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Billings Employment

Employment and Industries in the Billings, Montana Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Billings than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Billings.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Billings.
  • A list of any large public companies in Billings.

Most Popular Jobs in Billings, Montana 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 1,750 $58,940 $43,410 - 77,930 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1,150 $45,010 $26,810 - 62,960 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 820 $43,940 $26,060 - 63,700 14% 95%
4 Accountants and auditors 520 $55,880 $31,690 - 78,700 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 520 $44,740 $21,730 - 65,090 6% 96%
6 Social and human service assistants 420 $26,880 $20,960 - 34,620 34% 58%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 370 $37,390 $19,870 - 58,220 11% 95%
8 Lawyers 310 $85,790 $49,990 - 157,690 11% 99%
9 Child, family, and school social workers 220 $35,960 $18,450 - 56,730 19% 77%
10 Pharmacists 200 $97,230 $81,920 - 123,480 22% 97%
11 Civil engineers 170 $67,680 $44,840 - 94,730 18% 87%
12 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 170 $46,330 $21,070 - 94,320 25% 67%
13 Chief executives 160 $101,800 $43,170 - 2% 65%
14 Public relations specialists 160 $47,090 $31,580 - 77,200 18% 81%
15 Clergy 160 $32,620 $22,790 - 50,830 19% 75%
16 Electrical engineers 150 $70,450 $51,110 - 95,840 6% 81%
17 Advertising sales agents 150 $32,100 $14,270 - 54,830 20% 56%
18 Sales and related workers, all other 150 $31,910 $16,450 - 52,220 14% 62%
19 Computer programmers 140 $52,440 $29,330 - 76,560 -4% 73%
20 Network and computer systems administrators 140 $50,710 $31,180 - 72,840 27% 50%
21 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 140 $42,600 $27,150 - 63,800 13% 73%
22 Self-enrichment education teachers 140 $29,640 $17,230 - 39,180 23% 54%
23 Financial managers 130 $85,770 $33,510 - 137,860 13% 60%
24 Sales managers 130 $77,100 $48,120 - 113,520 10% 69%
25 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 130 $45,780 $28,050 - 83,210 5% 58%
26 Personal financial advisors 120 $57,330 $23,350 - 103,610 41% 81%
27 Surveyors 120 $55,640 $29,420 - 82,060 24% 82%
28 Managers, all other 110 $88,640 $51,110 - 130,540 7% 55%
29 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 110 $52,970 $28,530 - 88,710 12% 51%
30 Librarians 110 $43,140 $14,930 - 64,600 4% 85%
31 Coaches and scouts 110 $18,700 $13,540 - 31,470 15% 60%
32 Architects, except landscape and naval 100 $55,780 $34,900 - 76,690 18% 88%
33 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $55,680 $16,730 - 87,620 17% 56%
34 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 100 $50,700 $32,100 - 81,150 25% 93%
35 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 100 $42,840 $35,100 - 58,710 18% 56%
36 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $65,980 $40,520 - 85,950 8% 78%
37 Computer systems analysts 90 $63,960 $38,060 - 110,920 29% 68%
38 Training and development specialists 90 $44,060 $30,380 - 62,790 18% 56%
39 Social and community service managers 90 $43,430 $28,600 - 70,080 25% 72%
40 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $43,930 $28,440 - 64,140 20% 87%
41 Special education teachers, secondary school 80 $42,660 $23,910 - 63,840 9% 87%
42 Graphic designers 80 $34,850 $23,560 - 47,800 10% 55%
43 Dentists, general 70 $143,710 $86,710 - 9% 100%
44 Physician assistants 70 $81,030 $67,040 - 101,690 27% 67%
45 Market research analysts 70 $53,350 $31,870 - 98,030 20% 82%
46 Medical and public health social workers 70 $50,740 $35,440 - 65,460 24% 77%
47 Engineering managers 60 $93,590 $58,350 - 123,270 7% 84%
48 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 60 $87,410 $53,830 - 133,760 22% 93%
49 Industrial engineers 60 $79,310 $50,240 - 119,050 20% 74%
50 Education administrators, postsecondary 60 $74,280 $51,590 - 96,290 14% 78%
51 Computer and information systems managers 60 $72,930 $53,030 - 98,870 16% 73%
52 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $61,450 $26,000 - 101,320 53% 57%
53 Public relations managers 60 $50,810 $27,850 - 80,410 17% 75%
54 Producers and directors 60 $46,000 $28,280 - 63,880 11% 75%
55 Special education teachers, middle school 60 $42,460 $28,920 - 61,240 16% 87%
56 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 60 $41,590 $30,690 - 54,210 34% 73%
57 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 60 $37,870 $28,330 - 50,700 30% 77%
58 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $36,130 $26,660 - 47,230 18% 56%
59 Occupational health and safety specialists 60 $0 $ - 8% 72%
60 Management analysts 50 $77,590 $51,140 - 108,080 22% 78%
61 Mechanical engineers 50 $73,900 $40,400 - 156,030 4% 78%
62 Detectives and criminal investigators 50 $67,050 $40,990 - 97,630 17% 54%
63 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50 $54,500 $40,470 - 67,880 12% 51%
64 Editors 50 $39,040 $25,650 - 56,130 2% 81%
65 Health educators 50 $27,530 $16,140 - 49,120 26% 58%
66 Occupational therapists 40 $58,370 $44,280 - 74,710 23% 90%
67 Financial specialists, all other 40 $52,940 $27,200 - 78,080 12% 50%
68 Veterinarians 40 $46,660 $23,820 - 72,390 35% 100%
69 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $42,830 $23,590 - 62,950 -5% 96%
70 Reporters and correspondents 40 $35,210 $17,930 - 52,620 1% 85%
71 Meeting and convention planners 40 $31,540 $21,310 - 45,490 20% 67%
72 Floral designers 40 $21,870 $17,390 - 30,760 -9% 55%
73 Optometrists 40 $0 $ - 11% 100%
74 Natural sciences managers 30 $90,840 $65,110 - 103,100 11% 93%
75 Petroleum engineers 30 $86,500 $69,450 - 111,540 5% 80%
76 Financial analysts 30 $68,010 $37,890 - 82,530 34% 87%
77 Biological scientists, all other 30 $64,890 $44,190 - 81,640 4% 95%
78 Budget analysts 30 $58,070 $38,060 - 80,740 7% 78%
79 Commercial pilots 30 $49,070 $35,020 - 66,420 13% 74%
80 Rehabilitation counselors 30 $44,330 $32,970 - 61,170 23% 73%
81 Instructional coordinators 30 $41,580 $27,270 - 69,400 23% 79%
82 Chiropractors 30 $36,940 $16,780 - 63,390 14% 98%

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 4,010 $25,050 $14,310 - 40,470 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,450 $18,370 $13,830 - 24,500 -3% 10%
3 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 2,100 $29,520 $18,330 - 41,130 13% 16%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,920 $26,250 $16,980 - 37,670 1% 18%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,850 $16,900 $13,750 - 20,010 11% 14%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,660 $17,030 $13,790 - 20,580 18% 5%
7 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,520 $25,210 $16,900 - 36,940 2% 5%
8 Carpenters 1,510 $32,690 $20,560 - 46,390 10% 6%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,420 $23,670 $14,910 - 36,530 15% 4%
10 General and operations managers 1,360 $82,030 $38,390 - 148,280 2% 48%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,360 $40,180 $24,990 - 60,030 10% 4%
12 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,290 $29,040 $14,870 - 50,590 8% 4%
13 Bartenders 1,140 $17,200 $13,890 - 21,260 11% 17%
14 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,070 $22,910 $17,740 - 29,600 18% 7%
15 Office clerks, general 1,060 $23,790 $16,690 - 34,890 13% 19%
16 Customer service representatives 920 $31,000 $17,780 - 44,790 25% 22%
17 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 900 $32,120 $22,280 - 45,110 15% 18%
18 Stock clerks and order fillers 890 $22,190 $15,610 - 31,180 -8% 8%
19 Construction laborers 770 $32,650 $21,280 - 48,290 11% 5%
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 740 $24,390 $16,540 - 32,160 18% 6%
21 Cooks, restaurant 730 $20,960 $14,130 - 29,030 12% 5%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 720 $35,970 $21,180 - 53,410 4% 25%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 680 $52,910 $27,720 - 80,190 6% 29%
24 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 670 $38,780 $25,740 - 53,040 14% 4%
25 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 670 $17,890 $14,120 - 23,420 13% 5%
26 Home health aides 660 $21,100 $17,190 - 24,920 49% 7%
27 Industrial truck and tractor operators 610 $30,140 $21,780 - 41,160 -2% 2%
28 Receptionists and information clerks 610 $24,190 $17,840 - 31,320 17% 13%
29 Teacher assistants 600 $19,350 $14,320 - 24,410 10% 18%
30 Child care workers 600 $17,240 $13,850 - 21,680 18% 15%
31 Dishwashers 550 $17,290 $13,940 - 21,680 10% 3%
32 Maintenance and repair workers, general 460 $34,730 $19,000 - 58,570 10% 6%
33 Food preparation workers 460 $19,970 $14,140 - 26,220 15% 7%
34 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 450 $42,780 $30,830 - 52,660 8% 3%
35 Tellers 450 $25,460 $18,020 - 33,500 14% 16%
36 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 450 $17,760 $13,870 - 22,940 14% 3%
37 Counter and rental clerks 430 $23,530 $15,080 - 36,530 23% 16%
38 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 420 $28,170 $22,250 - 33,880 4% 15%
39 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 380 $45,960 $27,560 - 61,720 11% 4%
40 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 370 $16,210 $13,700 - 20,200 10% 17%
41 Physicians and surgeons, all other 360 $183,810 $97,760 - 0% 0%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 350 $56,190 $38,100 - 78,900 9% 10%
43 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 350 $24,330 $16,560 - 33,740 4% 6%
44 Bus drivers, school 350 $21,550 $13,860 - 31,770 9% 4%
45 Telemarketers 350 $20,790 $13,750 - 31,270 -10% 14%
46 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 330 $28,710 $20,590 - 40,030 11% 14%
47 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 310 $58,880 $53,950 - 66,150 -13% 7%
48 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 310 $45,930 $24,880 - 75,070 12% 3%
49 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 300 $34,300 $25,900 - 44,880 5% 2%
50 Business operations specialists, all other 290 $61,960 $35,660 - 94,930 21% 49%
51 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 280 $16,660 $13,730 - 21,810 12% 6%
52 Cement masons and concrete finishers 270 $42,470 $21,240 - 73,620 11% 2%
53 Packers and packagers, hand 260 $20,820 $15,230 - 27,060 -12% 3%
54 Computer support specialists 250 $36,980 $24,000 - 51,570 13% 43%
55 Parts salespersons 250 $32,670 $18,640 - 44,660 -2% 6%
56 Team assemblers 250 $27,400 $18,540 - 39,580 0% 5%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 240 $59,220 $35,330 - 91,770 7% 13%
58 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 240 $46,150 $33,690 - 60,760 11% 33%
59 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 240 $28,830 $14,650 - 55,590 12% 6%
60 Electricians 230 $41,000 $22,860 - 65,070 7% 7%
61 Recreation workers 230 $26,290 $17,490 - 34,980 13% 47%
62 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 230 $19,060 $15,120 - 24,150 -3% 4%
63 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 230 $16,910 $13,790 - 20,710 17% 14%
64 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 220 $37,410 $23,370 - 50,670 12% 3%
65 Medical assistants 220 $27,630 $21,920 - 32,880 35% 10%
66 Cost estimators 210 $44,700 $14,150 - 79,130 19% 32%
67 Medical secretaries 210 $30,310 $18,280 - 44,040 17% 18%
68 Driver/sales workers 210 $28,490 $15,570 - 39,860 -5% 4%
69 Insurance sales agents 210 $0 $ - 13% 45%
70 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 200 $50,530 $26,630 - 92,410 -5% 15%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 200 $39,020 $21,840 - 68,410 13% 17%
72 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 200 $36,060 $23,130 - 60,220 2% 11%
73 Pharmacy technicians 200 $27,360 $20,870 - 37,360 32% 16%
74 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 200 $0 $ - -8% 12%
75 Machinists 190 $38,720 $26,600 - 51,280 -3% 3%
76 Loan officers 180 $58,070 $32,600 - 102,110 12% 49%
77 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 180 $31,800 $21,830 - 45,850 -0% 0%
78 Dental assistants 180 $30,710 $23,300 - 41,500 29% 9%
79 Order clerks 180 $27,970 $20,440 - 39,440 -24% 16%
80 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 170 $45,360 $28,250 - 64,280 10% 17%
81 Legal secretaries 170 $32,300 $26,250 - 39,950 12% 18%
82 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $21,440 $16,730 - 26,750 11% 5%
83 Dental hygienists 160 $64,850 $53,030 - 82,030 30% 33%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 160 $54,550 $37,490 - 73,560 4% 38%
85 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 160 $30,610 $22,180 - 44,060 11% 29%
86 Helpers--production workers 160 $25,170 $16,440 - 37,470 -1% 4%
87 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
88 Construction managers 150 $68,060 $20,470 - 128,860 16% 29%
89 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 150 $32,510 $22,070 - 46,500 10% 24%
90 Tire repairers and changers 150 $23,160 $17,680 - 31,100 20% 6%
91 Bill and account collectors 140 $32,000 $21,320 - 39,060 23% 13%
92 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 140 $31,730 $21,390 - 48,230 19% 14%
93 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 140 $25,960 $17,020 - 45,550 1% 29%
94 Bakers 140 $22,840 $14,860 - 33,150 10% 8%
95 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 140 $21,440 $16,380 - 30,210 16% 10%
96 Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 130 $47,370 $28,260 - 68,590 -1% 38%
97 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 130 $43,730 $24,200 - 63,510 -0% 36%
98 Architectural and civil drafters 130 $42,450 $24,390 - 61,080 6% 25%
99 Painters, construction and maintenance 130 $35,840 $23,840 - 49,110 12% 6%
100 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 130 $33,570 $15,010 - 62,910 27% 47%
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Jobs More Common Near Billings Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 58,880 310 18.9
Clergy 32,620 160 7.4
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 47,370 130 4.7
Surveyors 55,640 120 4.2
Bartenders 17,200 1,140 4.1
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 21,440 140 3.9
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 37,410 220 3.4
Helpers--carpenters 23,690 130 3.4
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 31,800 180 3.2
Tire repairers and changers 23,160 150 3.2
Carpenters 32,690 1,510 3.1
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 23,240 110 2.9
Service station attendants 21,580 100 2.8
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 29,040 1,290 2.5
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 17,760 450 2.5
Cement masons and concrete finishers 42,470 270 2.4
Physicians and surgeons, all other 183,810 360 2.4
Social and human service assistants 26,880 420 2.4
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 45,930 310 2.4
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,780 450 2.3
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50,700 100 2.3
Court, municipal, and license clerks 25,830 110 2.2
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 78,280 110 2.1
Parts salespersons 32,670 250 2.1
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,520 2,100 2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,910 230 2
Telemarketers 20,790 350 2
Architectural and civil drafters 42,450 130 2
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 39,020 200 2
Dishwashers 17,290 550 1.9
Sales and related workers, all other 31,910 150 1.9
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 25,960 140 1.9
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 38,780 670 1.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 30,140 610 1.9
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 36,060 200 1.9
Child care workers 17,240 600 1.9
Bakers 22,840 140 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,250 1,920 1.8
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 200 1.8
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,210 370 1.8
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 18,680 100 1.8
Butchers and meat cutters 28,190 110 1.8
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 43,730 130 1.7
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 30,610 160 1.7
Electrical engineers 70,450 150 1.7
Counter and rental clerks 23,530 430 1.7
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 19,060 230 1.7
Dental hygienists 64,850 160 1.6
Cost estimators 44,700 210 1.6
Advertising sales agents 32,100 150 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Billings, Montana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 52,910 1.17 680
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 45,930 1.17 310
Industrial machinery mechanics 51,450 1.16 120
Cement masons and concrete finishers 42,470 1.15 270
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 28,830 1.15 240
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 32,510 1.15 150
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 58,880 1.14 310
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 47,370 1.12 130
Sales representatives, services, all other 57,900 1.12 110
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 33,570 1.11 130
Recreation workers 26,290 1.09 230
Driver/sales workers 28,490 1.09 210
Tellers 25,460 1.08 450
Managers, all other 88,640 1.07 110
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 40,180 1.07 1,360
Parts salespersons 32,670 1.07 250
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 38,780 1.07 670
Helpers--production workers 25,170 1.07 160
Business operations specialists, all other 61,960 1.05 290
Construction laborers 32,650 1.05 770
Machinists 38,720 1.05 190
Painters, construction and maintenance 35,840 1.04 130
Customer service representatives 31,000 1.04 920
Medical secretaries 30,310 1.04 210
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 25,210 1.04 1,520
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 59,220 1.04 240
Food preparation workers 19,970 1.04 460
Bill and account collectors 32,000 1.04 140
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 36,060 1.04 200
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,670 1.03 1,420
Physicians and surgeons, all other 183,810 1.03 360
Retail salespersons 25,050 1.03 4,010
Dental hygienists 64,850 1.02 160
Packers and packagers, hand 20,820 1.02 260
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 26,640 1.02 120
Surveyors 55,640 1.02 120
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 31,730 1.01 140
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,730 1.01 460
Receptionists and information clerks 24,190 1.01 610
Counter and rental clerks 23,530 1.01 430
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,390 1.01 740
Dishwashers 17,290 1 550
Industrial truck and tractor operators 30,140 1 610
Team assemblers 27,400 1 250
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 29,040 1 1,290
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,780 1 450
File clerks 23,600 1 110
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 45,960 1 380
Order clerks 27,970 1 180
Home health aides 21,100 0.99 660

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