Bureau of Labor Statistics

Visualize it: Wages and projected openings by occupation

| November 2019

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When making career decisions, you may find visual presentations of data useful for comparing occupations. The following charts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) can help you to assess, at a glance, the pay and projected openings for hundreds of occupations.

With the scatter charts that follow, you can compare occupations by median annual wages in 2018 and openings projected each year, on average, from 2018 to 2028. The farther to the right a data point is in a chart, the more openings an occupation is projected to have. The higher a data point is, the greater an occupation’s wage. A line in each chart shows the 2018 median annual wage for all workers ($38,640).  

Nearly all occupations in the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) are represented in six charts. The charts combine multiple OOH occupation groups with titles adapted as follows:

Most openings arise when workers leave an occupation permanently and need to be replaced (openings from separations). Other openings are from new jobs created in an occupation that need to be filled (openings from growth). Every occupation is projected to have at least some openings due to separations, even if employment in the occupation is projected to decline.

Computers, engineering, science, and math

The occupations in chart 1 are projected to have about 705,200 annual average openings over the projections decade. More than half of these projected openings are in the computer and information technology group, with software developers projected to have the most openings (134,600) of the occupations in the chart.

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Chart 1. Computers, engineering, science, and math occupations

Median annual wages, 2018, and occupational openings, projected 2018–28, annual average

Occupation

Occupational group

Annual average openings,
projected 2018–28

Median annual wage, 2018

Computer and information research scientists

Computer and Information Technology 3,200 $118,370

Computer programmers

Computer and Information Technology 15,100 84,280

Software developers

Computer and Information Technology 134,600 105,590

Computer support specialists

Computer and Information Technology 82,500 53,470

Computer systems analysts

Computer and Information Technology 53,400 88,740

Database administrators

Computer and Information Technology 9,700 90,070

Network and computer systems administrators

Computer and Information Technology 29,300 82,050

Information security analysts

Computer and Information Technology 12,800 98,350

Web developers

Computer and Information Technology 15,100 69,430

Computer network architects

Computer and Information Technology 12,200 109,020

Architects

Architecture and Engineering 11,800 79,380

Landscape architects

Architecture and Engineering 1,900 68,230

Cartographers and photogrammetrists

Architecture and Engineering 1,100 64,430

Surveyors

Architecture and Engineering 4,000 62,580

Aerospace engineers

Architecture and Engineering 4,500 115,220

Biomedical engineers

Architecture and Engineering 1,500 88,550

Chemical engineers

Architecture and Engineering 2,400 104,910

Civil engineers

Architecture and Engineering 28,300 86,640

Computer hardware engineers

Architecture and Engineering 5,200 114,600

Electrical and electronics engineers

Architecture and Engineering 22,900 99,070

Environmental engineers

Architecture and Engineering 4,600 87,620

Industrial engineers

Architecture and Engineering 22,600 87,040

Marine engineers and naval architects

Architecture and Engineering 800 92,560

Materials engineers

Architecture and Engineering 1,700 92,390

Mechanical engineers

Architecture and Engineering 22,900 87,370

Mining and geological engineers

Architecture and Engineering 500 92,250

Nuclear engineers

Architecture and Engineering 1,100 107,600

Petroleum engineers

Architecture and Engineering 2,500 137,170

Drafters

Architecture and Engineering 20,500 55,550

Civil engineering technicians

Architecture and Engineering 7,700 52,580

Environmental engineering technicians

Architecture and Engineering 2,000 50,560

Industrial engineering technicians

Architecture and Engineering 6,600 55,460

Mechanical engineering technicians

Architecture and Engineering 4,300 56,250

Surveying and mapping technicians

Architecture and Engineering 7,200 44,380

Agricultural engineers

Architecture and Engineering 200 77,110

Health and safety engineers

Architecture and Engineering 2,000 89,130

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians

Architecture and Engineering 1,100 67,010

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians

Architecture and Engineering 12,700 64,330

Electro-mechanical technicians

Architecture and Engineering 1,400 57,790

Atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 1,100 94,110

Economists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 1,800 104,340

Agricultural and food scientists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 4,300 64,020

