Recruiters Are the Most Satisfied Workers in the U.S.

Glassdoor's list of the jobs with the highest levels of satisfaction has recruiting managers at No. 1.
By: | March 13, 2019 • 4 min read

Although recruiters may be shouldering a greater workload than ever trying to find talented candidates in a tight labor market, they’re very satisfied with their jobs nonetheless. That’s according to Glassdoor’s latest Jobs with the Highest Satisfaction in the U.S. report.

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Recruiting Manager is ranked No. 1 on the list, with a job satisfaction score of 4.6 and a median base salary of $70,000. That’s followed by Dental Hygienist at No. 2, with a job satisfaction score of 4.5 and a median base salary of $67,250.

Job satisfaction doesn’t necessarily correlate with a high salary, the research finds. Only two jobs in the top 10 listed base median salaries with six figures, while No. 5 on the list, marketing assistant, has a median base salary of $34,000.

On the whole, however, most of the positions on Glassdoor’s list pay decently.

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“We’ve found that job satisfaction doesn’t have to come at a financial cost—the majority of these positions pay well above the U.S. median base pay,” says Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell.

Glassdoor compiled the list based on data from U.S.-based employees. For a job title to be considered for this year’s list, it must have received at least 100 salary reports and at least 100 satisfaction ratings. The report does not include C-suite and intern-level jobs.

The full list of the 20 jobs is below:

  1. Recruiting Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.6

Median Base Salary: $70,000

  1. Dental Hygienist

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.5

Median Base Salary:  $67,250

  1. Sales Operations Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.5

Median Base Salary: $93,000

  1. Product Designer

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.5

Median Base Salary: $100,000

  1. Marketing Assistant

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.3

Median Base Salary: $34,000

  1. Construction Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.3

Median Base Salary: $75,000

  1. Brand Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.3

Median Base Salary: $85,000

  1. Data Scientist

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.3

Median Base Salary: $108,000

  1. Customer Success Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $65,000

  1. HR Coordinator

 Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $42,550

  1. HR Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $85,000

  1. Communications Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $80,000

  1. Marketing Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $82,000

  1. Software Development Manager

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $140,000

  1. Financial Consultant

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $55,000

  1. Enterprise Account Executive

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $100,000

  1. Executive Chef

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.2

Median Base Salary: $65,000

  1. Product Engineer

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.1

Median Base Salary: $77,500

  1. Law Clerk

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.1

Median Base Salary: $45,456

  1. Sales Engineer

Job Satisfaction Score: 4.1

Median Base Salary: $90,000

Andrew R. McIlvaine is senior editor for talent acquisition at Human Resource Executive®. He oversees coverage of talent acquisition and recruiting and also edits the weekly Recruiting Trends Bulletin e-newsletter and its associated website, RecruitingTrends.com. A Penn State graduate, Andy also spent two years in the U.S. Army prior to attending college and attained the rank of sergeant while serving in the Army Reserves. He can be reached at [email protected]