November 30, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Average wage for the highest paying occupational group nearly five times that of the lowest paying group

Annual mean wages for the highest and lowest paying occupational groups, May 2010
Occupational group Annual mean wage

Management

$105,440

Legal

96,940

Computer and mathematical

77,230

Architecture and engineering

75,550

Healthcare practitioners and technical

71,280

Business and financial operations

67,690

U.S. all-occupations mean

44,410

Transportation and material moving

32,660

Healthcare support

26,920

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

25,300

Personal care and service

24,590

Farming, fishing, and forestry

24,330

Food preparation and serving related

21,240

These data are featured in the TED article, Average wage for the highest paying occupational group nearly five times that of the lowest paying group.

 

 

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