Travel agents are below average when it comes to 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, travel agents rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 33% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy travel agents 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
Commercial fisherman
3.0
$31k
Avionics technician
3.0
$51k
Real estate agent
3.0
$37k
Court reporter
3.0
$46k
Fire inspector
3.0
$59k
Travel agent
3.0
$28k
Amusement attendant
3.0
$20k
Landscaper
3.0
$41k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$39k
Ship engineer
3.0
$73k

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

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

Are travel agents happy with their salary?

Travel agents rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.6/5. Travel agents tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

5 Star
8%

8% of travel agents rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of travel agents rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of travel agents rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of travel agents rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
20%

20% of travel agents rated their compensation 1 stars

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