Translators 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, translators rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 44% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy translators 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
Lifeguard
3.2
$21k
Police officer
3.2
$57k
Funeral director
3.2
$54k
Nail technician
3.1
$30k
Engraver
3.1
$31k
Urban planner
3.1
$74k
Proofreader
3.1
$43k

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

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

Are translators happy with their salary?