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100 least popular jobs in America

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    100 least popular jobs in America

    Spend enough time watching the Discovery Channel and you’ll eventually run into Mike Rowe doing one stomach-churning task after the other on the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs.” The Baltimore-born host is also known for his CNN series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” whose title underscores the fact that some jobs are so menial and unsavory that practically nobody does them (though somebody does have to, one way or another).

    The reasons a certain field might not contain very many many professionals vary widely. Certain positions are only held by a small number due to their unpleasant nature, but the fact that the 100 least popular jobs in America are collectively held by only 6,360 individuals means that some careers are only attainable in particular geographic locations, with an extensive education or with a set of unteachable interpersonal skills.

    Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker listed the 100 least popular jobs in America by total engagement. Every position’s number of total workers in the United States is listed alongside its average annual wage and average hourly wage, where each of those figures is available.

    Read on to see if you hold one of the least popular jobs in the nation.

    RELATED: 100 most popular jobs in America

  • MMCedu // Wikicommons
    2/ MMCedu // Wikicommons

    #100. Materials Scientists

    Total workers in 2017: 7,470
    Average annual wage: $101,910
    Average hourly wage: $48.99

  • Biha // Wikicommons
    3/ Biha // Wikicommons

    #99. Hearing Aid Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 7,380
    Average annual wage: $57,030
    Average hourly wage: $27.42

  • Max Pixel
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    #98. Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 7,280
    Average annual wage: $91,000
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • Pixabay
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    #97. Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

    Total workers in 2017: 7,180
    Average annual wage: $27,550
    Average hourly wage: $13.25

  • Bill Shrout // Wikicommons
    6/ Bill Shrout // Wikicommons

    #96. Life Scientists, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 7,120
    Average annual wage: $82,270
    Average hourly wage: $39.55

  • YCC Volunteers // Wikicommons
    7/ YCC Volunteers // Wikicommons

    #95. Forest and Conservation Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 7,080
    Average annual wage: $31,320
    Average hourly wage: $15.06

  • Regan Vercruysse // Wikicommons
    8/ Regan Vercruysse // Wikicommons

    #94. Artists and Related Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 7,010
    Average annual wage: $66,590
    Average hourly wage: $32.01

  • Mark Wolfe // Wikicommons
    9/ Mark Wolfe // Wikicommons

    #93. Traffic Technicians

    Total workers in 2017: 6,980
    Average annual wage: $49,290
    Average hourly wage: $23.70

  • Jennifer Brugman // U.S. Air Force
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    #92. Epidemiologists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,870
    Average annual wage: $76,230
    Average hourly wage: $36.65

  • Pixabay
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    #91. Nuclear Technicians

    Total workers in 2017: 6,850
    Average annual wage: $80,000
    Average hourly wage: $38.46

  • Suzanne M. Day // Wikicommons
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    #90. Nurse Midwives

    Total workers in 2017: 6,530
    Average annual wage: $103,640
    Average hourly wage: $49.83

  • Pixabay
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    #89. Woodworkers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 6,490
    Average annual wage: $33,650
    Average hourly wage: $16.18

  • Jorge Royan // Wikicommons
    14/ Jorge Royan // Wikicommons

    #88. Costume Attendants

    Total workers in 2017: 6,430
    Average annual wage: $47,700
    Average hourly wage: $22.93

  • Pixabay
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    #87. Correspondence Clerks

    Total workers in 2017: 6,370
    Average annual wage: $38,100
    Average hourly wage: $18.32

  • U.S. Geological Survey // Wikicommons
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    #86. Hydrologists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,350
    Average annual wage: $84,290
    Average hourly wage: $40.53

  • World Travel & Tourism Council // Wikicommons
    17/ World Travel & Tourism Council // Wikicommons

    #85. Political Scientists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,320
    Average annual wage: $112,030
    Average hourly wage: $53.86

  • Larissa Greatwood // U.S. Air Force
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    #84. Telephone Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 6,310
    Average annual wage: $38,410
    Average hourly wage: $18.47

  • Terri Paden // U.S. Air Force
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    #83. Exercise Physiologists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,300
    Average annual wage: $54,730
    Average hourly wage: $26.31

  • Dmeranda // Wikicommons
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    #82. Sewers, Hand

    Total workers in 2017: 6,190
    Average annual wage: $27,540
    Average hourly wage: $13.24

  • Pixabay
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    #81. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

    Total workers in 2017: 6,150
    Average annual wage: $103,710
    Average hourly wage: $49.86

  • Pixabay
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    #80. Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

    Total workers in 2017: 6,140
    Average annual wage: $51,930
    Average hourly wage: $24.97

  • Colin Groves // Wikicommons
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    #79. Anthropologists and Archeologists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,120
    Average annual wage: $66,330
    Average hourly wage: $31.89

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau // Wikicommons
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    #78. Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

    Total workers in 2017: 6,110
    Average annual wage: $73,020
    Average hourly wage: $35.11

  • Eric Lockwood // U.S. Navy
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    #77. Archivists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,080
    Average annual wage: $55,470
    Average hourly wage: $26.67

  • Darla Leslie/USFWS // flickr
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    #76. Fish and Game Wardens

    Total workers in 2017: 6,020
    Average annual wage: $58,570
    Average hourly wage: $28.16

  • Acroterion // Wikicommons
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    #75. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 6,010
    Average annual wage: $94,350
    Average hourly wage: $45.36

  • Mark Wyatt // U.S. Air Force
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    #74. Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 5,990
    Average annual wage: $87,660
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • U.S. Air Force
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    #73. Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

    Total workers in 2017: 5,850
    Average annual wage: $52,790
    Average hourly wage: $25.38

  • David Owsianka // U.S. Airforce
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    #72. Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

    Total workers in 2017: 5,820
    Average annual wage: $54,820
    Average hourly wage: $26.35

  • Tulane Public Relations // Wikicommons
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    #71. Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 5,770
    Average annual wage: $93,500
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • U.S. Department of State // Flickr
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    #70. Broadcast News Analysts

    Total workers in 2017: 5,700
    Average annual wage: $88,250
    Average hourly wage: $42.43

  • William Hook // flickr
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    #69. Motion Picture Projectionists

    Total workers in 2017: 5,700
    Average annual wage: $24,790
    Average hourly wage: $11.92

  • Elvert Barnes // flickr
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    #68. Transit and Railroad Police

    Total workers in 2017: 5,520
    Average annual wage: $71,280
    Average hourly wage: $34.27

  • National Archives // Wikicommons
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    #67. Fallers

    Total workers in 2017: 5,420
    Average annual wage: $46,930
    Average hourly wage: $22.56

  • Eickhoff Engine // Wikicommons
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    #66. Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 5,400
    Average annual wage: $52,360
    Average hourly wage: $25.17

  • Matthäus Wander // Wikicommons
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    #65. Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 5,390
    Average annual wage: $29,010
    Average hourly wage: $13.95

  • The Huntington // Flickr
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    #64. Choreographers

    Total workers in 2017: 5,310
    Average annual wage: $52,970
    Average hourly wage: $25.47

  • Joevilliers // Wikicommons
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    #63. Agricultural Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 5,210
    Average annual wage: $35,910
    Average hourly wage: $17.27

  • Liliana Moreno // U.S. Air Force
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    #62. Orthodontists

    Total workers in 2017: 5,080
    Average annual wage: $229,380
    Average hourly wage: $110.28

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    #61. Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 5,010
    Average annual wage: $73,680
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • Divulgação Petrobras // Wikicommons
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    #60. Extraction Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 4,970
    Average annual wage: $50,690
    Average hourly wage: $24.37

  • Pixabay
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    #59. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

    Total workers in 2017: 4,810
    Average annual wage: $49,690
    Average hourly wage: $23.89

  • Ryan G. Wilbe // Wikicommons
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    #58. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    Total workers in 2017: 4,800
    Average annual wage: $242,740
    Average hourly wage: $116.70

  • Tulane Public Relations // Wikicommons
    45/ Tulane Public Relations // Wikicommons

    #57. Craft Artists

    Total workers in 2017: 4,730
    Average annual wage: $41,180
    Average hourly wage: $19.80

  • MTA New York City Transit // Wikicommons
    46/ MTA New York City Transit // Wikicommons

    #56. Rail Transportation Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 4,690
    Average annual wage: $59,950
    Average hourly wage: $28.82

  • USDA // Wikicommons
    47/ USDA // Wikicommons

    #55. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 4,610
    Average annual wage: $80,320
    Average hourly wage: $38.62

  • Amber Carter // U.S. Air Force
    48/ Amber Carter // U.S. Air Force

    #54. Dentists, All Other Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 4,590
    Average annual wage: $199,980
    Average hourly wage: $96.15

  • Ppntori // Wikicommons
    49/ Ppntori // Wikicommons

    #53. Gaming Managers

    Total workers in 2017: 4,420
    Average annual wage: $83,460
    Average hourly wage: $40.12

  • Lance Cheung // U.S. Airforce
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    #52. Wind Turbine Service Technicians

    Total workers in 2017: 4,390
    Average annual wage: $56,680
    Average hourly wage: $27.25

  • Stug.stug // Wikicommons
    51/ Stug.stug // Wikicommons

    #51. Floor Sanders and Finishers

    Total workers in 2017: 4,320
    Average annual wage: $39,260
    Average hourly wage: $18.87

  • Pixabay
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    #50. Rock Splitters, Quarry

    Total workers in 2017: 4,310
    Average annual wage: $36,050
    Average hourly wage: $17.33

  • Kates Lonles // Flickr
    53/ Kates Lonles // Flickr

    #49. Embalmers

    Total workers in 2017: 4,200
    Average annual wage: $45,040
    Average hourly wage: $21.65

  • Scott Jackson // U.S. Airforce
    54/ Scott Jackson // U.S. Airforce

    #48. Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 3,980
    Average annual wage: $87,810
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • AlfvanBeem // Wikicommons
    55/ AlfvanBeem // Wikicommons

    #47. Pile-Driver Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 3,710
    Average annual wage: $63,770
    Average hourly wage: $30.66

  • Pixabay
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    #46. Models

    Total workers in 2017: 3,710
    Average annual wage: $31,870
    Average hourly wage: $15.32

  • Pixabay
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    #45. Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

    Total workers in 2017: 3,650
    Average annual wage: $42,510
    Average hourly wage: $20.44

  • Tiger635 // Wikicommons
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    #44. Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 3,560
    Average annual wage: $61,960
    Average hourly wage: $29.79

  • Charlie Brewer // Wikicommons
    59/ Charlie Brewer // Wikicommons

    #43. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

    Total workers in 2017: 3,540
    Average annual wage: $69,310
    Average hourly wage: $33.32

  • Nina Hale // Wikicommons
    60/ Nina Hale // Wikicommons

    #42. Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

    Total workers in 2017: 3,500
    Average annual wage: $27,530
    Average hourly wage: $13.23

  • ENERGY.GOV // Wikicommons
    61/ ENERGY.GOV // Wikicommons

    #41. Roof Bolters, Mining

    Total workers in 2017: 3,410
    Average annual wage: $59,310
    Average hourly wage: $28.52

  • Rae Perry // U.S. Airforce
    62/ Rae Perry // U.S. Airforce

    #40. Logging Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 3,290
    Average annual wage: $40,730
    Average hourly wage: $19.58

  • Andrew McKaskle // Wikicommons
    63/ Andrew McKaskle // Wikicommons

    #39. Commercial Divers

    Total workers in 2017: 3,280
    Average annual wage: $55,270
    Average hourly wage: $26.57

  • Marcin Wichary // Wikicommons
    64/ Marcin Wichary // Wikicommons

    #38. Bridge and Lock Tenders

    Total workers in 2017: 3,240
    Average annual wage: $47,280
    Average hourly wage: $22.73

  • OKFoundryCompany// Flickr
    65/ OKFoundryCompany// Flickr

    #37. Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

    Total workers in 2017: 3,200
    Average annual wage: $45,880
    Average hourly wage: $22.06

  • Pixabay
    66/ Pixabay

    #36. Hoist and Winch Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 3,080
    Average annual wage: $54,910
    Average hourly wage: $26.40

  • USCG // Flickr
    67/ USCG // Flickr

    #35. Historians

    Total workers in 2017: 3,060
    Average annual wage: $64,220
    Average hourly wage: $30.88

  • Pixabay
    68/ Pixabay

    #34. Log Graders and Scalers

    Total workers in 2017: 3,010
    Average annual wage: $38,710
    Average hourly wage: $18.61

  • Pixabay
    69/ Pixabay

    #33. Mining Machine Operators, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 2,840
    Average annual wage: $50,670
    Average hourly wage: $24.36

  • Pilot Theatre // Flickr
    70/ Pilot Theatre // Flickr

    #32. Sociologists

    Total workers in 2017: 2,770
    Average annual wage: $86,130
    Average hourly wage: $41.41

  • Amanda Bicknell // Flickr
    71/ Amanda Bicknell // Flickr

    #31. Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,750
    Average annual wage: $31,810
    Average hourly wage: $15.29

  • Mathematical Association of America // Flickr
    72/ Mathematical Association of America // Flickr

    #30. Mathematicians

    Total workers in 2017: 2,730
    Average annual wage: $104,700
    Average hourly wage: $50.33

  • Rictor Norton & David Allen // Flickr
    73/ Rictor Norton & David Allen // Flickr

    #29. Paperhangers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,710
    Average annual wage: $40,930
    Average hourly wage: $19.68

  • Kemberly Groue // U.S. Air Force
    74/ Kemberly Groue // U.S. Air Force

    #28. Genetic Counselors

    Total workers in 2017: 2,660
    Average annual wage: $78,130
    Average hourly wage: $37.56

  • U.S. Navy // Wikicommons
    75/ U.S. Navy // Wikicommons

    #27. Terrazzo Workers and Finishers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,630
    Average annual wage: $45,520
    Average hourly wage: $21.89

  • Alexandra Singer // U.S. Air Force
    76/ Alexandra Singer // U.S. Air Force

    #26. Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 2,580
    Average annual wage: $77,220
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • Pixabay
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    #25. Animal Scientists

    Total workers in 2017: 2,550
    Average annual wage: $68,840
    Average hourly wage: $33.10

  • California National Guard // Flickr
    78/ California National Guard // Flickr

    #24. Motorboat Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 2,510
    Average annual wage: $45,870
    Average hourly wage: $22.05

  • Kaupo Kikkas // Wikicommons
    79/ Kaupo Kikkas // Wikicommons

    #23. Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

    Total workers in 2017: 2,340
    Average annual wage: $51,780
    Average hourly wage: $24.89

  • Doug Coldwell // Wikicommons
    80/ Doug Coldwell // Wikicommons

    #22. Watch Repairers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,130
    Average annual wage: $39,530
    Average hourly wage: $19.01

  • Grand Canyon National Park // Flickr
    81/ Grand Canyon National Park // Flickr

    #21. Astronomers

    Total workers in 2017: 2,020
    Average annual wage: $109,560
    Average hourly wage: $52.67

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service // Flickr
    82/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service // Flickr

    #20. Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 2,000
    Average annual wage: $93,200
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • sirdle // Flickr
    83/ sirdle // Flickr

    #19. Communications Equipment Operators, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 1,980
    Average annual wage: $42,910
    Average hourly wage: $20.63

  • Pixabay
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    #18. Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 1,960
    Average annual wage: $45,990
    Average hourly wage: $22.11

  • Pixabay
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    #17. Animal Breeders

    Total workers in 2017: 1,800
    Average annual wage: $43,450
    Average hourly wage: $20.89

  • Jialiang Gao // Wikicommons
    86/ Jialiang Gao // Wikicommons

    #16. Agricultural Engineers

    Total workers in 2017: 1,770
    Average annual wage: $77,970
    Average hourly wage: $37.49

  • Polybert49 // Flickr
    87/ Polybert49 // Flickr

    #15. Mine Shuttle Car Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 1,550
    Average annual wage: $56,510
    Average hourly wage: $27.17

  • Dominicus Johannes Bergsma // Wikicommons
    88/ Dominicus Johannes Bergsma // Wikicommons

    #14. Dredge Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 1,410
    Average annual wage: $46,340
    Average hourly wage: $22.28

  • Jonathan Billinger // Wikicommons
    89/ Jonathan Billinger // Wikicommons

    #13. Geographers

    Total workers in 2017: 1,400
    Average annual wage: $76,790
    Average hourly wage: $36.92

  • Paragon Kilns // Flickr
    90/ Paragon Kilns // Flickr

    #12. Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons

    Total workers in 2017: 1,310
    Average annual wage: $50,080
    Average hourly wage: $24.08

  • Pixabay
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    #11. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

    Total workers in 2017: 920
    Average annual wage: $102,530
    Average hourly wage: $49.29

  • EMBT Studio // Flickr
    92/ EMBT Studio // Flickr

    #10. Model Makers, Wood

    Total workers in 2017: 850
    Average annual wage: $52,000
    Average hourly wage: $25.00

  • Alex Proimos // Wikicommons
    93/ Alex Proimos // Wikicommons

    #9. Farm Labor Contractors

    Total workers in 2017: 780
    Average annual wage: $48,890
    Average hourly wage: $23.50

  • OKFoundryCompany // Flickr
    94/ OKFoundryCompany // Flickr

    #8. Patternmakers, Wood

    Total workers in 2017: 770
    Average annual wage: $51,760
    Average hourly wage: $24.88

  • Meagan Schutter // Wikicommons
    95/ Meagan Schutter // Wikicommons

    #7. Radio Operators

    Total workers in 2017: 770
    Average annual wage: $44,490
    Average hourly wage: $21.39

  • Wikijunkie // Wikicommons
    96/ Wikijunkie // Wikicommons

    #6. Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

    Total workers in 2017: 680
    Average annual wage: $37,310
    Average hourly wage: $17.94

  • Pixabay
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    #5. Locomotive Firers

    Total workers in 2017: 670
    Average annual wage: $62,220
    Average hourly wage: $29.91

  • James Brooks // Flickr
    98/ James Brooks // Flickr

    #4. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 520
    Average annual wage: $31,190
    Average hourly wage: $15.00

  • DoD News // Flickr
    99/ DoD News // Flickr

    #3. Cooks, Private Household

    Total workers in 2017: 500
    Average annual wage: $42,990
    Average hourly wage: $20.67

  • Bin im Garten // Wikicommons
    100/ Bin im Garten // Wikicommons

    #2. Prosthodontists

    Total workers in 2017: 430
    Average annual wage: $196,960
    Average hourly wage: $94.69

  • Elizabeth Bake // U.S. Air Force
    101/ Elizabeth Bake // U.S. Air Force

    #1. Fabric Menders, Except Garment

    Total workers in 2017: 390
    Average annual wage: $29,530
    Average hourly wage: $14.20

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