Trappers 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, trappers rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 17% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy trappers 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
Equestrian
4.1
$22k
Beekeeper
3.9
$29k
Rancher
3.9
$26k
Firefighter
3.8
$51k
Fish and game warden
3.8
$61k
Organic farmer
3.8
$24k
Wildlife enforcement officer
3.6
$56k

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

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

Are trappers happy with their salary?

Trappers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most trappers having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

27 trappers

5 Star
30%

30% of trappers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of trappers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of trappers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of trappers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of trappers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do trappers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, trappers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Unlike many careers, trappers have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become trappers.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

26 trappers

5 Star
35%

35% of trappers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of trappers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
8%

8% of trappers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of trappers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
23%

23% of trappers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Trappers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of trappers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

29 trappers

5 Star
31%

31% of trappers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of trappers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
7%

7% of trappers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of trappers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of trappers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a trapper’s work environment?

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

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

30 trappers

5 Star
37%

37% of trappers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of trappers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of trappers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of trappers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of trappers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are trappers making the best use of their abilities?

Former trappers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most trappers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

29 trappers

5 Star
21%

21% of trappers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of trappers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of trappers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of trappers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of trappers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars