Sales engineers 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, sales engineers rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy sales engineers 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
Operations research analyst
2.9
$85k
Controller
2.9
$71k
Power engineer
2.8
$62k
Energy broker
2.8
$55k
Industrial production manager
2.8
$98k
Sales engineer
2.8
$99k
Risk management specialist
2.8
$70k
Civil engineer
2.8
$76k
Supply chain manager
2.8
$107k
Budget analyst
2.8
$76k

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

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

Are sales engineers happy with their salary?