Biochemists and biophysicists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 3,100 93,280

Microbiologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 2,100 71,650

Zoologists and wildlife biologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 1,900 63,420

Epidemiologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 700 69,660

Medical scientists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 13,200 84,810

Physicists and astronomers

Life, Physical, and Social Science 2,000 119,580

Chemists and materials scientists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 9,100 78,330

Environmental scientists and specialists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 10,300 71,130

Geoscientists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 3,600 91,130

Hydrologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 800 79,370

Survey researchers

Life, Physical, and Social Science 1,500 57,700

Psychologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 16,200 79,010

Sociologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 400 82,050

Urban and regional planners

Life, Physical, and Social Science 4,200 73,050

Anthropologists and archeologists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 800 62,410

Political scientists

Life, Physical, and Social Science 800 117,570

Biological technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 9,800 44,500

Chemical technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 7,200 48,160

Geological and petroleum technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 1,800 53,300

Nuclear technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 900 79,140

Environmental science and protection technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 4,600 46,170

Forensic science technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 2,400 58,230

Conservation scientists and foresters

Life, Physical, and Social Science 3,600 61,340

Geographers

Life, Physical, and Social Science 200 80,300

Historians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 400 61,140

Agricultural and food science technicians

Life, Physical, and Social Science 3,800 40,860

Mathematicians and statisticians

Math 5,600 88,190

Actuaries

Math 2,200 102,880

Operations research analysts

Math 10,900 83,390

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (wages) and Employment Projections (projected openings).

Each of the 71 occupations in chart 1 had an annual wage above the median for all workers. And many had a wage that was more than double or triple that amount. The highest earning occupation in chart 1 is petroleum engineers ($137,170).

Construction, production, repair, and farming

Openings for the occupations shown in chart 2 are projected to total about 2 million annually, on average. Of the occupations shown, construction laborers and helpers is expected to have the most openings (216,000), followed by assemblers and fabricators (182,600).

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Chart 2. Construction, production, repair, and farming occupations

Median annual wages, 2018, and occupational openings, projected 2018–28, annual average

Occupation

Occupational group

Annual average openings, projected 2018–28

Median annual wage, 2018

Electricians

Construction and Extraction 94,600 $55,190

Solar photovoltaic installers

Construction and Extraction 2,200 42,680

Masonry workers

Construction and Extraction 35,500 44,810

Carpenters

Construction and Extraction 116,300 46,590

Flooring installers and tile and marble setters

Construction and Extraction 13,700 40,830

Construction laborers and helpers

Construction and Extraction 216,000 34,810

Construction equipment operators

Construction and Extraction 59,600 46,990

Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers

Construction and Extraction 14,800 45,180

Glaziers

Construction and Extraction 7,000 43,550

Insulation workers

Construction and Extraction 7,200 41,910

Painters, construction and maintenance

Construction and Extraction 41,400 38,940

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Construction and Extraction 66,100 53,910

Roofers

Construction and Extraction 19,500 39,970

Ironworkers

Construction and Extraction 13,400 52,770

Construction and building inspectors

Construction and Extraction 15,800 59,700

Elevator installers and repairers

Construction and Extraction 3,500 79,780

Hazardous materials removal workers

Construction and Extraction 6,600 42,030

Boilermakers

Construction and Extraction 1,600 62,150

Sheet metal workers

Construction and Extraction 17,300 48,460

Assemblers and fabricators

Production 182,600 32,820

Bakers

Production 28,100 26,520

Butchers

Production 17,400 31,580

Metal and plastic machine workers

Production 103,800 36,080

Machinists and tool and die makers

Production 48,300 44,950

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Production 48,800 41,380

Woodworkers

Production 31,600 31,550

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers

Production 4,500 83,020

Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Production 3,700 60,440

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Production 10,600 46,780

Quality control inspectors

Production 54,400 38,250

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers

Production 4,400 39,440

Dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians

Production 11,500 36,690

Food and tobacco processing workers

Production 38,700 29,090

Painting and coating workers

Production 18,100 36,810

Wind turbine technicians

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 1,300 54,370

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 23,600 56,100

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 13,300 63,060

Automotive body and glass repairers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 18,100 41,330

