Shoemakers are one of the happiest 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, shoemakers rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 16% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy shoemakers 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
Glass blower
4.2
$38k
Sewer
3.9
$30k
Ski patroller
3.9
$29k
Shoemaker
3.8
$31k
Luthier
3.7
$31k
Seamstress
3.7
$26k
Gem worker
3.7
$47k
Tour guide
3.6
$24k

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

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

Are shoemakers happy with their salary?

Shoemakers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.5/5. Most shoemakers do not feel that their salaries adequately reflect their work, and are actively unhappy with their income.

We asked shoemakers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

16 shoemakers

5 Star
6%

6% of shoemakers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of shoemakers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of shoemakers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of shoemakers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
25%

25% of shoemakers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do shoemakers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, shoemakers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Unlike many careers, shoemakers have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become shoemakers.

We asked shoemakers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

18 shoemakers

5 Star
28%

28% of shoemakers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of shoemakers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
6%

6% of shoemakers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
33%

33% of shoemakers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of shoemakers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as shoemakers?

Shoemakers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.2/5. The majority of shoemakers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked shoemakers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

19 shoemakers

5 Star
47%

47% of shoemakers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of shoemakers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of shoemakers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of shoemakers rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a shoemaker’s work environment?

As a whole, shoemakers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of shoemakers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a shoemaker.

We asked shoemakers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

20 shoemakers

5 Star
25%

25% of shoemakers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of shoemakers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of shoemakers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of shoemakers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of shoemakers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are shoemakers making the best use of their abilities?

Former shoemakers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Shoemakers tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked shoemakers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

20 shoemakers

5 Star
35%

35% of shoemakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
10%

10% of shoemakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of shoemakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
35%

35% of shoemakers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars