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7.8 million Americans work these two low-paying jobs

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The most common jobs in America share one prevailing feature: they're relatively low paying. 

The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the largest employment. These two jobs combined made up nearly six percent of total U.S. employment with employment levels of 4.5 million and 3.3 million respectively. 

Of the 10 largest occupations, only one job pays well. Registered nurses with an annual mean wage of $68,910, had an average wage above the U.S. all-occupations mean of $22.33 per hour or $46,440 annually. Annual mean wages for the remaining nine jobs ranged from $18,880 for combined food prep and servers to $34,000 for secretaries and administrative assistants (except for legal, medical and executive), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Check out the charts below for a break down of the data.
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And finally, a look at the most common "groups" of jobs. Office and administrative support dominates, making up 16 percent of total U.S. employment. 
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Thumbnail photo: Flickr user Anthony Easton

— By on April 3, 2014, 2:28 PM PST

Kirsten Korosec

Contributing Editor

Kirsten Korosec has written for Technology Review, Marketing News, The Hill, BNET and Bloomberg News. She holds a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure