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 32% 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
Nail technician
3.1
$30k
Urban planner
3.1
$74k
Court reporter
3.0
$57k
Real estate agent
3.0
$49k
Amusement attendant
3.0
$21k
Travel agent
3.0
$40k
Social fundraiser
2.9
$57k
Barista
2.9
$25k
Real estate appraiser
2.9
$55k

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?