Web designers 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, web designers rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 42% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy web designers 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
Systems engineer
3.4
$90k
Network architect
3.4
$109k
Database architect
3.3
$90k
Sound engineering technician
3.3
$45k
Computer and information research scientist
3.3
$118k
Web designer
3.3
$37k
Web developer
3.3
$69k
Computer repair technician
3.3
$47k
Front-End developer
3.3
$51k
Computer programmer
3.2
$85k

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

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

Are web designers happy with their salary?

Web designers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Web designers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

4096 web designers

5 Star
12%

12% of web designers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of web designers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of web designers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of web designers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of web designers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do web designers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, web designers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.9/5. While most web designers aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

4198 web designers

5 Star
13%

13% of web designers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

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

3 Star
28%

28% of web designers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of web designers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of web designers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

4682 web designers

5 Star
25%

25% of web designers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of web designers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of web designers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of web designers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of web designers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a web designer’s work environment?

As a whole, web designers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of web designers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a web designer.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

4642 web designers

5 Star
24%

24% of web designers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of web designers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of web designers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of web designers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of web designers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are web designers making the best use of their abilities?

Former web designers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.3/5. Most web designers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

4671 web designers

5 Star
18%

18% of web designers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of web designers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of web designers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of web designers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of web designers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars