Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

NAICS 452000 - General Merchandise Stores


These national industry-specific occupational employment and wage estimates are calculated with data collected from employers of all sizes, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia, in NAICS 452000 - General Merchandise Stores.

Additional information, including the hourly and annual 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, percent of establishments reporting the occupation, and the employment percent relative standard error, is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

NAICS Industry 452000 - General Merchandise Stores is part of: Sectors 44 and 45 - Retail Trade.

NAICS 452000 - General Merchandise Stores consists of:

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NAICS 452000 - General Merchandise Stores

All Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
00-0000 All Occupations 3,099,200 100.00% $9.66 $11.45 $23,810 0.2 %
Management Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
11-0000 Management Occupations 42,600 1.37% $30.33 $33.75 $70,200 0.4 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 24,400 0.79% $34.24 $36.85 $76,640 0.6 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 60 (7) $43.46 $45.40 $94,430 3.2 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 11,480 0.37% $26.00 $28.75 $59,810 0.9 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 560 0.02% $35.80 $35.45 $73,740 2.4 %
11-3041 Compensation and Benefits Managers 50 (7) $24.09 $27.48 $57,160 8.9 %
11-3042 Training and Development Managers 50 (7) $21.42 $25.15 $52,310 3.3 %
11-3049 Human Resources Managers, All Other 430 0.01% $37.11 $38.76 $80,630 1.0 %
11-3061 Purchasing Managers 60 (7) $31.74 $38.45 $79,980 8.7 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 70 (7) $32.85 $34.75 $72,270 2.8 %
11-9051 Food Service Managers 110 (7) $21.89 $22.08 $45,920 2.2 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 5,060 0.16% $26.98 $29.13 $60,590 0.7 %
Business and Financial Operations Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 19,540 0.63% $18.17 $19.91 $41,400 0.5 %
13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 2,030 0.07% $20.82 $22.92 $47,660 2.7 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 280 0.01% $19.85 $21.78 $45,290 2.2 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 1,180 0.04% $17.17 $17.90 $37,240 0.9 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 4,540 0.15% $14.62 $15.82 $32,890 0.6 %
13-1079 Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other 5,710 0.18% $19.43 $21.35 $44,420 0.4 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 60 (7) $16.13 $19.39 $40,330 14.0 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 5,310 0.17% $18.69 $20.31 $42,240 0.8 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 270 0.01% $25.05 $27.76 $57,750 4.4 %
Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations 890 0.03% $15.73 $17.58 $36,570 1.3 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 400 0.01% $17.58 $18.04 $37,530 1.0 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 110 (7) $25.99 $27.12 $56,400 4.1 %
Architecture and Engineering Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 40 (7) $32.93 $29.78 $61,950 4.0 %
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 13,920 0.45% $11.68 $13.01 $27,060 0.6 %
27-1024 Graphic Designers 50 (7) $16.26 $19.32 $40,190 6.4 %
27-1025 Interior Designers 70 (7) $25.79 $26.73 $55,600 4.3 %
27-1026 Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 11,830 0.38% $11.69 $12.97 $26,980 0.7 %
27-1029 Designers, All Other 40 (7) $19.90 $19.94 $41,470 3.8 %
27-2042 Musicians and Singers 100 (7) $14.96 $14.43 (4) 3.8 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 90 (7) $24.38 $25.41 $52,860 6.2 %
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 69,950 2.26% $17.24 $29.58 $61,530 0.3 %
29-1041 Optometrists 160 0.01% $44.81 $44.04 $91,610 1.8 %
29-1051 Pharmacists 29,240 0.94% $54.07 $51.87 $107,880 0.2 %
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians 35,250 1.14% $12.19 $12.67 $26,350 0.2 %
29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing 5,070 0.16% $18.17 $18.29 $38,050 0.4 %
Healthcare Support Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 12,340 0.40% $10.41 $10.73 $22,310 0.4 %
31-9011 Massage Therapists 130 (7) $11.28 $14.05 $29,210 11.0 %
31-9095 Pharmacy Aides 3,900 0.13% $9.26 $9.58 $19,930 0.5 %
