May 25, 2006
Among occupations with more than 2 million workers in May 2005, registered nurses had the highest average hourly earnings—$27.35.
For the other large occupations, average hourly earnings ranged from $7.48 for combined food preparation and serving workers (including fast food) to $14.27 for customer service representatives.
The occupations with the largest number of employees were retail salespersons and cashiers.
Other occupations with more than 2 million workers were general office clerks; laborers and freight, stock, and material movers; waiters and waitresses; and janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Earnings of workers in occupations with the largest number of employees on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/may/wk4/art04.htm (visited April 16, 2014).
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