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Bangor Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bangor, Maine Area

Bangor is an important commercial center for the northeastern and central portions of Maine. The major economic sectors are wholesale/retail trade, services and government and they comprise over half of the workforce. Other significant job providing sectors are manufacturing, finance, insurance, construction and real estate. The two major medical hospitals in Bangor also provide numerous jobs.

Tourism is an integral part of the economy. Although the region's forest-related manufacturing industries have declined they still contribute to the region's economy. In addition, Bangor is home to the regional headquarters of several commercial banking companies.

The Tri-County Workforce Investment Board provides valuable assistance to employers and employees. The organization assists workers in gaining access to sustainable employment, education opportunities and training. The organization also helps employers find skilled workers.

Some of the most popular occupations filled by those who have a college degree are registered nurses, social and human service assistants, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and school social workers; coaches and scouts, financial managers; medical and health services managers; and lawyers.

Bangor's largest employers are shown below:

  • Bangor International Airport
  • Bangor Mental Health Institute
  • Bangor School System
  • City of Bangor
  • Community Health & Counseling Services
  • County of Penobscot
  • Dead River Company
  • Eastern Main Healthcare
  • General Electric Co
  • Fleet Bank of Maine
  • Orsan Sylvania Products, Inc
  • Maine Air National Guard
  • St Joseph Hospital
  • Shop 'N Save Supermarkets
  • University of Maine
  • Webber Energy Fuels
  • Acadia Hospital
  • Lemforders
  • Georgia Pacific
  • University of Maine System (Inc)
  • Ocean Investments Corporation
  • Care Development
  • Bangor Savings Bank
  • Affiliated Healthcare Systems
  • BHE Holdings Inc
  • D & L Management
  • Penobscot Community Health Center (Inc)

The top job providing sectors for Bangor's workforce are:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Educational and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Finance

Notable data about Bangor, Maine: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $36,000. About 27% of the adult population has achieved a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 91.4. The national average is 100.

Some of the helpful organizations for local companies are:

Bangor's newspaper the Bangor Daily News is a good resource for local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Bangor, Maine 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 Registered nurses 1,490 $58,210 $44,460 - 74,520 24% 56%
2 Social and human service assistants 680 $24,760 $17,950 - 34,550 34% 58%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 630 $40,820 $27,840 - 56,760 14% 95%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 510 $47,690 $27,390 - 64,140 8% 51%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 410 $43,570 $28,800 - 61,200 6% 96%
6 Accountants and auditors 340 $64,580 $34,770 - 84,130 18% 79%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 320 $46,320 $31,180 - 62,900 11% 95%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 260 $39,660 $23,410 - 55,190 19% 77%
9 Coaches and scouts 250 $22,890 $15,000 - 43,300 15% 60%
10 Financial managers 240 $87,340 $46,410 - 135,200 13% 60%
11 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 230 $40,000 $27,260 - 54,620 30% 77%
12 Medical and health services managers 200 $90,300 $52,110 - 154,010 16% 57%
13 Lawyers 190 $69,780 $37,540 - 109,220 11% 99%
14 Teachers and instructors, all other 190 $23,700 $17,150 - 34,590 9% 54%
15 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 170 $41,450 $28,050 - 57,560 20% 87%
16 Social and community service managers 150 $49,520 $31,680 - 68,430 25% 72%
17 Sales managers 140 $83,930 $39,860 - 157,440 10% 69%
18 Education administrators, postsecondary 140 $74,130 $39,740 - 119,310 14% 78%
19 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 140 $66,290 $47,340 - 83,590 8% 78%
20 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 140 $41,880 $27,180 - 63,110 5% 58%
21 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 130 $95,990 $33,680 - 25% 67%
22 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 130 $42,970 $30,450 - 61,650 13% 73%
23 Pharmacists 120 $114,880 $94,070 - 136,860 22% 97%
24 Computer and information systems managers 120 $81,140 $44,490 - 122,970 16% 73%
25 Network and computer systems administrators 120 $57,140 $37,530 - 78,960 27% 50%
26 Managers, all other 110 $67,360 $43,100 - 115,650 7% 55%
27 Public relations specialists 110 $41,370 $29,600 - 58,080 18% 81%
28 Self-enrichment education teachers 110 $31,060 $14,990 - 51,650 23% 54%
29 Training and development specialists 100 $45,520 $28,340 - 64,970 18% 56%
30 Physician assistants 90 $92,400 $69,990 - 137,270 27% 67%
31 Computer systems analysts 90 $60,320 $39,690 - 85,330 29% 68%
32 Physical therapists 80 $74,580 $54,860 - 107,230 27% 89%
33 Financial specialists, all other 80 $54,610 $35,950 - 91,130 12% 50%
34 Librarians 80 $42,690 $26,870 - 62,260 4% 85%
35 Biological technicians 80 $36,190 $22,270 - 51,040 16% 60%
36 Mental health counselors 70 $58,050 $33,780 - 81,250 30% 73%
37 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $51,960 $37,460 - 67,620 12% 51%
38 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 70 $47,120 $34,070 - 64,740 18% 56%
39 Special education teachers, secondary school 70 $45,200 $30,290 - 61,500 9% 87%
40 Civil engineers 60 $65,950 $47,500 - 83,600 18% 87%
41 Computer software engineers, applications 60 $63,530 $41,580 - 84,920 45% 85%
42 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 60 $63,090 $38,580 - 97,950 16% 99%
43 Surveyors 60 $43,100 $28,980 - 61,210 24% 82%
44 Advertising sales agents 60 $29,570 $15,260 - 49,020 20% 56%
45 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50 $57,800 $35,740 - 89,820 17% 56%
46 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $55,550 $29,950 - 98,100 18% 56%
47 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 50 $53,940 $23,890 - 68,600 15% 72%
48 Special education teachers, middle school 50 $45,370 $29,830 - 61,070 16% 87%
49 Medical and public health social workers 50 $40,460 $30,840 - 53,220 24% 77%
50 Graphic designers 50 $35,080 $22,690 - 50,700 10% 55%
51 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 50 $0 $ - 34% 73%
52 Electrical engineers 40 $75,890 $57,600 - 98,010 6% 81%
53 Industrial engineers 40 $75,710 $49,450 - 105,820 20% 74%
54 Computer programmers 40 $50,140 $37,880 - 64,600 -4% 73%
55 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $49,950 $35,640 - 72,910 25% 93%
56 Detectives and criminal investigators 40 $49,090 $35,840 - 75,460 17% 54%
57 Chief executives 40 $0 $ - 2% 65%
58 Public relations managers 30 $80,400 $43,010 - 131,950 17% 75%
59 Postmasters and mail superintendents 30 $56,800 $43,530 - 74,090 -1% 55%
60 Urban and regional planners 30 $55,830 $44,000 - 75,320 15% 92%
61 Instructional coordinators 30 $45,700 $28,710 - 60,040 23% 79%
62 Rehabilitation counselors 30 $38,190 $27,730 - 56,580 23% 73%

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 2,360 $25,220 $15,430 - 44,540 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,740 $17,860 $15,090 - 22,200 -3% 10%
3 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,730 $37,730 $25,120 - 57,490 10% 4%
4 Office clerks, general 1,550 $25,050 $16,360 - 35,420 13% 19%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,540 $17,880 $15,090 - 23,010 18% 5%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,240 $28,900 $22,050 - 37,270 1% 18%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,080 $23,500 $16,790 - 31,760 15% 4%
8 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 910 $23,640 $18,610 - 29,940 18% 7%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 910 $23,290 $15,740 - 31,840 2% 5%
10 General and operations managers 880 $81,550 $38,580 - 142,000 2% 48%
11 Waiters and waitresses 880 $18,400 $15,040 - 26,450 11% 14%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 860 $21,610 $15,740 - 30,220 -8% 8%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 770 $36,930 $22,500 - 56,360 4% 25%
14 Teacher assistants 720 $26,870 $19,840 - 34,520 10% 18%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 690 $40,480 $25,610 - 59,730 6% 29%
16 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 660 $30,290 $21,030 - 40,260 13% 16%
17 Personal and home care aides 630 $23,820 $17,310 - 33,890 51% 10%
18 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 580 $20,210 $15,430 - 26,520 13% 5%
19 Order clerks 570 $20,070 $16,870 - 25,560 -24% 16%
20 Customer service representatives 520 $32,050 $17,970 - 60,120 25% 22%
21 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 510 $31,340 $16,820 - 59,040 8% 4%
22 Food preparation workers 510 $22,330 $16,040 - 29,710 15% 7%
23 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 480 $32,790 $22,550 - 42,350 14% 4%
24 Maintenance and repair workers, general 460 $32,080 $19,810 - 46,720 10% 6%
25 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 440 $25,620 $16,900 - 34,480 4% 15%
26 Security guards 440 $20,600 $15,880 - 26,330 17% 13%
27 Child care workers 430 $20,910 $15,320 - 32,830 18% 15%
28 Medical secretaries 410 $29,030 $21,880 - 38,090 17% 18%
29 Construction laborers 410 $27,160 $20,150 - 37,220 11% 5%
30 Receptionists and information clerks 410 $23,640 $17,470 - 31,170 17% 13%
31 Cooks, restaurant 400 $20,170 $14,980 - 27,250 12% 5%
32 Education teachers, postsecondary 390 $57,900 $33,820 - 82,790 0% 0%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 390 $28,110 $18,130 - 39,830 11% 14%
34 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 380 $35,380 $25,320 - 47,420 8% 3%
35 Carpenters 360 $34,040 $25,930 - 45,100 10% 6%
36 Bus drivers, school 350 $20,010 $15,120 - 27,690 9% 4%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 340 $46,470 $31,280 - 68,680 9% 10%
38 Business operations specialists, all other 330 $51,840 $29,240 - 81,100 21% 49%
39 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 330 $38,870 $25,550 - 51,980 15% 18%
40 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 330 $38,050 $26,510 - 52,370 12% 3%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 300 $51,220 $29,810 - 79,360 7% 13%
42 Bill and account collectors 290 $31,190 $26,070 - 39,840 23% 13%
43 Electricians 280 $43,640 $30,270 - 58,290 7% 7%
44 Medical assistants 280 $28,640 $21,770 - 38,200 35% 10%
45 Counter and rental clerks 280 $25,060 $15,180 - 44,610 23% 16%
46 Tellers 280 $21,860 $16,950 - 28,120 14% 16%
47 Home health aides 280 $20,960 $17,010 - 25,710 49% 7%
48 Bartenders 280 $19,290 $15,120 - 30,640 11% 17%
49 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 270 $23,210 $17,560 - 29,090 18% 6%
50 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 260 $25,990 $15,720 - 37,350 4% 6%
51 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 260 $24,970 $19,420 - 31,570 11% 5%
52 Loan officers 240 $59,200 $34,380 - 89,890 12% 49%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 240 $44,870 $26,210 - 68,580 -5% 15%
54 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 240 $38,950 $28,420 - 51,280 11% 4%
55 Parts salespersons 240 $32,070 $19,910 - 49,360 -2% 6%
56 Fire fighters 230 $30,460 $16,870 - 42,560 12% 18%
57 Dishwashers 220 $17,610 $15,190 - 20,740 10% 3%
58 Industrial truck and tractor operators 210 $26,680 $21,320 - 33,370 -2% 2%
59 Radiologic technologists and technicians 200 $71,170 $41,640 - 134,520 15% 25%
60 Sales representatives, services, all other 200 $56,040 $27,130 - 84,570 28% 48%
61 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 200 $38,370 $22,500 - 51,940 11% 33%
62 Team assemblers 200 $27,830 $20,650 - 37,270 0% 5%
63 Cooks, fast food 200 $17,570 $15,100 - 21,120 8% 5%
64 Packers and packagers, hand 200 $17,440 $15,010 - 21,000 -12% 3%
65 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 200 $0 $ - -8% 12%
66 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 180 $38,860 $24,330 - 54,010 12% 3%
67 Computer support specialists 180 $38,040 $26,810 - 53,520 13% 43%
68 Medical transcriptionists 180 $32,880 $19,440 - 48,050 14% 10%
69 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 180 $27,250 $17,070 - 49,140 -5% 5%
70 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 170 $39,770 $33,640 - 51,630 14% 7%
71 Postal service mail carriers 170 $0 $ - 1% 11%
72 Paralegals and legal assistants 160 $39,390 $23,780 - 63,710 22% 45%
73 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 160 $29,190 $20,850 - 42,200 -7% 14%
74 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 160 $20,680 $16,470 - 26,150 17% 14%
75 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 160 $17,820 $15,080 - 21,780 10% 8%
76 Driver/sales workers 150 $24,910 $15,600 - 45,590 -5% 4%
77 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 150 $18,040 $15,280 - 22,530 10% 17%
78 Administrative services managers 140 $59,990 $37,060 - 88,800 12% 40%
79 Insurance sales agents 140 $43,910 $26,470 - 74,440 13% 45%
80 Highway maintenance workers 140 $29,580 $23,200 - 38,040 9% 5%
81 Office and administrative support workers, all other 140 $28,150 $19,770 - 36,090 -9% 32%
82 Pharmacy technicians 140 $27,540 $18,280 - 37,810 32% 16%
83 Recreation workers 140 $22,660 $15,400 - 33,040 13% 47%
84 Service station attendants 140 $17,570 $15,140 - 21,110 13% 6%
85 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 130 $23,050 $16,900 - 30,920 14% 3%
86 Dental hygienists 120 $51,300 $28,900 - 65,670 30% 33%
87 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 120 $35,110 $19,340 - 52,780 13% 17%
88 Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 120 $34,020 $18,560 - 50,460 3% 25%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 120 $32,880 $25,880 - 44,940 16% 26%
90 Medical records and health information technicians 120 $32,730 $22,480 - 46,250 18% 12%
91 Dental assistants 120 $32,330 $22,950 - 44,400 29% 9%
92 Court, municipal, and license clerks 120 $29,960 $21,410 - 39,500 9% 24%
93 Logging equipment operators 120 $29,410 $26,200 - 33,200 -1% 2%
94 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 120 $26,540 $15,150 - 66,250 27% 47%
95 Data entry keyers 120 $25,430 $18,760 - 32,750 -5% 18%
96 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 120 $21,670 $16,510 - 29,840 10% 5%
97 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 110 $66,470 $43,790 - 101,230 8% 25%
98 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 110 $26,070 $15,760 - 37,830 12% 6%
99 Preschool teachers, except special education 110 $25,740 $16,880 - 36,930 26% 43%
100 Telephone operators 110 $24,980 $16,030 - 33,810 -40% 11%
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Jobs More Common Near Bangor Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Logging equipment operators 29,410 120 40.8
Telephone operators 24,980 110 29.9
Education teachers, postsecondary 57,900 390 22.6
Order clerks 20,070 570 5.4
Medical transcriptionists 32,880 180 5.3
Social and human service assistants 24,760 680 5.1
Service station attendants 17,570 140 5
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 40,000 230 4.5
Education administrators, postsecondary 74,130 140 4
Highway maintenance workers 29,580 140 3.7
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 38,860 180 3.6
Coaches and scouts 22,890 250 3.6
Personal and home care aides 23,820 630 3.3
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 38,050 330 3.3
Court, municipal, and license clerks 29,960 120 3.2
Social and community service managers 49,520 150 3
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 66,470 110 2.7
Parts salespersons 32,070 240 2.6
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,730 1,730 2.6
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 35,380 380 2.5
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 200 2.3
Child, family, and school social workers 39,660 260 2.3
Radiologic technologists and technicians 71,170 200 2.2
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 34,020 120 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 32,880 120 2.1
Fire fighters 30,460 230 2.1
Medical secretaries 29,030 410 2.1
Bus drivers, school 20,010 350 2
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 25,620 440 2
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 41,450 170 1.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 24,970 260 1.9
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,680 160 1.8
Medical and health services managers 90,300 200 1.8
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 32,160 100 1.8
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 32,790 480 1.7
Child care workers 20,910 430 1.7
Loan officers 59,200 240 1.7
Medical records and health information technicians 32,730 120 1.7
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 66,290 140 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 51,220 300 1.6
Dental hygienists 51,300 120 1.6
Self-enrichment education teachers 31,060 110 1.6
Bill and account collectors 31,190 290 1.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,640 910 1.6
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,900 1,240 1.5
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,210 580 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 36,930 770 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 35,110 120 1.5
Counter and rental clerks 25,060 280 1.4
Teacher assistants 26,870 720 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bangor, Maine Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Radiologic technologists and technicians 71,170 1.39 200
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 95,990 1.21 130
Teacher assistants 26,870 1.21 720
Personal and home care aides 23,820 1.19 630
Food preparation workers 22,330 1.16 510
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 23,050 1.1 130
Pharmacists 114,880 1.1 120
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 21,670 1.09 120
Child care workers 20,910 1.08 430
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 31,340 1.08 510
Accountants and auditors 64,580 1.08 340
Sales representatives, services, all other 56,040 1.08 200
Customer service representatives 32,050 1.08 520
Counter and rental clerks 25,060 1.08 280
Medical and health services managers 90,300 1.07 200
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,680 1.06 160
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 24,970 1.06 260
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,210 1.06 580
Parts salespersons 32,070 1.05 240
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 27,250 1.04 180
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 26,070 1.04 110
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,880 1.04 1,540
Medical records and health information technicians 32,730 1.04 120
Retail salespersons 25,220 1.03 2,360
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,500 1.03 1,080
Dishwashers 17,610 1.02 220
Medical transcriptionists 32,880 1.02 180
Medical assistants 28,640 1.02 280
Team assemblers 27,830 1.02 200
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 18,040 1.02 150
Bill and account collectors 31,190 1.01 290
Preschool teachers, except special education 25,740 1.01 110
Cooks, fast food 17,570 1.01 200
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,730 1.01 1,730
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 39,770 1.01 170
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 40,000 1 230
Dental assistants 32,330 1 120
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 38,870 1 330
Loan officers 59,200 1 240
Medical secretaries 29,030 1 410
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 17,820 1 160
Bartenders 19,290 0.99 280
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,900 0.99 1,240
Receptionists and information clerks 23,640 0.99 410
Home health aides 20,960 0.99 280
Office clerks, general 25,050 0.99 1,550
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,640 0.98 910
Waiters and waitresses 18,400 0.98 880
Pharmacy technicians 27,540 0.98 140
Data entry keyers 25,430 0.98 120

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