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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2016 (for states) or 2019 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 685 occupations in Michigan.
Rank Occupation
2016
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail salespersons
146,620
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
112,610
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Office clerks, general
106,840
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
4
Registered nurses
98,810
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
5
Cashiers
95,390
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
6
Customer service representatives
89,830
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Waiters and waitresses
78,830
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
72,760
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
65,890
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
65,120
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
General and operations managers
62,070
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
12
Stock clerks and order fillers
58,850
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
57,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
14
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
54,370
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
15
Nursing assistants
50,450
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
16
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
44,200
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
17
Maintenance and repair workers, general
44,130
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
18
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
42,840
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Personal care aides
42,580
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Mechanical engineers
38,610
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
21
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
38,240
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
22
Elementary school teachers, except special education
36,540
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
36,130
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Cooks, restaurant
35,940
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
25
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
35,450
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
26
Accountants and auditors
35,070
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
27
Teacher assistants
34,390
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
28
Receptionists and information clerks
31,960
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
Business operations specialists, all other
31,350
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
30
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
30,670
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
31
Light truck or delivery services drivers
29,930
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Home health aides
29,540
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Construction laborers
28,540
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
34
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
27,950
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
35
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
27,700
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Childcare workers
27,560
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Security guards
27,000
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
26,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Machinists
25,800
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Carpenters
25,790
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Industrial engineers
25,120
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
42
Packers and packagers, hand
24,180
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
43
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
23,530
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
44
Sales representatives, services, all other
23,000
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Medical assistants
21,910
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
46
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
21,750
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
47
Food preparation workers
21,600
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
48
Electricians
21,570
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
49
Medical secretaries
20,960
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Software developers, applications
20,840
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree