Employment and wages for the highest and lowest paying occupations, May 2012

Occupations with the highest median wage, May 2012
Occupation Employment Annual wage
Median(1) 10th percentile 90th percentile

Anesthesiologists

29,930 (2) $135,110 (2)

Surgeons

42,410 (2) 122,910 (2)

Obstetricians and gynecologists

20,880 (3) 121,240 (3)

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

4,990 (3) 89,590 (3)

Orthodontists

5,530 (3) 67,530 (3)

Internists, general

45,210 (3) 66,790 (3)

Physicians and surgeons, all other

308,410 (3) 55,390 (3)

Psychiatrists

24,210 $173,330 70,920 (4)

Family and general practitioners

110,050 172,020 84,790 (4)

Prosthodontists

310 169,130 56,150 (4)

Chief executives

255,940 168,140 76,220 (4)

Dentists, all other specialists

5,150 154,990 75,460 (4)

Pediatricians, general

30,560 154,650 86,900 (4)

Nurse anesthetists

34,180 148,160 105,810 (5)

Dentists, general

93,580 145,240 74,130 (4)

Petroleum engineers

36,410 130,280 75,030 (5)

Architectural and engineering managers

187,640 124,870 80,300 (5)

Air traffic controllers

23,260 122,530 64,930 $171,340

Computer and information systems managers

309,740 120,950 74,940 (5)

Marketing managers

171,430 119,480 62,650 (5)

(1) The median wage is the wage where half the workers in the occupation earn more and half earn less. The OES program can not estimate percentile wages above $187,200.

(2) At least 75 percent of workers in this occupation have wages above $187,200 per year

(3) At least 50 percent of workers in this occupation have wages above $187,200 per year

(4) At least 25 percent of workers in this occupation have wages above $187,200 per year

(5) At least 10 percent of workers in this occupation have wages above $187,200 per year


Occupations with the lowest median wage, May 2012
Occupation Employment Hourly wage
Median(1) 10th percentile 90th percentile

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

2,943,810 $8.78 $7.74 $11.24

Shampooers

13,570 8.80 7.70 11.13

Cooks, fast food

504,740 8.85 7.82 11.20

Dishwashers

501,910 8.88 7.79 11.27

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

395,750 8.89 7.82 12.53

Waiters and waitresses

2,332,020 8.92 7.79 14.19

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

434,220 8.92 7.80 12.02

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

341,400 8.93 7.79 12.28

Gaming dealers

98,310 8.96 7.78 17.86

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

253,670 8.98 8.20 12.46

Amusement and recreation attendants

256,400 9.00 7.82 13.02

Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

106,860 9.01 7.82 13.43

Models

4,330 9.02 7.81 20.91

Bartenders

538,220 9.09 7.85 15.49

Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

125,770 9.11 7.81 13.88

Cashiers

3,314,010 9.12 7.89 13.20

Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

19,190 9.21 7.94 14.41

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

39,060 9.21 8.15 13.37

Manicurists and pedicurists

62,330 9.24 8.00 14.21

Food preparation workers

785,370 9.28 7.92 13.84

(1) The median wage is the wage where half the workers in the occupation earn more and half earn less.


 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013