Table 1. Employment and mean wages for the largest occupations in colleges, universities, and professional schools, May 2008
Occupation Employment Percent of total industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage

Postsecondary teachers, all other

168,810 6.1 (1) 73,890

Office clerks, general

162,380 5.9 12.85 26,720

Graduate teaching assistants

118,650 4.3 (1) 31,560

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

96,840 3.5 (1) 109,620

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

95,120 3.4 19.93 41,450

Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive

91,210 3.3 15.57 32,390

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

75,900 2.8 12.44 25,880

Education administrators, postsecondary

70,860 2.6 46.66 97,040

Business operations specialists, all other

61,480 2.2 29.05 60,430

Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

53,280 1.9 (1) 65,960

Total, these occupations

994,530 36.0 n/a n/a

Industry Total

2,764,870 100.0 26.68 55,490
(1) 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.

 

Last Modified Date: February 4, 2010