Forbes reports that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey, prosthodontist is among the least common jobs in the United States.
The BLS survey reflects May 2011 salary and employment data gathered from nearly 1.2 million businesses in all industry sectors (for about 800 occupations) across the country. Data from self-employed workers are not collected and are not included in the estimates.
While there are only 370 private household chefs (associated with an establishment) in the US, making this the rarest job of all, the second rarest profession is prosthodontist. There are only 560 of these dental specialists who are devoted to restoring and replacing teeth. And while private household chefs make $31,080 a year, on average, prosthodontists earn $130,820 per year, on average—a number that exceeds $185,000 for the top 10%. The mean annual pay across all professions in the US is $45,230.
The next least common jobs are: fishers and related fishing workers, fabric menders (except garment), and patternmakers (wood).
The most common job is retail salesperson. There are more than 4.2 million people selling merchandise, such as furniture, cars, appliances, and apparel in the US. Retail salespeople earn about $25,130 a year (or $12.08 per hour), on average.