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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Data tables for the overview of May 2018 occupational employment and wages

Employment for the largest transportation and material moving occupations, May 2018
Occupation Employment

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2,893,180

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1,800,330

Light truck or delivery services drivers

915,310

Packers and packagers, hand

663,970

Industrial truck and tractor operators

604,130

Bus drivers, school or special client

504,150

Driver/sales workers

414,860

First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors

411,060

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

378,850

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

207,920
Highest paying transportation and material moving occupations, May 2018
Occupation Annual mean wage

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

$169,560

Air traffic controllers

120,830

Commercial pilots

96,530

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

82,380

Ship engineers

75,710

Transportation inspectors

75,330

Locomotive firers

69,030

Locomotive engineers

66,920

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

66,080

Subway and streetcar operators

62,970

All occupations

51,960

All transportation and material moving occupations

38,290
Industries with the largest employment of transportation and material moving occupations, May 2018
Industry Employment

Truck transportation

1,122,020

Employment services

890,660

Warehousing and storage

725,670

Couriers and express delivery services

535,310

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods (4244 and 4248 only)

385,920

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)

311,110

Local government

297,210

Scheduled air transportation

266,950

Restaurants and other eating places

248,420

Automotive repair and maintenance

232,640
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of transportation and material moving occupations, May 2018
State Percent

Kentucky

9.6

New Jersey

9.4

Tennessee

9.4

Mississippi

8.9

Indiana

8.8

United States

7.1

New York

5.5

New Hampshire

5.5

Massachusetts

5.3

New Mexico

5.3

District of Columbia

2.2
Highest and lowest paying states for transportation and material moving occupations, May 2018
State Annual mean wage

Alaska

$59,320

District of Columbia

47,670

Hawaii

47,450

Wyoming

46,110

North Dakota

45,270

United States

38,290

Arkansas

34,490

North Carolina

33,970

South Carolina

33,870

Alabama

33,480

Mississippi

33,290
Employment for the largest education, training, and library occupations, May 2018
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,410,970

Teacher assistants

1,331,560

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

1,051,570

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

609,970

Substitute teachers

587,240

Preschool teachers, except special education

424,520

Teachers and instructors, all other, except substitute teachers

315,510

Self-enrichment education teachers

243,080

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

199,480

Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

185,190
Highest and lowest paying education, training, and library occupations, May 2018
Occupation Annual mean wage

Law teachers, postsecondary

$130,710

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

122,320

Economics teachers, postsecondary

117,180

Engineering teachers, postsecondary

113,680

Physics teachers, postsecondary

103,830

All education, training, and library occupations

56,620

All occupations

51,960

Graduate teaching assistants

36,390

Library technicians

36,080

Preschool teachers, except special education

34,410

Substitute teachers

32,360

Teacher assistants

28,750
Highest and lowest paying states for elementary school teachers, except special education, May 2018
State Annual mean wage

New York

$83,010

Massachusetts

82,600

California

80,100

District of Columbia

79,480

Connecticut

75,480

United States

62,200

West Virginia

44,890

Arizona

44,430

Mississippi

43,860

South Dakota

43,140

Oklahoma

40,450
Employment for the largest food preparation and serving related occupations, May 2018
Occupation Employment

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3,676,180

Waiters and waitresses

2,582,410

Cooks, restaurant

1,340,810

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

964,400

Food preparation workers

814,600

Bartenders

631,480

Dishwashers

504,770

Cooks, fast food

487,510

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

473,860

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

455,700
Highest and lowest paying food preparation and serving related occupations, May 2018
Occupation Annual mean wage

Chefs and head cooks

$52,160

All occupations

51,960

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

36,190

Cooks, all other

30,360

Cooks, institution and cafeteria

28,290

Cooks, restaurant

27,580

All food preparation and serving related occupations

25,580

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

23,260

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

23,240

Dishwashers

23,190

Cooks, fast food

22,650

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

22,140
Metropolitan areas with the highest employment shares of food preparation and serving related occupations, May 2018
Metropolitan area Percent

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

18.8

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

18.1

Ocean City, NJ

17.9

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

16.2

Brunswick, GA

16.0

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

16.0

Flagstaff, AZ

15.9

Jacksonville, NC

15.9

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

15.3

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

15.1

United States

9.2
Highest paying metropolitan areas for food preparation and serving related occupations, May 2018
Metropolitan area Annual mean wage

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

$43,070

Urban Honolulu, HI

35,610

Napa, CA

33,800

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

33,640

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

33,570

Barnstable Town, MA

31,930

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

31,180

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

31,180

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

31,120

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

31,050

United States

25,580
Employment by typical entry-level educational requirement, as a percentage of total employment, May 2018
Typical entry-level educational requirement Percent

Doctoral or professional degree

2.5

Master's degree

1.9

Bachelor's degree

21.7

Associate's degree

2.3

Postsecondary nondegree award

6.2

Some college, no degree

2.5

High school diploma or equivalent

38.7

No formal educational credential

24.2
Employment for the largest occupations that typically require a postsecondary nondegree award for entry, May 2018
Occupation Employment

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1,800,330

Nursing assistants

1,450,960

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

701,690

Medical assistants

673,660

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

648,050

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

377,210

Dental assistants

341,060

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

324,310

Firefighters

321,570

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

257,210
Annual mean wages by typical entry-level educational requirement, May 2018
Typical entry-level educational requirement Annual mean wage

Doctoral or professional degree

$130,090

Master's degree

77,430

Bachelor's degree

87,130

Associate's degree

56,970

Postsecondary nondegree award

42,530

Some college, no degree

39,470

High school diploma or equivalent

43,060

No formal educational credential

27,890

All occupations

51,960
Highest paying occupations that typically require less than a bachelor's degree for entry, May 2018
Occupation Annual mean wage

Air traffic controllers

$120,830

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

102,850

Commercial pilots

96,530

Nuclear power reactor operators

95,310

Funeral service managers

93,820

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

93,100

Athletes and sports competitors

87,030

Radiation therapists

86,730

Power distributors and dispatchers

85,340

Gaming managers

85,260

All occupations

51,960
Highest and lowest paying metropolitan areas for occupations typically requiring a postsecondary nondegree award for entry, May 2018
Metropolitan area Annual mean wage

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

$55,690

Fairbanks, AK

55,100

Anchorage, AK

54,090

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

53,820

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

53,180

United States

42,530

Beckley, WV

33,150

Gadsden, AL

32,660

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

32,590

Hot Springs, AR

31,930

Sebring, FL

31,480
Employment for the largest STEM occupations, May 2018
Occupation Employment

Software developers, applications

903,160

Computer user support specialists

630,700

Computer systems analysts

587,970

Software developers, systems software

405,330

Computer and information systems managers

391,430

Computer occupations, all other

381,380

Network and computer systems administrators

366,250

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

312,980

Civil engineers

306,030

Mechanical engineers

303,440
Metropolitan areas with the highest employment shares of STEM occupations, May 2018
Metropolitan area Percent

California-Lexington Park, MD

27.4

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

21.0

Boulder, CO

17.2

Huntsville, AL

16.6

Corvallis, OR

12.9

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

12.2

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

11.8

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

11.6

Raleigh, NC

11.5

Ames, IA

11.2

United States

6.3
Highest and lowest paying STEM occupations, May 2018
Occupation Annual mean wage

Petroleum engineers

$156,370

Computer and information systems managers

152,860

Architectural and engineering managers

148,970

Natural sciences managers

139,680

Physicists

125,280

All STEM occupations

93,070

All occupations

51,960

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

50,350

Biological technicians

48,060

Surveying and mapping technicians

47,690

Agricultural and food science technicians

44,170

Forest and conservation technicians

40,110
Employment for the largest occupations, May 2018
Occupation Employment (millions)

Retail salespersons

4.4

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3.7

Cashiers

3.6

Office clerks, general

3.0

Registered nurses

3.0

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2.9

Customer service representatives

2.9

Waiters and waitresses

2.6

General and operations managers

2.3

Personal care aides

2.2
Annual mean wages for the largest occupations, May 2018
Occupation Annual mean wage

General and operations managers

$123,880

Registered nurses

75,510

All occupations

51,960

Customer service representatives

36,470

Office clerks, general

35,200

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

30,890

Retail salespersons

28,310

Waiters and waitresses

25,830

Personal care aides

25,090

Cashiers

23,240

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

22,140
Major occupational groups as a percentage of total employment, May 2018
Occupational group Percent

Office and administrative support

15.1

Sales and related

10.0

Food preparation and serving related

9.2

Transportation and material moving

7.1

Production

6.3

Education, training, and library

6.1

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.0

Business and financial operations

5.3

Management

5.3

Construction and extraction

4.1

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9

Personal care and service

3.8

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.1

Computer and mathematical

3.0

Healthcare support

2.8

Protective service

2.4

Architecture and engineering

1.8

Community and social service

1.5

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3

Life, physical, and social science

0.8

Legal

0.8

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3
Occupations with the highest employment in the public sector, May 2018
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,262,120

Teacher assistants

1,037,560

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

926,100

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

654,570

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

541,280

Office clerks, general

539,230

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

505,580

Substitute teachers

505,000

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

495,060

Registered nurses

485,110

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019