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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2016 (for states) or 2018 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 807 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation
2018
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail salespersons
4,510,900
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
3,704,200
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Cashiers
3,648,500
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Office clerks, general
3,158,500
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Registered nurses
3,059,800
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Customer service representatives
2,972,600
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
2,953,800
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Waiters and waitresses
2,634,600
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Personal care aides
2,421,200
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
2,404,400
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
2,382,500
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
General and operations managers
2,376,400
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
13
Stock clerks and order fillers
2,056,600
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
14
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
1,958,800
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
1,707,700
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearSome college, no degree
16
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
1,557,500
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
1,548,300
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
18
Nursing assistants
1,513,200
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
19
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
1,494,400
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
20
Maintenance and repair workers, general
1,488,000
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Elementary school teachers, except special education
1,434,400
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Accountants and auditors
1,424,000
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
1,406,400
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Construction laborers
1,405,000
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearNo formal educational credential
25
Teacher assistants
1,380,300
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearSome college, no degree