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What is the Most Popular American Job?

In terms of sheer numbers, a retail salesperson is the most popular job in the United States. More people work as retail salespeople than in any other job. In fact, about 3 percent of the total American workforce works in retail sales — and a third of that demographic is employed by Wal-Mart.

More facts about employment:

  • Of the top 15 most popular jobs in the U.S., eight of them average an annual pay of less than $30,000 US Dollars (USD) a year.

  • Out of the different kinds of retail salespeople, automobile salespeople make the most money per hour — about $18 USD — and clothing salespeople make the least, averaging about $8 USD an hour.

  • On average, retail salespeople in the U.S. make about the same amount per year as do janitors.

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