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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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Sgt. Marcy Sanchez // Wikicommons

#100. Dental Assistants

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

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Pxhere

#99. Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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

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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

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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

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US Dept. of Agriculture // flickr

#96. Recreation Workers

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

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CRSMC // Wikicommons

#95. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

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

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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

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Public Domain

#93. Computer and Information Systems Managers

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

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Wonderlane // flickr

#92. Sales Managers

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

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Pixabay

#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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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

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Pxhere

#89. Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

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

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//Wikicommons

#88. Machinists

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

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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

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franchise opportunities // flickr

#86. Insurance Sales Agents

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

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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

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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

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Matthew // Wikicommons

#83. Software Developers, Systems Software

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

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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

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ILO Arab States // flickr

#81. Helpers: Production Workers

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

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COD Newsroom // flickr

#80. Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

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

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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

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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

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MC4 Army //wikicomons

#77. Pharmacy Technicians

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

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MobiusDaXter // Wikicommons

#76. Driver/Sales Workers

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

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Yu Morita // flickr

#75. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

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

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myfuture.com // flickr

#74. Correctional Officers and Jailers

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

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George Armstrong

#73. Managers, All Other

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

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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

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Polycart // flickr

#71. Counter and Rental Clerks

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

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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

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Firmbee // pixabay

#69. Billing and Posting Clerks

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

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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

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myfuture.com // flickr

#67. Tellers

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

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no attribution required // Wikicommons

#66. Dishwashers

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

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Pxhere

#65. Cooks, Fast Food

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Kate Lundy // flickr

#60. Childcare Workers

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

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Pxhere

#59. Financial Managers

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

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gwhawes // flickr

#58. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

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

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Herry Lawford // flickr

#57. Medical Secretaries

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

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Ed Uthman // flickr

#56. Computer Systems Analysts

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

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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

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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

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woodley wonderworks // flickr

#53. Substitute Teachers

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

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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

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City Foodsters // flickr

#51. Bartenders

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

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Techhub // flickr

#50. Computer User Support Specialists

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

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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

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Clyde Robinson // Flickr

#48. Lawyers

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

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OER Africa // flickr

#47. Electricians

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

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Interiot // Wikicommons

#46. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

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

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U.S. Air Force

#45. Medical Assistants

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

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IAEA Imagebank // flickr

#44. Management Analysts

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

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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

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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

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University of Fraser // flickr

#41. Carpenters

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

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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

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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

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AveryHealthcare // Wikicommons

#38. Home Health Aides

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

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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

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WOCinTech Chat // flickr

#36. Software Developers, Applications

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

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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

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Peter Dutton // Wikicommons

#34. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

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

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Elaine Smith // flickr

#33. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

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

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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

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Pxhere

#31. Construction Laborers

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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U.S. Air Force

#26. Security Guards

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

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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

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Pxhere

#24. Accountants and Auditors

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

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Max Pixel

#23. Cooks, Restaurant

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

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Marie // flickr

#22. Teacher Assistants

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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agilemktg1 // Flickr

#17. Nursing Assistants

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

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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

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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

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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

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Command Care // Flickr

#13. Personal Care Aides

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Alpha // flickr

#8. Waiters and Waitresses

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

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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

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currency fair / flickr

#6. Customer Service Representatives

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

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Rebecca20162393 // WIkicommons

#5. Registered Nurses

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

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CWCS Manage Hosting

#4. Office Clerks, General

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

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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

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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

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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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