Professors 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, professors rate their career happiness 3.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 25% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy professors 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
Professor
3.6
$65k
Clergy
3.6
$51k
Principal
3.5
$92k
Health educator
3.5
$53k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$63k

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

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

Are professors happy with their salary?