Police officers are about average in terms of 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, police officers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 50% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy police officers 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
Painting, coating & decorating worker
3.2
$29k
Tailor
3.2
$32k
Transit police officer
3.2
$72k
Lifeguard
3.2
$21k
Police officer
3.2
$57k
Funeral director
3.2
$54k
Sheriff
3.2
$63k
Nail technician
3.1
$30k

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

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

Are police officers happy with their salary?