Pump operators are about average in terms of 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, pump operators rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 43% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy pump 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
Wind turbine services technician
3.2
$56k
Extraction worker
3.2
$38k
Mining and geological engineer
3.1
$97k
Radio mechanic
3.1
$60k
Welder
3.1
$47k
Pump operator
3.1
$50k
Locksmith
3.1
$47k
Building inspector
3.1
$62k
Solar thermal installer
3.1
$37k
Locomotive engineer
3.1
$80k

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

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

Are pump operators happy with their salary?

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

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

21 pump operators

5 Star
19%

19% of pump operators rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of pump operators rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of pump operators rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of pump operators rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of pump operators rated their compensation 1 stars

Do pump operators find their jobs meaningful?

On average, pump operators rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.3/5. While most pump operators aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.3 out of 5 stars

20 pump operators

5 Star
10%

10% of pump operators rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of pump operators rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
50%

50% of pump operators rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of pump operators rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

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

Pump operators rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of pump operators find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

23 pump operators

5 Star
30%

30% of pump operators rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of pump operators rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of pump operators rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of pump operators rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of pump operators rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a pump operator’s work environment?

As a whole, pump operators rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of pump operators enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a pump operator.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

23 pump operators

5 Star
30%

30% of pump operators rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of pump operators rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of pump operators rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of pump operators rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of pump operators rated their work environment 1 stars

Are pump operators making the best use of their abilities?

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

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

2.7 out of 5 stars

23 pump operators

5 Star
17%

17% of pump operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
9%

9% of pump operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

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

2 Star
26%

26% of pump operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of pump operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars