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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 808 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation
2018
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail salespersons
4,510,900
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
3,704,200
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Cashiers
3,648,500
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Office clerks, general
3,158,500
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Registered nurses
3,059,800
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Customer service representatives
2,972,600
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
2,953,800
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Waiters and waitresses
2,634,600
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Personal care aides
2,421,200
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
2,404,400
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
2,382,500
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
General and operations managers
2,376,400
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
13
Stock clerks and order fillers
2,056,600
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
14
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
1,958,800
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
1,707,700
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
16
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
1,557,500
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
1,548,300
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
18
Nursing assistants
1,513,200
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
19
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
1,494,400
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
20
Maintenance and repair workers, general
1,488,000
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Elementary school teachers, except special education
1,434,400
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Accountants and auditors
1,424,000
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
1,406,400
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Construction laborers
1,405,000
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
25
Teacher assistants
1,380,300
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
26
Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers
1,379,400
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Cooks, restaurant
1,362,300
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
28
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
1,205,200
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
29
Childcare workers
1,160,000
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Security guards
1,143,800
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
31
Business operations specialists, all other
1,135,700
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
32
Receptionists and information clerks
1,101,500
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Managers, all other
1,079,600
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
34
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
1,072,500
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
35
Sales representatives, services, all other
1,060,600
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Carpenters
1,006,500
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Light truck or delivery services drivers
1,001,300
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
988,900
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
975,400
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Software developers, applications
944,200
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
41
Management analysts
876,300
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
42
Food preparation workers
842,100
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
43
Home health aides
831,800
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Lawyers
823,900
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
45
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
770,100
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
46
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
728,900
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
47
Electricians
715,400
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
48
Police and sheriff's patrol officers
687,100
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
49
Medical assistants
686,600
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
50
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
683,800
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award