By Elizabeth Anderson Friday, 21 March 2014

Vicars, farmers and secretaries are the happiest workers

A Cabinet Office 'happiness index' has ranked the best and worst careers for job satisfaction.

The Cabinet Office has analysed the link between different jobs and levels of life satisfaction, and found that – surprise, surprise – high-paying jobs are not always a measure of happiness.

Vicars, farmers and company secretaries are some of the happiest workers, each earning around £20,000 a year on average. That compares to quantity surveyors who, despite an average salary of almost £39,000 a year, work in the 41st most miserable occupation out of a total of 274 different categories.

However, MT's more ambitious readers will be pleased to know that chief executives and senior officials come in second, earning almost £120,000.

Meanwhile those with the lowest life satisfaction include bar staff, telesales workers, rent collectors and leisure assistants.

The government is currently focusing on the importance of happiness and social wellbeing at the same time as encouraging economic growth.

Want to know where your career stands in the satisfaction index?

Here are the top 10 and bottom 10. (See the full list at the bottom of the page).

TOP 10 JOBS

RANK & OCCUPATION

MEAN INCOME

(1) Clergy        

(2) Chief executives and senior officials    

(3) Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture    

(4) Company secretaries    

(5) Quality assurance and regulatory professionals        

(6) Health care practice managers       

(7) Medical practitioners         

(8) Farmers      

(9) Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors         

(10) Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors         

20,568

117,700    

31,721    

18,176   

42,898 

31,267

70,648

24,520  

32,470

35,316

BOTTOM 10 JOBS

RANK & OCCUPATION

MEAN INCOME

(274) Publicans and managers of licensed premises                   

(273) Elementary construction occupations       

(272) Debt, rent and other cash collectors    

(271) Industrial cleaning process occupations    

(270) Floorers and wall tilers    

(269) Telephone salespersons     

(268) Sports and leisure assistants   

(267) Care escorts   

(266) Bar staff    

(265) Plastics process operatives    

25,222

20,910

17,371

15,241

23,547

17,362

11,651

7,343

7,317

21,066


 

FULL LIST: (Rank, occupation, mean income, satisfaction rating)