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 74,000 40,710

Diesel service technicians and mechanics

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 28,400 47,350

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 23,100 50,320

Small engine mechanics

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 8,300 37,060

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 42,800 47,610

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 50,100 51,630

General maintenance and repair workers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 156,900 38,300

Line installers and repairers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 25,200 65,880

Medical equipment repairers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 6,000 49,210

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 11,100 57,890

Agricultural workers

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 145,100 24,620

Forest and conservation workers

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 2,400 27,460

Logging workers

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 7,200 40,650

Note: A published wage is not available for fishing and hunting workers; therefore, this occupation does not appear in the chart. BLS projects 6,200 annual average openings for fishing and hunting workers over the projections decade.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (wages) and Employment Projections (projected openings).

Thirty-seven of the 51 occupations in chart 2 had an annual wage above the median for all workers. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers ($83,020), in the production group, had the highest wage of the occupations in this chart.

Education, protective service, social service, and legal

About half of the 1.4 million annual average openings in chart 3 are projected to be in the education, training, and library group. Security guards and gaming surveillance officers is the occupation projected to have the most openings of those shown in chart 3: about 155,200 each year, on average, from 2018 to 2028.

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Chart 3. Education, protective service, social service, and legal occupations

Median annual wages, 2018, and occupational openings, projected 2018–28, annual average

Occupation

Occupational group

Annual average openings, projected 2018–28

Median annual wage, 2018

Preschool teachers

Education, Training, and Library 58,100 $29,780

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers

Education, Training, and Library 126,600 57,980

Middle school teachers

Education, Training, and Library 48,300 58,600

Career and technical education teachers

Education, Training, and Library 16,400 56,750

Special education teachers

Education, Training, and Library 34,700 59,780

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers

Education, Training, and Library 6,600 53,630

Archivists, curators, and museum workers

Education, Training, and Library 4,400 48,400

Librarians

Education, Training, and Library 14,700 59,050

Library technicians and assistants

Education, Training, and Library 27,800 29,640

Instructional coordinators

Education, Training, and Library 18,600 64,450

Teacher assistants

Education, Training, and Library 153,900 26,970

Postsecondary teachers

Education, Training, and Library 133,600 78,470

High school teachers

Education, Training, and Library 80,300 60,320

Firefighters

Protective Service 25,000 49,620

Correctional officers and bailiffs

Protective Service 35,500 44,400

Police and detectives

Protective Service 61,200 63,380

Private detectives and investigators

Protective Service 3,300 50,090

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

Protective Service 155,200 28,530

Fire inspectors

Protective Service 1,600 60,200

Health educators and community health workers

Community and Social Service 16,200 46,080

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

Community and Social Service 41,500 44,630

School and career counselors

Community and Social Service 37,300 56,310

Marriage and family therapists

Community and Social Service 7,500 50,090

Rehabilitation counselors

Community and Social Service 14,000 35,630

Social workers

Community and Social Service 81,100 49,470

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

Community and Social Service 8,200 53,020

Social and human service assistants

Community and Social Service 57,500 33,750

Court reporters

Legal 1,600 57,150

Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators

Legal 400 62,270

Judges and hearing officers

Legal 2,300 117,190

Lawyers

Legal 45,700 120,910

Paralegals and legal assistants

Legal 40,400 50,940

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (wages) and Employment Projections (projected openings).

Twenty-six of the 32 occupations in chart 3 had an annual wage that was above the median for all workers. Those in the legal group had some of the highest wages in the chart, notably lawyers ($120,910) and judges and hearing officers ($117,190).

Food, media, entertainment, and arts

The occupations in chart 4 are projected to have about 2.7 million openings each year, on average, from 2018 to 2028. Food and beverage serving and related workers is the occupation projected to have more openings than any other in this article: more than 1.1 million annually, on average.

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Chart 4. Food, media, entertainment, and arts occupations

Median annual wages, 2018, and occupational openings, projected 2018–28, annual average

Occupation

Occupational group

Annual average openings, projected 2018–28

Median annual wage, 2018

Chefs and head cooks

Food Preparation and Serving 20,700 $48,460

Cooks

Food Preparation and Serving 400,700 25,200

Food preparation workers

Food Preparation and Serving 158,500 23,730

Bartenders

Food Preparation and Serving 123,100 22,550

Food and beverage serving and related workers

Food Preparation and Serving 1,141,100 21,750

Waiters and waitresses

Food Preparation and Serving 539,000 21,780

Public relations specialists

Media and Communication 30,700 60,000

Announcers

Media and Communication 5,200 31,990

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts

Media and Communication 5,300 43,490

Editors

Media and Communication 12,400 59,480

Technical writers

Media and Communication 6,100 71,850

Writers and authors

Media and Communication 12,800 62,170

Interpreters and translators

Media and Communication 9,800 49,930

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians

Media and Communication 17,200 43,660

Photographers

Media and Communication 11,800 34,000

Film and video editors and camera operators

Media and Communication 7,900 58,990

Producers and directors

Entertainment and Sports 16,000 71,680

Athletes and sports competitors

Entertainment and Sports 2,100 50,650

Coaches and scouts

Entertainment and Sports 47,600 33,780

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Entertainment and Sports 3,400 27,020

Music directors and composers

Entertainment and Sports 7,800 49,630

Art directors

Arts and Design 11,100 92,780

Multimedia artists and animators

Arts and Design 8,300 72,520

Industrial designers

Arts and Design 4,600 66,590

Fashion designers

Arts and Design 2,600 72,720

Floral designers

Arts and Design 4,400 27,200

Graphic designers

Arts and Design 30,300 50,370

Interior designers

Arts and Design 8,000 53,370

Craft and fine artists

Arts and Design 5,500 48,960

Note: BLS does not publish median annual wages for actors, dancers and choreographers, and musicians and singers. Therefore, these occupations do not appear on the chart.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (wages) and Employment Projections (projected openings).

Nineteen of the 29 occupations in chart 4 had an annual wage above the median for all occupations. Nearly all of the occupations in the arts and design group and the media and communication group had a wage above the median, compared with one (chefs and head cooks) in the food preparation and serving group.

BLS does not publish annual wages for actors (7,700 openings), dancers and choreographers (3,600 openings), and musicians and singers (22,400 openings) because workers in these occupations do not usually work full-time, year round. As a result, these occupations are not included in the chart.

Healthcare, personal care, and cleaning

Openings for the occupations in chart 5 are projected to total about 2.8 million annually, on average, over the 2018–28 decade. Home health aides and personal care aides combined are expected to have more openings from growth than any other occupation (118,600). 

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Chart 5. Healthcare, personal care, and cleaning occupations

Median annual wages, 2018, and occupational openings, projected 2018–28, annual average

Occupation

Occupational group

Annual average openings, projected 2018–28

Median annual wage, 2018

Dietitians and nutritionists

Healthcare 5,500 $60,370

Audiologists

Healthcare 800 75,920

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners

Healthcare 20,500 113,930

Athletic trainers

Healthcare 2,500 47,510

Genetic counselors

Healthcare 300 80,370

Nursing assistants and orderlies

Healthcare 196,800 28,530

Phlebotomists

Healthcare 18,100 34,480

Chiropractors

Healthcare 1,800 71,410

Dentists

Healthcare 6,000 156,240

Optometrists

Healthcare 1,700 111,790

Pharmacists

Healthcare 14,100 126,120

Physicians and surgeons [1]

Healthcare 28,500 208,000

Physician assistants

Healthcare 11,500 108,610

Podiatrists

Healthcare 700 129,550

Registered nurses

Healthcare 210,400 71,730

Occupational therapists

Healthcare 10,500 84,270

Physical therapists

Healthcare 16,900 87,930

Radiation therapists

Healthcare 1,100 82,330

Recreational therapists

Healthcare 1,100 47,860

Respiratory therapists

Healthcare 10,600 60,280

Speech-language pathologists

Healthcare 13,500 77,510

Veterinarians

Healthcare 5,100 93,830

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

Healthcare 25,500 52,330

Dental hygienists

Healthcare 17,900 74,820

Diagnostic medical sonographers
and cardiovascular technologists and technicians,
including vascular technologists

Healthcare 9,500 67,080

Nuclear medicine technologists

Healthcare 1,200 76,820

Radiologic and MRI technologists

Healthcare 16,700 61,240

EMTs and paramedics

Healthcare 19,900 34,320

Pharmacy technicians

Healthcare 38,300 32,700

Surgical technologists

Healthcare 10,400 47,300

Veterinary technologists and technicians

Healthcare 11,800 34,420

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Healthcare 66,300 46,240

Medical records and health information technicians

Healthcare 16,800 40,350

Opticians

Healthcare 6,600 37,010

Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians

Healthcare 7,600 69,370

Home health aides and personal care aides

Healthcare 627,700 24,060

Psychiatric technicians and aides

Healthcare 15,500 30,860

Occupational therapy assistants and aides

Healthcare 8,100 57,620

Physical therapist assistants and aides

Healthcare 24,500 48,090

Massage therapists

Healthcare 24,200 41,420

Dental assistants

Healthcare 44,800 38,660

Medical assistants

Healthcare 99,700 33,610

Medical transcriptionists

Healthcare 7,700 34,770

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Healthcare 18,100 27,540

Orthotists and prosthetists

Healthcare 900 69,120

Exercise physiologists

Healthcare 1,100 49,270

Funeral service workers

Personal Care and Service 5,600 57,580

Animal care and service workers

Personal Care and Service 62,200 23,950

Gaming services workers

Personal Care and Service 28,400 22,810

Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Personal Care and Service 104,700 24,830

Manicurists and pedicurists

Personal Care and Service 20,300 24,330

Skincare specialists

Personal Care and Service 9,400 31,290

Childcare workers

Personal Care and Service 177,900 23,240

Fitness trainers and instructors

Personal Care and Service 67,600 39,820

Recreation workers

Personal Care and Service 74,000 25,060

Janitors and building cleaners

Building and Grounds Cleaning 343,100 26,110

Pest control workers

Building and Grounds Cleaning 12,600 35,610

Grounds maintenance workers

Building and Grounds Cleaning 189,200 29,400

[1] The median annual wage for physicians and surgeons was greater than or equal to $208,000, the highest median annual wage published by the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics program.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (wages) and Employment Projections (projected openings).

Chart 5 shows 58 occupations, 37 of which had an annual wage above the median for all workers. Most of the high-wage occupations in chart 5 are in healthcare. The wage for physicians and surgeons is the highest of any occupation, shown here as greater than or equal to $208,000—the top median annual wage published by BLS.

Office, sales, transportation, management, and business

The occupations in chart 6 are projected to have about 6.9 million openings each year, on average, from 2018 to 2028. Retail sales workers and cashiers, both in the sales group, are projected to have the most openings of the occupations in the chart, with combined annual average openings of more than 1.3 million. Although BLS projects overall employment in these two occupations to decline, many openings are still expected as workers leave permanently and need to be replaced.

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Chart 6. Office, sales, transportation, management, and business occupations

Median annual wages, 2018, and occupational openings, projected 2018–28, annual average

