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State salary database: Where does your job rank?

Posted July 18, 2015

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— More than 4 million people are employed in North Carolina, with the average worker earning $20.81 per hour, or $43,280 per year, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nationwide, more than 135 million people are employed and earn an average of $22.71 an hour, or $47,230 a year.

The most recent data, from May 2014, comes from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, which produces the employment and wage estimates based on semi-annual mail surveys.

How does your job rank? View a state-by-state comparison of the salaries of more than 800 occupations, and see the highest and lowest paying jobs in North Carolina.

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  • Jobs with the largest employment were retail salespersons and cashiers, which combined, made up nearly 6 percent of total U.S. employment, with employment levels of 4.6 million and 3.4 million, respectively. Of the 10 largest occupations, only registered nurses, with an annual average wage of $69,790, had an average wage above the U.S. all- occupations average of $47,230.
  • Most of the largest occupations were relatively low paying. Excluding registered nurses, annual average wages for the rest of the 10 largest occupations in the U.S. ranged from $19,110 for combined food preparation and serving workers to $34,500 for secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive.
  • Combined food preparation and serving workers also was one of the lowest paying occupations overall in the nation, along with fast food cooks ($19,030), shampooers ($19,480), and dishwashers ($19,540).
  • The highest paying occupational groups were management, legal, and computer and mathematical occupations. The lowest paying occupational groups included food preparation and serving related; personal care and service; and farming, fishing, and forestry occupations, each with an annual mean wage of about $25,000 or less.
  • Overall, the private sector accounted for about 84 percent of employment in the U.S. but made up a higher share of employment in some occupations. Occupations found only in the private sector included flight attendants, oil and gas roustabouts, funeral attendants, and a number of production occupations, such as semiconductor processors and tire builders.
  • The largest occupations in state government in the U.S. were correctional officers and jailers; general office clerks; and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive. Registered nurses, management analysts, and compliance officers were among the largest occupations in federal government.

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