How much do certain professions pay? How do those numbers stack up against the national average? Some numbers were released Tuesday by the Labor Department- here are some of their findings...

10 Facts About Wages

1. The median pay for an athlete or sports competitor is $39,050

2. One out of every 17 jobs in America is held by a retail salesperson or a cashier. 

3. Anesthesiologists make the highest average salary of any profession: $235,070 a year.

4. The average annual pay of a nonfarm animal caretaker ($22,510) exceeds that of a child-care worker ($21,490).
5. Of the 10 largest occupations, only registered nurses — with an average annual salary of $68,910 — earn more than the national average for all occupations ($46,440).
6. Both athletic trainers and service-unit operators in the oil, gas and mining industry are precisely at the median annual salary for all U.S. occupations: $42,790.
7. The job with the lowest average hourly pay is a fast-food cook, at $9.07. 
8.  Operators of nuclear-power reactors earn an average of $78,410 annually. That’s less than real-estate brokers ($82,380) and funeral-service managers ($80,250).
9. The U.S. boasts 4.6 public-relations specialists for every reporter or correspondent. 
10. The median annual salary for economists is $93,070.

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