The most popular jobs in America

Published: Thursday, April 17 2014 9:33 p.m. MDT

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Total employment in the U.S.: 435,250

Average hourly wage: $11.70

Average annual salary: $24,330
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Utah, UT

I think using the words "most popular" jobs isn't a real accurate description here. I think the words you're looking for are "most available" jobs or "jobs most applicable to the average American's skill-set/experience/education."

That would better explain why office jobs are listed as #1 most popular.

Scio, OR

The regional job market also plays an important factor in how much a job or career makes. The Great Basin is infamous for lower wages, but people stay for the quality of life environment.

Sandy, UT

The one thing left out is government occupatuons. Most of these occupations are productive, while government occupations are consumptive.

Taylorsville, 00

It would help if we encouraged an international labor environment that prohibited slave-labor. Then work couldn't be outsourced to slavery and that kind of suffering would not be increased.

As for the comment on 'government occupations', think of them like an IT department in a business. They may not directly generate a profit, but check your business's ability and earnings with the work IT / government does, and without. For example, try operating a business in an area with no law enforcement and see how much theft and extortion cost vs paying taxes for a police force.

A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY

Your listings contain a big error. You don't distinguish between hourly workers and salaried employees (a.k.a. "Exempt" employees). You use the same constant number for hours worked.

Many white-collar jobs are salaried, meaning that however many hours they have to work in a week, they're not entitled to overtime pay. You can't just divide their annual salary by 2100 and call that their hourly wage, especially when some of these jobs regularly involve between 3000 and 4000 hours per year. Under many state laws, hours over 40 per week require time-and-a-half pay for hourly workers, and double-time over 60 hours.

Someone regularly working 80 hours per week, like in some IT departments on Wall St., or new accountants at big CPA firms, you'd need to divide their annual salary by around 6000 to calculate an equivalent base hourly wage, to account for the overtime multiple that they don't get paid. So, that "$45/hr" looks more like $15 in real life (what's left of real life after work, that is).

Cedar Hills, UT

I'm sure they are all government jobs

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Excuse me, but "average" teachers make an annual salary of $51,500? I'm sure that Utah is far below that mark and here in Wisconsin, my teacher-husband makes $52K with a masters degree and 30 years teaching experience. He's the highest paid teacher at our school. Starting pay is in the low $30Ks and it's many steps to get beyond that.

More inaccuracies about teachers from the DN.

West Point , UT

Midwest Mom:
That area of the study includes principles, superintendents, private school personnel, university professors, etc. it's not just teachers. Principles make far more than teachers, and professors also make more especially in the high alum donation areas like business, law, and medicine.

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