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    100 most popular jobs in America

    There are plenty of reasons why a large number of people will ultimately work in the same occupations. Whether it be overwhelming demand for labor in a particular field, the accessibility to people with a more limited background or the lucrative nature of a position, certain industries have jobs which see hundreds of thousands of applicants.

    According to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from June 2018, the American civilian labor force is made up of 162,140,000 individuals who work in hundreds of thousands of different positions. Consider then that more than half the labor force, at 95,666,370, can be found in just the hundred most popular occupations in the country.

    Using BLS data on National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Stacker listed the 100 most popular jobs in America by total employment in 2017. The number of workers for each profession is listed alongside its average annual wage and its average hourly wage where the data is available.

    Read on to see if your occupation is among the nation’s most popular.

    RELATED:  Least popular jobs in America 

  • #100. Dental Assistants
    2/ Sgt. Marcy Sanchez // Wikicommons

    #100. Dental Assistants

    Total workers in 2017: 337,160
    Average annual wage: $38,690
    Average hourly wage: $18.60

  • #99. Industrial Machinery Mechanics
    3/ Pxhere

    #99. Industrial Machinery Mechanics

    Total workers in 2017: 341,260
    Average annual wage: $53,110
    Average hourly wage: $25.54

  • #98. Medical and Health Services Managers
    4/ U.S. Air Force

    #98. Medical and Health Services Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 346,980
    Average annual wage: $111,680
    Average hourly wage: $53.69

  • #97. Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists
    5/ World Skills UK // Wikicommons

    #97. Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

    Total workers in 2017: 351,910
    Average annual wage: $30,490
    Average hourly wage: $14.66

  • #96. Recreation Workers
    6/ US Dept. of Agriculture // flickr

    #96. Recreation Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 352,350
    Average annual wage: $27,950
    Average hourly wage: $13.44

  • #95. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
    7/ CRSMC // Wikicommons

    #95. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 355,460
    Average annual wage: $211,390
    Average hourly wage: $101.63

  • #94. Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
    8/ VIUDeepBay // flickr

    #94. Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 365,300
    Average annual wage: $51,890
    Average hourly wage: $24.95

  • #93. Computer and Information Systems Managers
    9/ Public Domain

    #93. Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 365,690
    Average annual wage: $149,730
    Average hourly wage: $71.99

  • #92. Sales Managers
    10/ Wonderlane // flickr

    #92. Sales Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 371,410
    Average annual wage: $137,650
    Average hourly wage: $66.18

  • #91. Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
    11/ Pixabay

    #91. Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

    Total workers in 2017: 373,290
    Average annual wage: $25,770
    Average hourly wage: $12.39

  • #90. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    12/ US dept of homeland security //flickr

    #90. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    Total workers in 2017: 375,040
    Average annual wage: $86,340
    Average hourly wage: $41.51

  • #89. Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers
    13/ Pxhere

    #89. Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

    Total workers in 2017: 377,250
    Average annual wage: $43,410
    Average hourly wage: $20.87

  • #88. Machinists
    14/ //Wikicommons

    #88. Machinists

    Total workers in 2017: 378,320
    Average annual wage: $44,160
    Average hourly wage: $21.23

  • #87. Social and Human Service Assistants
    15/ COD Newsroom // flickr

    #87. Social and Human Service Assistants

    Total workers in 2017: 384,080
    Average annual wage: $35,460
    Average hourly wage: $17.05

  • #86. Insurance Sales Agents
    16/ franchise opportunities // flickr

    #86. Insurance Sales Agents

    Total workers in 2017: 386,320
    Average annual wage: $66,990
    Average hourly wage: $32.21

  • #85. Securities, Commodities and Financial Services Sales Agents
    17/ MaxPixel

    #85. Securities, Commodities and Financial Services Sales Agents

    Total workers in 2017: 389,610
    Average annual wage: $97,440
    Average hourly wage: $46.85

  • #84. Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
    18/ Discott // Wikicommons

    #84. Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

    Total workers in 2017: 392,910
    Average annual wage: $31,990
    Average hourly wage: $15.38

  • #83. Software Developers, Systems Software
    19/ Matthew // Wikicommons

    #83. Software Developers, Systems Software

    Total workers in 2017: 394,590
    Average annual wage: $111,780
    Average hourly wage: $53.74

  • #82. First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
    20/ Bill Couch // Wikicommons

    #82. First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

    Total workers in 2017: 395,350
    Average annual wage: $56,400
    Average hourly wage: $27.11

  • #81. Helpers: Production Workers
    21/ ILO Arab States // flickr

    #81. Helpers: Production Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 402,140
    Average annual wage: $28,070
    Average hourly wage: $13.50

  • #80. Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
    22/ COD Newsroom // flickr

    #80. Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

    Total workers in 2017: 404,120
    Average annual wage: $27,450
    Average hourly wage: $13.20

  • #79. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
    23/ woodley wonderworks // flickr

    #79. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

    Total workers in 2017: 409,740
    Average annual wage: $33,590
    Average hourly wage: $16.15

  • #78. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop
    24/ Kristoffer Trolley // flickr

    #78. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop

    Total workers in 2017: 414,540
    Average annual wage: $22,290
    Average hourly wage: $10.72

  • #77. Pharmacy Technicians
    25/ MC4 Army //wikicomons

    #77. Pharmacy Technicians

    Total workers in 2017: 417,720
    Average annual wage: $33,060
    Average hourly wage: $15.90

  • #76. Driver/Sales Workers
    26/ MobiusDaXter // Wikicommons

    #76. Driver/Sales Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 426,870
    Average annual wage: $29,090
    Average hourly wage: $13.99

  • #75. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
    27/ Yu Morita // flickr

    #75. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

    Total workers in 2017: 428,260
    Average annual wage: $57,070
    Average hourly wage: $27.44

  • #74. Correctional Officers and Jailers
    28/ myfuture.com // flickr

    #74. Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Total workers in 2017: 428,870
    Average annual wage: $47,600
    Average hourly wage: $22.88

  • #73. Managers, All Other
    29/ George Armstrong

    #73. Managers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 430,120
    Average annual wage: $113,180
    Average hourly wage: $54.41

  • #72. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
    30/ US Dept. of Agriculture // flickr

    #72. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

    Total workers in 2017: 436,730
    Average annual wage: $23,050
    Average hourly wage: $11.08

  • #71. Counter and Rental Clerks
    31/ Polycart // flickr

    #71. Counter and Rental Clerks

    Total workers in 2017: 445,530
    Average annual wage: $29,740
    Average hourly wage: $14.30

  • #70. First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
    32/ KOMUnews // flickr

    #70. First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers

    Total workers in 2017: 460,370
    Average annual wage: $68,120
    Average hourly wage: $32.75

  • #69. Billing and Posting Clerks
    33/ Firmbee // pixabay

    #69. Billing and Posting Clerks

    Total workers in 2017: 476,010
    Average annual wage: $38,460
    Average hourly wage: $18.49

  • #68. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession and Coffee Shop
    34/ David Hilowitz // flickr

    #68. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession and Coffee Shop

    Total workers in 2017: 476,940
    Average annual wage: $22,530
    Average hourly wage: $10.83

  • #67. Tellers
    35/ myfuture.com // flickr

    #67. Tellers

    Total workers in 2017: 491,150
    Average annual wage: $28,880
    Average hourly wage: $13.89

  • #66. Dishwashers
    36/ no attribution required // Wikicommons

    #66. Dishwashers

    Total workers in 2017: 503,540
    Average annual wage: $22,210
    Average hourly wage: $10.68

  • #65. Cooks, Fast Food
    37/ Pxhere

    #65. Cooks, Fast Food

    Total workers in 2017: 503,780
    Average annual wage: $21,610
    Average hourly wage: $10.39

  • #64. Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
    38/ Spielvogel // Wikicommons

    #64. Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

    Total workers in 2017: 507,340
    Average annual wage: $32,130
    Average hourly wage: $15.45

  • #63. Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers
    39/ us army corps of engineering // flickr

    #63. Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers

    Total workers in 2017: 537,500
    Average annual wage: $41,040
    Average hourly wage: $19.73

  • #62. Human Resources Specialists
    40/ us army corps of engineering // flickr

    #62. Human Resources Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 553,950
    Average annual wage: $66,220
    Average hourly wage: $31.84

  • #61. First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
    41/ Bureau of Land Management // flickr

    #61. First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 556,300
    Average annual wage: $69,200
    Average hourly wage: $33.27

  • #60. Childcare Workers
    42/ Kate Lundy // flickr

    #60. Childcare Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 562,420
    Average annual wage: $23,760
    Average hourly wage: $11.42

  • #59. Financial Managers
    43/ Pxhere

    #59. Financial Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 569,380
    Average annual wage: $143,530
    Average hourly wage: $69.01

  • #58. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
    44/ gwhawes // flickr

    #58. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 570,300
    Average annual wage: $35,370
    Average hourly wage: $17.00

  • #57. Medical Secretaries
    45/ Herry Lawford // flickr

    #57. Medical Secretaries

    Total workers in 2017: 576,520
    Average annual wage: $35,870
    Average hourly wage: $17.25

  • #56. Computer Systems Analysts
    46/ Ed Uthman // flickr

    #56. Computer Systems Analysts

    Total workers in 2017: 581,960
    Average annual wage: $92,740
    Average hourly wage: $44.59

  • #55. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
    47/ C_scott // flickr

    #55. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

    Total workers in 2017: 596,080
    Average annual wage: $59,400
    Average hourly wage: $28.56

  • #54. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
    48/ Throroughlyreviewed // flickr

    #54. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 596,450
    Average annual wage: $71,450
    Average hourly wage: $34.35

  • #53. Substitute Teachers
    49/ woodley wonderworks // flickr

    #53. Substitute Teachers

    Total workers in 2017: 611,310
    Average annual wage: $31,510
    Average hourly wage: $15.15

  • #52. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
    50/ NAVFAC // flickr

    #52. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 611,800
    Average annual wage: $62,660
    Average hourly wage: $30.13

  • #51. Bartenders
    51/ City Foodsters // flickr

    #51. Bartenders

    Total workers in 2017: 613,350
    Average annual wage: $26,260
    Average hourly wage: $12.63

  • #50. Computer User Support Specialists
    52/ Techhub // flickr

    #50. Computer User Support Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 613,780
    Average annual wage: $54,150
    Average hourly wage: $26.03

  • #49. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
    53/ us army corps of engineering // flickr

    #49. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

    Total workers in 2017: 622,340
    Average annual wage: $61,040
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • #48. Lawyers
    54/ Clyde Robinson // Flickr

    #48. Lawyers

    Total workers in 2017: 628,370
    Average annual wage: $141,890
    Average hourly wage: $68.22

  • #47. Electricians
    55/ OER Africa // flickr

    #47. Electricians

    Total workers in 2017: 631,080
    Average annual wage: $57,910
    Average hourly wage: $27.84

  • #46. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
    56/ Interiot // Wikicommons

    #46. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Total workers in 2017: 639,700
    Average annual wage: $42,660
    Average hourly wage: $20.51

  • #45. Medical Assistants
    57/ U.S. Air Force

    #45. Medical Assistants

    Total workers in 2017: 646,320
    Average annual wage: $33,580
    Average hourly wage: $16.15

  • #44. Management Analysts
    58/ IAEA Imagebank // flickr

    #44. Management Analysts

    Total workers in 2017: 659,200
    Average annual wage: $93,440
    Average hourly wage: $44.92

  • #43. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
    59/ Jamelle Bouie // Wikicommons

    #43. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

    Total workers in 2017: 662,390
    Average annual wage: $64,490
    Average hourly wage: $31.00

  • #42. Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks
    60/ Scott Lewis // flickr

    #42. Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks

    Total workers in 2017: 671,780
    Average annual wage: $33,790
    Average hourly wage: $16.25

  • #41. Carpenters
    61/ University of Fraser // flickr

    #41. Carpenters

    Total workers in 2017: 693,050
    Average annual wage: $49,630
    Average hourly wage: $23.86

  • #40. Packers and Packagers, Hand
    62/ US food and drug administration // flickr

    #40. Packers and Packagers, Hand

    Total workers in 2017: 700,560
    Average annual wage: $25,410
    Average hourly wage: $12.22

  • #39. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
    63/ John O'Neill Herrera

    #39. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

    Total workers in 2017: 702,700
    Average annual wage: $45,710
    Average hourly wage: $21.98

  • #38. Home Health Aides
    64/ AveryHealthcare // Wikicommons

    #38. Home Health Aides

    Total workers in 2017: 820,960
    Average annual wage: $24,280
    Average hourly wage: $11.67

  • #37. Food Preparation Workers
    65/ us dept of agriculture // Flickr

    #37. Food Preparation Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 832,690
    Average annual wage: $23,900
    Average hourly wage: $11.49

  • #36. Software Developers, Applications
    66/ WOCinTech Chat // flickr

    #36. Software Developers, Applications

    Total workers in 2017: 849,230
    Average annual wage: $106,710
    Average hourly wage: $51.30

  • #35. Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
    67/ Bureau of Land Management // flickr

    #35. Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

    Total workers in 2017: 877,670
    Average annual wage: $35,610
    Average hourly wage: $17.12

  • #34. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
    68/ Peter Dutton // Wikicommons

    #34. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 912,360
    Average annual wage: $29,700
    Average hourly wage: $14.28

  • #33. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
    69/ Elaine Smith // flickr

    #33. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

    Total workers in 2017: 922,660
    Average annual wage: $24,630
    Average hourly wage: $11.84

  • #32. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
    70/ us dept of agriculture // Flickr

    #32. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 927,440
    Average annual wage: $35,460
    Average hourly wage: $17.05

  • #31. Construction Laborers
    71/ Pxhere

    #31. Construction Laborers

    Total workers in 2017: 962,060
    Average annual wage: $38,890
    Average hourly wage: $18.70

  • #30. Business Operations Specialists, All Other
    72/ Famartin // Wikicommons

    #30. Business Operations Specialists, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 1,001,420
    Average annual wage: $75,740
    Average hourly wage: $36.42

  • #29. Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
    73/ Jesus Corrius // flickr

    #29. Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 1,004,020
    Average annual wage: $63,050
    Average hourly wage: $30.31

  • #28. Receptionists and Information Clerks
    74/ Petras Gaglius // flickr

    #28. Receptionists and Information Clerks

    Total workers in 2017: 1,014,900
    Average annual wage: $29,640
    Average hourly wage: $14.25

  • #27. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
    75/ U.S. Air Force

    #27. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

    Total workers in 2017: 1,027,230
    Average annual wage: $62,860
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • #26. Security Guards
    76/ U.S. Air Force

    #26. Security Guards

    Total workers in 2017: 1,105,440
    Average annual wage: $30,730
    Average hourly wage: $14.78

  • #25. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
    77/ Walmart // Flickr

    #25. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 1,200,180
    Average annual wage: $43,580
    Average hourly wage: $20.95

  • #24. Accountants and Auditors
    78/ Pxhere

    #24. Accountants and Auditors

    Total workers in 2017: 1,241,000
    Average annual wage: $77,920
    Average hourly wage: $37.46

  • #23. Cooks, Restaurant
    79/ Max Pixel

    #23. Cooks, Restaurant

    Total workers in 2017: 1,276,510
    Average annual wage: $26,440
    Average hourly wage: $12.71

  • #22. Teacher Assistants
    80/ Marie // flickr

    #22. Teacher Assistants

    Total workers in 2017: 1,299,800
    Average annual wage: $27,950
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • #21. Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers
    81/ Nick Morozov // flickr

    #21. Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers

    Total workers in 2017: 1,306,150
    Average annual wage: $33,180
    Average hourly wage: $15.95

  • #20. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
    82/ Metropolitan Transport // flickr

    #20. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

    Total workers in 2017: 1,351,210
    Average annual wage: $40,280
    Average hourly wage: $19.37

  • #19. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
    83/ Vanity Studio // flickr

    #19. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

    Total workers in 2017: 1,391,400
    Average annual wage: $67,960
    Average hourly wage: $32.67

  • #18. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
    84/ Governor Tom Wolf // flickr

    #18. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

    Total workers in 2017: 1,409,140
    Average annual wage: $60,830
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • #17. Nursing Assistants
    85/ agilemktg1 // Flickr

    #17. Nursing Assistants

    Total workers in 2017: 1,453,670
    Average annual wage: $28,540
    Average hourly wage: $13.72

  • #16. First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
    86/ us dept of agriculture // Flickr

    #16. First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 1,458,380
    Average annual wage: $58,540
    Average hourly wage: $28.14

  • #15. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
    87/ 401(k) // Flickr

    #15. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

    Total workers in 2017: 1,532,340
    Average annual wage: $41,110
    Average hourly wage: $19.76

  • #14. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
    88/ Rusty Clark // flickr

    #14. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

    Total workers in 2017: 1,748,140
    Average annual wage: $44,500
    Average hourly wage: $21.39

  • #13. Personal Care Aides
    89/ Command Care // Flickr

    #13. Personal Care Aides

    Total workers in 2017: 2,035,610
    Average annual wage: $24,100
    Average hourly wage: $11.59

  • #12. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
    90/ US customs and borders // flickr

    #12. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,046,040
    Average annual wage: $27,450
    Average hourly wage: $13.20

  • #11. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
    91/ Sean Mulgrew // flickr

    #11. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

    Total workers in 2017: 2,164,040
    Average annual wage: $27,900
    Average hourly wage: $13.41

  • #10. General and Operations Managers
    92/ Amtec Photos // flickr

    #10. General and Operations Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,212,200
    Average annual wage: $123,460
    Average hourly wage: $59.35

  • #9. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
    93/ MaxPixel

    #9. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

    Total workers in 2017: 2,254,820
    Average annual wage: $36,920
    Average hourly wage: $17.75

  • #8. Waiters and Waitresses
    94/ Alpha // flickr

    #8. Waiters and Waitresses

    Total workers in 2017: 2,584,220
    Average annual wage: $25,280
    Average hourly wage: $12.15

  • #7. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
    95/ Gwan Kho // flickr

    #7. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

    Total workers in 2017: 2,711,320
    Average annual wage: $29,690
    Average hourly wage: $14.28

  • #6. Customer Service Representatives
    96/ currency fair / flickr

    #6. Customer Service Representatives

    Total workers in 2017: 2,767,790
    Average annual wage: $35,650
    Average hourly wage: $17.14

  • #5. Registered Nurses
    97/ Rebecca20162393 // WIkicommons

    #5. Registered Nurses

    Total workers in 2017: 2,906,840
    Average annual wage: $73,550
    Average hourly wage: $35.36

  • #4. Office Clerks, General
    98/ CWCS Manage Hosting

    #4. Office Clerks, General

    Total workers in 2017: 2,967,620
    Average annual wage: $33,910
    Average hourly wage: $16.30

  • #3. Cashiers
    99/ Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook // U.S. Air Force photo

    #3. Cashiers

    Total workers in 2017: 3,564,920
    Average annual wage: $22,130
    Average hourly wage: $10.64

  • #2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
    100/ Pxhere

    #2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

    Total workers in 2017: 3,576,220
    Average annual wage: $21,230
    Average hourly wage: $10.21

  • #1. Retail Salespersons
    101/ Dimitris Argyris // flickr

    #1. Retail Salespersons

    Total workers in 2017: 4,442,090
    Average annual wage: $27,460
    Average hourly wage: $13.20

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