Occupational Employment Statistics

Largest Occupations by Industry Sector, May 2011


Largest Occupations in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

183,310 49.4 $19,330

Logging Equipment Operators

18,880 5.1 34,670

Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

17,050 4.6 19,460

Agricultural Equipment Operators

12,740 3.4 24,690

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

12,360 3.3 33,200

Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

11,880 3.2 24,390

Packers and Packagers, Hand

11,300 3.0 19,810

First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

9,420 2.5 42,970

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

7,890 2.1 21,100

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

5,490 1.5 25,180

Largest Occupations in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

46,840 6.8 $34,760

Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

44,330 6.4 44,330

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

31,040 4.5 43,830

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

30,210 4.4 38,860

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

28,950 4.2 71,560

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

20,980 3.0 58,440

Helpers--Extraction Workers

20,460 3.0 37,230

Petroleum Engineers

20,170 2.9 142,180

Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

19,380 2.8 47,160

General and Operations Managers

16,010 2.3 131,190

Largest Occupations in Utilities, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

55,900 10.1 $63,520

Customer Service Representatives

31,360 5.7 42,030

Power Plant Operators

30,570 5.5 65,600

Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

19,690 3.6 56,540

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

18,220 3.3 67,070

Meter Readers, Utilities

17,740 3.2 41,960

First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

17,160 3.1 77,490

Electrical Engineers

16,370 3.0 86,070

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

13,040 2.4 42,880

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

12,270 2.2 78,410

Largest Occupations in Construction, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Construction Laborers

611,330 11.0 $34,560

Carpenters

476,300 8.6 44,540

Electricians

377,460 6.8 52,470

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

340,580 6.1 62,670

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

278,820 5.0 52,190

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

199,180 3.6 48,170

Office Clerks, General

166,980 3.0 29,660

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

159,020 2.9 44,400

Construction Managers

156,260 2.8 93,550

Painters, Construction and Maintenance

145,740 2.6 37,930

Largest Occupations in Manufacturing, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Team Assemblers

703,740 6.1 $31,410

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

406,820 3.5 56,830

Machinists

294,620 2.5 40,580

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

293,540 2.5 36,780

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

267,910 2.3 28,190

Helpers--Production Workers

254,520 2.2 25,580

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

243,320 2.1 29,450

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

213,710 1.8 66,190

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

206,250 1.8 36,020

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

196,390 1.7 42,210

Largest Occupations in Wholesale Trade, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

921,740 16.6 $63,550

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

365,550 6.6 26,760

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

223,920 4.0 86,170

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

195,500 3.5 39,840

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

182,510 3.3 28,220

Customer Service Representatives

175,740 3.2 36,850

Office Clerks, General

171,060 3.1 28,770

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

157,150 2.8 30,680

General and Operations Managers

152,900 2.8 126,910

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

152,300 2.8 29,080

Largest Occupations in Retail Trade, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Retail Salespersons

3,982,590 27.0 $24,960

Cashiers

2,712,630 18.4 20,210

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

1,251,370 8.5 22,120

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

1,083,340 7.3 40,380

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

317,920 2.1 22,720

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

283,400 1.9 39,800

Customer Service Representatives

266,950 1.8 26,650

Pharmacy Technicians

255,990 1.7 28,510

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

196,630 1.3 21,340

General and Operations Managers

196,210 1.3 92,210

Largest Occupations in Transportation and Warehousing, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

872,930 17.7 $40,940

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

453,300 9.2 29,110

Postal Service Mail Carriers

315,320 6.4 51,390

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

232,880 4.7 44,930

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

175,650 3.6 30,330

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

139,680 2.8 48,380

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

112,650 2.3 33,740

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

95,740 1.9 34,780

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

94,040 1.9 31,830

Flight Attendants

86,970 1.8 41,680

Largest Occupations in Information, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Customer Service Representatives

165,970 6.2 $36,100

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

147,860 5.5 54,340

Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

108,220 4.0 62,280

Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

98,400 3.7 54,580

Software Developers, Applications

84,310 3.1 95,890

Advertising Sales Agents

81,260 3.0 51,140

Computer Support Specialists

75,510 2.8 54,480

Editors

71,040 2.6 60,750

Producers and Directors

58,210 2.2 96,450

General and Operations Managers

52,630 2.0 133,400

Largest Occupations in Finance and Insurance, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Tellers

533,650 9.7 $25,470

Customer Service Representatives

475,830 8.7 34,820

Insurance Sales Agents

312,170 5.7 63,240

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

293,700 5.3 98,500

Loan Officers

256,950 4.7 67,670

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

237,270 4.3 54,110

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

199,130 3.6 36,870

Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators

190,790 3.5 59,990

Office Clerks, General

168,120 3.1 29,500

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

163,610 3.0 35,730

Largest Occupations in Real Estate and Rental and Leasing, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

