Data tables for the overview of May 2011 occupational employment and wages

Employment and wages of the largest occupations, May 2011
Occupation Percent of total employment Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage

Retail Salespersons

3.3% 4,270,550 $12.08 $25,130

Cashiers

2.6 3,314,870 9.73 20,230

Office Clerks, General

2.2 2,828,140 13.9 28,920

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

2.2 2,799,430 9.03 18,790

Registered Nurses*

2.1 2,724,570 33.23 69,110

Waiters and Waitresses

1.8 2,289,010 10.05 20,890

Customer Service Representatives

1.7 2,212,820 15.92 33,120

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

1.6 2,068,460 11.94 24,840

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

1.6 2,063,580 12.62 26,240

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

1.5 1,955,570 15.87 33,020

General and Operations Managers

1.4 1,805,030 55.04 114,490

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

1.4 1,782,800 11.66 24,250

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

1.3 1,643,470 17.37 36,120

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1.2 1,508,620 19.15 39,830

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*

1.1 1,466,700 12.22 25,420

An asterisk (*) next to an occupation title indicates the occupation has the same title but not necessarily the same content as an 2010 SOC occupation. For more information about the occupational classification used in 2011, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Employment and wages of the smallest occupations, May 2011
Occupation Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage

Cooks, Private Household

370 $14.94 $31,080

Prosthodontists

560 62.89 130,820

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

640 14.53 30,220

Fabric Menders, Except Garment

760 14.22 29,580

Patternmakers, Wood

820 19.54 40,630

Farm Labor Contractors

960 17.17 35,720

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

1,000 15.20 31,620

Mathematical Technicians

1,060 24.47 50,910

Radio Operators

1,220 21.73 45,190

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

1,230 59.69 124,160

Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other

1,260 30.37 63,170

Segmental Pavers

1,330 16.27 33,850

Model Makers, Wood

1,370 16.79 34,930

Geographers

1,430 35.66 74,170

Animal Breeders

1,460 18.11 37,670

The OES survey does not cover private households and farms

Percent of total U.S. employment for the largest and smallest major occupational groups, May 2011
Occupation Percent

Legal

0.781

Life, physical, and social science

0.844

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.345

Community and social service

1.474

Architecture and engineering

1.801

Education, training, and library

6.555

Transportation and material moving

6.732

Food preparation and serving related

8.746

Sales and related

10.638

Office and administrative support

16.670
Major group employment change, May 2007-May 2011
Occupational group Adjusted Employment change

Transportation and material moving

-1,110,790

Production

-1,780,580

Installation, maintenance, and repair

-401,110

Construction and extraction

-1,751,430

Farming, fishing, and forestry

-36,960

Office and administrative support

-1,886,480

Sales and related

-685,570

Personal care and service

397,441

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

-212,150

Food preparation and serving related

-55,140

Protective service

114,850

Healthcare support

328,830

Healthcare practitioners and technical

637,300

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

-35,600

Education, training, and library

92,700

Legal

3,740

Community and social service

97,370

Life, physical, and social science

47,440

Architecture and engineering

-175,190

Computer and mathematical

215,360

Business and financial operations

-48,010

Management

168,280
Employment for the largest occupations in the public sector, including schools and hospitals, May 2011
Occupation Federal State Local

Registered nurses

68,390 142,530 267,420

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

22,820 133,370 326,020

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

25,970 72,620 417,300

Office clerks, general

17,480 189,720 340,550

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

0 1,550 589,530

Teachers and instructors, all other

18,200 35,200 577,190

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

13,100 72,700 545,660

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

0 6,650 893,930

Teacher assistants

0 34,700 918,050

Elementary school teachers, except special education

0 7,060 1,278,930
Distribution of private and public sector employment by selected occupational group, May 2011
Occupational Group Private Public

Life, physical, and social science

630,710 451,660

Community and Social Service

1,142,900 747,500

Education, Training, and Library

1,952,170 6,456,890

Healthcare Support

3,651,060 303,000

Protective Service

1,168,650 2,033,840

Food Preparation and Serving Related

10,668,180 550,520

Sales and Related

13,559,680 86,770

Office and Administrative Support

18,025,320 3,359,020

Production

8,182,680 183,300

Transportation and Material Moving

7,960,750 675,190

Other

39,680,160 6,808,510
Occupations with the highest concentration of employment in metropolitan areas, May 2011
Occupation Total employment Percent of employment in metropolitan areas

Transportation Security Screeners* (federal only)

43,760 96.6

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

1,190 96.7

Aerospace Engineers

76,850 96.8

Computer Hardware Engineers

69,680 96.8

Fashion Designers

15,520 96.9

Social Science Research Assistants

25,400 97.0

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

66,270 97.0

Financial Analysts

219,770 97.1

Software Developers, Systems Software

376,010 97.1

Actuaries

19,020 97.1

Parking Lot Attendants

122,670 97.2

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

92,630 97.3

Shampooers

12,900 97.4

Biochemists and Biophysicists

24,580 97.7

Manicurists and Pedicurists

54,990 97.7

Semiconductor Processors

21,600 97.8

Terrazzo Workers and Finishers

3,430 98.0

Flight Attendants

85,680 98.3

Models

2,730 98.7

Prosthodontists

560 99.7
An asterisk (*) next to an occupation title indicates the occupation has the same title but not necessarily the same content as an 2010 SOC occupation. For more information about the occupational classification used in 2011, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Occupations found primarily in nonmetropolitan areas, May 2011
Occupation Total employment Percent of employment in nonmetropolitan areas

Wellhead Pumpers

6,620 50.2

Agricultural Equipment Operators

11,410 50.3

Extraction Workers, All Other

4,360 50.8

Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

16,300 50.8

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

19,840 52.7

Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

3,140 53.7

Slaughterers and Meat Packers

43,700 54.6

Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

13,600 55.7

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

350 55.7

Mining Machine Operators, All Other

1,660 55.8

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

850 55.9

Forest and Conservation Technicians

17,410 56.9

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

2,980 57.2

Continuous Mining Machine Operators

7,470 60.8

Fallers

3,260 65.0

Logging Equipment Operators

15,580 69.3

Log Graders and Scalers

2,000 71.0

Roof Bolters, Mining

4,480 73.9

Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

1,690 74.1

Mine Shuttle Car Operators

2,450 79.6

 

Last Modified Date: January 15, 2013