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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.

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  • #100. Dental Assistants

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

  • #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

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

  • #97. Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

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

  • #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

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

  • #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

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

  • #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

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

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