Physical education teachers rate their happiness above average.

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, physical education teachers rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 32% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy physical education teachers 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
Fitness trainer
3.6
$41k
Principal
3.5
$98k
Golf pro
3.5
$36k
Personal trainer
3.5
$35k
Health educator
3.5
$61k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$72k
Fitness coordinator
3.5
$91k
Athletic trainer
3.3
$48k
Exercise physiologist
3.3
$48k
Teacher assistant
3.3
$24k

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

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

Are physical education teachers happy with their salary?

Physical education teachers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Physical education teachers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked physical education teachers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

249 physical education teachers

5 Star
10%

10% of physical education teachers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of physical education teachers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of physical education teachers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of physical education teachers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of physical education teachers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do physical education teachers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, physical education teachers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked physical education teachers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

252 physical education teachers

5 Star
22%

22% of physical education teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of physical education teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
33%

33% of physical education teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of physical education teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of physical education teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as physical education teachers?

Physical education teachers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of physical education teachers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked physical education teachers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

269 physical education teachers

5 Star
39%

39% of physical education teachers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of physical education teachers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of physical education teachers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
4%

4% of physical education teachers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of physical education teachers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a physical education teacher’s work environment?

As a whole, physical education teachers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of physical education teachers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a physical education teacher.

We asked physical education teachers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

270 physical education teachers

5 Star
29%

29% of physical education teachers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of physical education teachers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of physical education teachers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of physical education teachers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of physical education teachers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are physical education teachers making the best use of their abilities?

Former physical education teachers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.2/5. Most physical education teachers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked physical education teachers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

267 physical education teachers

5 Star
21%

21% of physical education teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of physical education teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of physical education teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of physical education teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of physical education teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars