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Ocean City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Ocean City, New Jersey Area

Tourism is the top industry in Ocean City, New Jersey. The Boardwalk includes hundreds of shops, eateries and amusements. A lot of the jobs are provided by shops and small tourist-related businesses.

Boat building is also important to the local economy. Nearby, Shore Memorial Hospital, is one of the region's major employers. Atlanticare is also a top employer. The close by casino industry in Atlantic City also provides a large number of jobs for the region.

The leading fields of employment in Ocean City are healthcare, arts, entertainment and recreation; accommodation and food services; educational services, and professional, scientific and technical services. Management, professional and related occupations (36% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (28% of the workforce). Service occupations (18% of the labor force).

Details about Ocean City, New Jersey: The cost of living index in 2008 was 125.4 which is high when compared to the country's average of 100. Regarding the adult population, 34% have earned a bachelor's degree or better. In 2009 the average salary was $37,000.

Some of the jobs in Ocean City where the majority of the workers are college graduates are teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial managers, educational administrators, sales managers, pharmacists, and sales and human service assistants.

Some of the region's notable employers are provided below:

  • Shore Memorial Hospital
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • City of Ocean City
  • Telemark Global Solutions
  • Synectics

Local companies have access to helpful organizations including:

The Ocean City Gazette includes current information regarding the local business community.

Most Popular Jobs in Ocean City, New Jersey 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 680 $62,380 $44,450 - 82,780 14% 95%
2 Registered nurses 610 $62,890 $41,090 - 85,460 24% 56%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 520 $59,440 $44,040 - 78,610 6% 96%
4 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $60,120 $43,490 - 81,670 11% 95%
5 Accountants and auditors 190 $61,500 $37,890 - 91,350 18% 79%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 170 $38,700 $23,940 - 61,020 9% 54%
7 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 150 $60,080 $23,970 - 117,160 8% 51%
8 Lawyers 140 $83,260 $41,410 - 135,750 11% 99%
9 Financial managers 110 $88,680 $54,800 - 127,310 13% 60%
10 Managers, all other 110 $88,460 $55,700 - 123,310 7% 55%
11 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 100 $93,200 $32,870 - 136,460 8% 78%
12 Pharmacists 90 $115,680 $84,670 - 22% 97%
13 Sales managers 90 $95,970 $49,400 - 10% 69%
14 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 90 $57,410 $43,670 - 79,870 20% 87%
15 Legislators 80 $0 $ - 1% 65%
16 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $57,120 $32,910 - 78,170 5% 58%
17 Marriage and family therapists 70 $53,070 $38,970 - 71,670 30% 73%
18 Detectives and criminal investigators 60 $74,440 $56,180 - 99,000 17% 54%
19 Special education teachers, middle school 60 $58,670 $42,870 - 79,450 16% 87%
20 Librarians 50 $54,990 $37,520 - 75,110 4% 85%
21 Sales and related workers, all other 50 $36,370 $16,320 - 62,580 14% 62%
22 Medical and health services managers 40 $90,140 $65,960 - 113,040 16% 57%
23 Civil engineers 40 $81,740 $54,680 - 111,780 18% 87%
24 Physical therapists 40 $77,930 $64,160 - 99,930 27% 89%
25 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 40 $70,630 $48,340 - 95,530 13% 73%
26 Community and social service specialists, all other 40 $45,600 $28,080 - 65,690 25% 58%
27 Social and human service assistants 40 $28,030 $19,720 - 38,560 34% 58%
28 Coaches and scouts 40 $0 $ - 15% 60%

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 Cashiers 1,820 $20,020 $15,730 - 26,220 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,630 $28,290 $16,090 - 42,310 12% 25%
3 Waiters and waitresses 1,390 $20,900 $15,430 - 29,120 11% 14%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,200 $21,950 $15,630 - 33,030 18% 5%
5 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 990 $21,840 $16,420 - 29,060 13% 5%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 890 $32,110 $21,610 - 44,260 1% 18%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 890 $26,090 $20,360 - 31,800 18% 7%
8 Office clerks, general 710 $24,860 $16,360 - 34,520 13% 19%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 690 $35,730 $21,020 - 56,170 13% 16%
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 590 $25,750 $16,410 - 49,090 -8% 8%
11 Maintenance and repair workers, general 570 $33,570 $20,440 - 51,620 10% 6%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 550 $27,160 $17,490 - 42,280 15% 4%
13 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 540 $72,450 $44,800 - 102,550 11% 33%
14 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 500 $27,340 $18,060 - 38,910 18% 6%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 490 $42,000 $22,950 - 60,410 4% 25%
16 Receptionists and information clerks 470 $23,180 $16,890 - 30,040 17% 13%
17 Cooks, restaurant 450 $24,750 $16,500 - 34,440 12% 5%
18 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 440 $23,530 $16,760 - 35,210 17% 14%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 420 $38,650 $21,480 - 59,450 11% 14%
20 Bartenders 390 $24,200 $15,440 - 36,460 11% 17%
21 General and operations managers 380 $126,780 $51,790 - 2% 48%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 380 $47,980 $30,330 - 67,890 6% 29%
23 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 380 $26,210 $16,720 - 39,970 2% 5%
24 Amusement and recreation attendants 380 $18,210 $15,110 - 24,540 24% 22%
25 Carpenters 370 $45,680 $28,170 - 65,490 10% 6%
26 Home health aides 350 $22,910 $20,920 - 25,350 49% 7%
27 Customer service representatives 330 $34,440 $22,660 - 52,450 25% 22%
28 Teacher assistants 330 $23,220 $16,010 - 32,490 10% 18%
29 Food preparation workers 330 $20,890 $16,490 - 28,310 15% 7%
30 Construction laborers 320 $41,340 $23,800 - 65,320 11% 5%
31 Tellers 310 $26,070 $19,950 - 35,690 14% 16%
32 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 290 $30,260 $15,370 - 47,570 19% 14%
33 Business operations specialists, all other 280 $60,520 $20,700 - 101,620 21% 49%
34 Word processors and typists 280 $31,280 $21,570 - 41,960 -12% 19%
35 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 270 $18,010 $15,180 - 24,050 12% 6%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 260 $40,550 $25,640 - 50,780 16% 26%
37 Security guards 260 $24,730 $17,020 - 37,190 17% 13%
38 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 250 $39,440 $27,230 - 52,990 10% 4%
39 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 250 $29,160 $18,260 - 38,260 12% 6%
40 Cooks, short order 240 $24,930 $16,690 - 34,170 5% 5%
41 Dishwashers 240 $19,710 $16,130 - 25,670 10% 3%
42 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 240 $19,280 $15,600 - 25,600 10% 8%
43 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 230 $46,350 $37,450 - 58,040 14% 7%
44 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 230 $24,370 $16,140 - 34,370 8% 4%
45 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 220 $55,320 $35,190 - 90,810 11% 4%
46 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 210 $41,140 $26,310 - 54,130 14% 4%
47 Painters, construction and maintenance 200 $37,830 $28,690 - 49,570 12% 6%
48 Food servers, nonrestaurant 200 $19,840 $15,980 - 28,370 16% 9%
49 Personal care and service workers, all other 190 $23,760 $16,300 - 38,890 -13% 21%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $64,100 $48,080 - 83,250 9% 10%
51 Recreation workers 180 $26,910 $15,570 - 46,220 13% 47%
52 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 180 $20,660 $16,200 - 27,680 10% 17%
53 Postal service mail carriers 170 $0 $ - 1% 11%
54 Child care workers 160 $21,630 $16,210 - 28,550 18% 15%
55 Electricians 150 $46,640 $30,620 - 65,000 7% 7%
56 Driver/sales workers 150 $27,480 $18,000 - 40,270 -5% 4%
57 Bus drivers, school 150 $26,430 $16,300 - 37,940 9% 4%
58 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 140 $55,180 $28,250 - 81,730 7% 13%
59 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 140 $50,280 $37,270 - 66,550 15% 18%
60 Counter and rental clerks 140 $20,870 $15,630 - 31,250 23% 16%
61 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 130 $32,630 $22,850 - 41,440 4% 15%
62 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 130 $23,300 $17,070 - 34,000 10% 5%
63 Packers and packagers, hand 130 $18,320 $15,720 - 24,610 -12% 3%
64 Lodging managers 120 $42,180 $24,590 - 61,700 12% 45%
65 Motorboat mechanics 120 $36,840 $26,490 - 54,350 19% 5%
66 Service station attendants 120 $17,500 $15,090 - 20,390 13% 6%
67 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $88,550 $32,980 - 28% 48%
68 Legal secretaries 110 $40,940 $33,270 - 52,980 12% 18%
69 Court, municipal, and license clerks 110 $37,850 $26,400 - 50,900 9% 24%
70 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 110 $35,410 $24,790 - 49,710 14% 11%
71 Food service managers 100 $64,330 $38,760 - 88,400 5% 24%
72 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 100 $50,030 $30,610 - 80,710 8% 3%
73 Medical secretaries 100 $33,690 $26,650 - 47,420 17% 18%
74 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 100 $27,200 $17,990 - 35,290 11% 5%
75 Dental hygienists 90 $73,810 $67,830 - 83,640 30% 33%
76 Insurance sales agents 90 $58,420 $33,990 - 91,010 13% 45%
77 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 90 $29,110 $20,820 - 42,030 12% 0%
78 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 90 $26,690 $15,940 - 43,320 13% 15%
79 Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 90 $19,360 $15,030 - 29,130 19% 31%
80 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 80 $125,010 $55,420 - 4% 38%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 80 $104,120 $82,040 - 134,860 9% 33%
82 Administrative services managers 80 $71,110 $44,900 - 117,690 12% 40%
83 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 80 $38,990 $27,090 - 60,060 13% 11%
84 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 80 $33,010 $23,620 - 43,360 -1% 22%
85 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 80 $32,940 $19,620 - 48,180 4% 6%
86 Helpers--carpenters 80 $30,760 $22,050 - 41,390 12% 3%
87 Pharmacy technicians 80 $27,840 $19,500 - 33,890 32% 16%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 70 $63,250 $31,230 - 99,200 -5% 15%
89 Nonfarm animal caretakers 70 $25,070 $16,970 - 34,690 18% 16%
90 Order clerks 70 $24,610 $18,350 - 31,000 -24% 16%
91 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 60 $49,380 $25,670 - 80,770 -0% 36%
92 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 60 $43,410 $33,170 - 59,310 12% 3%
93 Highway maintenance workers 60 $40,220 $28,040 - 50,510 9% 5%
94 Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers 60 $39,290 $27,710 - 50,800 -3% 8%
95 Medical records and health information technicians 60 $38,900 $26,310 - 63,560 18% 12%
96 Postal service clerks 60 $0 $ - 1% 11%
97 Construction and building inspectors 50 $57,620 $36,810 - 81,080 18% 23%
98 Brickmasons and blockmasons 50 $54,360 $30,590 - 81,680 10% 3%
99 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 50 $53,790 $27,930 - 79,280 16% 43%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 50 $53,150 $40,100 - 69,980 18% 15%
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Jobs More Common Near Ocean City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Motorboat mechanics 36,840 120 50.3
Lodging managers 42,180 120 17.5
Personal care and service workers, all other 23,760 190 13.1
Word processors and typists 31,280 280 8.7
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 23,530 440 7.9
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 40,550 260 7.5
Service station attendants 17,500 120 7
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 30,260 290 6.4
Cooks, short order 24,930 240 6.1
Amusement and recreation attendants 18,210 380 6
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 35,410 110 4.9
Court, municipal, and license clerks 37,850 110 4.7
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,840 990 4.2
Food servers, nonrestaurant 19,840 200 4
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 72,450 540 3.4
Bartenders 24,200 390 2.9
Painters, construction and maintenance 37,830 200 2.9
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 29,160 250 2.5
Recreation workers 26,910 180 2.5
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 26,090 890 2.5
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 18,010 270 2.4
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 23,300 130 2.3
Waiters and waitresses 20,900 1,390 2.2
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,440 520 2
Tellers 26,070 310 2
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,340 500 2
Cashiers 20,020 1,820 2
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 38,650 420 2
Food service managers 64,330 100 1.9
Elementary school teachers, except special education 62,380 680 1.9
Cooks, restaurant 24,750 450 1.9
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 55,320 220 1.9
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 93,200 100 1.8
Postal service mail carriers 0 170 1.8
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 20,660 180 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 32,110 890 1.8
Dishwashers 19,710 240 1.7
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 60,120 280 1.7
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,280 240 1.7
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,570 570 1.7
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 21,950 1,200 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 42,000 490 1.6
Carpenters 45,680 370 1.6
Receptionists and information clerks 23,180 470 1.5
Legal secretaries 40,940 110 1.5
Driver/sales workers 27,480 150 1.5
Home health aides 22,910 350 1.5
Food preparation workers 20,890 330 1.4
Bus drivers, school 26,430 150 1.4
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 35,730 690 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Ocean City, New Jersey Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Sales representatives, services, all other 88,550 1.71 110
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 72,450 1.49 540
Construction laborers 41,340 1.33 320
General and operations managers 126,780 1.31 380
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 50,280 1.3 140
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 38,650 1.28 420
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 21,950 1.27 1,200
Elementary school teachers, except special education 62,380 1.25 680
Cooks, short order 24,930 1.25 240
Bartenders 24,200 1.25 390
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 23,530 1.21 440
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 55,320 1.2 220
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 60,120 1.19 280
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 27,160 1.19 550
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 23,300 1.17 130
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 46,350 1.17 230
Carpenters 45,680 1.17 370
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 20,660 1.16 180
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,440 1.16 520
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 29,160 1.16 250
Customer service representatives 34,440 1.16 330
Retail salespersons 28,290 1.16 1,630
Dishwashers 19,710 1.14 240
Court, municipal, and license clerks 37,850 1.14 110
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,840 1.14 990
Cooks, restaurant 24,750 1.14 450
Legal secretaries 40,940 1.14 110
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 40,550 1.14 260
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 41,140 1.13 210
Stock clerks and order fillers 25,750 1.13 590
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,340 1.13 500
Child care workers 21,630 1.12 160
Waiters and waitresses 20,900 1.12 1,390
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 35,730 1.12 690
Recreation workers 26,910 1.11 180
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 64,100 1.1 180
Painters, construction and maintenance 37,830 1.1 200
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 32,110 1.1 890
Tellers 26,070 1.1 310
Food preparation workers 20,890 1.09 330
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 26,090 1.09 890
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 26,210 1.09 380
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 42,000 1.09 490
Cashiers 20,020 1.08 1,820
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,280 1.08 240
Home health aides 22,910 1.08 350
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 32,630 1.08 130
Managers, all other 88,460 1.07 110
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 47,980 1.06 380
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 60,080 1.06 150

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