Recruiters 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, recruiters rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 13% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy recruiters 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
Executive assistant
2.8
$48k
Medical secretary
2.8
$27k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$57k
Printing worker
2.8
$35k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$77k
Recruiter
2.7
$55k
Meter reader
2.7
$42k
Substance abuse social worker
2.7
$47k
Switchboard operator
2.7
$31k

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

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

Are recruiters happy with their salary?