Power plant operators 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, power plant operators rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 31% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy power plant operators 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
Logging worker
3.1
$42k
Millwright
3.1
$56k
Avionics technician
3.0
$54k
Metal caster
3.0
$39k
Auto body repairer
3.0
$40k
Power plant operator
3.0
$82k
Automotive service technician
3.0
$40k
Sewing machine operator
3.0
$26k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$49k
Industrial machinery mechanic
3.0
$54k

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

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

Are power plant operators happy with their salary?