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Pittsburgh Employment

Employment and Industries in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area

While long thought of as a center for steal production, the Pittsburgh area economy has expanded and diversified beyond its traditional heavy manufacturing base to provide substantial opportunities for business and professional growth. Pittsburgh is home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Pittsburgh area is United States Steel. Probably the most famous companies with their headquarters in the area are United States Steel, H.J. Heinz, Mellon Financial, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Despite its reputation as a center for blue collar industrial work, the Pittsburgh area has a very well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Pittsburgh ranks in the top twenty among American cities with a well educated work force. Almost 34% of the Pittsburgh area population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Pittsburgh in the top ten most literate cities in the U.S.

Major business honors and awards that have been received by the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

  • Number 50 on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • Number 53 on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the large cities category, and in the top fifty for all three years of the survey (2004-2006). The 2005 survey ranked the Pittsburgh area number ten for the "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • Number 32 on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers" (out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas).
  • Number 24 on Expansion Management’s 2005 list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities".
  • "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros".

Major industries located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • healthcare
  • Financial services
  • High technology
  • Retail
  • Medicine

Driven by organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Carnegie Mellon University, life sciences are a strong and growing industry in the Pittsburgh area. UPMC ranks among the top ten recipients in the U.S. for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Pittsburgh ranks in the top fifteen cities in the United States for NIH funding. In addition, Carnegie Mellon receives more than $73 million a year in National Science Foundation (NSF) research.

Pittsburgh is also home to the busiest inland port, the Port of Pittsburgh, in the United States.

For business travelers, the Pittsburgh area is served by the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). PIT is regularly ranked as one of the top airports in the world by Cond" Nast, J.D. Power, USA Today, Travelocity and the Official Airline Guide. Allegheny County Airport (AGC) also serves the Pittsburgh area.

Companies with headquarters in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

  • Allegheny Energy
  • Allegheny Technologies
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Consol Energy
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • H. J. Heinz Company
  • Kennametal
  • Mellon Financial
  • PNC Financial
  • PPG Industries
  • U.S. Steel
  • WESCO International
  • Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel

Business organizations/associations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

The Pittsburgh Business Times, "Business Section" of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the "Business Section" of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review are all good sources of information on business and the economy in the Pittsburgh area.