31-9099 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other (8) (8) $11.34 $12.99 $27,020 1.1 %
Protective Service Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 46,520 1.50% $11.08 $12.63 $26,280 0.3 %
33-1099 First-Line Supervisors/Managers, Protective Service Workers, All Other 2,830 0.09% $22.21 $22.50 $46,790 0.4 %
33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators 1,130 0.04% $13.89 $15.55 $32,340 1.6 %
33-9032 Security Guards 24,790 0.80% $11.34 $12.81 $26,640 0.6 %
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 45,980 1.48% $9.81 $10.94 $22,750 0.3 %
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks 30 (7) $19.37 $19.61 $40,790 2.9 %
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5,080 0.16% $14.38 $14.92 $31,040 0.6 %
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food 170 0.01% $9.58 $10.03 $20,860 3.4 %
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria (8) (8) $10.06 $10.83 $22,520 3.6 %
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 260 0.01% $11.57 $11.81 $24,570 1.9 %
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order 160 0.01% $10.85 $10.98 $22,840 1.4 %
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers 6,210 0.20% $10.20 $10.61 $22,080 0.5 %
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,910 0.77% $8.92 $9.72 $20,230 0.4 %
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 8,760 0.28% $11.38 $12.36 $25,700 0.6 %
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 660 0.02% $8.13 $9.99 $20,780 4.6 %
35-9011 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 240 0.01% $8.54 $8.83 $18,360 1.3 %
35-9021 Dishwashers 210 0.01% $8.39 $8.72 $18,140 2.6 %
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 110 (7) $7.52 $8.65 $18,000 4.1 %
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other 90 (7) $9.95 $10.38 $21,590 2.0 %
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 50,260 1.62% $10.12 $10.65 $22,150 0.2 %
37-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 150 (7) $15.49 $16.82 $34,990 2.0 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 49,840 1.61% $10.11 $10.63 $22,120 0.2 %
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 270 0.01% $10.31 $10.69 $22,240 2.6 %
Personal Care and Service Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 53,540 1.73% $8.85 $9.69 $20,150 0.6 %
39-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Personal Service Workers 730 0.02% $14.80 $16.23 $33,760 1.8 %
39-3093 Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants 1,460 0.05% $8.82 $9.04 $18,800 1.4 %
39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 17,410 0.56% $7.74 $9.72 $20,220 1.7 %
39-5092 Manicurists and Pedicurists 610 0.02% $7.82 $9.26 $19,260 2.4 %
39-5094 Skin Care Specialists 440 0.01% $11.06 $11.80 $24,540 2.0 %
39-9011 Child Care Workers 130 (7) $10.99 $11.09 $23,070 1.2 %
39-9099 Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other 2,970 0.10% $8.29 $8.82 $18,340 1.0 %
Sales and Related Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 1,686,210 54.41% $9.24 $10.35 $21,530 0.2 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 229,430 7.40% $14.69 $15.74 $32,730 0.2 %
41-2011 Cashiers 577,870 18.65% $8.51 $8.97 $18,650 0.2 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 4,220 0.14% $8.94 $9.73 $20,230 0.9 %
41-2022 Parts Salespersons 240 0.01% $12.53 $14.33 $29,810 7.1 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 854,360 27.57% $9.17 $9.83 $20,440 0.3 %
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 220 0.01% $14.13 $18.90 $39,300 10.0 %
41-9011 Demonstrators and Product Promoters 12,430 0.40% $10.45 $10.82 $22,510 0.5 %
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other 7,210 0.23% $9.09 $10.78 $22,420 2.0 %
Office and Administrative Support Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 791,350 25.53% $9.91 $10.82 $22,500 0.2 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 82,360 2.66% $12.89 $13.85 $28,810 0.3 %
43-2011 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 1,290 0.04% $10.09 $10.51 $21,860 1.1 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 220 0.01% $11.39 $12.12 $25,210 3.2 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 24,620 0.79% $13.20 $13.81 $28,720 0.3 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 1,050 0.03% $18.41 $17.34 $36,060 1.8 %
43-3061 Procurement Clerks 240 0.01% $13.94 $14.07 $29,260 5.8 %
