Travel agents 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, travel agents rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 49% 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
Hairdresser
3.1
$26k
Commercial fisherman
3.1
$31k
Avionics technician
3.1
$40k
Real estate agent
3.0
$38k
Court reporter
3.0
$46k
Travel agent
3.0
$28k
Amusement attendant
3.0
$21k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$39k
Landscaper
3.0
$41k
Sailor
3.0
$33k

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 3.0/5. 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:

3.0 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
30%

30% of travel agents rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
20%

20% of travel agents rated their compensation 1 stars

Do travel agents find their jobs meaningful?

On average, travel agents rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.7/5. While most travel agents aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.7 out of 5 stars

5 Star
13%

13% of travel agents rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of travel agents rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of travel agents rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of travel agents rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of travel agents rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Travel agents rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of travel agents find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

5 Star
30%

30% of travel agents rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of travel agents rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of travel agents rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of travel agents rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of travel agents rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a travel agent’s work environment?

As a whole, travel agents rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

5 Star
19%

19% of travel agents rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of travel agents rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of travel agents rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of travel agents rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of travel agents rated their work environment 1 stars

Are travel agents making the best use of their abilities?

Former travel agents on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.0/5. Travel agents tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

5 Star
13%

13% of travel agents rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of travel agents rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of travel agents rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of travel agents rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of travel agents rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars