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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2014 (for each state) or 2016 (for the United States as a whole). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 813 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation
2016
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail Salespersons
4,602,500
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Cashiers
3,555,500
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
3,452,200
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Office Clerks, General
3,117,700
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Registered Nurses
2,955,200
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Customer Service Representatives
2,784,500
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
2,628,400
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Waiters and Waitresses
2,600,500
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
2,536,200
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
2,384,600
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearNo formal educational credential