Salary Information in the United States

Each year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts a national compensation survey. The data used in this website is from the results published by BLS in May 2013 [1]. Table 1 shows the average annual salaries of all occupations across all industries in the United States. Table 2 compares the annual salaries of major occupation groups.

Table 1. Average Annual Wage in U.S.A.

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$88,330
75th Percentile Wage
$56,860
50th Percentile Wage
$35,080
25th Percentile Wage
$22,670
10th Percentile Wage
$18,190

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for all occupations across all industries. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10% highest paid) is $88,330. The median annual salary is $35,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10% earners is $18,190. We note that the top 10% workers are paid nearly five times more than the bottom 10% workers in the United States.

Table 2. Compare Median Salaries of Major Occupational Groups

Table 2 shows the median annual salary of the major occupational groups in the United States. We note that the median annual salary ranges from $19,020 to $95,600. The highest paying occupational group is management occupations with a median annual salary of $95,600. The lowest paying occupation group in the United States is food preparation and serving related occupations with a median annual salary of $19,020. Click on the link for salary information of all professions under that occupational group.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Management Occupations
$95,600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
$77,860
Legal Occupations
$76,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
$74,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
$63,800
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
$61,120
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
$60,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
$46,140
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
$44,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
$41,440
Community and Social Service Occupations
$40,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations
$40,670
Protective Service Occupations
$36,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
$32,010
Production Occupations
$31,250
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
$29,100
Healthcare Support Occupations
$26,080
Sales and Related Occupations
$25,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
$22,970
Personal Care and Service Occupations
$21,010
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
$19,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
$19,020

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