Most Popular Jobs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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 30,790 $59,420 $42,770 - 78,040 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 17,330 $65,220 $28,550 - 108,670 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 14,880 $51,590 $31,640 - 78,050 14% 95%
4 Accountants and auditors 12,080 $62,690 $34,110 - 102,030 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 6,880 $54,670 $35,850 - 79,930 6% 96%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 6,850 $52,750 $35,010 - 78,130 11% 95%
7 Computer systems analysts 4,680 $68,660 $42,070 - 100,150 29% 68%
8 Lawyers 4,600 $115,390 $49,180 - 11% 99%
9 Computer programmers 4,510 $65,580 $35,860 - 103,490 -4% 73%
10 Social and human service assistants 3,900 $25,480 $16,830 - 34,690 34% 58%
11 Management analysts 3,740 $77,970 $42,910 - 131,760 22% 78%
12 Civil engineers 3,410 $69,440 $45,700 - 100,310 18% 87%
13 Network and computer systems administrators 3,410 $67,390 $37,220 - 103,050 27% 50%
14 Computer software engineers, applications 3,240 $79,250 $45,000 - 125,530 45% 85%
15 Financial managers 3,210 $94,450 $44,660 - 158,280 13% 60%
16 Child, family, and school social workers 3,070 $33,550 $22,330 - 49,820 19% 77%
17 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 3,060 $76,140 $33,010 - 132,030 12% 51%
18 Chief executives 3,000 $149,730 $56,990 - 2% 65%
19 Mental health counselors 2,990 $33,390 $22,420 - 49,860 30% 73%
20 Computer software engineers, systems software 2,820 $78,820 $48,050 - 115,900 28% 85%
21 Pharmacists 2,810 $92,340 $71,420 - 114,910 22% 97%
22 Market research analysts 2,640 $53,690 $30,370 - 88,050 20% 82%
23 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 2,420 $39,420 $15,460 - 77,800 17% 56%
24 Medical and health services managers 2,400 $85,040 $47,280 - 143,200 16% 57%
25 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 2,290 $54,830 $35,760 - 79,920 20% 87%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 2,280 $48,000 $35,240 - 62,650 12% 51%
27 Public relations specialists 2,170 $66,350 $28,730 - 112,980 18% 81%
28 Financial analysts 2,090 $64,060 $35,460 - 99,280 34% 87%
29 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 2,080 $50,610 $29,770 - 77,810 13% 73%
30 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 2,040 $50,990 $26,830 - 81,090 18% 56%
31 Sales managers 2,030 $100,120 $49,180 - 164,200 10% 69%
32 Training and development specialists 2,000 $49,390 $28,080 - 76,810 18% 56%
33 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,960 $35,020 $22,820 - 50,130 15% 51%
34 Industrial engineers 1,950 $74,550 $48,780 - 103,550 20% 74%
35 Mechanical engineers 1,950 $71,900 $45,500 - 104,400 4% 78%
36 Graphic designers 1,910 $38,840 $22,440 - 60,280 10% 55%
37 Computer and information systems managers 1,780 $104,060 $52,810 - 165,870 16% 73%
38 Physical therapists 1,780 $68,800 $44,110 - 95,100 27% 89%
39 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 1,770 $39,880 $29,050 - 52,080 30% 77%
40 Electronics engineers, except computer 1,740 $75,300 $47,140 - 107,720 4% 81%
41 Personal financial advisors 1,700 $80,360 $25,940 - 147,430 41% 81%
42 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,630 $87,900 $61,710 - 120,170 8% 78%
43 Electrical engineers 1,600 $80,970 $50,320 - 124,070 6% 81%
44 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 1,520 $54,020 $31,550 - 87,830 5% 58%
45 Medical and public health social workers 1,520 $41,210 $26,170 - 58,110 24% 77%
46 Network systems and data communications analysts 1,420 $71,660 $43,180 - 104,500 53% 57%
47 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 1,390 $84,440 $25,750 - 25% 67%
48 Managers, all other 1,360 $85,640 $43,020 - 132,580 7% 55%
49 Education administrators, postsecondary 1,350 $78,730 $36,310 - 129,970 14% 78%
50 Librarians 1,310 $51,150 $28,260 - 77,650 4% 85%
51 Engineering managers 1,270 $111,800 $68,830 - 163,190 7% 84%
52 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 1,240 $49,650 $24,370 - 94,480 15% 72%
53 Social and community service managers 1,230 $56,510 $28,250 - 88,150 25% 72%
54 Rehabilitation counselors 1,230 $36,410 $19,650 - 56,940 23% 73%
55 Coaches and scouts 1,220 $29,210 $15,420 - 53,420 15% 60%
56 Marketing managers 1,210 $111,640 $54,620 - 14% 69%
57 Occupational therapists 1,210 $58,440 $41,340 - 77,820 23% 90%
58 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,160 $34,440 $18,220 - 51,610 23% 54%
59 Advertising sales agents 1,150 $57,310 $24,410 - 99,790 20% 56%
60 Teachers and instructors, all other 1,150 $37,000 $16,990 - 63,010 9% 54%
61 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,130 $53,020 $32,830 - 81,430 18% 56%
62 Architects, except landscape and naval 1,070 $80,020 $46,530 - 120,420 18% 88%
63 Special education teachers, secondary school 1,040 $58,000 $38,480 - 83,450 9% 87%
64 Private detectives and investigators 990 $35,830 $25,130 - 54,270 18% 52%
65 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 990 $33,970 $22,290 - 52,160 34% 73%
66 Speech-language pathologists 840 $56,790 $34,080 - 82,090 11% 98%
67 Physician assistants 830 $66,960 $35,850 - 87,880 27% 67%
68 Special education teachers, middle school 820 $54,090 $36,880 - 78,680 16% 87%
69 Legislators 820 $30,800 $15,370 - 64,170 1% 65%
70 Instructional coordinators 790 $56,700 $32,450 - 80,110 23% 79%
71 Biological technicians 790 $35,180 $23,210 - 50,710 16% 60%
72 Database administrators 760 $60,390 $29,470 - 96,440 29% 72%
73 Financial specialists, all other 730 $64,960 $42,490 - 97,270 12% 50%
74 Detectives and criminal investigators 710 $62,900 $36,390 - 91,600 17% 54%
75 Editors 680 $51,420 $28,980 - 77,760 2% 81%
76 Computer specialists, all other 660 $68,760 $38,280 - 101,580 15% 68%
77 Commercial and industrial designers 660 $47,730 $23,840 - 75,910 7% 55%
78 Dentists, general 650 $151,300 $25,180 - 9% 100%
79 Tax preparers 650 $32,410 $16,720 - 50,870 -8% 54%
80 Floral designers 650 $23,220 $15,690 - 31,490 -9% 55%
81 Dietitians and nutritionists 640 $45,680 $34,970 - 58,900 9% 72%
82 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 630 $74,560 $32,020 - 111,500 16% 99%
83 Musicians and singers 630 $0 $ - 10% 53%
84 Environmental engineers 610 $73,710 $46,040 - 105,850 25% 86%
85 Reporters and correspondents 570 $41,040 $22,200 - 63,390 1% 85%
86 Insurance underwriters 550 $55,160 $35,800 - 88,500 6% 53%
87 Purchasing managers 540 $101,360 $56,480 - 144,450 3% 57%
88 Occupational health and safety specialists 530 $60,980 $37,560 - 90,170 8% 72%
89 Sales engineers 520 $78,130 $44,540 - 125,850 9% 79%
90 Materials engineers 520 $76,990 $53,710 - 105,210 4% 77%
91 Computer and information scientists, research 520 $60,250 $29,380 - 93,840 22% 68%
92 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 520 $31,970 $18,440 - 57,580 11% 55%
93 Operations research analysts 500 $59,940 $34,940 - 94,790 11% 71%
94 Credit analysts 470 $58,500 $30,800 - 87,520 2% 60%
95 Producers and directors 470 $58,370 $29,890 - 79,120 11% 75%
96 Surveyors 470 $47,170 $34,230 - 66,370 24% 82%
97 Veterinarians 460 $112,620 $71,460 - 35% 100%
98 Compensation and benefits managers 450 $88,850 $56,280 - 130,400 12% 58%
99 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 440 $47,820 $34,690 - 62,210 11% 58%
100 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 440 $37,240 $20,500 - 56,990 24% 78%

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 43,240 $24,130 $15,440 - 39,730 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 31,810 $26,190 $16,080 - 38,810 13% 19%
3 Cashiers 30,770 $18,080 $15,200 - 23,370 -3% 10%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 25,250 $18,360 $15,320 - 24,090 18% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 22,210 $18,230 $15,280 - 23,540 11% 14%
6 Customer service representatives 22,170 $31,070 $18,200 - 47,390 25% 22%
7 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 19,480 $25,540 $16,230 - 38,530 2% 5%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,830 $23,270 $15,820 - 34,120 15% 4%
9 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 15,570 $24,890 $17,980 - 31,970 18% 7%
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 15,520 $28,230 $18,760 - 39,620 1% 18%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 15,170 $30,970 $18,570 - 45,030 13% 16%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 13,740 $21,950 $15,640 - 32,090 -8% 8%
13 Home health aides 12,880 $21,230 $15,770 - 27,440 49% 7%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 11,540 $38,810 $23,940 - 58,830 10% 4%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 11,250 $34,470 $19,340 - 51,290 10% 6%
16 Receptionists and information clerks 10,390 $23,410 $16,240 - 31,900 17% 13%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 10,260 $49,160 $27,720 - 76,750 6% 29%
18 Construction laborers 9,150 $33,250 $19,470 - 51,640 11% 5%
19 Cooks, restaurant 8,480 $24,120 $17,000 - 32,090 12% 5%
20 Carpenters 8,020 $42,700 $26,520 - 61,740 10% 6%
21 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 7,990 $38,040 $25,430 - 53,060 15% 18%
22 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 7,980 $31,000 $16,860 - 52,770 8% 4%
23 Security guards 7,870 $23,690 $16,120 - 31,950 17% 13%
24 General and operations managers 7,570 $96,100 $43,330 - 2% 48%
25 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 7,380 $33,960 $19,890 - 50,520 14% 4%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 7,250 $43,500 $24,240 - 64,400 4% 25%
27 Teacher assistants 7,060 $21,100 $15,520 - 30,060 10% 18%
28 Bartenders 6,540 $18,460 $15,280 - 23,910 11% 17%
29 Bus drivers, school 6,440 $23,930 $16,140 - 35,420 9% 4%
30 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 6,270 $24,330 $15,940 - 37,490 18% 6%
31 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 6,230 $38,560 $29,010 - 49,310 14% 7%
32 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 6,190 $19,960 $15,700 - 25,590 13% 5%
33 Team assemblers 6,110 $28,120 $17,880 - 40,720 0% 5%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 6,090 $32,530 $18,950 - 48,480 11% 14%
35 Child care workers 6,050 $19,330 $15,290 - 25,800 18% 15%
36 Food preparation workers 5,930 $19,610 $15,560 - 25,560 15% 7%
37 Tellers 5,460 $22,410 $16,790 - 30,460 14% 16%
38 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 5,410 $50,190 $23,310 - 73,960 11% 33%
39 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 5,370 $21,800 $15,410 - 30,810 12% 6%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 5,030 $54,960 $33,280 - 83,710 -5% 15%
41 Dishwashers 4,990 $17,600 $15,340 - 21,220 10% 3%
42 Machinists 4,920 $35,840 $22,850 - 52,390 -3% 3%
43 Computer support specialists 4,890 $38,800 $25,340 - 55,490 13% 43%
44 Electricians 4,880 $50,030 $29,760 - 69,960 7% 7%
45 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 4,850 $29,510 $17,920 - 42,930 4% 6%
46 Packers and packagers, hand 4,740 $22,800 $15,660 - 37,340 -12% 3%
47 Helpers--production workers 4,680 $24,650 $16,540 - 36,160 -1% 4%
48 Medical assistants 4,670 $25,770 $19,390 - 32,630 35% 10%
49 Medical secretaries 4,550 $26,470 $19,150 - 34,330 17% 18%
50 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 4,460 $29,130 $20,460 - 39,980 4% 15%
51 Driver/sales workers 4,200 $23,970 $15,480 - 39,420 -5% 4%
52 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 4,160 $36,730 $22,090 - 56,250 -7% 14%
53 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 3,960 $46,690 $30,040 - 65,790 8% 3%
54 Pharmacy technicians 3,860 $25,780 $18,520 - 33,850 32% 16%
55 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 3,820 $19,790 $15,460 - 27,880 10% 17%
56 Industrial truck and tractor operators 3,790 $31,870 $20,770 - 46,060 -2% 2%
57 Bill and account collectors 3,790 $28,210 $21,000 - 39,380 23% 13%
58 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 3,780 $54,960 $31,580 - 78,710 11% 4%
59 Business operations specialists, all other 3,710 $58,400 $33,920 - 91,310 21% 49%
60 Counter and rental clerks 3,620 $23,400 $15,390 - 37,410 23% 16%
61 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 3,450 $17,800 $15,330 - 21,700 12% 6%
62 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 3,380 $22,600 $16,240 - 30,850 11% 5%
63 Postal service mail carriers 3,370 $0 $ - 1% 11%
64 Data entry keyers 3,360 $26,830 $18,160 - 40,860 -5% 18%
65 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 3,270 $62,230 $36,150 - 95,480 9% 10%
66 Insurance sales agents 3,200 $61,480 $27,450 - 107,250 13% 45%
67 Personal and home care aides 3,190 $19,970 $16,470 - 24,890 51% 10%
68 Telemarketers 3,180 $23,330 $15,840 - 31,820 -10% 14%
69 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 3,110 $36,810 $25,210 - 51,040 13% 4%
70 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 3,100 $30,620 $21,260 - 40,330 -15% 0%
71 Legal secretaries 2,960 $34,500 $22,060 - 48,860 12% 18%
72 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 2,960 $17,630 $15,320 - 22,310 10% 8%
73 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,950 $33,720 $23,440 - 46,010 5% 2%
74 Cooks, fast food 2,930 $17,370 $15,200 - 20,820 8% 5%
75 Physicians and surgeons, all other 2,840 $148,760 $47,350 - 0% 0%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 2,840 $61,160 $35,560 - 87,140 7% 13%
77 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 2,730 $29,190 $19,410 - 41,690 19% 14%
78 Cost estimators 2,650 $53,910 $33,210 - 78,980 19% 32%
79 Sales representatives, services, all other 2,580 $65,110 $33,200 - 109,260 28% 48%
80 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 2,580 $57,540 $34,800 - 82,250 9% 47%
81 Food servers, nonrestaurant 2,580 $18,680 $15,330 - 24,680 16% 9%
82 Industrial machinery mechanics 2,570 $44,920 $29,610 - 64,630 9% 5%
83 Loan officers 2,530 $53,470 $28,960 - 80,720 12% 49%
84 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 2,470 $41,520 $25,050 - 61,170 4% 30%
85 File clerks 2,460 $23,220 $16,090 - 31,550 -41% 20%
86 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 2,420 $53,560 $32,930 - 82,430 0% 42%
87 Word processors and typists 2,360 $26,890 $17,230 - 38,670 -12% 19%
88 Radiologic technologists and technicians 2,350 $46,000 $30,900 - 62,680 15% 25%
89 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 2,280 $37,090 $21,620 - 55,880 9% 3%
90 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 2,280 $34,150 $21,580 - 49,410 -1% 22%
91 Preschool teachers, except special education 2,270 $22,370 $15,670 - 31,390 26% 43%
92 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 2,200 $0 $ - -8% 12%
93 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 2,150 $48,980 $31,640 - 65,750 5% 8%
94 Recreation workers 2,120 $23,480 $15,480 - 34,190 13% 47%
95 Dental assistants 2,110 $29,790 $20,180 - 39,590 29% 9%
96 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 2,100 $19,030 $15,400 - 25,370 14% 3%
97 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 2,030 $28,600 $16,950 - 39,740 -5% 5%
98 Order clerks 1,950 $29,730 $18,730 - 45,110 -24% 16%
99 Bakers 1,940 $23,280 $15,740 - 31,620 10% 8%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 1,900 $86,990 $30,010 - 4% 38%
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Jobs More Common Near Pittsburgh Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 63,560 380 16.5
Mine cutting and channeling machine operators 33,210 180 16.4
Roof bolters, mining 45,050 100 13.7
Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders 38,470 990 10.5
Pourers and casters, metal 34,200 560 8.4
Bicycle repairers 23,900 160 7.7
Materials scientists 72,380 400 7.6
Gas plant operators 48,020 340 7.1
Occupational therapist aides 32,560 150 6.1
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 69,280 290 5.8
Private detectives and investigators 35,830 990 5.6
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 36,500 1,110 5.5
Automotive glass installers and repairers 27,710 170 4.8
Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders 33,370 390 4.5
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,080 590 4.2
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 49,610 100 4.1
Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 35,640 570 4.1
Parking enforcement workers 21,860 180 4
Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners 36,680 270 4
Postmasters and mail superintendents 59,650 320 4
