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Phoenix Employment

Employment and Industries in the Phoenix, Arizona Area

Phoenix, Arizona, is the sixth largest city in the United States. It is also the capital of Arizona, the county seat of Maricopa County, Arizona's largest city, and the largest capital city in the United States (even larger than Washington, D.C.). According to 2004 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area is the fourteenth largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States. As one might expect, the Phoenix metropolitan area has a robust economy. All thirteen of the Fortune 1000 company headquarters that are located in Arizona are located in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Inc. magazine ranked the Phoenix metropolitan area sixth on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category in both 2005 and 2006. Since the inception of the Inc. "Best Cities for Doing Business" list in 2004, Phoenix has never ranked lower than twelfth. The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Greater Phoenix also ranked 2nd on Expansion Management's list of "America's Hottest Cities" in January of 2003.

As one might expect for a city that is both a state capital, and a county seat, government is a major force in the economy of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The state of Arizona is the largest employer in the Phoenix area. The U.S. military also has a large presence in the area. Luke Air Force Base is located in Phoenix's western suburbs. Tourism and recreation are also a major industry, with an especially vibrant golf industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around Phoenix include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Government
  • Educational and Health Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing

Higher education helps to fuel the Phoenix economy with a well educated work force. There are over 440,000 students attending over forty colleges and universities in the greater Phoenix area. 26% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Phoenix is also a major transportation and distribution hub. According to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, "virtually every major population and distribution center in the western United States can be accessed from Greater Phoenix in less than two hours by air, and two days via truck or rail." The Phoenix metropolitan area is served by the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is one of the busiest airports in the world.

Some major companies in the Phoenix metropolitan area include:

  • Allied Waste Industries
  • Amkor Technology
  • Apollo Group
  • Avnet
  • Best Western
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • CSK Auto
  • Fender Musical Instruments
  • Giant Industries
  • Insight Enterprises
  • Meritage Homes
  • PetSmart
  • Phelps Dodge
  • Pinnacle West Capital
  • Swift Transportation
  • US Airways Group
  • U-Haul

Many other large corporations who are not based in Phoenix still have very substantial operations in the Phoenix area, including: American Express, Honeywell, Intel, and Motorola.

Some of the major business organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area include:

The Business Journal of Phoenix, the Arizona Business Gazette, the "Money & Tech Section" of the Arizona Republic, and the "Business Section" of the East Valley Tribune are excellent sources of information on business in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Jobs in Phoenix

