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Men Power: Jobs with the Highest Percentage and Numbers of Male Workers

Updated on March 3, 2012

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Though American society has made great strides in equalizing the job market for both genders, certain jobs are still dominated by men because of innate ability, social pressure or tradition. Some professions have a higher percentage of males while others have greater absolute numbers. All information is the latest from the U.S. Department of Labor.


The following general job information puts the numbers for men in context:

  • The country has over 139 million workers earning a mean annual income of $44,410 per year.
  • Almost 53 percent of all workers are men.
  • The largest occupational group belongs to management and professionals with 51.7 million jobs followed by sales and office occupations with 33.4 million.
  • The largest numbers of workers belong to retail salespeople with 3.2 million, their supervisors and managers at 3.13 million, and cashiers at 3.1 million.
  • The highest paying jobs belong to medical professionals such as surgeons who average $225,390 per year, anesthesiologists at $220,100 and oral surgeons at $214,120.

If you're interested and how the figures for men workers compares with those of women, check out Female Force: Part 1: Jobs with the Greatest Number of Women Workers.



At over 2.89 million, truck driver/sales workers form the largest numbers of male workers in the country. They service customers on a route, such as grocery stores, where they deliver and set up goods, and sell products to store managers.

With 2.89 male workers, all other managers are the next biggest group. These positions cover miscellaneous management not broken out into separate categories by the Labor Department. Thus, they do not include sales managers, financial managers, education managers, community service managers or computer managers.

Nine of the 12 listed jobs earn less than the national average. The three exceptions are CEOs (Chief Executive Officers), who earn the highest mean at $151,370, all other managers at $95,890, and construction managers at $94,240.

The table lists the 12 jobs with the highest percentage of male workers. It shows the following columns:

  1. Job name as categorized by the Department of Labor
  2. Number of jobs for both genders in millions
  3. Percent of total workers that are men
  4. Number of male workers in millions
  5. Mean annual pay for all genders in the position

(click column header to sort results)
Men %  
Men Numbers  
Mean Annual Pay  
Truck driver/sales workers
3.02 M
2.89 M
Managers, all other
2.89 M
1.88 M
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers
3.13 M
1.76 M
Retail salespeople
3.28 M
1.58 M
Janitors and building cleaners.
2.18 M
1.46 M
Laborers and hand movers of freight, stock, and materials.
1.70 M
1.40 M
Construction laborers
1.26 M
1.23 M
1.24 M
1.22 M
1.95 M
1.16 M
Include fast food at a mean $18,540 and private household at $31,110
Grounds maintenance workers
1.19 M
1.13 M
Includes landscape workers at $25,430 and tree trimmers at $32,220
Chief executives.
1.50 M
1.12 M
Construction managers
1.08 M
1.01 M
Jobs with the Greatest Percentage of Male Workers


Masons in brick, block and stone represent the greatest number of male workers at 162,000, followed by finishers of cement, concrete and terrazzo with 88,000 positions. Five of the 12 positions earn more than the national average. Linemen get the most with a mean $57,510 per year, followed by masons in brick, block and stone at $50,100.

The following table lists the 12 jobs with the greatest numbers of male workers. It uses the same column headings as the previous table. However, the numbers of jobs and male workers are rounded to the nearest thousand.

(click column header to sort results)
Men %  
Men Numbers  
Mean Pay  
Masons for brick, block and stone
Finishers of cement, concrete, and terrazzo
Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers
Includes floor finishers at $34,220 for and marble setters at $41,830
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
Structural iron and steel workers
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers.
Includes bicycle repairers at $24,490 and RV service techs at $34,900
Tool and die makers
Logging workers
Includes log equipment operators at $34,510 and fallers at $38,660
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Includes farm equipment mechanics at $34,680 and rail car repairers at $46,400
Jobs with the Greatest Number of Male Workers


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    • tamarawilhite profile image

      Tamara Wilhite 

      4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Many of these high paying, male dominated jobs are physically dangerous and demanding - which is why they pay well and why women stay away.

    • Anjili profile image


      6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Quite some info you gathered here. Seems like it is still a man's world when it comes to jobs. Could this be the reason why they pay willing female workers less than men working the same job? Thanks for the share.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Interesting information, although I have to admit I didn't find any real surprises in the numbers. I appreciate the work that went into presenting this info in a logical and easy-to-read manner.

      Voted up and thank you for SHARING.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think you read my hub on women workers too, Peggy W. It's interesting to make the comparison.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good researched information. It is not surprising that men dominate in many of these fields...especially the heavy construction jobs. Men have a larger percentage of developed muscles in most cases than do women. Just a fact of life. As to some other fields where muscle power does not matter...the inequity in pay between women and men still needs addressing. At least things are moving in the right direction.

      My husband's parents were both pharmacists. He saw the inequity first hand. Of course his dad died at a young age, but then when his mother worked in her profession...the men pharmacists in the same places she was working got higher salaries for the same amount of time worked. Amazing!

      Useful, interesting and up votes!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Good information to know and to keep handy as today's career pursuits demand change. The medical field is really booming and anyone specializing in this area will benefit over the years. Voted up!

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      I'm surprised there are not more women in carpentry, as it is a highly paid and quite an artistic job (some very highly paid restoration carpenters out there). However, it does require a decent amount of experience, so maybe it is in the process of changing.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • Jennifer Essary profile image

      Jennifer Essary 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Good to know! Thank You : )

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The table facility isn't bad on HubPages, Jennifer Essary. I basically create everything in Excel, export it as a CSV, and then import it into the table widget.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I have yet to see a female plumber, molometer, except on TV.

    • Jennifer Essary profile image

      Jennifer Essary 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      I love this Hub and I can appreciate the amount of research involved. Great work! I'm curious and fascinated about the tables you created and the ability to sort by header. Perhaps I need to pay closer attention to the widgets offered when I'm writing. Voted up, useful, and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yet again I say...I'm glad I'm a woman, but men are awesome!

    • ComfortB profile image

      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Very useful information. Well written.

      Thanks alocsin. Voted Up and useful.

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Good information.

    • molometer profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a fascinating hub. I am surprised at the size of the professional group.

      Your well researched and excellent data made for a great analysis of the labour market.

      'management and professionals with 51.7 million jobs'

      That is a huge percentage. It is quite amazing when we think about it.

      And to think that all of the 'trades' are still virtually all 99% male.

      I worked with a female plumber over 30 years ago and she was rare then. Seems nothing much has changed in all this time.

      Voted up interesting and useful SHARING.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, useful, awesome, and interesting Alocsin. Such a great informative article. As you know, I love all the stats from this article. Another great article with stats Alocsin. Take care.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think you saw my hubs about women working, tammyswallow, and the interesting thing is the men in these categories earn more than the women in their categories.

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great statistics. I would not have guessed brick masons did so well. Very well researched and great information!

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Very interesting. This is great information for ANYONE considering these occupations. Voting up and U.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Another wonderful hub with lot of statistics.

      Thanks for sharing

    • Ruchira profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      As it is's a man's world and this hub proves it :)

      Voted up as useful

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      As usual a Wonderful read and Great Subject...I used to be a "Headhunter" we got Professional in the Doctor & Lawyer fields Help, Secretaries, Nurses, Legal aides etc. Also some of the Bigger Companies looking for the right fit. Good Timely Hub with Interesting Facts Alocsin.


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