Ship captains rate their happiness above average.

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, ship captains rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 33% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy ship captains 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
Pilot
3.8
$147k
Commercial pilot
3.8
$88k
Ship captain
3.5
$72k
Air traffic controller
3.3
$115k
Flight attendant
3.3
$56k

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

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

Are ship captains happy with their salary?