The largest occupations in the USA, May 2012

Real-World Economics Review Blog

from David Ruccio


Since this is Labor Day, we really should have a sense of who the American working-class is.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest occupations (as of May 2012) are in retail sales, food services, business services, and health services. Their hourly mean wages range from a low of $9 for food preparation and serving workers and $9.79 for cashiers to $16.13 for secretaries and administrative assistants and $32.66 for registered nurses. This means mean annual earning for workers in the largest occupations range from $18,720 and $20,370 to $33,560 and $67,930, respectively.*


*The hourly mean wage for all occupations was $22.01, for annual earnings of $45,790.

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