(1) Clergy     20,568     8.291
(2) Chief executives and senior officials     117,700     7.957
(3) Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture     31,721     7.946
(4) Company secretaries     18,176     7.93
(5) Quality assurance and regulatory professionals     42,898     7.891
(6) Health care practice managers     31,267     7.843
(7) Medical practitioners     70,648     7.836
(8) Farmers     24,520     7.808
(9) Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors     32,470     7.795
(10) Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors     35,316     7.795
(11) Senior professionals of educational establishments     49,495     7.789
(12) Physiotherapists     27,814     7.787
(13) Primary and nursery education teaching professionals     29,268     7.786
(14) Electrical engineers     44,439     7.739
(15) Fitness instructors     10,378     7.718
(16) Therapy professionals     28,524     7.714
(17) School secretaries     15,614     7.711
(18) Information technology and telecommunications directors     64,879     7.705
(19) Human resource managers and directors     54,120     7.702
(20) Financial institution managers and directors     73,911     7.701
(21) Dental nurses     15,024     7.699
(22) Musicians     21,492     7.696
(23) Farm workers     17,925     7.692
(24) Marketing and sales directors     84,377     7.688
(25) Functional managers and directors     53,574     7.687
(26) Production managers and directors in manufacturing     51,498     7.68
(27) Research and development managers     49,590     7.674
(28) Midwives     30,020     7.673
(29) Pharmacists     36,739     7.667
(29) Advertising accounts managers and creative directors     37,636     7.667
(31) Dental practitioners     53,567     7.663
(32) Sales accounts and business development managers     47,862     7.641
(33) Travel agents     18,344     7.64
(34) Secondary education teaching professionals     33,407     7.637
(35) Business, research and administrative professionals     36,012     7.636
(36) Education advisers and school inspectors     34,369     7.629
(37) Financial managers and directors     76,986     7.628
(38) Biological scientists and biochemists     37,627     7.621
(39) Natural and social science professionals     36,574     7.617
(40) Personal assistants and other secretaries     19,569     7.616
(41) Records clerks and assistants     19,146     7.615
(42) Authors, writers and translators     26,207     7.602
(43) Librarians     24,584     7.6
(44) Solicitors     44,787     7.599
(45) Chartered and certified accountants     37,850     7.597
(46) Customer service managers and supervisors     28,718     7.593
(47) IT specialist managers     48,384     7.59
(48) Leisure and sports managers     28,619     7.59
(49) Financial and accounting technicians     44,038     7.587
(50) Teaching assistants     11,796     7.587
(51) Childminders and related occupations     12,949     7.584
(52) Finance and investment analysts and advisers     46,797     7.579
(53) Business and financial project management professionals     50,038     7.575
(54) Fire service officers (watch manager and below)     28,183     7.574
(55) Civil engineers     38,236     7.574
(56) Purchasing managers and directors     51,806     7.572
(57) Health professionals     30,081     7.569
(58) Train and tram drivers     45,489     7.566
(59) Pharmaceutical technicians     20,815     7.564
(60) Air travel assistants     22,001     7.556
(61) Higher education teaching professionals     39,076     7.556
(62) Property, housing and estate managers     40,209     7.552
(63) Health services and public health managers and directors     49,015     7.549
(64) Actuaries, economists and statisticians     61,584     7.542
(65) Nurses     26,158     7.534
(66) Engineering professionals     41,421     7.532
(67) Bank and post office clerks     19,908     7.53
(68) Mechanical engineers     44,176     7.528
(69) Production managers and directors in construction     47,452     7.524
(70) Management consultants and business analysts     42,811     7.522
(71) Counsellors     19,220     7.51
(72) Sports coaches, instructors and officials     11,762     7.507
(73) Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors     25,011     7.506
(74) Police officers (sergeant and below)     39,346     7.501
(75) Garage managers and proprietors     38,112     7.493
(76) Managers and directors in transport and distribution     40,856     7.493
(77) Financial administrative occupations     18,323     7.49
(78) Playworkers     7,400     7.489
(79) Further education teaching professionals     28,043     7.488
(80) Social services managers and directors     39,961     7.487
(81) Managers and proprietors in other services     36,405     7.486
(82) IT project and programme managers     49,128     7.486
(83) Human resources and industrial relations officers     28,999     7.483
(84) Health associate professionals     21,569     7.481
(85) Design and development engineers     39,890     7.474
(86) Financial accounts managers     40,952     7.472
(87) Buyers and procurement officers     31,454     7.471
(88) Production and process engineers     38,475     7.47
(89) Taxation experts     45,360     7.469
(90) Nursery nurses and assistants     11,580     7.468
(91) Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants     11,920     7.458
(92) Welfare professionals     26,568     7.448
(93) IT business analysts, architects and systems designers     43,848     7.442
(94) Educational support assistants     11,569     7.442
(95) Construction project managers and related professionals     42,066     7.441
(96) Quality control and planning engineers     34,868     7.439
(97) Architects     44,024     7.433
(98) Public relations professionals     31,818     7.426
(99) Special needs education teaching professionals     28,894     7.424
(100) Medical radiographers     31,505     7.422
(101) Medical secretaries     17,314     7.421
(102) Credit controllers     19,724     7.421
(103) Groundsmen and greenkeepers     18,816     7.419
(104) Hairdressers and barbers     10,174     7.417
(105) Child and early years officers     21,634     7.417
(106) Teaching and other educational professionals     18,697     7.413
(107) Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks     20,646     7.411
(108) Legal professionals     75,399     7.406
(109) Planning, process and production technicians     29,789     7.406
(110) Public services associate professionals     28,430     7.403
(111) Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors     35,117     7.402
(112) Environment professionals     33,220     7.402
(113) Aircraft maintenance and related trades     34,511     7.394
(114) Other administrative occupations     15,744     7.386
(115) Business and related associate professionals     30,171     7.381
(116) Receptionists     12,595     7.379
(117) Programmers and software development professionals     40,165     7.377
(118) Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors     26,490     7.376
(119) Psychologists     34,174     7.376
(120) IT operations technicians     29,815     7.376
(121) Scaffolders, stagers and riggers     30,591     7.375
(122) Legal associate professionals     29,492     7.367
(123) Pensions and insurance clerks and assistants     22,694     7.366
(124) Business and related research professionals     32,053     7.366
(125) Plant and machine operatives     24,278     7.366
(126) Office managers     28,790     7.366
(127) Sales supervisors     18,383     7.358
(128) Engineering technicians     32,528     7.357
(129) Draughtspersons     29,702     7.352
(130) Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers     27,832     7.35
(131) Human resources administrative occupations     19,633     7.35
(131) Metal working production and maintenance fitters     29,173     7.35
(133) Conference and exhibition managers and organisers     24,696     7.35
(134) Electronics engineers     36,751     7.348
(135) Office supervisors     25,138     7.345
(136) Houseparents and residential wardens     17,420     7.34
(137) Medical and dental technicians     26,922     7.339
(138) Business sales executives     32,880     7.338
(139) Precision instrument makers and repairers     29,334     7.333
(140) Telecommunications engineers     32,253     7.329
(141) Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors     29,594     7.328
(142) Senior care workers     17,064     7.324
(143) Inspectors of standards and regulations     28,628     7.318
(144) Arts officers, producers and directors     35,825     7.315
(145) School midday and crossing patrol occupations     3,167     7.314
(146) Construction and building trades supervisors     33,036     7.313
(147) Information technology and telecommunications professionals     40,222     7.308
(148) Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists     22,752     7.307
(149) Sales administrators     19,573     7.307
(150) Health and safety officers     33,445     7.3
(151) Sewing machinists     13,982     7.297
(152) Managers and directors in retail and wholesale     29,009     7.297
(153) Occupational therapists     27,353     7.294
(154) Estate agents and auctioneers     24,783     7.291
(155) Welfare and housing associate professionals     19,156     7.283
(156) Finance officers     22,090     7.278
(157) Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)     29,845     7.277
(158) Routine inspectors and testers     24,787     7.277
(159) Beauticians and related occupations     12,418     7.271
(160) IT user support technicians     29,457     7.27
(161) Other elementary services occupations     10,750     7.269
(162) Paramedics     36,841     7.263
(163) Managers and directors in storage and warehousing     32,133     7.259
(164) Legal secretaries     17,951     7.253
(165) Transport and distribution clerks and assistants     23,583     7.25
(166) Typists and related keyboard occupations     16,421     7.248
(167) Marketing associate professionals     30,051     7.237
(168) Chartered surveyors     35,480     7.236
(169) Product, clothing and related designers     29,301     7.224
(170) Leisure and travel service occupations     15,568     7.222
(170) Housing officers     23,001     7.222
(172) Officers of non-governmental organisations     21,454     7.22
(173) Gardeners and landscape gardeners     17,595     7.22
(174) Estimators, valuers and assessors     32,185     7.22
(175) Social workers     28,182     7.217
(176) Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers     23,178     7.202
(177) Laboratory technicians     21,168     7.194
(178) Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters     20,525     7.193
(179) Electrical and electronic trades     30,696     7.193
(180) Stock control clerks and assistants     20,891     7.19
(181) Local government administrative occupations     20,351     7.189
(182) Electricians and electrical fitters     30,055     7.185
(183) Protective service associate professionals     35,510     7.183
(184) Graphic designers     25,330     7.178
(185) Chemical and related process operatives     25,307     7.177
(186) Elementary sales occupations     12,301     7.174
(187) National government administrative occupations     20,330     7.174
(188) Web design and development professionals     29,870     7.169
(189) Paper and wood machine operatives     20,557     7.157
(190) Housekeepers and related occupations     12,947     7.157
(191) Science, engineering and production technicians     26,710     7.151
(192) Artists     28,258     7.149
(193) Electrical and electronics technicians     28,893     7.13
(194) Quality assurance technicians     27,303     7.129
(195) Caretakers     16,114     7.126
(196) Library clerks and assistants     12,190     7.125
(197) Customer service occupations     16,525     7.123
(198) Nursing auxiliaries and assistants     15,618     7.121
(199) Chemical scientists     35,492     7.113
(200) Cooks     11,346     7.106
(201) Elementary administration occupations     11,896     7.105
(202) Sales related occupations     18,782     7.103
(203) Butchers     17,681     7.103
(204) Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors     23,402     7.1
(204) Driving instructors     29,166     7.1
(206) Catering and bar managers     17,934     7.096
(207) Metal machining setters and setter-operators     27,223     7.095
(208) Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians     25,238     7.095
(209) Chefs     17,391     7.09
(210) Construction and building trades     26,682     7.08
(211) Metal working machine operatives     22,044     7.08
(212) Communication operators     26,715     7.078
(213) Animal care services occupations     14,980     7.073
(214) Prison service officers (below principal officer)     26,616     7.071
(215) Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants     16,526     7.068
(216) Welding trades     26,735     7.063
(217) Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators     24,242     7.047
(218) Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers     11,041     7.046
(219) Cleaning and housekeeping managers and supervisors     14,562     7.042
(220) Merchandisers and window dressers     16,239     7.041
(221) Large goods vehicle drivers     25,602     7.039
(222) Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers     16,820     7.037
(223) Youth and community workers     20,240     7.017
(224) Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers     20,182     7.012
(225) Bricklayers and masons     22,476     7.006
(226) Market research interviewers     7,122     7
(226) Other skilled trades     23,431     7
(228) Carpenters and joiners     24,029     6.991
(229) Food, drink and tobacco process operatives     18,133     6.986
(230) Kitchen and catering assistants     8,865     6.985
(231) Sales and retail assistants     10,097     6.982
(232) Roundspersons and van salespersons     21,375     6.982
(233) Other drivers and transport operatives     24,420     6.979
(234) Quantity surveyors     38,855     6.971
(235) Retail cashiers and check-out operators     9,509     6.968
(236) Cleaners and domestics     8,067     6.961
(237) Shelf fillers     11,174     6.959
(238) Assemblers and routine operatives     20,161     6.958
(239) Elementary process plant occupations     19,409     6.94
(240) Painters and decorators     22,700     6.936
(241) Printers     26,833     6.921
(242) Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers     21,403     6.907
(243) IT engineers     27,064     6.904
(244) Waiters and waitresses     7,651     6.893
(245) Metal making and treating process operatives     24,941     6.881
(246) Plasterers     21,155     6.88
(247) Bakers and flour confectioners     16,948     6.873
(248) Mobile machine drivers and operatives     25,472     6.86
(249) Assemblers (electrical and electronic products)     19,590     6.846
(250) Refuse and salvage occupations     19,454     6.844
(251) Care workers and home carers     12,804     6.844
(252) Bus and coach drivers     23,095     6.841
(253) Roofers, roof tilers and slaters     21,921     6.837
(254) Taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs     16,416     6.834
(255) Van drivers     18,744     6.817
(256) Elementary storage occupations     18,430     6.812
(257) Fork-lift truck drivers     21,444     6.797
(258) Parking and civil enforcement occupations     18,065     6.795
(259) Call and contact centre occupations     15,339     6.78
(260) Window cleaners     12,561     6.747
(261) Construction operatives     21,057     6.746
(262) Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations     15,679     6.742
(263) Security guards and related occupations     20,841     6.733
(264) Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)     22,854     6.723
(265) Plastics process operatives     21,066     6.722
(266) Bar staff     7,317     6.686
(267) Care escorts     7,343     6.614
(268) Sports and leisure assistants     11,651     6.607
(269) Telephone salespersons     17,362     6.605
(270) Floorers and wall tilers     23,547     6.571
(271) Industrial cleaning process occupations     15,241     6.563
(272) Debt, rent and other cash collectors     17,371     6.561
(273) Elementary construction occupations     20,910     6.389
(274) Publicans and managers of licensed premises     25,222     6.3

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