Psychologists 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, psychologists rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 32% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy psychologists 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 organizational psychologist
3.9
$105k
Psychiatrist
3.8
N/A
Neuropsychologist
3.7
$103k
Counseling psychologist
3.6
$80k
Psychologist
3.5
$56k
Clinical psychologist
3.3
$80k
Mental health counselor
3.1
$36k
School psychologist
3.0
$80k

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

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

Are psychologists happy with their salary?

Psychologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.1/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most psychologists having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

995 psychologists

5 Star
17%

17% of psychologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of psychologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of psychologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of psychologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of psychologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do psychologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, psychologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.6/5. Unlike many careers, psychologists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become psychologists.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

1045 psychologists

5 Star
29%

29% of psychologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of psychologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of psychologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
12%

12% of psychologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of psychologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Psychologists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of psychologists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

1168 psychologists

5 Star
32%

32% of psychologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
39%

39% of psychologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of psychologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of psychologists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of psychologists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a psychologist’s work environment?

As a whole, psychologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of psychologists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a psychologist.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

1125 psychologists

5 Star
23%

23% of psychologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of psychologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of psychologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of psychologists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of psychologists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are psychologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former psychologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most psychologists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a psychologist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

1132 psychologists

5 Star
24%

24% of psychologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of psychologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of psychologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of psychologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of psychologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars