Salary Information in the United States

Each year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts a national compensation survey. The data shown here is from the BLS 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey published by BLS in April 2018 [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 USA (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,970
25th Percentile Wage
$24,770
50th Percentile Wage
$37,690
75th Percentile Wage
$61,110
90th Percentile Wage
$96,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for all occupations across all industries. The salary is shown in 5 percentile brackets. The median annual salary is $37,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10% of earners is $19,970. Note that workers in the top 10% are paid nearly five times more than workers in the bottom 10% in the United States.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of all occupations across all industries from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$37,690
1.72% 7.80%
2016
$37,040
2.27% -
2015
$36,200
1.82% -
2014
$35,540
1.29% -
2013
$35,080
0.94% -
2012
$34,750
- -

Table 2. Compare Median Salaries of Major Occupational Groups (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual salary of the major occupational groups in the United States. Note that the median annual salary ranges from $21,910 to $102,590. The highest paying occupational group is "management occupations" with a median annual salary of $102,590. The lowest paying occupation group in the United States is "food preparation and serving related occupations" with a median annual salary of $21,910. Click on the occupational group name to view salary information for all professions within that group.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Management Occupations
$102,590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
$84,560
Legal Occupations
$80,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
$79,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
$67,710
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
$64,770
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
$64,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
$48,740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
$48,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations
$44,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
$44,520
Community and Social Service Occupations
$43,840
Protective Service Occupations
$39,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
$34,740
Production Occupations
$33,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
$31,600
Healthcare Support Occupations
$28,710
Sales and Related Occupations
$27,020
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
$25,620
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
$24,390
Personal Care and Service Occupations
$23,610
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
$21,910

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