43-4041 Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks 170 0.01% $10.97 $11.94 $24,840 4.5 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 52,360 1.69% $10.47 $11.62 $24,170 0.3 %
43-4071 File Clerks 100 (7) $13.99 $13.89 $28,900 1.2 %
43-4111 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 1,110 0.04% $12.85 $13.32 $27,710 0.7 %
43-4151 Order Clerks 12,870 0.42% $9.45 $10.01 $20,830 0.3 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 4,920 0.16% $13.38 $13.53 $28,140 0.5 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 8,890 0.29% $9.13 $9.48 $19,720 0.3 %
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 10,360 0.33% $11.88 $12.79 $26,600 0.4 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1,650 0.05% $13.89 $15.06 $31,330 5.8 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 41,240 1.33% $10.89 $11.84 $24,620 0.4 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 522,660 16.86% $9.34 $9.85 $20,500 0.2 %
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 2,580 0.08% $11.66 $12.33 $25,650 0.6 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 810 0.03% $15.90 $17.11 $35,590 2.1 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3,030 0.10% $14.63 $14.46 $30,070 0.8 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 190 0.01% $13.00 $13.92 $28,940 2.7 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 410 0.01% $11.40 $11.97 $24,900 1.8 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 15,710 0.51% $11.49 $13.09 $27,220 0.7 %
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 2,200 0.07% $15.68 $15.57 $32,390 0.6 %
Construction and Extraction Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 70 (7) $20.29 $20.32 $42,260 3.0 %
47-2031 Carpenters 40 (7) $21.47 $21.90 $45,560 3.0 %
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 36,510 1.18% $10.70 $12.17 $25,320 0.5 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1,720 0.06% $17.65 $18.33 $38,120 0.8 %
49-3042 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 150 (7) $16.75 $16.82 $34,980 1.3 %
49-3053 Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 150 (7) $11.46 $11.55 $24,020 5.5 %
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers 6,460 0.21% $11.65 $13.17 $27,400 0.8 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 4,260 0.14% $15.52 $16.15 $33,590 1.0 %
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 990 0.03% $12.39 $13.91 $28,930 1.6 %
Production Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
51-0000 Production Occupations 69,350 2.24% $10.55 $11.81 $24,560 0.2 %
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers 3,040 0.10% $18.86 $19.27 $40,070 0.3 %
51-3011 Bakers 10,530 0.34% $11.18 $12.67 $26,360 0.4 %
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters 5,640 0.18% $16.24 $16.52 $34,360 0.8 %
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 220 0.01% $9.85 $10.80 $22,460 2.3 %
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders 640 0.02% $9.49 $9.91 $20,620 0.7 %
51-6031 Sewing Machine Operators 120 (7) $14.77 $14.98 $31,150 1.9 %
51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers 1,480 0.05% $15.47 $15.47 $32,170 1.6 %
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers (8) (8) $11.29 $11.54 $24,000 2.8 %
51-9131 Photographic Process Workers 40 (7) $9.14 $10.04 $20,880 3.3 %
51-9132 Photographic Processing Machine Operators 23,520 0.76% $9.64 $10.37 $21,570 0.2 %
51-9199 Production Workers, All Other (8) (8) $11.24 $11.32 $23,540 5.6 %
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 160,090 5.17% $9.42 $10.71 $22,270 0.4 %
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 3,500 0.11% $15.15 $15.87 $33,010 0.8 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 650 0.02% $22.07 $21.83 $45,410 1.1 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 1,170 0.04% $11.59 $13.20 $27,450 5.7 %
53-6031 Service Station Attendants 1,290 0.04% $12.92 $13.98 $29,080 1.1 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 4,350 0.14% $21.31 $19.38 $40,310 0.7 %
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 135,670 4.38% $9.26 $10.15 $21,100 0.3 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 12,150 0.39% $9.14 $10.69 $22,240 1.2 %
53-7199 Material Moving Workers, All Other 70 (7) $15.23 $16.30 $33,910 5.2 %

About May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimates not released.




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