Does Your Job Measure Up?

Did you know that almost 6% of jobs in the USA are retail salespeople? Did you know that anesthesiologists have the highest average salary of any occupation? Did you know that public relations workers make 40% more than journalists? Did you know that the average annual pay of a nonfarm animal caretaker exceeds that of a child-care worker?


Check out these and other interesting tidbits from a WSJ article:

  • One out of every 17 jobs in America is held by a retail salesperson or a cashier. There are 4.5 million retail salespeople, the most of any occupation. That’s followed by cashiers at 3.3 million. Average pay for those jobs: $12.20 per hour for retail sales and $9.82 for cashiers.
  • Anesthesiologists make the highest average salary of any profession: $235,070 a year. They even earn more than the doctors performing the operations. Surgeons have the second-highest average salary at $233,150.
  • The average annual pay of a nonfarm animal caretaker ($22,510) exceeds that of a child-care worker ($21,490).
  • Of the 10 largest occupations, only registered nurses — with an average annual salary of $68,910 — earn more than the national average for all occupations ($46,440).
  • Both athletic trainers and service-unit operators in the oil, gas and mining industry are precisely at the median annual salary for all U.S. occupations: $42,790.
  • The job with the lowest average hourly pay is a fast-food cook, at $9.07. Those burger flippers (and their peers) are in one of just three occupations with average annual pay of less than $19,000 a year. The others are shampooers – yes, shampooers — and fast-food servers.
  • Operators of nuclear-power reactors earn an average of $78,410 annually. That’s less than real-estate brokers ($82,380) and funeral-service managers ($80,250).
  • The U.S. boasts 4.6 public-relations specialists for every reporter or correspondent. Those PR pros earn 40% more a year on average than journalists.
  • The median annual salary for economists is $93,070, which they’d probably say is more meaningful than their average salary of $101,450.


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