Power engineers 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, power engineers rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy power engineers 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
Industrial engineering technician
2.9
$57k
Chemical engineer
2.9
$106k
Nuclear engineer
2.9
$106k
Environmental engineer
2.9
$89k
Industrial engineer
2.9
$86k
Power engineer
2.8
$62k
Sales engineer
2.8
$99k
Civil engineer
2.8
$76k
Product safety engineer
2.7
$91k

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

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

Are power engineers happy with their salary?