Via LearnVest By Cheryl Lock ~
New statistics show that workers in seven of the 10 largest occupations in the U.S. earn less than $30,000 a year much lower than the nation’s average $45,790.
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that although food prep work is the third most common job in America, workers in that field made the lowest pay $18,720 in 2012.
And they’re not alone. In fact, workers in seven out of the 10 largest occupations (including cashiers, waiters and retail positions, among others) tend to earn less than $30,000 a year.
The nations average annual pay is $45,790.
Of the 10 most popular professions in the U.S., only registered nurses, secretaries and customer service representatives made above the $30,000 mark.
As CNN Money reports, part of this decline stems from a disappearance of middle-class jobs and an explosion of lower-paying ones. Some 58% of the jobs created during the recovery have been low-wage positions, according to a 2012 report by the National Employment Law Project.
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