Software 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, software engineers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 46% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy software 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
Front-End developer
3.3
$51k
Computer programmer
3.2
$85k
Network administrator
3.2
$47k
IT security consultant
3.2
$60k
Security engineer
3.2
$74k
Software engineer
3.2
$93k
Audio and video equipment technician
3.2
$46k
Statistician
3.2
$91k
IT manager
3.1
$79k

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

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

Are software engineers happy with their salary?