Service Occupations

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Total Workforce

25.6M

Average Age

38.1

Estimated Job Growth

23.6%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$25,774

Average Male Salary

$31,747

Average Female Salary

$20,888

About

Service Occupations are most often employed by the Restaurants & Food Services industry. The average yearly wage for Service Occupations was $25,774 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Service Occupations by wage are Production, Transportation, & Material Moving Occupations, Sales & Office Occupations, and Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Service Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Service Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Service Occupations, by average wage, is Construction, & mining & oil & gas field machinery manufacturing . Service Occupations are paid most in Islip Town (East) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Bedford Park, Fordham North & Norwood PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$25,774

AVERAGE SALARY

± $137

In 2017, Service Occupations earned an average of $25,774, $26,291 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Service Occupations are the lowest paid occupation in the US followed by Production, Transportation, & Material Moving Occupations. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Service Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.451

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Service Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.451, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Service Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Service Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Service Occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Service Occupations, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Hospitals.

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Industries by Share

25.6M

2017 Workforce

± 112,984

0.707%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 0.62%

The number of people employed as Service Occupations has been growing at a rate of 0.707%, from 25,442,269 people in 2016 to 25,622,063 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Service Occupations employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Service Occupations at  26.9%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 6.83% and Hospitals with 4.78%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Service Occupations in the US. The average age of male Service Occupations in the workforce is 37.7 and of female Service Occupations is 38.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Service Occupations is White.

Gender Composition

11.5M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 80,044

14.1M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 87,660

55% of Service Occupations are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Service Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Service Occupations

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

65.7% of Service Occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.6% of Service Occupations, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Service Occupations.

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Age by Gender

37.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.109

38.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.0992

The median age of Service Occupations is 38.1, and Male employees are generally 0.595 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Service Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Service Occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Service Occupations hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Service Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Service Occupations need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Service Occupations need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Management of Personnel Resources, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Service Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Service Occupations are expected to see a growth of 23.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

23.6%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Service Occupations. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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