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New Bedford Employment

Employment and Industries in the New Bedford, Massachusetts Area

Fishing and manufacturing are still major contributors to New Bedford's economy. The healthcare industry is also a major economic element and a top employer. Three of New Bedford's major employers are Southcoast Hospitals Group, (healthcare), Riverside Manufacturing (apparel) and Titleist (golf clubs, balls and apparel). Due to fairs, festivals and the historic whaling industry, New Bedford also has a notable tourism industry.

The city's largest employment sectors are healthcare, wholesale trade, manufacturing, education, accommodation and food services, and social services. About 22% of the workers in New Bedford are employed in service occupations. Sales and office workers comprise about 21% of the labor force.

New Bedford's major employers are:

  • Southcoast Hospitals Group
  • Titleist
  • Riverside Manufacturing
  • Acushnet Company
  • Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp
  • Aerovox Incorporated
  • Friendly Fruit, Inc
  • Friendly Food, Inc
  • Ahead, Inc
  • AFC Cable Systems, Inc
  • Tremblay's Bus Co LLC
  • High Point Treatment Center, Inc
  • Brittany Dyeing and Printing Corp
  • The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC
  • Ottaway Newspapers, Inc
  • Symmetry Medical Inc
  • New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital, LLC
  • Aerovox Corp
  • Ahead, Inc
  • Imtra Corporation
  • GEC Durham Industries
  • Pier Fish Co., Inc

Some of the occupations where the majority of the workers have a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, social and human service assistants, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, medical and public health social workers; child, family and school social workers; financial managers; medical and health services managers; and social and community service managers.

Pertinent information about New Bedford, Massachusetts: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 130.9 which is high when compared to the national average of 100. Approximately 11% of the adult population has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009 the average salary in New Bedford was $34,000.

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People interested in learning about the activities of local businesses and industries can visit SouthCoastToday.com.

Most Popular Jobs in New Bedford, Massachusetts 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 1,560 $65,030 $44,680 - 85,890 24% 56%
2 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,080 $57,620 $35,970 - 80,500 11% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 900 $56,780 $26,210 - 81,370 6% 96%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 820 $53,320 $24,200 - 78,020 14% 95%
5 Social and human service assistants 530 $27,760 $20,250 - 40,380 34% 58%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 380 $68,920 $37,820 - 106,500 8% 51%
7 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 350 $42,190 $27,070 - 62,790 30% 77%
8 Accountants and auditors 300 $65,310 $32,270 - 91,140 18% 79%
9 Chief executives 230 $126,360 $44,680 - 2% 65%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 220 $52,310 $36,600 - 65,000 19% 77%
11 Medical and public health social workers 220 $45,170 $27,900 - 78,340 24% 77%
12 Financial managers 180 $85,100 $43,690 - 132,980 13% 60%
13 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 180 $63,640 $41,640 - 83,450 20% 87%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 170 $85,660 $61,600 - 108,460 8% 78%
15 Medical and health services managers 160 $85,050 $52,890 - 120,930 16% 57%
16 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 150 $96,750 $38,000 - 12% 51%
17 Lawyers 140 $98,950 $42,900 - 11% 99%
18 Special education teachers, secondary school 140 $62,970 $41,660 - 82,420 9% 87%
19 Special education teachers, middle school 140 $58,440 $39,060 - 80,150 16% 87%
20 Physical therapists 120 $75,880 $59,260 - 96,700 27% 89%
21 Social and community service managers 120 $53,160 $25,650 - 81,040 25% 72%
22 Sales managers 110 $143,410 $71,610 - 10% 69%
23 Pharmacists 100 $103,990 $88,970 - 125,420 22% 97%
24 Industrial engineers 100 $78,580 $53,010 - 115,710 20% 74%
25 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $51,940 $19,660 - 81,610 17% 56%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 100 $41,380 $26,010 - 62,990 12% 51%
27 Civil engineers 90 $73,790 $45,500 - 102,400 18% 87%
28 Public relations specialists 90 $52,560 $33,270 - 78,640 18% 81%
29 Mental health counselors 90 $38,060 $22,200 - 71,950 30% 73%
30 Self-enrichment education teachers 90 $37,300 $21,920 - 51,350 23% 54%
31 Coaches and scouts 90 $24,650 $16,660 - 50,780 15% 60%
32 Mechanical engineers 80 $80,680 $58,910 - 102,950 4% 78%
33 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 80 $66,970 $56,110 - 86,340 16% 99%
34 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $72,510 $46,460 - 104,510 27% 50%
35 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $64,040 $43,840 - 83,650 13% 73%
36 Librarians 70 $63,150 $42,950 - 97,670 4% 85%
37 Speech-language pathologists 60 $77,870 $52,220 - 122,760 11% 98%
38 Occupational therapists 60 $73,010 $53,850 - 101,280 23% 90%
39 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 60 $55,590 $35,440 - 66,550 14% 54%
40 Market research analysts 60 $49,010 $23,910 - 83,960 20% 82%
41 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 60 $41,500 $28,840 - 63,310 24% 78%
42 Dentists, general 50 $189,500 $102,500 - 9% 100%
43 Physician assistants 50 $99,020 $69,530 - 151,150 27% 67%
44 Management analysts 50 $61,320 $29,710 - 88,110 22% 78%
45 Graphic designers 50 $40,810 $28,320 - 59,840 10% 55%
46 Health educators 50 $39,200 $22,860 - 59,050 26% 58%
47 Marketing managers 40 $111,010 $55,950 - 158,130 14% 69%
48 Engineering managers 40 $107,660 $79,000 - 153,760 7% 84%
49 Computer and information systems managers 40 $96,310 $60,570 - 137,090 16% 73%
50 Sales engineers 40 $83,060 $50,280 - 103,540 9% 79%
51 Computer software engineers, applications 40 $76,290 $54,920 - 106,000 45% 85%
52 Editors 40 $65,180 $36,020 - 104,650 2% 81%
53 Instructional coordinators 40 $60,940 $31,920 - 85,930 23% 79%
54 Advertising sales agents 40 $52,520 $21,240 - 128,930 20% 56%
55 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $50,140 $28,490 - 74,560 18% 56%
56 Training and development specialists 40 $46,920 $30,440 - 70,190 18% 56%
57 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $43,500 $25,110 - 72,090 23% 73%
58 Computer systems analysts 30 $80,110 $59,820 - 103,650 29% 68%
59 Conservation scientists 30 $44,960 $30,000 - 61,830 5% 86%

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 2,410 $23,030 $16,640 - 32,140 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,180 $19,540 $16,640 - 23,830 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,750 $19,840 $16,890 - 24,620 18% 5%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,710 $22,610 $17,490 - 31,470 2% 5%
5 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,540 $24,940 $19,230 - 32,040 18% 7%
6 Office clerks, general 1,320 $29,200 $18,480 - 41,990 13% 19%
7 Waiters and waitresses 1,210 $22,350 $16,640 - 30,780 11% 14%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 970 $27,010 $16,640 - 43,380 -8% 8%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 960 $32,230 $19,960 - 47,160 13% 16%
10 Sewing machine operators 850 $25,660 $16,640 - 34,520 -27% 5%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 760 $41,610 $31,310 - 52,920 10% 4%
12 Customer service representatives 760 $30,660 $21,040 - 43,040 25% 22%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 740 $45,360 $28,470 - 66,140 6% 29%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 670 $40,710 $21,900 - 63,130 4% 25%
15 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 670 $27,820 $17,810 - 40,380 15% 4%
16 General and operations managers 650 $97,070 $43,460 - 2% 48%
17 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 650 $47,300 $33,460 - 62,950 14% 7%
18 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 640 $33,130 $21,960 - 48,250 1% 18%
19 Carpenters 580 $47,540 $31,740 - 65,750 10% 6%
20 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 580 $28,380 $18,470 - 40,460 8% 4%
21 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 570 $27,000 $18,160 - 38,950 4% 6%
22 Teacher assistants 550 $22,570 $17,090 - 31,290 10% 18%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 540 $36,760 $23,210 - 50,380 10% 6%
24 Team assemblers 540 $33,080 $20,430 - 49,590 0% 5%
25 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 500 $40,560 $24,500 - 58,320 15% 18%
26 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 500 $18,920 $16,690 - 22,810 10% 8%
27 Cooks, restaurant 490 $25,220 $18,040 - 32,730 12% 5%
28 Packers and packagers, hand 470 $22,130 $16,640 - 29,650 -12% 3%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 460 $31,910 $21,290 - 50,740 11% 14%
30 Food preparation workers 440 $21,330 $16,750 - 29,380 15% 7%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 420 $49,860 $28,550 - 69,430 -5% 15%
32 Preschool teachers, except special education 420 $22,790 $17,650 - 29,760 26% 43%
33 Bartenders 420 $21,620 $16,640 - 29,940 11% 17%
34 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 410 $26,060 $16,640 - 38,870 -7% 14%
35 Bus drivers, school 400 $24,950 $16,640 - 38,200 9% 4%
36 Fire fighters 390 $42,300 $34,760 - 52,420 12% 18%
37 Medical secretaries 380 $30,870 $24,460 - 41,720 17% 18%
38 Construction laborers 370 $42,870 $19,510 - 64,740 11% 5%
39 Tellers 370 $25,300 $19,210 - 32,380 14% 16%
40 Receptionists and information clerks 350 $25,080 $17,720 - 32,660 17% 13%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 340 $57,110 $37,840 - 78,470 11% 33%
42 Medical assistants 320 $30,860 $22,040 - 43,650 35% 10%
43 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 310 $34,890 $18,850 - 53,390 14% 4%
44 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 310 $21,190 $16,930 - 26,630 13% 5%
45 Dishwashers 310 $18,660 $16,690 - 20,920 10% 3%
46 Counter and rental clerks 300 $26,790 $16,640 - 36,480 23% 16%
47 Machinists 260 $39,050 $23,050 - 53,560 -3% 3%
48 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 260 $25,370 $19,440 - 33,830 18% 6%
49 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 250 $32,060 $22,790 - 43,210 4% 15%
50 Child care workers 250 $21,050 $17,270 - 25,430 18% 15%
51 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 250 $19,630 $16,640 - 23,730 10% 5%
52 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 240 $28,460 $22,520 - 34,700 -13% 0%
53 Postal service mail carriers 220 $0 $ - 1% 11%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 210 $54,620 $32,140 - 86,150 7% 13%
55 Home health aides 210 $25,920 $20,970 - 32,110 49% 7%
56 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 210 $0 $ - 12% 6%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 200 $73,480 $43,350 - 122,670 9% 10%
58 Driver/sales workers 200 $37,060 $16,640 - 56,530 -5% 4%
59 Pharmacy technicians 200 $26,290 $20,350 - 32,300 32% 16%
60 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 200 $23,030 $16,640 - 31,870 11% 2%
61 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 200 $20,480 $16,670 - 28,240 12% 6%
62 Dental hygienists 190 $67,950 $54,910 - 90,310 30% 33%
63 Industrial truck and tractor operators 190 $30,070 $20,670 - 39,780 -2% 2%
64 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 190 $25,720 $18,010 - 37,940 -27% 6%
65 Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 190 $25,060 $17,770 - 31,200 -4% 3%
66 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 190 $18,760 $16,640 - 24,770 -9% 5%
67 Cost estimators 180 $63,540 $18,990 - 116,970 19% 32%
68 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 180 $41,720 $24,210 - 61,600 -3% 6%
69 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 180 $38,150 $20,350 - 59,740 5% 2%
70 Security guards 170 $25,190 $17,470 - 35,960 17% 13%
71 Medical records and health information technicians 160 $28,740 $21,030 - 39,780 18% 12%
72 Insurance sales agents 150 $44,360 $23,710 - 76,790 13% 45%
73 Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 150 $37,520 $18,590 - 59,690 11% 3%
74 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 150 $27,930 $20,270 - 38,290 11% 5%
75 Electricians 140 $50,790 $35,040 - 68,310 7% 7%
76 Sales representatives, services, all other 140 $45,770 $26,640 - 75,840 28% 48%
77 Legal secretaries 140 $35,550 $28,180 - 43,050 12% 18%
78 Dental assistants 140 $31,700 $18,260 - 41,740 29% 9%
79 Brickmasons and blockmasons 130 $62,310 $28,570 - 100,020 10% 3%
80 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 130 $51,590 $34,400 - 69,870 16% 43%
81 Business operations specialists, all other 130 $48,390 $23,720 - 81,680 21% 49%
82 Computer support specialists 130 $46,760 $28,600 - 68,260 13% 43%
83 Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 130 $33,850 $26,750 - 47,430 1% 10%
84 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 130 $28,200 $17,680 - 44,930 -5% 5%
85 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 130 $22,890 $19,660 - 26,080 13% 15%
86 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 130 $22,590 $17,500 - 27,510 10% 17%
87 Recreation workers 130 $22,310 $17,040 - 30,160 13% 47%
88 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 120 $53,350 $32,800 - 76,790 8% 3%
89 Graders and sorters, agricultural products 120 $19,530 $16,640 - 23,520 -2% 0%
90 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $59,090 $40,920 - 80,390 15% 25%
91 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 110 $55,480 $28,870 - 81,110 -0% 36%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 110 $47,240 $21,370 - 81,150 10% 17%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 110 $43,680 $27,410 - 63,130 13% 17%
94 Motorboat mechanics 110 $40,840 $27,500 - 52,420 19% 5%
95 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 110 $35,380 $26,290 - 46,620 -1% 22%
96 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 110 $35,080 $24,260 - 46,650 19% 14%
97 Personal and home care aides 110 $26,460 $21,450 - 32,790 51% 10%
98 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 100 $69,220 $36,430 - 118,230 4% 38%
99 Industrial machinery mechanics 100 $40,350 $29,590 - 51,730 9% 5%
100 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 100 $40,180 $27,190 - 51,240 3% 18%
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Jobs More Common Near New Bedford Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Motorboat mechanics 40,840 110 28.2
Sewing machine operators 25,660 850 14.9
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 19,530 120 14.4
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 33,850 130 11
Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 25,060 190 7.7
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 37,520 150 7.6
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 23,030 200 7
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 42,190 350 6.8
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,460 240 4.8
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 57,620 1,080 4
Social and human service assistants 27,760 530 3.9
Medical and public health social workers 45,170 220 3.8
Fire fighters 42,300 390 3.6
Special education teachers, middle school 58,440 140 3.5
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 41,720 180 3.5
Brickmasons and blockmasons 62,310 130 3
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 19,630 250 2.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,940 1,540 2.6
Special education teachers, secondary school 62,970 140 2.5
Dental hygienists 67,950 190 2.5
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,790 420 2.4
Social and community service managers 53,160 120 2.4
Bus drivers, school 24,950 400 2.3
Helpers--electricians 27,350 100 2.2
Medical records and health information technicians 28,740 160 2.2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 47,300 650 2.2
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,920 500 2.2
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 56,780 900 2.2
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 25,720 190 2.1
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 26,060 410 2.1
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 63,640 180 2
Child, family, and school social workers 52,310 220 1.9
Bartenders 21,620 420 1.9
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 85,660 170 1.9
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 51,590 130 1.9
Medical secretaries 30,870 380 1.9
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 55,480 110 1.8
Chief executives 126,360 230 1.8
Cost estimators 63,540 180 1.8
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 22,890 130 1.8
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 18,760 190 1.8
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,610 1,710 1.7
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,000 570 1.7
Physical therapists 75,880 120 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 49,860 420 1.6
Machinists 39,050 260 1.6
Counter and rental clerks 26,790 300 1.5
Carpenters 47,540 580 1.5
Medical assistants 30,860 320 1.5
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 35,080 110 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the New Bedford, Massachusetts Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Sales managers 143,410 1.46 110
Driver/sales workers 37,060 1.42 200
Construction laborers 42,870 1.38 370
Brickmasons and blockmasons 62,310 1.37 130
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 96,750 1.33 150
Personal and home care aides 26,460 1.33 110
Child, family, and school social workers 52,310 1.29 220
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 22,590 1.27 130
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 63,640 1.27 180
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 37,520 1.27 150
Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 25,060 1.27 190
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 73,480 1.26 200
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 53,350 1.25 120
Special education teachers, secondary school 62,970 1.22 140
Home health aides 25,920 1.22 210
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 68,920 1.22 380
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 27,820 1.21 670
Carpenters 47,540 1.21 580
Team assemblers 33,080 1.21 540
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 41,720 1.2 180
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 47,300 1.2 650
Waiters and waitresses 22,350 1.19 1,210
Stock clerks and order fillers 27,010 1.18 970
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 27,930 1.18 150
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 57,110 1.18 340
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 20,480 1.18 200
Cooks, restaurant 25,220 1.16 490
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 33,850 1.16 130
Radiologic technologists and technicians 59,090 1.16 110
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 19,840 1.15 1,750
Counter and rental clerks 26,790 1.15 300
Office clerks, general 29,200 1.15 1,320
Special education teachers, middle school 58,440 1.15 140
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 57,620 1.14 1,080
Sewing machine operators 25,660 1.14 850
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 33,130 1.14 640
Cost estimators 63,540 1.13 180
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 35,080 1.12 110
Bartenders 21,620 1.11 420
Computer support specialists 46,760 1.11 130
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 56,780 1.11 900
Food preparation workers 21,330 1.11 440
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 41,610 1.11 760
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,190 1.11 310
Medical assistants 30,860 1.1 320
Accountants and auditors 65,310 1.09 300
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 55,480 1.09 110
Child care workers 21,050 1.09 250
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 51,590 1.09 130
Packers and packagers, hand 22,130 1.09 470

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