Retail salespeople 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, retail salespeople rate their career happiness 2.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 2% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy retail salespeople 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
Garbage collector
2.4
$38k
Vehicle cleaner
2.4
$26k
Postal service clerk
2.3
$44k
Customer service representative
2.3
$29k
Retail salesperson
2.3
$23k
Insurance sales agent
2.3
$43k
Housekeeping cleaner
2.3
$25k
Janitor
2.2
$25k

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

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

Are retail salespeople happy with their salary?