Technical artists 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, technical artists rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 15% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy technical artists 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
Cartoonist
4.0
$30k
Games artist
3.9
$90k
Illustrator
3.9
$61k
Audio engineer
3.9
$60k
Recording engineer
3.9
$34k
Live sound engineer
3.8
$31k
Computer hardware engineer
3.5
$128k

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

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

Are technical artists happy with their salary?

Technical artists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most technical artists having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

54 technical artists

5 Star
26%

26% of technical artists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of technical artists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of technical artists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of technical artists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of technical artists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do technical artists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, technical artists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

55 technical artists

5 Star
22%

22% of technical artists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of technical artists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of technical artists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of technical artists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of technical artists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Technical artists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of technical artists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

56 technical artists

5 Star
30%

30% of technical artists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of technical artists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of technical artists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of technical artists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of technical artists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a technical artist’s work environment?

As a whole, technical artists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of technical artists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a technical artist.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

55 technical artists

5 Star
24%

24% of technical artists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
47%

47% of technical artists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of technical artists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
2%

2% of technical artists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of technical artists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are technical artists making the best use of their abilities?

Former technical artists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most technical artists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a technical artist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

55 technical artists

5 Star
27%

27% of technical artists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of technical artists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of technical artists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of technical artists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of technical artists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars