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The Salaries of the 22 Most Common Professions in the US

by Ayaz Nanji  |  
June 24, 2015
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People working in management earn the highest annual salary of any common profession in the United States, according to a report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The report, which was based on data from May 2014, examined the annual wages of the 22 occupations with the most employment in the United States.

Workers in management have a median annual wage of $97,230, with workers at the tenth percentile earning $46,000 and workers in the ninetieth percentile earning $187,000.

Computer/mathematical, legal, and architecture/engineering occupations also have median annual wages above $75,000.


The occupations with the largest number of workers in the US are retail salespersons and cashiers; the two occupations combine to make up nearly 6% of total employment.

The 10 most common occupations also include food preparation workers, general office clerks, registered nurses, customer service representatives, waiters/waitresses, laborers, administrative assistants, and janitors. Of those, only registered nurses have an average wage above that of the overall US average.


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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

LinkedIn: Ayaz Nanji

Twitter: @ayaznanji

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