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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2016. 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
11
General and Operations Managers
2,263,100
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
12
Personal Care Aides
2,016,100
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
2,008,600
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
14
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,871,700
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
1,730,500
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearSome college, no degree
16
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
1,532,400
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
Nursing Assistants
1,510,300
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
18
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
1,506,300
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
1,469,900
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
1,443,200
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearNo formal educational credential
21
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
1,432,600
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
22
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
1,410,900
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Accountants and Auditors
1,397,700
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
24
Teacher Assistants
1,308,100
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearSome college, no degree
25
Cooks, Restaurant
1,231,900
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearNo formal educational credential
26
Construction Laborers
1,216,700
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearNo formal educational credential
27
Childcare Workers
1,216,600
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
1,197,900
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearNo formal educational credential
29
Team Assemblers
1,130,900
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Security Guards
1,123,300
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
31
Receptionists and Information Clerks
1,053,700
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
1,028,700
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Carpenters
1,025,600
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
Business Operations Specialists, All Other
1,023,900
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
35
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
1,018,700
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
36
Managers, All Other
992,100
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
37
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
983,000
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
953,500
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
936,900
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Home Health Aides
911,500
N/AHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Food Preparation Workers
871,100
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearNo formal educational credential
42
Software Developers, Applications
831,300
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
43
Management Analysts
806,400
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearBachelor's degree
44
Lawyers
792,500
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
45
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
749,900
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
46
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
724,500
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
47
Packers and Packagers, Hand
710,800
Median wage is less than $22,330 per yearNo formal educational credential
48
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
685,300
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
49
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
684,200
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
681,400
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent