Associates top unhappiest jobs list

April 2, 2013
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How unhappy are you, associate attorneys? According to one recent survey, you are the least happy group of employees in your current positions.

CareerBliss took a look at more than 65,000 independent company reviews from last year to compile their 2013 Top 10 happiest and unhappiest jobs in the U.S. list. Using a “bliss rating” of 1 to 5, with five being the happiest, associate attorneys averaged a score of 2.89.

Key factors affecting work happiness were evaluated, including work/life balance, work environment, company culture and control over the work performed on a daily basis. These lawyers may be the least happy, but they can take solace in the fact that they have the highest average salary as compared to the other 19 jobs listed. This survey found the average salary of associate attorneys is $111,000.

“Associate attorneys stated they felt most unhappy with their company culture,” CareerBliss co-founder and CEO Heidi Golledge told Forbes. “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.”

But don’t worry, associate attorneys, you aren’t the only ones in the legal world who are miserable. Legal assistants scored an average “bliss rating” of 3.38, landing them seventh on the unhappiest jobs list. Their average salary is reported as $44,000.

Others unhappy with their jobs include registered nurses, customer service associates, and case managers.

If you’re looking for a career switch, real estate agents reported the highest “bliss rating” at 4.26. The switch to a seller’s market has led to lower costs of advertising and higher commissions for real estate agents. Other happy workers include construction superintendents, logistics managers, and executive administrative assistants. None of the reported Top 10 happiest jobs made anywhere near the average salary attributed to associate attorneys. The highest paid job on that list: senior QA engineers, who average $82,000.

CareerBliss also has a Top 50 happiest companies in America list for this year. No law firms made the list. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, which I always thought were the happiest places on earth, came in at 23 on the list. Pfizer took the top spot, with its employees giving the company the highest “bliss rating.”

  • Average Associate Salary?
    What geographic location was this survey performed in? That average salary for an associate attorney seems high.

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