroleum pump system operators rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of petroleum pump system operators find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked petroleum pump system operators how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

22 petroleum pump system operators

5 Star
18%

18% of petroleum pump system operators rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
50%

50% of petroleum pump system operators rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of petroleum pump system operators rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of petroleum pump system operators rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a petroleum pump system operator’s work environment?

As a whole, petroleum pump system operators rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of petroleum pump system operators enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a petroleum pump system operator.

We asked petroleum pump system operators how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

21 petroleum pump system operators

5 Star
14%

14% of petroleum pump system operators rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of petroleum pump system operators rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of petroleum pump system operators rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of petroleum pump system operators rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of petroleum pump system operators rated their work environment 1 stars

Are petroleum pump system operators making the best use of their abilities?

Former petroleum pump system operators on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.5/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a petroleum pump system operator.

We asked petroleum pump system operators how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

22 petroleum pump system operators

5 Star
9%

9% of petroleum pump system operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of petroleum pump system operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of petroleum pump system operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of petroleum pump system operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
27%

27% of petroleum pump system operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars