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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2018 (for states) or 2020 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 789 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation
2020
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail Salespersons
3,835,000
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Home Health and Personal Care Aides
3,470,700
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
3
Fast Food and Counter Workers
3,455,500
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Cashiers
3,379,100
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Registered Nurses
3,080,100
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Office Clerks, General
2,933,900
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Customer Service Representatives
2,923,400
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
2,821,700
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
General and Operations Managers
2,411,900
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
10
Stockers and Order Fillers
2,223,000
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
2,217,000
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
2,053,500
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Waiters and Waitresses
2,023,200
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
14
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,951,600
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
1,847,900
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
16
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other
1,777,300
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
17
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
1,620,000
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearSome college, no degree
18
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
1,487,300
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
1,444,100
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Nursing Assistants
1,396,700
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
21
Accountants and Auditors
1,392,200
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
22
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
1,390,600
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
23
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
1,371,100
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
24
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
1,327,500
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
25
Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary
1,306,300
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearSome college, no degree
26
Construction Laborers
1,285,200
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearNo formal educational credential
27
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators
1,262,800
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
1,212,800
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
29
Cooks, Restaurant
1,153,200
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
30
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
1,117,800
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearNo formal educational credential
31
Security Guards
1,059,000
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Light Truck Drivers
1,035,800
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Receptionists and Information Clerks
1,016,200
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
998,800
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
35
Childcare Workers
992,400
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel
985,200
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Carpenters
942,900
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
915,400
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Management Analysts
907,600
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
40
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
888,300
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Food Preparation Workers
821,200
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
42
Lawyers
804,200
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
43
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
740,900
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
44
Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks
734,900
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Electricians
729,600
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
46
Medical Assistants
720,900
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
47
Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
707,400
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearNo formal educational credential
48
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
703,800
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
49
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
692,200
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
688,100
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award