Occupation

Occupational group

Annual average openings, projected 2018–28

Median annual wage, 2018

Bill and account collectors

Office and Administrative Support 27,700 $36,020

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

Office and Administrative Support 188,500 40,240

Tellers

Office and Administrative Support 47,600 29,450

Customer service representatives

Office and Administrative Support 387,600 33,750

Receptionists

Office and Administrative Support 157,900 29,140

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

Office and Administrative Support 10,100 40,660

Postal service workers

Office and Administrative Support 24,100 58,760

Secretaries and administrative assistants

Office and Administrative Support 380,700 38,880

Desktop publishers

Office and Administrative Support 1,200 42,910

Financial clerks

Office and Administrative Support 157,200 39,570

Information clerks

Office and Administrative Support 179,500 34,520

Material recording clerks

Office and Administrative Support 392,100 28,860

General office clerks

Office and Administrative Support 360,400 32,730

Travel agents

Sales 9,700 38,700

Cashiers

Sales 661,300 22,430

Retail sales workers

Sales 671,800 24,340

Advertising sales agents

Sales 19,500 51,740

Insurance sales agents

Sales 53,400 50,600

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

Sales 44,600 64,120

Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives

Sales 187,100 61,660

Models

Sales 600 23,770

Real estate brokers and sales agents

Sales 49,000 50,300

Sales engineers

Sales 7,900 101,420

Flight attendants

Transportation and Material Moving 15,300 56,000

Airline and commercial pilots

Transportation and Material Moving 13,700 115,670

Air traffic controllers

Transportation and Material Moving 2,300 124,540

Bus drivers

Transportation and Material Moving 91,300 34,450

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers

Transportation and Material Moving 169,500 30,500

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Transportation and Material Moving 238,400 43,680

Taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs

Transportation and Material Moving 51,300 25,980

Railroad workers

Transportation and Material Moving 8,300 61,480

Water transportation workers

Transportation and Material Moving 8,900 54,400

Material moving machine operators

Transportation and Material Moving 89,200 35,850

Hand laborers and material movers

Transportation and Material Moving 620,400 27,270

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers

Management 28,700 132,620

Sales managers

Management 39,000 124,220

Public relations and fundraising managers

Management 7,800 114,800

Administrative services managers

Management 28,100 96,180

Computer and information systems managers

Management 38,800 142,530

Financial managers

Management 64,900 127,990

Compensation and benefits managers

Management 1,400 121,010

Training and development managers

Management 3,800 111,340

Human resources managers

Management 14,400 113,300

Industrial production managers

Management 13,800 103,380

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Management 95,600 67,950

Construction managers

Management 40,200 93,370

Preschool and childcare center directors

Management 5,800 47,940

Elementary, middle, and high school principals

Management 22,900 95,310

Postsecondary education administrators

Management 16,800 94,340

Architectural and engineering managers

Management 14,600 140,760

Food service managers

Management 46,900 54,240

Lodging managers

Management 5,500 53,390

Medical and health services managers

Management 42,200 99,730

Natural sciences managers

Management 6,100 123,860

Property, real estate, and community association managers

Management 31,600 58,340

Social and community service managers

Management 17,800 65,320

Top executives

Management 246,800 104,980

Emergency management directors

Management 900 74,420

Insurance underwriters

Business and Financial 8,400 69,380

Human resources specialists

Business and Financial 67,700 60,880

Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators

Business and Financial 27,400 65,670

Cost estimators

Business and Financial 24,200 64,040

Management analysts

Business and Financial 99,900 83,610

Meeting, convention, and event planners

Business and Financial 16,800 49,370

Accountants and auditors

Business and Financial 146,000 70,500

Appraisers and assessors of real estate

Business and Financial 6,700 54,980

Budget analysts

Business and Financial 4,800 76,220

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

Business and Financial 9,200 63,000

Financial analysts

Business and Financial 30,900 85,660

Personal financial advisors

Business and Financial 23,200 88,890

Financial examiners

Business and Financial 5,200 80,180

Loan officers

Business and Financial 29,900 63,040

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

Business and Financial 4,600 54,440

Training and development specialists

Business and Financial 37,300 60,870

Market research analysts

Business and Financial 90,700 63,120

Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents

Business and Financial 46,600 67,600

Logisticians

Business and Financial 17,900 74,600

Fundraisers

Business and Financial 11,300 56,950

Labor relations specialists

Business and Financial 7,000 67,790

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (wages) and Employment Projections (projected openings).

Sixty-four of the 79 occupations shown in chart 6 had an annual wage that was higher than the median for all workers—including each of the occupations in the management group and the business and financial group.

For more information

Wage data in the charts are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which produces employment and wage estimates annually for more than 800 detailed occupations. Projections data are from the BLS Employment Projections program.

Get more information about all of the occupations in these charts from the Occupational Outlook Handbook. To learn more about occupational separations and openings, watch this video: “Understanding BLS projections of occupational separations."

About the Author

Domingo Angeles and Elka Torpey are economists in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. They can be reached at angeles.domingo@bls.gov or torpey.elka@bls.gov.

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