Chart: Most common jobs by income level

Mar 19, 2019
Current Events, Chart of the Week, Career, Employment

Background (from

NPR has written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. In the past, however, they have written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work.


  • What is the most common job for the top earning professionals? 
  • What is the most common job for the lowest earning workers?
  • Is there any overlap where jobs show up in multiple income levels? Does it tend to be an issue at the higher levels/lower levels? 
  • What sort of education do you need in order to get a job in the highest earning roles?


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.