Transit police officers 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, transit police officers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 48% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy transit police officers 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
Ship captain
3.5
$82k
Air crew officer
3.4
$202k
Air traffic controller
3.3
$130k
Air crew member
3.3
$36k
Transit police officer
3.2
$65k
Police officer
3.2
$65k
Military tactical operations leader
3.2
$40k
Sheriff
3.2
$65k
Commercial fisherman
3.1
$37k

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

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

Are transit police officers happy with their salary?

Transit police officers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 4.4/5. The majority of transit police officers are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked transit police officers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

4.4 out of 5 stars

11 transit police officers

5 Star
64%

64% of transit police officers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of transit police officers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
9%

9% of transit police officers rated their compensation 3 stars

Do transit police officers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, transit police officers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.0/5. While most transit police officers aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked transit police officers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

11 transit police officers

5 Star
27%

27% of transit police officers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of transit police officers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
9%

9% of transit police officers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of transit police officers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
27%

27% of transit police officers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as transit police officers?

Transit police officers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of transit police officers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked transit police officers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

12 transit police officers

5 Star
33%

33% of transit police officers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of transit police officers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of transit police officers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of transit police officers rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a transit police officer’s work environment?

As a whole, transit police officers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.1/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked transit police officers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

12 transit police officers

5 Star
17%

17% of transit police officers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of transit police officers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of transit police officers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of transit police officers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of transit police officers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are transit police officers making the best use of their abilities?

Former transit police officers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.2/5. Most transit police officers surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a transit police officer, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked transit police officers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

12 transit police officers

5 Star
25%

25% of transit police officers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of transit police officers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of transit police officers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of transit police officers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars