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

Real estate broker agent househuntingJoe Raedle/Getty ImagesReal estate brokers made on average $80,210 last year. In 2005, they made $93,370.

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 per cent of decrease in average annual wages.

Here are 18 jobs where people make at least 10% less now than they would have ten years ago.

Fabric menders, except garment

Per cent decrease in wages: 59.88%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 27.08%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 23.15%

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

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

Per cent decrease in wages: 22.31%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 21.73%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 18.29%

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

Fishers and related fishing workers

Per cent decrease in wages: 17.44%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 17.23%

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

Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers

Per cent decrease in wages: 17.17%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 16.56%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 16.41%

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

Embalmers

Per cent decrease in wages: 5.69%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 13.05%

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

Fashion designers

Per cent decrease in wages: 11.73%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 11.69%

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

Exercise physiologists

Per cent decrease in wages: 11.46%

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

Per cent decrease in wages: 11.11%

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

Foundry mould and coremakers

Per cent decrease in wages: 10.60%

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

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