Scientists are about average in terms of 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, scientists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 46% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy scientists 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
Biostatistician
3.3
$91k
Biochemist
3.3
$87k
Geodesist
3.3
$63k
Geologist
3.3
$92k
Scientist
3.3
$70k
Geographer
3.2
$82k
Bioinformatics scientist
3.2
$82k
Archivist
3.2
$54k
Soil and water conservationist
3.2
$63k

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

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

Are scientists happy with their salary?