Data Shows Women Are Happier with Their Careers

February 24, 2011 ( – An analysis by CareerBliss, an online career site, finds overall, women outrank men in all factors of career happiness.

Areas where both men and women ranked notably high were work-life balance and benefits based on more than 200,000 company reviews studied.

According to a press release, CareerBliss analyzed more than 1,600,000 data points from employees evaluating eight factors that affect work happiness: growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security and whether the employee would recommend the company to others. The data revealed not only did women rank higher in career happiness than men overall, but on each of the eight factors that impact job satisfaction.   

The happiness rankings by job factor (on a one to five scale) are: 

  • Benefits package – 3.466 men, 3.535 women; 
  • Compensation compared to similar jobs elsewhere – 3.459 men, 3.503 women; 
  • Competency of senior management – 3.459 men, 3.565 women; 
  • Job security – 3.152 men, 3.246 women; 
  • Balancing work and personal life – 3.541 men, 3.675 women; 
  • Opportunities for career advancement – 3.252 men, 3.346 women; 
  • Professional growth opportunities – 3.459 men, 3.549 women; and 
  • Would recommend company as a place to work – 3.453 men, 3.584 women. 


In addition to their overall career happiness score, CareerBliss also broke out men and women’s happiness scores by city and evaluated if compensation played a factor in overall job satisfaction. The data indicates that money does not necessarily have an effect on career happiness.   

For example, the press release said, although the data shows women in San Francisco make significantly less than men at $64,000 a year versus $86,000 a year, their happiness ranking is higher. This trend was similar in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Houston.