250,650 13.1 $32,790

Counter and Rental Clerks

192,680 10.1 26,010

Real Estate Sales Agents

131,360 6.9 49,630

Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

111,020 5.8 60,430

Office Clerks, General

102,560 5.4 27,400

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

81,860 4.3 26,440

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

79,540 4.2 30,430

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

57,740 3.0 36,700

Customer Service Representatives

39,540 2.1 30,340

General and Operations Managers

39,510 2.1 118,160

Largest Occupations in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Lawyers

381,190 5.0 $137,480

Accountants and Auditors

366,350 4.8 75,230

Office Clerks, General

234,650 3.1 29,110

Software Developers, Applications

233,030 3.1 92,490

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

209,020 2.8 33,530

Management Analysts

208,560 2.8 98,880

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

205,760 2.7 37,830

Legal Secretaries

191,900 2.5 44,560

General and Operations Managers

188,470 2.5 145,400

Paralegals and Legal Assistants*

186,440 2.5 47,890

Largest Occupations in Management of Companies and Enterprises, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Customer Service Representatives

81,090 4.3 $36,130

Accountants and Auditors

78,040 4.1 70,150

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

76,910 4.0 37,070

General and Operations Managers

72,800 3.8 140,870

Business Operations Specialists, All Other*

58,280 3.1 74,350

Office Clerks, General

51,320 2.7 31,610

Financial Managers

51,120 2.7 137,220

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

44,700 2.4 59,220

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

43,190 2.3 52,400

Computer Systems Analysts

38,750 2.0 81,350

Largest Occupations in Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

813,860 10.5 $22,370

Security Guards

635,360 8.2 25,160

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

458,500 5.9 24,780

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

391,130 5.1 22,620

Customer Service Representatives

367,690 4.8 28,600

Office Clerks, General

268,340 3.5 27,130

Team Assemblers

157,940 2.0 23,330

Telemarketers

151,610 2.0 23,580

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

138,880 1.8 31,290

General and Operations Managers

130,070 1.7 104,620

Largest Occupations in Educational Services, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

1,405,560 11.0 $55,290

Teacher Assistants

1,038,400 8.2 25,700

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

996,840 7.8 56,780

Teachers and Instructors, All Other*

727,530 5.7 36,420

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

639,670 5.0 55,780

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

436,910 3.4 28,620

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

375,010 2.9 33,830

Office Clerks, General

330,920 2.6 28,990

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

226,820 1.8 28,370

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

219,360 1.7 90,300

Largest Occupations in Health Care and Social Assistance, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Registered Nurses*

2,362,520 13.6 $69,170

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*

1,349,220 7.7 25,160

Home Health Aides

862,610 5.0 21,440

Personal Care Aides

751,690 4.3 20,340

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

619,000 3.5 41,880

Medical Assistants

507,040 2.9 30,200

Medical Secretaries

481,870 2.8 32,430

Receptionists and Information Clerks

419,560 2.4 27,340

Office Clerks, General

375,050 2.1 28,510

Childcare Workers

360,940 2.1 20,300

Largest Occupations in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Amusement and Recreation Attendants

169,700 9.0 $19,360

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

154,570 8.2 37,200

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

98,620 5.2 23,580

Waiters and Waitresses

85,360 4.5 22,040

Cashiers

57,890 3.1 20,000

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

45,930 2.4 22,720

Coaches and Scouts

40,490 2.1 39,450

Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers

39,820 2.1 20,710

Security Guards

39,460 2.1 26,930

Bartenders

34,770 1.8 21,760

Largest Occupations in Accommodation and Food Services, May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

2,348,590 20.7 $18,230

Waiters and Waitresses

2,125,000 18.8 20,830

Cooks, Restaurant

896,480 7.9 23,290

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

622,990 5.5 31,350

Cooks, Fast Food

481,420 4.2 18,680

Dishwashers

436,790 3.9 18,720

Food Preparation Workers

434,190 3.8 20,000

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

422,500 3.7 21,010

Bartenders

421,550 3.7 21,760

Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

325,270 2.9 19,430

Largest Occupations in Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government), May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

318,070 8.5 $26,550

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

222,140 5.9 35,130

Office Clerks, General

130,090 3.5 26,160

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

117,600 3.1 20,000

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

104,600 2.8 20,670

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

104,390 2.8 30,480

Automotive Body and Related Repairers

93,100 2.5 40,840

Receptionists and Information Clerks

82,510 2.2 22,590

General and Operations Managers

80,800 2.1 102,160

Parking Lot Attendants

79,960 2.1 21,310

Largest Occupations in Federal, State, and Local Government (excluding state and local schools and hospitals), May 2011
Occupation Employment Percent of industry employment Annual mean wage

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

617,680 6.3 $56,520

Correctional Officers and Jailers

424,290 4.3 43,750

Firefighters

289,920 2.9 48,340

Office Clerks, General

282,140 2.9 32,140

Business Operations Specialists, All Other*

266,670 2.7 71,740

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

179,030 1.8 36,730

Registered Nurses*

153,970 1.6 71,360

Highway Maintenance Workers

138,990 1.4 36,220

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

133,870 1.4 39,440

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

123,490 1.2 46,730

* This occupation has the same title, but not necessarily the same content, as the 2010 SOC occupation

Last Modified Date: January 15, 2013

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