Sailors are below average when it comes to 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, sailors rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 26% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy sailors 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
Ship engineer
3.0
$82k
Infantry soldier
3.0
$31k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$65k
Rotary drill operator
2.9
$56k
Boilermaker
2.9
$64k
Sailor
2.9
$47k
Ironworker
2.9
$59k
Quarry rock splitter
2.9
$38k
Control center specialist
2.9
$37k
Artillery crew member
2.8
$35k

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

Are sailors happy with their salary?

Sailors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most sailors having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

436 sailors

5 Star
15%

15% of sailors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of sailors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of sailors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of sailors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of sailors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do sailors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, sailors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.9/5. While most sailors aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

437 sailors

5 Star
18%

18% of sailors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of sailors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of sailors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

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

1 Star
20%

20% of sailors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

462 sailors

5 Star
30%

30% of sailors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of sailors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of sailors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of sailors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of sailors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a sailor’s work environment?

As a whole, sailors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of sailors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a sailor.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

465 sailors

5 Star
24%

24% of sailors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of sailors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of sailors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of sailors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of sailors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are sailors making the best use of their abilities?

Former sailors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Sailors tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

466 sailors

5 Star
13%

13% of sailors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of sailors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of sailors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of sailors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
18%

18% of sailors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars