May 20, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Retail salespersons: occupation with highest employment in 2010

Occupations with the highest employment in the United States, May 2010
Occupation Total
employment
Percent of
total employment

Total employment in all other occupations

101,136,610 79.6

Total employment, top 10 occupations

25,960,550 20.4

Secretaries & admin. assistants, except legal, medical, & executive

1,841,020 1.4

Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand

2,024,180 1.6

Janitors & cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

2,058,610 1.6

Customer service representatives

2,146,120 1.7

Waiters and waitresses

2,244,480 1.8

Registered nurses

2,655,020 2.1

Combined food prep. & serving workers, incl. fast food

2,692,170 2.1

General office clerks

2,789,590 2.2

Cashiers

3,354,170 2.6

Retail salespersons

4,155,190 3.3

These data are featured in the TED article, Retail salespersons: occupation with highest employment in 2010.

 

Percent of total employment and mean hourly wage, selected major occupational groups, May 2010
Occupational group Percent of
total employment
Mean
hourly wage
Percent employed
in private sector

Office & admin. support

16.9 $16.09 84.0

Sales & related

10.6 $17.69 99.3

Food prep. & serving related

8.7 $10.21 94.9

Education, training, & library

6.7 $24.25 22.6

Healthcare practitioners & technical

5.8 $34.27 84.1

Management

4.7 $50.69 83.3

Protective service

2.5 $20.43 35.7

Community & social service

1.5 $20.76 60.0

Life, physical & social science

0.8 $31.92 57.9

Legal

0.8 $46.60 74.1

These data are featured in the TED article, Retail salespersons: occupation with highest employment in 2010.

 

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