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Friday, 21 July 2017

Retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the highest employment in 2011

Los Angeles, California, (UIEM).- Retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the highest employment in 2011, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. These two occupations combined made up nearly 6 percent of total U.S. employment, with employment levels of 4.3 and 3.3 million, respectively.

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which provides employment and wage estimates by area and by industry for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and nearly 800 detailed occupations.

Most of the largest occupations were relatively low paying. Of the10 largest occupations, only registered nurses, with an annual mean wage of $69,110, had an average wage above the U.S. all-occupations mean of $21.74 per hour or $45,230 annually. Annual mean wages for the rest of the 10 largest occupations ranged from $18,790 for combined food preparation and serving workers to $33,120 for customer service representatives.

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