22 jobs where people make far less now than they would have ten years ago

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Real estate brokers made on average $80,210 last year. In 2005, they made $93,370.
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American jobs have taken some hits over the years.

There are some that will be all but obsolete by 2020, and others that pay significantly less now than they did just a decade ago.

While some of these occupations are one and the same, other jobs with declining salaries have also seen an increase in the number of people holding these jobs, which could indicate an oversaturation in the job market that’s driving down wages.

To find the careers with the biggest drop in salary, we took a look at the BLS’s occupational employment and wages data from 2005 and 2015, adjusted the 2005 wage data for inflation, and calculated the percent of decrease in average annual wages.

Here are 22 jobs where people make at least 10% less now than they would have ten years ago:


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Fabric menders, except garment

Percent decrease in wages: 37.45%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $41,314

Annual average wage 2015: $25,840

Dollars less in wages: $15,474

People who held this job in 2005:2,140

People who held this job in 2015: 620


Chiropractors

Percent decrease in wages: 21.31%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $99,596

Annual average wage 2015: $78,370

Dollars less in wages: $21,226

People who held this job in 2005:24,290

People who held this job in 2015: 32,080


Locomotive engineers

Percent decrease in wages: 18.79%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $73,101

Annual average wage 2015: $59,360

Dollars less in wages: $13,741

People who held this job in 2005:37,390

People who held this job in 2015: 37,490


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Railroad conductors and yardmasters

Percent decrease in wages: 18.24%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $69,423

Annual average wage 2015: $56,760

Dollars less in wages: $12,663

People who held this job in 2005:38,330

People who held this job in 2015: 42,330


Paperhangers

Percent decrease in wages: 17.85%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $44,567

Annual average wage 2015: $36,610

Dollars less in wages: $7,957

People who held this job in 2005:7,710

People who held this job in 2015: 3,020


Industrial-organizational psychologists

Percent decrease in wages: 15.46%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $109,208

Annual average wage 2015: $92,320

Dollars less in wages: $16,888

People who held this job in 2005:1,070

People who held this job in 2015: 990


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Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

Percent decrease in wages: 14.97%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $30,767

Annual average wage 2015: $26,160

Dollars less in wages: $4,607

People who held this job in 2005:10,970

People who held this job in 2015: 7,510


Fishers and related fishing workers

Percent decrease in wages: 14.85%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $35,197

Annual average wage 2015: $29,970

Dollars less in wages: $5,227

People who held this job in 2005:770

People who held this job in 2015: 540


Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators

Percent decrease in wages: 14.70%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $63,294

Annual average wage 2015: $53,990

Dollars less in wages: $9,304

People who held this job in 2005:20,700

People who held this job in 2015: 18,970


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Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers

Percent decrease in wages: 14.65%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $45,684

Annual average wage 2015: $38,990

Dollars less in wages: $6,694

People who held this job in 2005:138,210

People who held this job in 2015: 106,100


Metal and plastic model makers

Percent decrease in wages: 14.21%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $56,194

Annual average wage 2015: $48,210

Dollars less in wages: $7,984

People who held this job in 2005:8,120

People who held this job in 2015: 6,380


Real estate brokers

Percent decrease in wages: 14.09%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $93,370

Annual average wage 2015: $80,210

Dollars less in wages: $13,160

People who held this job in 2005:41,760

People who held this job in 2015: 38,810


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REUTERS/Oleg Popov

Postal service clerks

Percent decrease in wages: 13.61%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $56,825

Annual average wage 2015: $49,090

Dollars less in wages: $7,735

People who held this job in 2005:78,710

People who held this job in 2015: 78,660


Embalmers

Percent decrease in wages: 13.57%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $48,002

Annual average wage 2015: $41,490

Dollars less in wages: $6,512

People who held this job in 2005:9,840

People who held this job in 2015: 3,710


Massage therapists

Percent decrease in wages: 11.54%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $48,803

Annual average wage 2015: $43,170

Dollars less in wages: $5,633

People who held this job in 2005:37,670

People who held this job in 2015: 92,090


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Thomson Reuters

Motor vehicles electronic equipment installers and repairers

Percent decrease in wages: 11.19%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $37,722

Annual average wage 2015: $33,500

Dollars less in wages: $4,222

People who held this job in 2005:17,650

People who held this job in 2015: 12,470


Fashion designers

Percent decrease in wages: 10.50%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $81,767

Annual average wage 2015: $73,180

Dollars less in wages: $8,587

People who held this job in 2005:12,980

People who held this job in 2015: 19,040


Tire builders

Percent decrease in wages: 10.46%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $44,931

Annual average wage 2015: $40,230

Dollars less in wages: $4,701

People who held this job in 2005:19,860

People who held this job in 2015: 17,710


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Thomson Reuters

Astronomers

Percent decrease in wages: 10.41%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $123,020

Annual average wage 2015: $110,220

Dollars less in wages: $12,800

People who held this job in 2005:970

People who held this job in 2015: 1,760


Exercise physiologists

Percent decrease in wages: 10.28%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $55,442

Annual average wage 2015: $49,740

Dollars less in wages: $5,702

People who held this job in 2005: 9,730

People who held this job in 2015: 6,620


Pile-driver operators

Percent decrease in wages: 10%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $61,280

Annual average wage 2015: $55,150

Dollars less in wages: $6,130

People who held this job in 2005: 4,410

People who held this job in 2015: 3,670


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Foundry mold and coremakers

Percent decrease in wages: 9.59%

Annual average wage in 2005, adjusted for inflation: $37,528

Annual average wage 2015: $33,930

Dollars less in wages: $3,598

People who held this job in 2005: 15,890

People who held this job in 2015: 12,860