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  • Share of workers in physically demanding jobs: 11.9%
  • Average wage for physically demanding jobs: $39,450
  • Average wage for all occupations: $44,610
  • Total employment in protective services: 21,070
  • Total employment in construction & extraction: 19,050
  • Total employment in installation & repair: 24,380

The Memphis metro area holds the most physically demanding jobs among all large metros, with almost 12 percent of jobs requiring heavy physical work. The concentration of protective service jobs in Memphis is 42 percent above average. Among cities on this list, Memphis offers the lowest wage for physically demanding jobs, at $39,450 annually—11.6 percent less than what the typical Memphis worker earns.

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