Printing 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, printing workers rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy printing 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
Travel agent
3.0
$44k
Landscaper
3.0
$49k
Sewing machine operator
3.0
$30k
Barista
2.9
$25k
Concierge
2.8
$35k
Printing worker
2.8
$38k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$80k
Meter reader
2.7
$46k
Switchboard operator
2.7
$30k
Courier
2.7
$33k

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

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

Are printing workers happy with their salary?

Printing workers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Printing workers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked printing workers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

437 printing workers

5 Star
6%

6% of printing workers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of printing workers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of printing workers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of printing workers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of printing workers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do printing workers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, printing workers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.3/5. The majority of printing workers struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked printing workers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.3 out of 5 stars

438 printing workers

5 Star
5%

5% of printing workers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
10%

10% of printing workers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of printing workers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of printing workers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
32%

32% of printing workers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as printing workers?

Printing workers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of printing workers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked printing workers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

476 printing workers

5 Star
26%

26% of printing workers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of printing workers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of printing workers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of printing workers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of printing workers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a printing worker’s work environment?

As a whole, printing workers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.2/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked printing workers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

475 printing workers

5 Star
17%

17% of printing workers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of printing workers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of printing workers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of printing workers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of printing workers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are printing workers making the best use of their abilities?

Former printing workers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Printing workers tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked printing workers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

474 printing workers

5 Star
12%

12% of printing workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of printing workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of printing workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of printing workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
23%

23% of printing workers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars