CareerBliss Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America -- 2013

Posted March 25, 2013

CareerBliss reveals the Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America Have you bought or sold property lately? Chances are your real estate agent is happier than you are – at least when it comes to work.

We took a look at more than 65,000 reviews submitted by employees in 2012 to determine the happiest and unhappiest jobs in america. In the reviews, workers rate several factors that contribute to job happiness, such as company culture, compensation and the work they do.

Real estate agent topped the happiest list.

“Right now, it is a seller’s market so the real estate agent’s cost of advertising and marketing is very low and commissions are high. Happy times,” CareerBliss co-founder and CEO Heidi Golledge said in a Forbes article showcasing the data.

The least happy job?  Associate attorney (which has the highest average salary of all the jobs included).

“Associate attorneys stated they felt most unhappy with their company culture,” Golledge said in the Forbes piece. “In many cases, law firms are conducted in a structured environment that is heavily centered on billable hours. It may take several years for an associate attorney to rise to the rank of partner.”

Check out the full lists (BlissScores are on a scale of 1 to 10):

CareerBliss Happiest Jobs in America -- 2013

RankJob TitleBliss RatingAverage Salary
1Real Estate Agent4.26 $53K
2Senior QA Engineer4.23 $82K
3Senior Sales Representative4.19 $67K
4Construction Superintendent4.10 $68K
5Senior Application Developer4.08 $86K
6Logistics Manager4.07 $62K
7Construction Manager4.06 $77K
8Executive Administrative Assistant4.04 $45K
9Network Engineer4.02 $70K
10Assistant Controller4.02 $73K

CareerBliss Unhappiest Jobs in America -- 2013

RankJob TitleBliss RatingAverage Salary
10Case Manager3.44 $45K
9Technical Support Specialist3.41 $43K
8Pharmacy Technician3.39 $28K
7Legal Assistant3.38 $44K
6Marketing Coordinator3.31 $44K
5Teacher3.22 $39K
4Registered Nurse3.22 $60K
3Clerk3.18 $27K
2Customer Service Associate3.16 $26K
1Associate Attorney2.89 $111K


CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness including: work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and job control over work performed on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor.  Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five. The data is comprised from more than 65,000 independent company reviews from 2012.

What has changed? See our 2012 Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America.
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The CareerBliss Team

CareerBliss cares about your career happiness. That's why we offer a variety of great tools and resources to help you make better-informed career decisions. We believe that if you're happier at work, you'll be happier in life! Check out company reviews, salary information, career advice and, of course, millions of jobs on CareerBliss and choose happy today!

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