May 04, 2009
The 2 largest occupations in the U.S., retail salespersons and cashiers—both of which had employment of more than 3.0 million workers in May 2008—had mean annual wages of $25,050 and $18,880, respectively.
Examples of other occupations with employment of more than 2.0 million workers include office clerks, general, (mean annual wages: $26,830) and combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food ($17,400).
Among the occupations with employment of more than 2.0 million, registered nurses had mean annual wages ($65,130) that were at least twice as high as those of the other occupations.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Wages of workers in largest occupations, May 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/may/wk1/art01.htm (visited November 30, 2015).
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