Most Of Top 10 Biggest Job Categories Make Less Than $30K
Of all these, only registered nurses had an average wage that was higher than the average wage for the entire country. In other words, the largest occupations were largely low paying, with the lowest annual wage of $19,110 for food preparation and serving workers, which includes fast food. Here are the numbers.
|Occupation||Employment||Mean average wage|
|Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food||3,131,390||$19,110|
|Office clerks, general||2,889,970||$30,820|
|Customer service representatives||2,511,130||$33,890|
|Waiters and waitresses||2,445,230||$21,640|
|Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand||2,400,490||$27,180|
|Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive||2,207,220||$34,500|
|Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners||2,137,730||$25,460|
If many people have trouble making ends meet, this is a big reason why. Also, many low-paying jobs don't provide benefits, such as health care and sick days, putting even more pressure on what people earn.