Tile and marble setters 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, tile and marble setters rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy tile and marble setters 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
$46k
Plumber
2.8
$60k
Pipelayer
2.8
$46k
Lawn care specialist
2.8
$38k
Rail transportation worker
2.8
$61k
Tile and marble setter
2.8
$48k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$80k
Sheet metal worker
2.7
$53k
Painter
2.7
$46k
Meter reader
2.7
$46k

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

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

Are tile and marble setters happy with their salary?

Tile and marble setters rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.1/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most tile and marble setters having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked tile and marble setters how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

141 tile and marble setters

5 Star
13%

13% of tile and marble setters rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of tile and marble setters rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of tile and marble setters rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of tile and marble setters rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of tile and marble setters rated their compensation 1 stars

Do tile and marble setters find their jobs meaningful?

On average, tile and marble setters rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.4/5. The majority of tile and marble setters struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked tile and marble setters how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.4 out of 5 stars

141 tile and marble setters

5 Star
6%

6% of tile and marble setters rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of tile and marble setters rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of tile and marble setters rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
31%

31% of tile and marble setters rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
28%

28% of tile and marble setters rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as tile and marble setters?

Tile and marble setters rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of tile and marble setters find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked tile and marble setters how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

156 tile and marble setters

5 Star
25%

25% of tile and marble setters rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of tile and marble setters rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of tile and marble setters rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of tile and marble setters rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of tile and marble setters rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a tile and marble setter’s work environment?

As a whole, tile and marble setters rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked tile and marble setters how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

160 tile and marble setters

5 Star
17%

17% of tile and marble setters rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of tile and marble setters rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of tile and marble setters rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of tile and marble setters rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of tile and marble setters rated their work environment 1 stars

Are tile and marble setters making the best use of their abilities?

Former tile and marble setters on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Tile and marble setters tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked tile and marble setters how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

159 tile and marble setters

5 Star
10%

10% of tile and marble setters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of tile and marble setters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of tile and marble setters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
31%

31% of tile and marble setters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
18%

18% of tile and marble setters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars