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Phoenix Employment

Employment and Industries in the Phoenix, Arizona Area

Phoenix, Arizona, is the sixth largest city in the United States. It is also the capital of Arizona, the county seat of Maricopa County, Arizona's largest city, and the largest capital city in the United States (even larger than Washington, D.C.). According to 2004 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area is the fourteenth largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States. As one might expect, the Phoenix metropolitan area has a robust economy. All thirteen of the Fortune 1000 company headquarters that are located in Arizona are located in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Inc. magazine ranked the Phoenix metropolitan area sixth on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category in both 2005 and 2006. Since the inception of the Inc. "Best Cities for Doing Business" list in 2004, Phoenix has never ranked lower than twelfth. The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Greater Phoenix also ranked 2nd on Expansion Management's list of "America's Hottest Cities" in January of 2003.

As one might expect for a city that is both a state capital, and a county seat, government is a major force in the economy of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The state of Arizona is the largest employer in the Phoenix area. The U.S. military also has a large presence in the area. Luke Air Force Base is located in Phoenix's western suburbs. Tourism and recreation are also a major industry, with an especially vibrant golf industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around Phoenix include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Government
  • Educational and Health Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing

Higher education helps to fuel the Phoenix economy with a well educated work force. There are over 440,000 students attending over forty colleges and universities in the greater Phoenix area. 26% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Phoenix is also a major transportation and distribution hub. According to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, "virtually every major population and distribution center in the western United States can be accessed from Greater Phoenix in less than two hours by air, and two days via truck or rail." The Phoenix metropolitan area is served by the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is one of the busiest airports in the world.

Some major companies in the Phoenix metropolitan area include:

  • Allied Waste Industries
  • Amkor Technology
  • Apollo Group
  • Avnet
  • Best Western
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • CSK Auto
  • Fender Musical Instruments
  • Giant Industries
  • Insight Enterprises
  • Meritage Homes
  • PetSmart
  • Phelps Dodge
  • Pinnacle West Capital
  • Swift Transportation
  • US Airways Group
  • U-Haul

Many other large corporations who are not based in Phoenix still have very substantial operations in the Phoenix area, including: American Express, Honeywell, Intel, and Motorola.

Some of the major business organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area include:

The Business Journal of Phoenix, the Arizona Business Gazette, the "Money & Tech Section" of the Arizona Republic, and the "Business Section" of the East Valley Tribune are excellent sources of information on business in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Phoenix, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 26,500 $56,480 $23,890 - 101,020 8% 51%
2 Registered nurses 24,130 $65,660 $40,530 - 87,750 24% 56%
3 Accountants and auditors 18,050 $56,380 $33,480 - 86,010 18% 79%
4 Management analysts 10,280 $71,970 $36,510 - 117,200 22% 78%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 9,830 $66,470 $30,150 - 118,620 12% 51%
6 Credit analysts 7,770 $47,370 $24,250 - 86,410 2% 60%
7 Computer programmers 7,110 $71,340 $35,480 - 112,030 -4% 73%
8 Sales managers 7,070 $92,280 $40,710 - 10% 69%
9 Computer systems analysts 6,310 $89,190 $45,270 - 164,590 29% 68%
10 Computer software engineers, applications 6,150 $73,790 $39,660 - 110,670 45% 85%
11 Lawyers 5,770 $124,440 $51,490 - 11% 99%
12 Financial managers 5,760 $93,240 $50,910 - 150,090 13% 60%
13 Engineering managers 4,540 $116,490 $78,450 - 161,170 7% 84%
14 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 4,510 $81,370 $26,380 - 25% 67%
15 Training and development specialists 4,500 $53,210 $30,280 - 84,870 18% 56%
16 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 4,490 $47,730 $28,720 - 75,740 18% 56%
17 Network and computer systems administrators 4,180 $66,900 $39,180 - 102,330 27% 50%
18 Managers, all other 4,140 $82,230 $43,020 - 130,810 7% 55%
19 Medical and health services managers 4,090 $73,630 $36,130 - 114,830 16% 57%
20 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 3,790 $49,930 $28,580 - 81,100 5% 58%
21 Computer software engineers, systems software 3,700 $81,070 $45,710 - 120,310 28% 85%
22 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 3,540 $44,130 $28,660 - 62,410 13% 73%
23 Pharmacists 3,470 $104,240 $58,640 - 132,510 22% 97%
24 Industrial engineers 3,270 $78,480 $52,190 - 118,730 20% 74%
25 Computer and information systems managers 3,210 $104,480 $51,260 - 159,960 16% 73%
26 Mechanical engineers 3,200 $74,650 $48,130 - 117,240 4% 78%
27 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 3,180 $0 $ - 13% 74%
28 Electrical engineers 3,160 $82,050 $49,680 - 124,230 6% 81%
29 Financial analysts 3,020 $68,890 $37,900 - 105,780 34% 87%
30 Civil engineers 2,960 $77,750 $50,680 - 112,500 18% 87%
31 Market research analysts 2,950 $60,180 $32,620 - 101,650 20% 82%
32 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 2,900 $40,970 $27,670 - 57,210 11% 95%
33 Graphic designers 2,880 $45,100 $26,740 - 71,370 10% 55%
34 Marketing managers 2,770 $87,730 $43,130 - 153,410 14% 69%
35 Electronics engineers, except computer 2,720 $76,940 $49,930 - 107,450 4% 81%
36 Network systems and data communications analysts 2,630 $63,330 $33,940 - 100,690 53% 57%
37 Advertising sales agents 2,610 $54,150 $26,840 - 94,870 20% 56%
38 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 2,460 $46,700 $27,750 - 65,120 12% 51%
39 Public relations specialists 2,450 $49,900 $24,700 - 79,650 18% 81%
40 Chief executives 2,390 $165,930 $79,860 - 2% 65%
41 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 2,230 $77,990 $55,130 - 102,770 8% 78%
42 Instructional coordinators 2,090 $45,580 $29,090 - 64,980 23% 79%
43 Child, family, and school social workers 2,020 $36,570 $26,300 - 49,440 19% 77%
44 Database administrators 2,010 $66,250 $37,380 - 105,290 29% 72%
45 Social and human service assistants 1,970 $28,870 $17,590 - 45,420 34% 58%
46 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,960 $53,340 $33,800 - 76,840 18% 56%
47 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,900 $51,670 $30,040 - 82,520 17% 56%
48 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 1,820 $43,190 $27,240 - 61,820 20% 87%
49 Engineers, all other 1,800 $82,720 $53,870 - 117,510 6% 82%
50 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,710 $31,040 $14,980 - 48,220 23% 54%
51 Physical therapists 1,690 $69,440 $32,960 - 106,440 27% 89%
52 Social and community service managers 1,690 $65,450 $34,390 - 108,980 25% 72%
53 Personal financial advisors 1,680 $67,790 $26,600 - 128,180 41% 81%
54 Dentists, general 1,660 $140,100 $63,630 - 9% 100%
55 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 1,620 $45,570 $36,050 - 61,300 11% 58%
56 Aerospace engineers 1,530 $77,430 $51,030 - 129,660 10% 87%
57 Coaches and scouts 1,520 $28,680 $15,300 - 41,480 15% 60%
58 Speech-language pathologists 1,500 $56,960 $34,980 - 80,140 11% 98%
59 Insurance underwriters 1,480 $52,500 $33,010 - 81,470 6% 53%
60 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,480 $43,830 $30,180 - 64,320 15% 51%
61 Medical and public health social workers 1,480 $37,500 $19,380 - 63,010 24% 77%
62 Architects, except landscape and naval 1,430 $76,760 $42,140 - 107,970 18% 88%
63 Librarians 1,420 $47,970 $32,800 - 66,780 4% 85%
64 Financial specialists, all other 1,330 $56,760 $32,430 - 92,200 12% 50%
65 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,280 $58,720 $39,750 - 90,570 17% 54%
66 Education administrators, postsecondary 1,240 $95,870 $40,930 - 161,900 14% 78%
67 Surveyors 1,240 $51,660 $30,200 - 79,070 24% 82%
68 Operations research analysts 1,170 $62,990 $36,830 - 91,530 11% 71%
69 Editors 1,130 $49,420 $30,460 - 76,470 2% 81%
70 Sales engineers 1,120 $71,750 $34,900 - 120,150 9% 79%
71 Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 1,090 $71,830 $23,930 - 12% 94%
72 Rehabilitation counselors 1,060 $31,180 $21,000 - 45,600 23% 73%
73 Computer specialists, all other 1,040 $70,850 $34,810 - 110,440 15% 68%
74 Purchasing managers 1,020 $82,050 $40,360 - 127,800 3% 57%
75 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 1,020 $42,070 $22,270 - 67,650 30% 77%
76 Nuclear engineers 1,000 $93,350 $73,550 - 109,300 7% 82%
77 Occupational therapists 980 $49,770 $22,600 - 92,300 23% 90%
78 Physician assistants 950 $75,540 $21,450 - 103,120 27% 67%
79 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 930 $54,360 $34,870 - 82,950 25% 93%
80 Chemists 890 $67,820 $37,820 - 107,980 9% 93%
81 Human resources managers, all other 880 $87,420 $49,750 - 138,050 11% 58%
82 Community and social service specialists, all other 870 $36,980 $16,010 - 62,620 25% 58%
83 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 870 $36,610 $22,280 - 60,560 15% 72%
84 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 870 $29,290 $19,590 - 40,650 11% 55%
85 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 830 $60,720 $34,810 - 81,350 16% 99%
86 Veterinarians 820 $98,560 $43,240 - 35% 100%
87 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 820 $45,430 $23,530 - 79,570 24% 78%
88 Budget analysts 800 $59,170 $37,950 - 83,070 7% 78%
89 Meeting and convention planners 750 $46,100 $19,010 - 79,260 20% 67%
90 Interior designers 730 $45,940 $28,700 - 70,490 20% 55%
91 Public relations managers 720 $79,680 $39,560 - 128,790 17% 75%
92 Materials engineers 690 $81,380 $50,750 - 116,020 4% 77%
93 Mental health counselors 690 $48,950 $25,960 - 82,230 30% 73%
94 Chiropractors 670 $60,360 $33,530 - 100,410 14% 98%
95 Advertising and promotions managers 660 $79,660 $37,490 - 122,290 6% 76%
96 Urban and regional planners 660 $61,820 $40,670 - 86,290 15% 92%
97 Dietitians and nutritionists 640 $42,860 $22,480 - 64,530 9% 72%
98 Technical writers 630 $64,990 $43,240 - 84,670 20% 74%
99 Commercial pilots 610 $66,780 $41,430 - 104,270 13% 74%
100 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 600 $38,310 $24,730 - 56,650 14% 54%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 63,230 $26,380 $15,570 - 43,910 12% 25%
2 Customer service representatives 51,460 $31,440 $20,420 - 45,670 25% 22%
3 Cashiers 43,450 $20,890 $15,190 - 30,890 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 41,050 $28,430 $16,780 - 41,900 13% 19%
5 Stock clerks and order fillers 35,270 $21,480 $15,720 - 31,020 -8% 8%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 34,460 $18,000 $14,790 - 23,410 18% 5%
7 Waiters and waitresses 32,010 $20,980 $14,750 - 36,320 11% 14%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 31,710 $24,030 $15,580 - 35,770 2% 5%
9 General and operations managers 29,300 $105,960 $45,650 - 2% 48%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 27,870 $20,880 $15,120 - 30,140 15% 4%
11 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,490 $22,240 $15,790 - 33,510 4% 6%
12 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 25,080 $37,800 $25,250 - 53,670 15% 18%
13 Carpenters 24,340 $36,700 $19,590 - 57,440 10% 6%
14 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 23,030 $22,460 $15,920 - 32,180 18% 6%
15 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 22,850 $35,160 $22,650 - 50,240 13% 16%
16 Construction laborers 21,660 $28,410 $15,200 - 44,340 11% 5%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 21,040 $49,510 $27,410 - 76,320 6% 29%
18 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 19,020 $30,300 $20,110 - 41,860 1% 18%
19 Security guards 18,690 $24,290 $17,140 - 33,160 17% 13%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 18,580 $42,560 $22,570 - 64,650 4% 25%
21 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 17,450 $40,120 $26,680 - 58,160 10% 4%
22 Maintenance and repair workers, general 17,090 $35,250 $21,360 - 53,760 10% 6%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 15,780 $26,500 $17,100 - 37,830 17% 13%
24 Team assemblers 13,410 $24,700 $16,280 - 37,160 0% 5%
25 Home health aides 13,110 $21,410 $16,990 - 26,340 49% 7%
26 Cooks, restaurant 13,000 $22,560 $16,140 - 30,690 12% 5%
27 Cooks, fast food 12,960 $17,840 $14,840 - 22,430 8% 5%
28 Teacher assistants 12,840 $23,250 $15,900 - 33,560 10% 18%
29 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 12,200 $25,120 $17,370 - 32,950 18% 7%
30 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 12,160 $31,920 $18,810 - 50,890 8% 4%
31 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 11,250 $19,940 $15,240 - 26,040 13% 5%
32 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 10,910 $17,260 $14,620 - 22,300 10% 8%
33 Electricians 10,500 $43,070 $27,250 - 63,430 7% 7%
34 Food preparation workers 10,360 $21,910 $15,270 - 32,440 15% 7%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 10,300 $33,550 $19,480 - 50,450 11% 14%
36 Bill and account collectors 9,980 $31,260 $21,940 - 41,950 23% 13%
37 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 9,500 $37,790 $18,760 - 61,170 14% 4%
38 Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 9,460 $21,080 $16,770 - 27,610 -8% 28%
39 Computer support specialists 9,450 $49,580 $29,770 - 75,290 13% 43%
40 Telemarketers 9,370 $24,410 $15,470 - 32,880 -10% 14%
41 Personal and home care aides 9,090 $22,270 $17,030 - 29,390 51% 10%
42 Dishwashers 8,550 $17,890 $14,940 - 22,410 10% 3%
43 Business operations specialists, all other 8,540 $64,020 $31,570 - 103,230 21% 49%
44 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 8,300 $44,150 $32,410 - 56,870 8% 3%
45 Medical assistants 8,190 $29,920 $21,750 - 40,130 35% 10%
46 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 8,110 $17,760 $14,730 - 23,410 12% 6%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 8,020 $61,210 $38,320 - 94,260 9% 10%
48 Loan officers 7,920 $66,320 $30,930 - 111,320 12% 49%
49 Tellers 7,920 $25,530 $20,390 - 33,630 14% 16%
50 Packers and packagers, hand 7,730 $19,560 $14,760 - 27,130 -12% 3%
51 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 7,720 $54,050 $41,520 - 68,450 11% 33%
52 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 7,660 $32,040 $21,850 - 42,780 4% 15%
53 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 7,410 $41,210 $25,300 - 61,060 11% 4%
54 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 7,200 $43,390 $27,590 - 59,690 14% 7%
55 Correctional officers and jailers 7,150 $37,190 $29,060 - 47,830 17% 11%
56 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 6,880 $17,940 $14,840 - 23,450 10% 17%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 6,820 $50,770 $30,480 - 80,370 -5% 15%
58 Child care workers 6,680 $18,960 $14,990 - 24,810 18% 15%
59 Bartenders 6,570 $20,870 $14,810 - 35,630 11% 17%
60 Cement masons and concrete finishers 6,410 $37,840 $23,680 - 52,580 11% 2%
61 Data entry keyers 6,410 $29,080 $20,160 - 40,000 -5% 18%
62 Counter and rental clerks 6,290 $24,180 $15,140 - 38,930 23% 16%
63 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 6,190 $61,430 $35,060 - 94,700 7% 13%
64 Driver/sales workers 6,040 $24,980 $14,840 - 40,790 -5% 4%
65 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 5,960 $36,270 $21,800 - 52,960 -27% 6%
66 Loan interviewers and clerks 5,600 $36,610 $25,720 - 50,510 -1% 24%
67 Medical secretaries 5,420 $31,010 $22,700 - 40,370 17% 18%
68 File clerks 5,390 $22,050 $15,900 - 33,130 -41% 20%
69 Helpers--production workers 5,280 $21,730 $15,050 - 31,490 -1% 4%
70 Painters, construction and maintenance 5,250 $31,160 $20,890 - 41,830 12% 6%
71 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 5,180 $33,580 $18,170 - 51,910 -7% 14%
72 Insurance sales agents 5,050 $51,980 $26,960 - 83,450 13% 45%
73 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 4,860 $30,840 $20,030 - 48,340 1% 29%
74 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 4,720 $28,050 $15,260 - 46,690 12% 6%
75 Pharmacy technicians 4,690 $29,430 $21,420 - 38,830 32% 16%
76 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 4,630 $51,150 $30,480 - 76,380 4% 18%
77 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 4,470 $34,430 $21,210 - 49,410 7% 2%
78 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 4,440 $20,740 $15,100 - 30,020 14% 3%
79 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 4,420 $50,630 $29,320 - 80,120 0% 42%
80 Dental assistants 4,370 $34,540 $22,820 - 45,060 29% 9%
81 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 4,360 $40,740 $24,980 - 61,910 4% 30%
82 Bus drivers, school 4,320 $26,250 $19,000 - 32,760 9% 4%
83 Paralegals and legal assistants 4,270 $49,340 $32,570 - 76,810 22% 45%
84 Preschool teachers, except special education 4,230 $22,360 $15,960 - 30,440 26% 43%
85 Industrial truck and tractor operators 4,100 $29,320 $20,500 - 39,520 -2% 2%
86 Machinists 4,090 $35,390 $20,280 - 52,420 -3% 3%
87 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 4,060 $33,040 $21,340 - 47,870 5% 2%
88 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 4,040 $38,430 $25,470 - 53,280 11% 29%
89 Postal service mail carriers 4,030 $0 $ - 1% 11%
90 Administrative services managers 4,010 $59,950 $29,200 - 100,200 12% 40%
91 Order clerks 4,000 $29,760 $18,090 - 42,860 -24% 16%
92 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 3,970 $34,260 $22,840 - 47,530 3% 18%
93 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 3,890 $51,930 $30,610 - 80,170 9% 47%
94 Sales representatives, services, all other 3,880 $50,280 $24,940 - 80,120 28% 48%
95 Food service managers 3,790 $47,050 $25,460 - 68,790 5% 24%
96 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 3,790 $34,770 $15,510 - 60,050 27% 47%
97 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 3,620 $46,550 $29,010 - 65,590 3% 13%
98 Amusement and recreation attendants 3,610 $20,570 $14,970 - 30,520 24% 22%
99 Recreation workers 3,560 $25,400 $15,180 - 43,290 13% 47%
100 Roofers 3,540 $29,460 $18,750 - 41,610 14% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Phoenix Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Continuous mining machine operators 34,910 170 14.1
Nuclear engineers 93,350 1,000 12.4
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 21,080 9,460 11.3
Travel guides 34,700 110 9.2
Mechanical door repairers 26,290 710 8.6
Credit analysts 47,370 7,770 7.6
Automotive glass installers and repairers 35,790 400 6.9
Tapers 31,680 2,580 6.3
Patternmakers, metal and plastic 31,830 180 6.1
Fence erectors 27,240 720 6
Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons 23,990 1,070 5.6
Gaming managers 70,810 140 5.2
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 30,880 410 4.9
Plasterers and stucco masons 31,020 2,270 4.9
Graduate teaching assistants 32,440 2,480 4.8
Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators 34,470 300 4.5
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 39,460 820 4.4
Airfield operations specialists 33,870 170 4.3
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 34,250 350 4.2
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 38,060 990 4.1
Athletes and sports competitors 0 360 4
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 0 3,180 3.9
Stonemasons 36,380 480 3.7
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 80,630 300 3.7
Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other 44,690 270 3.6
Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders 26,350 140 3.6
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 52,450 820 3.5
Proofreaders and copy markers 20,230 610 3.4
Semiconductor processors 36,230 990 3.3
Foundry mold and coremakers 30,000 280 3.2
Baggage porters and bellhops 21,940 1,860 3.2
Forensic science technicians 54,680 310 3.1
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 71,830 1,090 3.1
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 61,020 280 2.9
Helpers--carpenters 28,090 2,830 2.9
Traffic technicians 63,530 110 2.8
Skin care specialists 27,250 780 2.7
Carpet installers 29,320 940 2.7
Materials engineers 81,380 690 2.7
Designers, all other 58,480 260 2.6
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 34,430 4,470 2.6
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians 29,410 820 2.6
Power distributors and dispatchers 0 110 2.6
Real estate brokers 63,500 1,590 2.6
Cartographers and photogrammetrists 54,980 300 2.6
Correctional officers and jailers 37,190 7,150 2.6
Cooks, all other 23,330 330 2.6
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 19,220 810 2.6
Meter readers, utilities 43,690 1,180 2.6
Hydrologists 58,000 170 2.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Phoenix, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Traffic technicians 63,530 1.54 110
Occupational health and safety technicians 70,650 1.47 120
Funeral attendants 33,340 1.44 230
Real estate sales agents 67,020 1.42 3,080
Business teachers, postsecondary 100,240 1.36 840
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 68,210 1.34 2,460
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 61,000 1.33 500
Writers and authors 70,400 1.31 380
Demonstrators and product promoters 33,640 1.31 1,340
Computer systems analysts 89,190 1.3 6,310
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 49,380 1.28 500
Radio and television announcers 49,710 1.27 600
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 45,980 1.27 510
Photographers 39,880 1.26 930
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 96,270 1.26 750
Library assistants, clerical 29,810 1.24 660
Meter readers, utilities 43,690 1.24 1,180
Surveying and mapping technicians 46,720 1.23 760
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 43,830 1.23 1,480
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 59,830 1.23 1,480
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 36,270 1.23 5,960
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 36,880 1.22 900
Transportation inspectors 76,070 1.22 270
Designers, all other 58,480 1.21 260
Lawyers 124,440 1.21 5,770
Directors, religious activities and education 50,190 1.21 180
Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture 50,810 1.21 300
Transportation workers, all other 39,490 1.2 280
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners 43,720 1.2 170
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,750 1.2 200
Mental health counselors 48,950 1.2 690
Computer support specialists 49,580 1.18 9,450
Optometrists 124,710 1.18 550
Life scientists, all other 84,820 1.18 260
Social workers, all other 55,690 1.18 350
Office and administrative support workers, all other 36,400 1.17 1,550
Legal secretaries 42,090 1.17 3,250
Industrial machinery mechanics 51,990 1.17 1,620
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 36,830 1.17 290
Survey researchers 49,720 1.16 310
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 47,240 1.16 620
Court reporters 58,080 1.16 150
Advertising sales agents 54,150 1.16 2,610
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 27,670 1.15 150
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 34,770 1.15 3,790
Property, real estate, and community association managers 61,610 1.15 2,670
Paralegals and legal assistants 49,340 1.15 4,270
Construction managers 96,870 1.15 2,930
Machine feeders and offbearers 29,820 1.15 970
Broadcast technicians 40,730 1.15 260

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Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
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