Special Report

The Most Iconic Job in Each State

16. Kansas
> Most iconic job:
Agricultural Equipment Operators
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 1,236
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $28,230

The most iconic job in Kansas was agricultural equipment operators. Roughly five times as many agricultural equipment operators were employed in Kansas relative to its labor force than the average state. People in this role engage in the physical work, or operate the machines, necessary to harvest crops.

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17. Kentucky
> Most iconic job:
Roof Bolters in the Mining Sector
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 1,118
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $53,820

The most iconic job in Kentucky is the roof bolter in the mining sector. Such workers are responsible for installing roof support bolts in underground mines. This role was more than 14 times more prevalent in Kentucky’s labor force than in the average state. Despite the fact that Kentucky comprised just over 1% of U.S. employment, nearly 20% of U.S. mining roof bolters were employed in the state. This is largely attributable to the large amount of coal mining activity in Kentucky.

18. Louisiana
> Most iconic job:
Riggers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 4,917
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $35,020

The most iconic job in Louisiana is the rigger. Riggers are responsible for setting up and repairing the rigging used in industries such as shipping and manufacturing. Despite being home to only about 1.5% of all U.S. workers, the state was home to more than 28% of all U.S. riggers. This is in part attributable to the major shipping activity in the Port of South Louisiana, which is one of the busiest ports in the western hemisphere.

19. Maine
> Most iconic job:
Logging Equipment Operators
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 1,199
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $32,850

The most iconic job in Maine was the logging equipment operator. The prevalence of such workers in the state was 11 times greater than their prevalence across all states. This is in part attributable to the fact that lumber and lumber products such as paper are among Maine’s primary industrial outputs.

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20. Maryland
> Most iconic job:
Subway and Streetcar Operators
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 2,053
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $52,650

The most iconic job in Maryland was the subway and streetcar operator. Over 20% of U.S. subway and streetcar operators worked in Maryland, and Maryland had more than 12 times the national average share employed in its labor force. Baltimore and Washington D.C., two large regional job centers, are within commuting distance for many Maryland workers.