Table 4. National employment and wage data for occupations with employment greater than 700,000, May 2009

Table 4.  National employment and wage data for occupations with employment greater than 700,000, May 2009

        Occupation (1)                                                Major occupational group                 Employment          Median wages       Mean hourly
                                                                                                                                Hourly     Annual(1)     wages

Retail salespersons                                             Sales and related                               4,209,500       $9.74      $20,260       $11.84
Cashiers                                                        Sales and related                               3,439,380        8.57       17,820         9.15
General office clerks                                           Office and administrative support               2,815,240       12.57       26,140        13.32
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including        
 fast food                                                      Food preparation and serving related            2,695,740        8.28       17,220         8.71
Registered nurses                                               Healthcare practitioner and technical           2,583,770       30.65       63,750        31.99
Waiters and waitresses                                          Food preparation and serving related            2,302,070        8.50       17,690         9.80
Customer service representatives                                Office and administrative support               2,195,860       14.56       30,290        15.58
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand          Transportation and material moving              2,135,790       11.11       23,110        12.16
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners   Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance   2,090,400       10.56       21,970        11.60
Stock clerks and order fillers                                  Office and administrative support               1,864,410       10.08       20,960        11.28

Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive               Office and administrative support               1,797,670       14.41       29,980        14.93
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks                    Office and administrative support               1,757,870       16.08       33,450        16.71
General and operations managers                                 Management                                      1,689,680       44.55       92,650        53.15
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer                        Transportation and material moving              1,550,930       18.14       37,730        18.87
Elementary school teachers, except special education            Education, training, and library                1,544,300        (2)        50,510         (2) 
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants                        Healthcare support                              1,438,010       11.56       24,040        12.01
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except
 technical and scientific products                              Sales and related                               1,409,780       24.48       50,920        29.52
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative
 support workers                                                Office and administrative support               1,381,060       22.55       46,910        24.04
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants             Office and administrative support               1,361,170       20.03       41,650        21.16
Teacher assistants                                              Education, training, and library                1,275,410        (2)        22,820         (2) 

Maintenance and repair workers, general                         Installation, maintenance, and repair           1,268,930       16.65       34,620        17.56
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers         Sales and related                               1,163,040       16.78       34,900        18.81
Accountants and auditors                                        Business and financial operations               1,106,980       29.01       60,340        32.42
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational 
 education                                                      Education, training, and library                1,091,710        (2)        52,200         (2)
Receptionists and information clerks                            Office and administrative support               1,052,120       12.05       25,070        12.50
Business operations specialists, all other                      Business and financial operations               1,036,450       29.14       60,610        31.71
Security guards                                                 Protective service                              1,028,830       11.45       23,820        12.70
Team assemblers                                                 Production                                        997,390       12.89       26,820        13.87
Home health aides                                               Healthcare support                                955,220        9.85       20,480        10.39
Cooks, restaurant                                               Food preparation and serving related              898,820       10.66       22,170        11.11

Maids and housekeeping cleaners                                 Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance     887,890        9.26       19,250        10.02
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers                          Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance     859,960       11.29       23,480        12.18
Construction laborers                                           Construction and extraction                       856,440       14.01       29,150        15.96
Food preparation workers                                        Food preparation and serving related              849,400        9.15       19,020         9.82
Truck drivers, light or delivery services                       Transportation and material moving                834,780       13.62       28,330        14.96
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and
 serving workers                                                Food preparation and serving related              791,750       14.17       29,470        15.12
Carpenters                                                      Construction and extraction                       743,760       18.98       39,470        20.98
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses               Healthcare practitioner and technical             728,670       19.14       39,820        19.66
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks                         Office and administrative support                 715,130       13.58       28,250        14.35
Packers and packagers, hand                                     Transportation and material moving                706,240        9.36       19,470        10.47


   1 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.
   2 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.



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