Taxi drivers are one of the least happy 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, taxi drivers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy taxi drivers 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
Highway maintenance worker
2.8
$41k
Rail transportation worker
2.8
$49k
Transportation planner
2.8
$78k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Truck driver
2.7
$46k
Courier
2.7
$32k
Cargo and freight agent
2.7
$44k
Delivery service driver
2.6
$31k

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

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

Are taxi drivers happy with their salary?