Woodworkers rate their happiness above average.

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, woodworkers rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 32% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy woodworkers 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
Farm equipment mechanic
3.6
$47k
Motorcycle mechanic
3.5
$38k
Leather and shoe worker
3.5
$26k
Woodworker
3.5
$28k
Naval architect
3.4
$93k
Explosives worker
3.4
$50k
Faller
3.4
$48k
Plasterer
3.3
$48k

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

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

Are woodworkers happy with their salary?

Woodworkers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Woodworkers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

185 woodworkers

5 Star
11%

11% of woodworkers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of woodworkers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
32%

32% of woodworkers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of woodworkers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of woodworkers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do woodworkers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, woodworkers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.2/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

187 woodworkers

5 Star
21%

21% of woodworkers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of woodworkers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

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

2 Star
18%

18% of woodworkers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of woodworkers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Woodworkers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of woodworkers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.9 out of 5 stars

195 woodworkers

5 Star
33%

33% of woodworkers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of woodworkers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of woodworkers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
4%

4% of woodworkers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of woodworkers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a woodworker’s work environment?

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

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

197 woodworkers

5 Star
31%

31% of woodworkers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of woodworkers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of woodworkers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of woodworkers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of woodworkers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are woodworkers making the best use of their abilities?

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

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

196 woodworkers

5 Star
21%

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

4 Star
27%

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

3 Star
27%

27% of woodworkers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of woodworkers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of woodworkers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars