Occupational Employment Statistics

Chart Book, May 2008

Occupation Focus

Figure 1

The 15 smallest occupations combined made up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of total U.S. employment

Employment and mean wages for the smallest occupations in the United States, May 2008
Occupation Employment Median Wage
Hourly Annual

Prosthodontists

370 >=$80.00* >=$166,400*

Radio operators

820 17.85 37,120

Fabric menders, except garment

960 13.69 28,470

Locomotive firers

970 23.17 48,190

Mathematical technicians

1,100 18.46 38,400

Geographers

1,120 32.02 66,600

Segmental pavers

1,170 13.17 27,400

Astronomers

1,280 48.70 101,300

Industrial-organizational psychologists

1,460 37.03 77,010

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

1,580 15.09 31,380

Models

1,660 13.18 27,410

Model makers, wood

1,740 15.06 31,320

Dredge operators

1,910 16.70 34,740

Makeup artists, theatrical and performance

1,930 12.63 26,270

Patternmakers, wood

1,930 16.35 34,010

Note:
* The median wage is greater than $80 per hour or $166,400 per year.


Figure 2

Retail salespersons and cashiers made up about 6 percent of employment in May 2008

Employment and mean wages for the largest occupations in the United States, May 2008
Occupation Employment Percent of U.S. Employment Mean Wage
Hourly Annual

Retail salespersons

4,426,280 3.27 $9.86 $20,510

Cashiers

3,545,610 2.62 8.49 17,660

Office clerks, general

2,906,600 2.15 12.17 25,320

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

2,708,840 2.00 7.90 16,430

Registered nurses

2,542,760 1.88 30.03 62,450

Waiters and waitresses

2,371,750 1.75 8.01 16,660

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2,335,510 1.73 10.89 22,660

Customer service representatives

2,233,270 1.65 14.36 29,860

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

2,145,320 1.59 10.31 21,450

Stock clerks and order fillers

1,873,390 1.39 10.00 20,800

Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive

1,872,070 1.38 13.96 29,050

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

1,855,010 1.37 15.63 32,510

General and operations managers

1,697,690 1.26 44.02 91,570

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

1,672,580 1.24 17.92 37,270

Figure 3

Many of the largest occupations with wages near the U.S. median were office and administrative support occupations

Employment and median hourly wages of occupations with wages near the U.S. median, May 2008


Figure 4

Occupations with wages within 5 percent of the U.S. median accounted for 7.4 percent of total employment in May 2008

Number of occupations with wages near the U.S. median, and employment in these occupations, by occupational group, May 2008


Figure 5

The wage range of most health therapists was very wide

Wages of selected health therapists, May 2008


Figures 6-7

Reporters and correspondents accounted for the largest share of total nationwide employment of the three writing occupations, employing 50,690 workers

Profile of writing occupations, May 2008


Employment of writers and authors, by industry, May 2008


Figure 8

While the U.S. average annual wage grew 18.9 percent from 2002 to 2008, from $35,560 to $42,270, wage growth of occupational groups varied and was correlated with the groups' 2002 wages

Growth in the nominal mean annual wage, by occupational
group, 2002-08


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Last Modified Date: April 2, 2010

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