Sales managers 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 managers rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 16% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy sales managers 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
Industrial production manager
2.8
$98k
Sales engineer
2.8
$99k
Pharmaceutical sales representative
2.8
$82k
Sales manager
2.8
$63k
Bank branch manager
2.8
$105k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$77k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Compensation and benefits manager
2.7
$115k

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

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

Are sales managers happy with their salary?