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 nation’s 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.”