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
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

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
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Legal Occupations
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Community and Social Service Occupations
Construction and Extraction Occupations
Protective Service Occupations
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
Production Occupations
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Healthcare Support Occupations
Sales and Related Occupations
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
Personal Care and Service Occupations
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

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