Pipefitters are below average when it comes to 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, pipefitters rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 39% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy pipefitters 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
Plasterer
3.3
$45k
Building and construction inspector
3.1
$61k
Architect
3.1
$68k
Pipefitter
3.1
$54k
Crane operator
3.1
$57k
Carpenter
3.0
$39k
Cabinetmaker
3.0
$33k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$32k

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

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

Are pipefitters happy with their salary?