4.3M

Americans were employed as retail salespersons — the largest occupation in the U.S.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Additional Information: According to data from May 2019, retail salespersons earned a mean hourly wage of $14.12 nationally, which varied from $17.56 in the District of Columbia to $9.59 in Puerto Rico. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the Retail Trade sector as a whole employs 15.7M Americans, making it the second largest employment sector after Health Care and Social Assistance, which employs approximately 20.5 million people, as of 2018.
Reference: For more information, read the Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019." "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019."

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