Occupational Employment Statistics

Data tables for the overview of May 2012 occupational employment and wages

Employment and wages for the largest occupations, May 2012
Occupation Percent Employment Employment Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage

Retail salespersons

3.3 4,340,000 $12.17 $25,310

Cashiers

2.5 3,314,010 9.79 20,370

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

2.3 2,943,810 9.00 18,720

Office clerks, general

2.2 2,808,100 14.07 29,270

Registered nurses

2.0 2,633,980 32.66 67,930

Waiters and waitresses

1.8 2,332,020 9.95 20,710

Customer service representatives

1.8 2,299,750 15.92 33,110

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

1.6 2,143,940 12.70 26,410

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

1.6 2,097,380 11.95 24,850

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

1.6 2,085,680 16.13 33,560

Employment and wages for the smallest occupations, May 2012
Occupation Employment Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage

Prosthodontists

310 $80.83 $168,120

Patternmakers, wood

770 19.73 41,030

Fabric menders, except garment

770 13.72 28,540

Industrial-organizational psychologists

1,030 47.50 98,800

Farm labor contractors

1,030 18.55 38,590

Timing device assemblers and adjusters

1,140 13.98 29,080

Mathematical technicians

1,150 30.87 64,220

Mathematical science occupations, all other

1,220 30.41 63,250

Model makers, wood

1,270 15.26 31,740

Radio operators

1,280 20.79 43,240

Percent of total U.S. employment for the largest and smallest occupational groups, May 2012
Occupation Employment Percent Employment Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage

All occupations

130,287,700 100.00% $22.01 $45,790

Office and administrative support

21,355,350 16.39 16.54 34,410

Sales and related

13,835,090 10.62 18.26 37,990

Food preparation and serving related

11,546,880 8.86 10.28 21,380

Transportation and material moving

8,771,690 6.73 16.15 33,590

Production

8,594,170 6.60 16.59 34,500

Architecture and engineering

2,356,530 1.81 37.98 79,000

Community and social service

1,882,080 1.44 21.27 44,240

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1,750,130 1.34 26.20 54,490

Life, physical, and social science

1,104,100 0.85 32.87 68,360

Legal

1,023,020 0.79 47.39 98,570

Employment in the life, physical, and social science major occupational group, May 2012
SOC code Occupation Employment Type

19-1000

Life scientists 260,030 minor

19-3000

Social scientists and related workers 235,390 minor

19-4000

Life, physical, and social science technicians 334,060 minor

19-2000

Physical Scientists 274,610 minor

19-2010

Astronomers and physicists 19,960 broad

19-2020

Atmospheric and space scientists 10,190 broad

19-2030

Chemists and materials scientists 92,920 broad

19-2040

Environmental scientists and geoscientists 126,300 broad

19-2090

Miscellaneous physical scientists 25,230 broad

Employment for the largest occupations in the private sector, May 2012
Occupation Employment

Retail salespersons

4,330,340

Cashiers

3,267,150

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

2,788,440

Waiters and waitresses

2,319,230

Office clerks, general

2,286,250

Customer service representatives

2,226,350

Registered nurses

2,168,910

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2,091,780

Stock clerks and order fillers

1,768,790

General and operations managers

1,762,660

Employment for the largest occupations in the public sector, May 2012
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,230,050

Teacher assistants

922,400

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

853,090

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

627,120

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

566,430

Substitute teachers

556,310

Office clerks, general

521,850

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

502,690

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

481,690

Registered nurses

465,070

Employment for the largest occupations in federal government, May 2012
Occupation Employment

Postal service mail carriers

305,490

Business operations specialists, all other

171,770

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

134,230

Information and record clerks, all other

73,820

Computer occupations, all other

73,260

Postal service clerks

69,240

Registered nurses

67,770

Managers, all other

62,900

Management analysts

57,590

Compliance officers

53,910

Employment for the largest occupations in state government, May 2012
Occupation Employment

Correctional officers and jailers

237,380

Office clerks, general

183,800

Registered nurses

138,210

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

128,280

Graduate teaching assistants

91,970

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

87,710

Postsecondary teachers, all other

85,820

Business operations specialists, all other

84,520

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

79,730

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

71,310

Employment for the largest occupations in local government, May 2012
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,222,460

Teacher assistants

885,670

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

845,880

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

564,190

Substitute teachers

550,670

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

545,130

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

404,920

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

332,550

Office clerks, general

317,180

Firefighters

270,920

Planes, trains, and automobiles: states with the highest location quotients in select transportation and material moving occupations, May 2012
State Occupational location quotients
Commercial pilots Taxi drivers and chauffeurs Subway and streetcar operators

Alaska

10.1 0.6 *

North Dakota

2.5 1.7 *

Nevada

1.9 7.6 *

Connecticut

1.0 1.8 *

Maryland

0.2 1.3 12.0

New York

0.4 1.3 5.4

* Estimate not released

Occupations with the highest concentration of employment in metropolitan areas, May 2012
Occupation Percent of employment in metropolitan areas

Flight attendants

99.9

Makeup artists, theatrical and performance

99.3

Subway and streetcar operators

99.2

Models

98.8

Multimedia artists and animators

98.6

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

98.5

Actuaries

98.5

Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

98.4

Software developers, systems software

98.3

Biochemists and biophysicists

98.2

Film and video editors

98.2

Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

98.2

Actors

98.0

Financial analysts

98.0

Semiconductor processors

97.9

Shampooers

97.8

Prosthodontists

97.8

Software developers, applications

97.7

Art directors

97.7

Computer hardware engineers

97.6

Occupations with the highest concentration of employment in nonmetropolitan areas, May 2012
Occupation Percent of employment in nonmetropolitan areas

Mine shuttle car operators

77.8

Log graders and scalers

75.4

Loading machine operators, underground mining

73.3

Roof bolters, mining

72.3

Logging equipment operators

69.7

Fallers

62.7

Logging workers, all other

59.6

Continuous mining machine operators

59.6

Mine cutting and channeling machine operators

58.5

Forest and conservation technicians

56.4

Slaughterers and meat packers

55.3

Postmasters and mail superintendents

55.0

Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters

54.4

Fishers and related fishing workers

54.4

Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

53.4

Roustabouts, oil and gas

52.3

Mining machine operators, all other

50.9

Wellhead pumpers

50.7

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

50.2

Helpers--extraction workers

50.2

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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