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[IWS] BLS: OCCUPATIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES -- MAY 2014 [25 March 2015]
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OCCUPATIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES -- MAY 2014 [25 March 2015]
[full-text, 23 pages]
The occupations with the largest employment in May 2014 were retail salespersons and
cashiers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These two occupations
combined made up nearly 6 percent of total U.S. employment, with employment levels of
4.6 million and 3.4 million, respectively. Of the 10 largest occupations, only registered
nurses, with an annual mean wage of $69,790, had an average wage above the U.S. all-
occupations mean of $47,230. The highest paying occupations overall included several
physician and dentist occupations, chief executives, nurse anesthetists, and petroleum
engineers. National employment and wage information for all occupations is shown in
The data in this news release are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program,
which produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations for the nation,
states, and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; and by industry or ownership at the
national level. This release contains data on science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) occupations. A list of occupations included in the STEM definition
used for this release is available at www.bls.gov/oes/stem_list.xlsx.
--The 10 largest occupations accounted for 21 percent of total employment in May 2014.
In addition to retail salespersons and cashiers, the largest occupations included
combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food; general office
clerks; registered nurses; customer service representatives; and waiters and
--Most of the largest occupations were relatively low paying. Excluding registered
nurses, annual mean wages for the rest of the 10 largest occupations ranged
from $19,110 for combined food preparation and serving workers to $34,500 for
secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive.
Combined food preparation and serving workers also was one of the lowest paying
occupations overall, along with fast food cooks ($19,030), shampooers ($19,480),
and dishwashers ($19,540).
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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