Here's what the tax cuts will look like for America's most popular jobs

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Yahoo Finance

As the Republicans get closer to signing tax reform into law, many Americans are wondering what their taxes might look like under the legislation.

According to analysis from the Tax Policy Center, most income groups should find reduced taxes on average. In 2018, 80% of taxpayers should receive a tax cut, averaging about $2,100, the analysis found. However, the tax cuts as a percentage of after-tax income would benefit the higher-income groups the most. What’s more, about 5% of taxpayers should expect to see their taxes increase by about $2,800 in 2018. That percentage of taxpayers with an increase is expected to rise to 9% in 2025 and 53% in 2027 compared with the current law, the analysis found.

To get a picture of what American taxpayers might see next year, David Luther, the content marketing editor at career insights website Zippia, crunched data for more than 800 professions to come up with some estimates.

McDonald’s crew member Tatiana Cordoso works the drive thru window as the McDonald’s restaurant on April 25, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
McDonald’s crew member Tatiana Cordoso works the drive thru window as the McDonald’s restaurant on April 25, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

For this undertaking, Luther used New Jersey exemptions as a baseline because it’s a population-dense state that has fairly high state taxes. He also made the assumption that the individual is unmarried and childless and a homeowner with a house valued at three-times the median wage for the occupation.

Yahoo Finance pulled out the 15 most commons jobs in the U.S. to see how they fare under the new tax plan.

1. Retail Salespersons

There are more than 4.53 million retail salespersons in America with a mean annual wage of $27,180. These are people who sell merchandise such as furniture, clothing, cars, or appliances.

Current tax: $2,050.75
New tax: $1,631.10
Cut: $419.65
Percentage change: 20.4% cut

2. Cashiers

There are more than 3.54 million cashiers in the U.S. These are folks who run cash registers and process credit and debit card transactions. They have a mean annual wage of $21,680.

Current tax: $1,225.75
New tax: $971.10
Cut: $254.65
Percentage change: 20.8% cut

3. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

There are more than 3.43 million Americans who prepare and serve food. They take home a mean annual wage of $20,460.

Current tax: $1,042.75
New tax: $846
Cut: $196.75
Percentage change: 18.8% cut

4. Office clerks, general

More than 2.95 million Americans perform general clerical duties in an office environment that usually consists of answer phones, bookkeeping, word processing, filings and office machine operation. They earn a mean annual wage of $33,010.

Current tax: $2,925.25
New tax: $2,330.70
Cut: $594.55
Percentage change: 20.3% cut

Registered nurse Tara McCormick, Clinical Services Manager, demonstrates an infrared thermometer at West Virginia University Hospital, September 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Wood)
Registered nurse Tara McCormick, Clinical Services Manager, demonstrates an infrared thermometer at West Virginia University Hospital, September 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Wood)

5. Registered nurses

More than 2.86 million registered nurses work in the U.S. taking home a mean annual wage of $72,180.

Current tax: $9,649.22
New tax: $9,071.72
Cut: $577.50
Percentage change: 5.9% cut

6. Customer service representatives

More than 2.7 million Americans work in customer service, handling customer inquiries and complaints. They earn a mean annual wage of $35,170.

Current tax: $3,249.25
New tax: $2,589.90
Cut: $659.35
Percentage change: 20.3% cut

7. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

More than 2.58 million Americans manually move freight, stock, or other materials. They earn a mean annual wage of $28,720.

Current tax: $2,281.75
New tax: $1,815.90
Cut: $465.85
Percentage change: 20.4% cut

8. Waiters and waitresses

More than 2.56 million Americans wait tables, bringing in a mean annual wage of $24,410.

Current tax: $1,635.25
New tax: $1,298.70
Cut: $336.55
Percentage change: 20.5% cut

9. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Approximately 2.3 million Americans perform routine administrative functions, bringing in a mean annual wage of $36,140.

Current tax: $3,394.75
New tax: $2,706.30
Cut: $688.45
Percentage change: 20.3% cut

10. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

More than 2.16 million Americans perform cleaning and maintenance duties for buildings, earning a mean annual wage of $27,030.

Current tax: $2,028.25
New tax: $1,613.10
Cut: $415.14
Percentage change: 20.4% cut

11. General and operations managers

More than 2.19 million Americans help coordinate and facilitate the daily operations of both public and private sector organizations. They earn a mean annual wage of $122,090.

Current tax: $19,655.07
New tax: $18,729.76
Cut: $925.30
Percentage change: 4.7% cut

12. Stock clerks and order fillers

Around 2.02 million people work in stockrooms, warehouses, and storage facilities helping fill shelves and customers’ orders. They earn a mean annual wage of $26,670.

Current tax: $1,974.25
New tax: $1,569.90
Cut: $404.35
Percentage change: 20.5% cut

13. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

There are more than 1.7 million tractor-trailer truck drivers in the U.S., bringing in a mean annual wage of $43,590.

Current tax: $4,353.25
New tax: $3,600.30
Cut: $752.95
Percentage change: 17.3% cut

14. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

Approximately 1.57 million American workers keep and record financial data and accounting records. They earn a mean annual wage of $40,220.

Current tax: $3,934.69
New tax: $3,195.90
Cut: $738.79
Percentage change: 18.8% cut

15. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

More than 1.44 million American workers directly supervise and coordinate the activities of administrative support workers. They take home a mean annual wage of $57,890.

Current tax: $6,719.29
New tax: $6,035.30
Cut: $683.99
Percentage change: 10.2% cut

Julia La Roche is a finance reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter.

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