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March 29, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2011

Occupations with the highest employment in the United States, May 2011
Occupation Total employment Percent of total employment

Total employment in all other occupations

101,751,550 79.3

Total employment, top 10 occupations

26,527,000 20.7

Secretaries & admin. assistants, except legal, medical, & executive

1,955,570 1.5

Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand

2,063,580 1.6

Janitors & cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

2,068,460 1.6

Customer service representatives

2,212,820 1.7

Waiters and waitresses

2,289,010 1.8

Registered nurses

2,724,570 2.1

Combined food prep. & serving workers, incl. fast food

2,799,430 2.2

General office clerks

2,828,140 2.2

Cashiers

3,314,870 2.6

Retail salespersons

4,270,550 3.3

These data are featured in the TED article, Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2011.

 

Percent of total employment and mean hourly wage, selected major occupational groups, May 2011
Occupation category Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage Percent employed in private sector

Management

4.7 51.64 83.6%

Computer and mathematical occupations

3 37.85 88.30

Community & social service

1.5 21.07 60.46

Legal

0.8 47.30 74.30

Education, training, & library

6.7 24.46 23.22

Healthcare practitioners & technical

5.9 34.97 92.34

Protective service

2.5 20.54 36.49

Food prep. & serving related

8.8 10.30 95.09

Sales & related

10.6 18.04 99.36

Office & admin. support

16.8 16.40 84.29

These data are featured in the TED article, Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2011.