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 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey published by BLS in April 2017 [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 (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,290
25th Percentile Wage
$24,140
50th Percentile Wage
$37,040
75th Percentile Wage
$60,150
90th Percentile Wage
$94,540

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 $37,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10% of earners is $19,290. 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 2016)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of all occupations across all industries from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016
$37,040
2.27% 6.18%
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 (2016 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 $20,810 to $100,790. The highest paying occupational group is "management occupations" with a median annual salary of $100,790. The lowest paying occupation group in the United States is "food preparation and serving related occupations" with a median annual salary of $20,810. Click on the occupational group name to view salary information for all professions within that group.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Management Occupations
$100,790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
$82,830
Legal Occupations
$79,650
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
$77,900
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
$66,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
$63,420
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
$63,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
$48,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
$47,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations
$43,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
$43,440
Community and Social Service Occupations
$42,990
Protective Service Occupations
$38,660
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
$34,050
Production Occupations
$33,130
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
$30,730
Healthcare Support Occupations
$27,910
Sales and Related Occupations
$26,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
$24,700
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
$23,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations
$22,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
$20,810

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