Athletic trainers 36,180 320 3.9
Engineering teachers, postsecondary 101,310 410 3.7
Mental health counselors 33,390 2,990 3.6
Insurance appraisers, auto damage 45,040 210 3.5
Helpers--extraction workers 31,000 130 3.4
Materials engineers 76,990 520 3.3
Power plant operators 57,810 440 3.1
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 34,910 1,290 3
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 51,830 320 3
Occupational therapist assistants 43,240 540 3
Funeral attendants 23,500 550 3
Computer science teachers, postsecondary 92,270 610 2.9
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 49,650 1,240 2.9
Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 35,390 430 2.8
Vocational education teachers, middle school 57,070 190 2.8
Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary 60,780 220 2.8
Residential advisors 24,620 910 2.6
Computer and information scientists, research 60,250 520 2.6
Plant and system operators, all other 47,230 130 2.6
Commercial and industrial designers 47,730 660 2.6
Physics teachers, postsecondary 83,540 140 2.5
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 36,810 3,110 2.4
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 35,570 450 2.4
Podiatrists 90,420 140 2.4
Biomedical engineers 68,490 200 2.3
Anesthesiologists 168,330 370 2.3
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 44,330 1,540 2.3
Word processors and typists 26,890 2,360 2.3
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 23,870 220 2.2
Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary 91,560 100 2.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 58,390 1.38 120
Political science teachers, postsecondary 103,310 1.37 130
Sheet metal workers 57,040 1.37 1,000
Pipelayers 49,050 1.34 310
Public relations specialists 66,350 1.31 2,170
Veterinarians 112,620 1.3 460
Computer science teachers, postsecondary 92,270 1.28 610
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 37,140 1.28 190
Sales representatives, services, all other 65,110 1.26 2,580
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 33,310 1.25 440
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 86,990 1.25 1,900
Property, real estate, and community association managers 66,510 1.24 400
Motor vehicle operators, all other 35,010 1.24 220
Postsecondary teachers, all other 76,470 1.24 320
Advertising sales agents 57,310 1.22 1,150
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 36,810 1.21 3,110
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 37,630 1.2 820
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 54,960 1.19 3,780
Correctional officers and jailers 45,020 1.19 1,660
Structural iron and steel workers 54,280 1.19 530
English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 72,150 1.18 660
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 44,330 1.18 1,540
Internists, general 212,840 1.17 430
Maintenance workers, machinery 43,880 1.16 350
Meter readers, utilities 41,090 1.16 290
Transportation inspectors 72,350 1.16 220
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 65,220 1.15 17,330
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,980 1.15 1,180
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 46,780 1.15 1,070
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 34,680 1.15 1,230
Painters, construction and maintenance 39,360 1.15 1,430
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 25,410 1.15 460
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 44,160 1.15 320
Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers 34,920 1.14 390
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 22,230 1.14 1,110
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 92,180 1.14 710
Cement masons and concrete finishers 42,240 1.14 830
Industrial engineering technicians 55,160 1.14 550
Hazardous materials removal workers 43,840 1.14 220
Purchasing managers 101,360 1.14 540
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 83,120 1.14 260
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 28,120 1.13 1,220
History teachers, postsecondary 75,330 1.13 210
Fire fighters 47,730 1.13 1,120
Financial specialists, all other 64,960 1.13 730
Engineering teachers, postsecondary 101,310 1.13 410
Lawyers 115,390 1.13 4,600
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 31,970 1.13 520
Sales and related workers, all other 44,230 1.13 430
Biological science teachers, postsecondary 82,610 1.12 650

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