Postal service workers 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, postal service workers rate their career happiness 2.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 3% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy postal service workers 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
Underwriter
2.5
$68k
Teller
2.5
$29k
Host and hostess
2.5
$22k
Correctional officer
2.4
$42k
Food server
2.4
$27k
Postal service worker
2.4
$39k
Garbage collector
2.4
$38k
Vehicle cleaner
2.4
$26k
Postal service clerk
2.3
$44k
Customer service representative
2.3
$29k

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

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

Are postal service workers happy with their salary?