Security engineers 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, security engineers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 48% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy security 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
Distance learning coordinator
3.2
$85k
Desktop publisher
3.2
$45k
Audio and video equipment technician
3.2
$46k

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

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

Are security engineers happy with their salary?