Private detectives rate their happiness above average.

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, private detectives rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy private detectives 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
Detective
3.6
$83k
American sign language interpreter
3.6
$52k
Clergy
3.6
$51k
Wedding planner
3.6
$46k
Event planner
3.5
$42k
Private detective
3.5
$51k
Interior designer
3.5
$53k
Florist
3.5
$27k
Arbitrator
3.5
$64k

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

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

Are private detectives happy with their salary?