Employment and wages by occupation, May 2017

April 05, 2018

Production occupations had employment of 9 million in May 2017. The largest production occupation was assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers, with employment of 1.3 million and median annual wages of $30,690. With median annual wages above $77,000, nuclear power reactor operators (which had employment of 6,010), power distributors and dispatchers (12,110), and power plant operators (34,170) were some of the highest paying production occupations.

 Employment and median annual wages by occupation, May 2017
Occupation Employment Median annual earnings

All Occupations

142,549,250 $37,690

Management Occupations

7,280,330 102,590

Chief Executives

210,160 183,270

General and Operations Managers

2,212,200 100,410

Legislators

51,380 25,630

Advertising and Promotions Managers

28,100 106,130

Marketing Managers

218,970 132,230

Sales Managers

371,410 121,060

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

67,300 111,280

Administrative Services Managers

270,100 94,020

Computer and Information Systems Managers

365,690 139,220

Financial Managers

569,380 125,080

Industrial Production Managers

171,520 100,580

Purchasing Managers

70,430 115,760

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

118,680 92,460

Compensation and Benefits Managers

15,520 119,120

Human Resources Managers

136,310 110,120

Training and Development Managers

34,500 108,250

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

4,610 69,620

Construction Managers

263,480 91,370

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program

49,130 46,890

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

250,280 94,390

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

142,160 92,360

Education Administrators, All Other

36,190 81,630

Architectural and Engineering Managers

179,990 137,720

Food Service Managers

208,110 52,030

Funeral Service Managers

8,350 78,040

Gaming Managers

4,420 72,930

Lodging Managers

36,610 51,800

Medical and Health Services Managers

346,980 98,350

Natural Sciences Managers

56,210 118,970

Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

13,960 74,840

Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

186,720 58,670

Social and Community Service Managers

141,830 64,100

Emergency Management Directors

9,560 72,760

Managers, All Other

430,120 105,610

Business and Financial Operations Occupations

7,472,750 67,710

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

15,450 64,940

Buyers and Purchasing Agents

413,540 62,120

Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators

282,030 64,900

Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage

16,150 62,100

Compliance Officers

287,130 67,870

Cost Estimators

210,900 63,110

Human Resources Specialists

553,950 60,350

Farm Labor Contractors

780 35,660

Labor Relations Specialists

78,510 63,200

Logisticians

159,800 74,590

Management Analysts

659,200 82,450

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

102,420 48,290

Fundraisers

72,920 55,640

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

80,530 62,680

Training and Development Specialists

280,340 60,360

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

596,450 63,230

Business Operations Specialists, All Other

1,001,420 70,010

Accountants and Auditors

1,241,000 69,350

Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate

58,880 54,010

Budget Analysts

54,550 75,240

Credit Analysts

74,850 71,290

Financial Analysts

294,110 84,300

Personal Financial Advisors

200,920 90,640

Insurance Underwriters

89,910 69,760

Financial Examiners

52,580 81,690

Credit Counselors

35,900 44,710

Loan Officers

307,240 64,660

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

56,660 53,130

Tax Preparers

68,720 38,730

Financial Specialists, All Other

125,900 69,520

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

4,261,460 84,560

Computer and Information Research Scientists

27,920 114,520

Computer Systems Analysts

581,960 88,270

Information Security Analysts

105,250 95,510

Computer Programmers

247,690 82,240

Software Developers, Applications

849,230 101,790

Software Developers, Systems Software

394,590 107,600

Web Developers

125,890 67,990

Database Administrators

113,690 87,020

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

375,040 81,100

Computer Network Architects

157,830 104,650

Computer User Support Specialists

613,780 50,210

Computer Network Support Specialists

186,230 62,340

Computer Occupations, All Other

315,830 88,510

Actuaries

19,210 101,560

Mathematicians

2,730 103,010

Operations Research Analysts

106,050 81,390

Statisticians

36,540 84,060

Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations

2,000 57,890

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

2,516,780 79,180

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

103,110 78,470

Landscape Architects

19,040 65,760

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

11,440 63,990

Surveyors

43,430 61,140

Aerospace Engineers

65,760 113,030

Agricultural Engineers

1,770 74,780

Biomedical Engineers

20,100 88,040

Chemical Engineers

33,500 102,160

Civil Engineers

298,910 84,770

Computer Hardware Engineers

66,770 115,120

Electrical Engineers

183,370 95,060

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

134,930 102,180

Environmental Engineers

52,640 86,800

Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

26,130 88,510

Industrial Engineers

265,520 85,880

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

10,960 90,970

Materials Engineers

27,200 94,610

Mechanical Engineers

291,290 85,880

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

6,150 94,240

Nuclear Engineers

16,700 105,810

Petroleum Engineers

32,010 132,280

Engineers, All Other

131,500 97,250

Architectural and Civil Drafters

95,960 52,870

Electrical and Electronics Drafters

26,060 59,690

Mechanical Drafters

58,190 55,130

Drafters, All Other

15,300 50,290

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

11,710 67,240

Civil Engineering Technicians

71,430 51,620

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians

128,320 63,660

Electro-Mechanical Technicians

13,050 56,740

Environmental Engineering Technicians

17,590 50,230

Industrial Engineering Technicians

65,020 54,280

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

43,390 55,360

Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other

76,630 62,230

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

51,890 43,340

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

1,148,300 64,510

Animal Scientists

2,550 60,760

Food Scientists and Technologists

15,020 63,660

Soil and Plant Scientists

14,180 62,430

Biochemists and Biophysicists

27,380 91,190

Microbiologists

21,870 69,960

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

17,710 62,290

Biological Scientists, All Other

37,590 76,690

Conservation Scientists

22,040 61,480

Foresters

8,300 60,120

Epidemiologists

6,870 69,660

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

111,690 82,090

Life Scientists, All Other

7,120 74,540

Astronomers

2,020 100,590

Physicists

16,710 118,830

Atmospheric and Space Scientists

8,940 92,070

Chemists

84,400 74,740

Materials Scientists

7,470 99,530

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

81,920 69,400

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

28,520 89,850

Hydrologists

6,350 79,990

Physical Scientists, All Other

17,320 103,990

Economists

19,550 102,490

Survey Researchers

11,270 54,270

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

108,060 75,090

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

920 87,100

Psychologists, All Other

12,880 97,740

Sociologists

2,770 79,650

Urban and Regional Planners

35,310 71,490

Anthropologists and Archeologists

6,120 62,280

Geographers

1,400 76,860

Historians

3,060 59,120

Political Scientists

6,320 115,110

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

35,490 79,370

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

21,120 39,910

Biological Technicians

74,980 43,800

Chemical Technicians

64,550 47,280

Geological and Petroleum Technicians

14,820 54,190

Nuclear Technicians

6,850 80,370

Social Science Research Assistants

31,500 46,000

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

32,840 45,490

Forensic Science Technicians

15,070 57,850

Forest and Conservation Technicians

30,570 36,130

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

66,890 48,090

Community and Social Service Occupations

2,096,740 43,840

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

271,350 55,410

Marriage and Family Therapists

42,880 48,790

Rehabilitation Counselors

103,840 34,860

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

241,930 43,300

Counselors, All Other

27,150 43,370

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

306,370 44,380

Healthcare Social Workers

167,730 54,870

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

112,040 43,250

Social Workers, All Other

58,150 61,980

Health Educators

58,040 53,940

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

87,700 51,410

Social and Human Service Assistants

384,080 33,120

Community Health Workers

54,760 38,370

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

101,230 41,570

Clergy

49,850 47,100

Directors, Religious Activities and Education

21,430 38,980

Religious Workers, All Other

8,210 29,310

Legal Occupations

1,095,770 80,080

Lawyers

628,370 119,250

Judicial Law Clerks

15,260 51,330

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

14,480 94,790

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

6,110 60,670

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

28,440 133,840

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

290,410 50,410

Court Reporters

15,220 55,120

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

53,040 46,850

Legal Support Workers, All Other

44,440 56,120

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

8,727,710 48,740

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

84,340 80,300

Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

32,230 78,630

Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

50,870 70,910

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary

7,280 80,050

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

37,500 98,360

Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

10,800 86,140

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

49,910 78,240

Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary

2,000 87,420

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

10,730 87,380

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

21,090 77,190

Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

5,990 76,360

Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

13,710 87,340

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

5,770 81,580

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

9,850 72,230

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

12,770 98,350

Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

3,980 78,040

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

16,200 81,430

Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

37,090 73,770

Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

13,630 73,080

Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other

16,580 64,480

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

194,610 97,870

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

55,580 71,260

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

60,500 64,020

Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary

5,010 70,940

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

14,210 60,400

Law Teachers, Postsecondary

16,900 104,910

Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

12,430 64,370

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

95,110 66,930

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

28,770 66,510

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

69,140 64,910

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

27,240 65,010

History Teachers, Postsecondary

21,120 72,690

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

22,920 69,590

Graduate Teaching Assistants

136,820 32,460

Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

2,580 71,630

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

16,630 60,150

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

114,020 51,600

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other

189,270 64,480

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

409,740 28,990

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

140,660 54,230

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

1,409,140 57,160

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

622,340 57,720

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School

12,040 58,630

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

1,027,230 59,170

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

78,840 58,660

Special Education Teachers, Preschool

28,540 53,640

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

184,920 58,600

Special Education Teachers, Middle School

87,550 59,510

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

135,910 60,180

Special Education Teachers, All Other

37,980 54,800

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

60,670 52,100

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

238,710 38,440

Teachers and Instructors, All Other, Except Substitute Teachers

294,240 39,710

Substitute Teachers

611,310 28,270

Archivists

6,080 51,760

Curators

11,550 53,770

Museum Technicians and Conservators

12,290 40,670

Librarians

126,800 58,520

Library Technicians

90,030 33,690

Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists

10,430 48,590

Farm and Home Management Advisors

8,450 49,510

Instructional Coordinators

157,490 63,750

Teacher Assistants

1,299,800 26,260

Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other

99,830 43,140

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

1,925,140 48,230

Art Directors

38,110 92,500

Craft Artists

4,730 34,940

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

11,230 49,520

Multimedia Artists and Animators

29,860 70,530

Artists and Related Workers, All Other

7,010 63,540

Commercial and Industrial Designers

31,250 65,970

Fashion Designers

18,940 67,420

Floral Designers

43,470 26,350

Graphic Designers

217,170 48,700

Interior Designers

56,070 51,500

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers

120,870 27,680

Set and Exhibit Designers

11,490 53,090

Designers, All Other

7,770 55,930

Producers and Directors

117,520 71,620

Athletes and Sports Competitors

11,150 51,370

Coaches and Scouts

235,400 32,270

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

18,610 26,800

Choreographers

5,310 48,420

Music Directors and Composers

15,400 50,590

Radio and Television Announcers

28,580 32,450

Public Address System and Other Announcers

7,920 28,440

Broadcast News Analysts

5,700 62,910

Reporters and Correspondents

38,790 39,370

Public Relations Specialists

233,730 59,300

Editors

96,890 58,770

Technical Writers

49,960 70,930

Writers and Authors

45,300 61,820

Interpreters and Translators

53,150 47,190

Media and Communication Workers, All Other

21,510 47,900

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

72,740 42,190

Broadcast Technicians

30,390 39,060

Radio Operators

770 44,330

Sound Engineering Technicians

13,370 55,810

Photographers

49,320 32,490

Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

20,860 53,550

Film and Video Editors

30,770 61,180

Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other

19,030 79,500

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

8,506,740 64,770

Chiropractors

33,630 68,640

Dentists, General

110,400 151,440

Prosthodontists

430 185,150

Dentists, All Other Specialists

4,590 190,840

Dietitians and Nutritionists

62,980 59,410

Optometrists

37,240 110,300

Pharmacists

309,330 124,170

Family and General Practitioners

126,440 198,740

Internists, General

42,280 192,930

Pediatricians, General

28,990 172,650

Physician Assistants

109,220 104,860

Podiatrists

9,670 127,740

Occupational Therapists

126,050 83,200

Physical Therapists

225,420 86,850

Radiation Therapists

17,250 80,570

Recreational Therapists

18,490 47,680

Respiratory Therapists

128,250 59,710

Speech-Language Pathologists

142,360 76,610

Exercise Physiologists

6,300 49,090

Therapists, All Other

12,020 53,850

Veterinarians

69,370 90,420

Registered Nurses

2,906,840 70,000

Nurse Anesthetists

42,620 165,120

Nurse Midwives

6,530 100,590

Nurse Practitioners

166,280 103,880

Audiologists

12,020 75,920

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

35,970 73,830

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

322,380 51,770

Dental Hygienists

211,600 74,070

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

56,130 55,270

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

68,750 71,410

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

18,930 75,660

Radiologic Technologists

201,200 58,440

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

37,490 69,930

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

251,860 33,380

Dietetic Technicians

33,370 26,500

Pharmacy Technicians

417,720 31,750

Psychiatric Technicians

66,930 31,670

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

9,600 50,350

Surgical Technologists

106,470 46,310

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

103,430 33,400

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

48,060 35,910

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

702,700 45,030

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

204,220 39,180

Opticians, Dispensing

75,450 36,250

Orthotists and Prosthetists

7,840 66,240

Hearing Aid Specialists

7,380 54,860

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

124,390 41,800

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

81,330 71,780

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

17,490 49,960

Athletic Trainers

25,010 46,630

Genetic Counselors

2,660 77,480

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

34,700 51,530

Healthcare Support Occupations

4,113,410 28,710

Home Health Aides

820,960 23,210

Psychiatric Aides

65,770 27,110

Nursing Assistants

1,453,670 27,520

Orderlies

52,630 27,180

Occupational Therapy Assistants

41,650 59,310

Occupational Therapy Aides

7,740 29,200

Physical Therapist Assistants

90,170 57,430

Physical Therapist Aides

49,290 25,730

Massage Therapists

103,300 39,990

Dental Assistants

337,160 37,630

Medical Assistants

646,320 32,480

Medical Equipment Preparers

53,920 35,370

Medical Transcriptionists

55,880 35,250

Pharmacy Aides

35,960 26,120

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

84,400 26,140

Phlebotomists

122,550 33,670

Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

92,030 37,220

Protective Service Occupations

3,408,680 39,550

First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

42,280 62,500

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

104,860 87,910

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

58,690 76,170

First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other

74,430 49,430

Firefighters

319,860 49,080

Fire Inspectors and Investigators

11,940 59,260

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

1,960 37,380

Bailiffs

18,480 42,960

Correctional Officers and Jailers

428,870 43,540

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

105,350 79,970

Fish and Game Wardens

6,020 56,410

Parking Enforcement Workers

8,660 39,030

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

662,390 61,050

Transit and Railroad Police

5,520 70,280

Animal Control Workers

12,700 35,520

Private Detectives and Investigators

30,980 50,700

Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators

10,290 33,260

Security Guards

1,105,440 26,900

Crossing Guards

76,440 27,630

Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

145,660 21,290

Transportation Security Screeners

42,470 40,580

Protective Service Workers, All Other

135,390 30,240

Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

13,193,090 21,910

Chefs and Head Cooks

131,430 45,950

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

927,440 31,960

Cooks, Fast Food

503,780 21,040

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

404,120 25,860

Cooks, Private Household

500 38,280

Cooks, Restaurant

1,276,510 25,180

Cooks, Short Order

174,230 22,740

Cooks, All Other

15,870 27,990

Food Preparation Workers

832,690 22,730

Bartenders

613,350 21,690

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

3,576,220 20,180

Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

476,940 21,280

Waiters and Waitresses

2,584,220 20,820

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

264,630 22,320

Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

436,730 21,160

Dishwashers

503,540 21,500

Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

414,540 20,930

Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other

56,350 22,620

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

4,424,440 25,620

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

155,090 39,230

First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

100,320 47,030

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

2,164,040 24,990

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

922,660 22,860

Building Cleaning Workers, All Other

14,970 29,060

Pest Control Workers

75,130 34,370

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

912,360 27,670

Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

25,900 34,830

Tree Trimmers and Pruners

41,140 36,460

Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other

12,840 30,060

Personal Care and Service Occupations

5,159,100 23,610

First-Line Supervisors of Gaming Workers

30,670 48,850

First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers

213,620 37,450

Animal Trainers

14,340 28,880

Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

190,520 22,950

Gaming Dealers

94,260 19,820

Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners

11,210 24,030

Gaming Service Workers, All Other

9,660 27,040

Motion Picture Projectionists

5,700 22,050

Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers

124,710 20,820

Amusement and Recreation Attendants

310,970 21,060

Costume Attendants

6,430 42,620

Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants

17,950 22,830

Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other

5,390 24,200

Embalmers

4,200 42,780

Funeral Attendants

34,970 25,050

Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

25,460 51,850

Barbers

18,810 25,650

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

351,910 24,850

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

3,540 59,300

Manicurists and Pedicurists

104,020 23,230

Shampooers

13,330 20,320

Skincare Specialists

44,940 30,080

Baggage Porters and Bellhops

42,620 23,230

Concierges

35,750 30,150

Tour and Travel Guides

46,140 25,770

Childcare Workers

562,420 22,290

Personal Care Aides

2,035,610 23,100

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

280,080 39,210

Recreation Workers

352,350 24,540

Residential Advisors

110,720 26,830

Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other

56,820 25,900

Sales and Related Occupations

14,522,580 27,020

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

1,200,180 38,550

First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

251,830 71,650

Cashiers

3,564,920 21,030

Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers

24,050 23,910

Counter and Rental Clerks

445,530 25,820

Parts Salespersons

252,770 29,380

Retail Salespersons

4,442,090 23,210

Advertising Sales Agents

136,520 49,680

Insurance Sales Agents

386,320 49,710

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

389,610 63,780

Travel Agents

67,330 36,990

Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

1,004,020 52,510

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

327,190 78,830

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

1,391,400 56,970

Demonstrators and Product Promoters

84,780 27,060

Models

3,710 22,900

Real Estate Brokers

40,530 56,730

Real Estate Sales Agents

147,960 45,990

Sales Engineers

70,820 98,720

Telemarketers

189,670 24,460

Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers

7,520 23,810

Sales and Related Workers, All Other

93,860 33,890

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

21,965,480 34,740

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

1,458,380 55,060

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

80,380 28,700

Telephone Operators

6,310 36,320

Communications Equipment Operators, All Other

1,980 41,480

Bill and Account Collectors

271,700 35,330

Billing and Posting Clerks

476,010 36,860

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

1,532,340 39,240

Gaming Cage Workers

17,030 26,320

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

152,990 43,890

Procurement Clerks

70,510 41,910

Tellers

491,150 28,110

Financial Clerks, All Other

32,260 39,970

Brokerage Clerks

58,930 49,800

Correspondence Clerks

6,370 36,620

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

133,330 37,300

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

34,350 37,290

Customer Service Representatives

2,767,790 32,890

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

140,590 44,400

File Clerks

118,840 30,120

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

253,540 22,850

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

189,600 33,110

Library Assistants, Clerical

94,140 25,810

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

227,430 39,060

New Accounts Clerks

41,680 35,260

Order Clerks

169,120 33,510

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

134,570 39,480

Receptionists and Information Clerks

1,014,900 28,390

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

148,220 36,280

Information and Record Clerks, All Other

161,250 39,860

Cargo and Freight Agents

89,920 41,820

Couriers and Messengers

76,710 28,250

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

95,450 39,640

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

198,520 38,790

Meter Readers, Utilities

33,860 39,240

Postal Service Clerks

82,890 58,550

Postal Service Mail Carriers

336,900 57,000

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

111,960 57,260

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

336,000 46,670

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

671,780 31,810

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

2,046,040 24,470

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

72,630 30,180

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

596,080 57,410

Legal Secretaries

185,870 44,730

Medical Secretaries

576,520 34,610

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

2,254,820 35,590

Computer Operators

40,400 44,270

Data Entry Keyers

180,100 30,930

Word Processors and Typists

65,200 39,740

Desktop Publishers

12,000 42,350

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

277,130 38,790

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

85,800 29,620

Office Clerks, General

2,967,620 31,500

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

54,950 31,360

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

11,420 37,550

Statistical Assistants

10,110 47,400

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

209,070 35,590

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

470,920 24,390

First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

20,750 46,570

Agricultural Inspectors

13,960 43,390

Animal Breeders

1,800 37,560

Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

39,810 23,340

Agricultural Equipment Operators

26,070 30,110

Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

282,300 23,380

Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

35,460 25,470

Agricultural Workers, All Other

5,210 30,600

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

520 28,310

Forest and Conservation Workers

7,080 27,650

Fallers

5,420 40,690

Logging Equipment Operators

26,010 38,390

Log Graders and Scalers

3,010 37,880

Logging Workers, All Other

3,290 39,740

Construction and Extraction Occupations

5,728,460 44,730

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

556,300 64,070

Boilermakers

15,020 62,260

Brickmasons and Blockmasons

64,790 49,770

Stonemasons

11,990 38,940

Carpenters

693,050 45,170

Carpet Installers

26,120 38,830

Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles

11,860 40,040

Floor Sanders and Finishers

4,320 36,950

Tile and Marble Setters

38,820 41,680

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

178,640 40,650

Terrazzo Workers and Finishers

2,630 40,590

Construction Laborers

962,060 34,530

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

49,760 39,120

Pile-Driver Operators

3,710 57,650

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

365,300 47,040

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

96,550 42,860

Tapers

18,080 51,620

Electricians

631,080 54,110

Glaziers

47,330 42,580

Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

31,100 37,050

Insulation Workers, Mechanical

24,840 45,550

Painters, Construction and Maintenance

221,340 37,960

Paperhangers

2,710 37,030

Pipelayers

38,690 38,400

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

428,260 52,590

Plasterers and Stucco Masons

24,180 40,750

Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

18,480 46,850

Roofers

121,170 38,970

Sheet Metal Workers

132,920 47,990

Structural Iron and Steel Workers

74,420 52,610

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

9,000 39,490

Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

24,660 31,710

Helpers--Carpenters

33,740 29,860

Helpers--Electricians

72,580 30,540

Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons

11,000 28,760

Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

54,790 29,890

Helpers--Roofers

9,550 28,500

Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other

23,140 29,660

Construction and Building Inspectors

98,810 59,090

Elevator Installers and Repairers

24,490 79,480

Fence Erectors

21,430 33,320

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

43,260 41,400

Highway Maintenance Workers

146,580 38,700

Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

15,070 56,060

Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

26,250 37,950

Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers

34,720 38,040

Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

9,590 46,140

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

15,370 53,980

Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

39,270 48,290

Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

17,470 43,850

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

5,850 49,650

Continuous Mining Machine Operators

12,000 54,620

Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

5,400 52,270

Mining Machine Operators, All Other

2,840 48,850

Rock Splitters, Quarry

4,310 34,350

Roof Bolters, Mining

3,410 58,450

Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

48,140 36,960

Helpers--Extraction Workers

15,280 35,710

Extraction Workers, All Other

4,970 49,230

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

5,528,390 44,520

First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

460,370 64,780

Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers

100,580 37,710

Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

15,310 56,000

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

233,690 53,380

Avionics Technicians

18,620 62,650

Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

17,220 42,580

Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment

12,310 60,840

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

64,380 57,190

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

24,430 78,410

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles

11,520 34,530

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

25,810 37,190

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

69,830 45,670

Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

131,500 61,020

Automotive Body and Related Repairers

144,320 41,970

Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

20,190 34,170

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

639,700 39,550

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

260,380 46,360

Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

34,410 39,340

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

131,590 50,860

Rail Car Repairers

24,090 57,460

Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

21,160 38,960

Motorcycle Mechanics

15,850 35,680

Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

31,300 34,370

Bicycle Repairers

12,720 28,390

Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

14,780 37,200

Tire Repairers and Changers

114,690 26,710

Mechanical Door Repairers

21,010 39,510

Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

47,700 55,850

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

307,060 47,080

Home Appliance Repairers

32,250 38,160

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

341,260 51,360

Maintenance Workers, Machinery

83,520 45,540

Millwrights

41,360 53,980

Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons

1,310 48,570

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

116,650 69,380

Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

107,090 55,060

Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

3,650 40,770

Medical Equipment Repairers

43,670 48,820

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

8,240 36,530

Watch Repairers

2,130 35,770

Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other

12,010 56,940

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

1,351,210 37,670

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

4,390 53,880

Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers

34,010 33,690

Commercial Divers

3,280 47,210

Fabric Menders, Except Garment

390 28,640

Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

17,500 40,680

Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers

2,750 30,960

Riggers

21,000 48,580

Signal and Track Switch Repairers

8,300 68,400

Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers

112,080 28,490

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other

153,850 38,800

Production Occupations

9,024,560 33,990

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

611,800 58,870

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

41,130 53,510

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

13,300 33,310

Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

263,040 32,530

Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

37,770 43,390

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

77,600 38,450

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

20,040 32,290

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

680 34,800

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers

1,306,150 30,690

Bakers

182,890 25,690

Butchers and Meat Cutters

131,530 30,890

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

153,280 25,250

Slaughterers and Meat Packers

77,570 27,530

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

21,130 29,410

Food Batchmakers

151,950 28,500

Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

33,340 28,420

Food Processing Workers, All Other

43,540 24,460

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

144,660 39,230

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

23,790 52,550

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

73,530 34,600

Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

18,300 38,650

Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

25,610 37,860

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

188,520 33,060

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

11,030 37,270

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

74,600 33,480

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

29,620 38,580

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

17,820 42,650

Machinists

378,320 42,600

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

17,610 41,300

Pourers and Casters, Metal

7,600 38,210

Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

5,820 53,670

Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

3,200 45,030

Foundry Mold and Coremakers

13,960 35,140

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

154,860 31,090

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

121,160 34,800

Tool and Die Makers

73,510 52,480

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

377,250 40,240

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

38,750 37,190

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

19,340 37,300

Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic

8,550 46,310

Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

37,200 31,920

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

8,060 36,390

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

22,470 35,820

Prepress Technicians and Workers

31,500 39,910

Printing Press Operators

171,130 35,760

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

48,680 32,040

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

209,350 22,370

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

42,830 22,440

Sewing Machine Operators

136,530 24,320

Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

7,180 25,610

Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

3,500 27,420

Sewers, Hand

6,190 26,230

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

20,440 28,600

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

9,800 28,280

Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

14,150 26,890

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

20,920 27,960

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

30,940 28,270

Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

18,880 33,470

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

4,810 40,460

Upholsterers

32,500 33,660

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other

14,610 26,670

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

97,820 33,920

Furniture Finishers

17,530 31,300

Model Makers, Wood

850 50,150

Patternmakers, Wood

770 52,380

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

51,950 29,080

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

79,650 29,110

Woodworkers, All Other

6,490 30,680

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

6,010 93,370

Power Distributors and Dispatchers

12,110 82,510

Power Plant Operators

34,170 77,180

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

32,790 59,890

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

117,450 46,150

Chemical Plant and System Operators

30,290 62,170

Gas Plant Operators

14,890 69,030

Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

38,700 67,770

Plant and System Operators, All Other

12,360 56,330

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

77,870 47,800

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

48,450 39,040

Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

31,390 35,380

Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

30,320 28,830

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

129,490 36,600

Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

12,230 28,210

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

60,460 33,610

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

76,120 33,680

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

18,030 37,580

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

537,500 37,340

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

25,710 37,960

Dental Laboratory Technicians

35,630 38,670

Medical Appliance Technicians

13,640 37,190

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

30,100 30,960

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

392,910 29,350

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

86,270 33,820

Painters, Transportation Equipment

52,880 41,850

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

13,360 30,820

Semiconductor Processors

23,540 36,580

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

22,450 27,480

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

15,860 32,710

Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

17,410 29,950

Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

8,630 30,860

Etchers and Engravers

8,620 30,890

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

41,320 31,950

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

94,620 37,890

Tire Builders

21,910 40,230

Helpers--Production Workers

402,140 26,070

Production Workers, All Other

256,050 28,890

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

9,978,390 31,600

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

8,270 48,150

First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

395,350 53,810

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

84,070 137,330

Commercial Pilots

38,490 78,740

Air Traffic Controllers

22,790 124,540

Airfield Operations Specialists

9,590 52,360

Flight Attendants

119,000 50,500

Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians

15,310 24,260

Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

176,140 40,780

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

507,340 31,060

Driver/Sales Workers

426,870 24,040

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,748,140 42,480

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

877,670 31,450

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

198,470 24,880

Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other

56,950 26,640

Locomotive Engineers

35,680 60,990

Locomotive Firers

670 60,360

Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

6,140 50,150

Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

14,190 57,260

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

44,490 60,300

Subway and Streetcar Operators

12,070 66,420

Rail Transportation Workers, All Other

4,690 58,690

Sailors and Marine Oilers

30,940 40,730

Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

35,780 70,920

Motorboat Operators

2,510 44,600

Ship Engineers

7,890 73,110

Bridge and Lock Tenders

3,240 50,240

Parking Lot Attendants

145,400 22,810

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

118,850 23,390

Traffic Technicians

6,980 45,670

Transportation Inspectors

30,030 72,140

Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants

24,360 27,830

Transportation Workers, All Other

38,460 36,760

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

26,570 32,300

Crane and Tower Operators

43,660 52,200

Dredge Operators

1,410 43,230

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

45,450 42,500

Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

2,340 52,420

Hoist and Winch Operators

3,080 43,210

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

570,300 33,630

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

373,290 23,360

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

2,711,320 27,040

Machine Feeders and Offbearers

74,350 28,510

Packers and Packagers, Hand

700,560 23,430

Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

3,560 62,810

Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

11,500 43,500

Wellhead Pumpers

11,200 52,260

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

115,130 36,160

Mine Shuttle Car Operators

1,550 56,890

Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

10,300 36,860

Material Moving Workers, All Other

25,990 29,610

Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

4,700 56,280

Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

12,170 43,500

Wellhead Pumpers

12,720 47,340

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

115,170 33,660

Mine Shuttle Car Operators

2,630 55,000

Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

12,490 41,180

Material Moving Workers, All Other

22,910 30,830

Employment in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was 8.5 million in May 2017. Registered nurses, with 2.9 million jobs and median annual wages of $70,000, was the largest healthcare occupation. Many of the highest paying occupations were healthcare occupations, including several physician and dentist occupations, nurse anesthetists, and pharmacists, which all had median annual wages greater than $124,000 in May 2017.

Healthcare support occupations had employment of 4.1 million. The largest healthcare support occupations were nursing assistants (1.5 million) and home health aides (820,960), which had median annual wages of $27,520 and $23,210, respectively.

Construction and extraction occupations had total employment of 5.7 million. The largest construction and extraction occupations were construction laborers (employment: 962,060; median annual wages: $34,530), carpenters (693,050; $45,170), and electricians (631,080; $54,110). The highest paying construction and extraction occupations included elevator installers and repairers (24,490; $79,480) and first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers (556,300; $64,070).

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. See "Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2017" (HTML) (PDF) to learn more. These estimates do not include the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers. Median wages are the middle value when wages are arranged from lowest to highest. Half of employees earn more, and half earn less, than the median earnings estimate. Median wage estimates for occupations that have median wages greater than $208,000 per year are not available; these occupations are not shown in the chart.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment and wages by occupation, May 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/employment-and-wages-by-occupation-may-2017.htm (visited March 19, 2019).

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