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1935280 $47540 $22.85 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 343570 $37050 $17.81 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 221480 $37380 $17.97 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 179090 $23020 $11.07 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 119760 $36720 $17.65 6.45
6 Management Occupations 111460 $105390 $50.67 6.05
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 108850 $67270 $32.34 5.05
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 107250 $77700 $37.36 5.75
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 92420 $45520 $21.89 6.15
10 Production Occupations 86160 $36420 $17.51 5.85
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 78310 $44570 $21.43 4.4
12 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76340 $81190 $39.03 2.8
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 74510 $45150 $21.71 3.8
14 Customer Service Representatives 69170 $33590 $16.15 1.75
15 Retail Salespersons 67450 $25570 $12.3 3.1
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 65200 $26110 $12.55 4.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 55070 $26200 $12.6 3.7
18 Protective Service Occupations 52380 $44700 $21.49 2.25
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 46620 $32020 $15.39 3.05
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 44930 $20120 $9.68 2.15
21 Cashiers 44630 $21910 $10.53 2.25
22 Registered Nurses 37120 $74930 $36.03 1.9
23 Waiters and Waitresses 36870 $22420 $10.78 1.6
24 Office Clerks, General 36220 $35170 $16.91 2
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 35450 $81060 $38.97 1.65
26 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33840 $29000 $13.94 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 32210 $103090 $49.56 1.4
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29630 $35910 $17.26 1.6
29 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 28260 $53900 $25.91 1
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 28190 $45520 $21.88 1.65
31 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26720 $26490 $12.73 1.2
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26150 $24660 $11.85 1.6
33 Personal Care Aides 25490 $22310 $10.73 1.3
34 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 23350 $51240 $24.63 1.7
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 18810 $42340 $20.36 1
36 Security Guards 17830 $29580 $14.22 0.7
37 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 17760 $43410 $20.87 1.2
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 17710 $62450 $30.02 1
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 16650 $39060 $18.78 1.1
40 Cooks, Restaurant 16410 $25160 $12.1 0.75
41 Accountants and Auditors 16270 $68650 $33 0.9
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 16160 $36470 $17.53 0.9
43 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 16120 $52410 $25.2 0.6
44 Legal Occupations 14910 $99720 $47.94 0.8
45 Cooks, Fast Food 13660 $20350 $9.78 0.3
46 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 13380 $25970 $12.49 0.8
47 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 13230 $33590 $16.15 0.6
48 Computer Systems Analysts 12900 $91080 $43.79 0.4
49 Construction Laborers 12590 $33670 $16.19 0.8
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 12590 $28790 $13.84 0.7
51 Medical Assistants 12260 $33990 $16.34 0.45
52 Software Developers, Applications 12190 $94490 $45.43 0.5
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 11460 $37230 $17.9 0.6
54 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 11190 $65940 $31.7 0.9
55 Computer User Support Specialists 10980 $50080 $24.08 0.4
56 Home Health Aides 10770 $24000 $11.54 0.7
57 Telemarketers 10520 $28190 $13.55 0.15
58 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 10030 $63320 $30.44 0.4
59 Medical Secretaries 9930 $33530 $16.12 0.4
60 Correctional Officers and Jailers 9920 $43920 $21.11 0.3
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 9240 $41300 $19.86 0.5
62 Billing and Posting Clerks 9130 $36150 $17.38 0.35
63 Nursing Assistants 8950 $30400 $14.61 1.05
64 Sales Managers 8770 $113110 $54.38 0.2
65 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 8750 $22400 $10.77 1
66 Financial Managers 8730 $116760 $56.13 0.4
67 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 8720 $64810 $31.16 0.35
68 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 8650 $68340 $32.86 0.7
69 Loan Officers 8510 $68060 $32.72 0.2
70 Management Analysts 8460 $77510 $37.26 0.5
71 Software Developers, Systems Software 8260 $96490 $46.39 0.3
72 Electricians 8230 $50020 $24.05 0.4
73 Food Preparation Workers 8110 $22200 $10.67 0.6
74 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 8090 $52950 $25.46 0.5
75 Lawyers 7960 $136120 $65.44 0.5
76 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 7890 $41710 $20.05 0.1
77 Human Resources Specialists 7710 $56320 $27.08 0.3
78 Counter and Rental Clerks 7710 $27230 $13.09 0.3
79 Packers and Packagers, Hand 7640 $24250 $11.66 0.45
80 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 7590 $33030 $15.88 0.4
81 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 7530 $66070 $31.76 0.45
82 Bill and Account Collectors 7500 $38270 $18.4 0.2
83 Insurance Sales Agents 7370 $48590 $23.36 0.3
84 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 7270 $57350 $27.57 0.2
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7270 $59400 $28.56 0.3
86 Bartenders 7190 $24800 $11.92 0.4
87 Team Assemblers 7110 $28610 $13.75 0.75
88 Carpenters 7100 $42430 $20.4 0.6
89 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 6940 $34080 $16.38 0.35
90 Dishwashers 6880 $20330 $9.78 0.3
91 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 6770 $58080 $27.92 0.4
92 Pharmacy Technicians 6730 $33580 $16.14 0.25
93 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 6660 $22500 $10.82 0.3
94 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6380 $20730 $9.97 0.25
95 Childcare Workers 6320 $22250 $10.7 0.8
96 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 6110 $47320 $22.75 0.2
97 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 5990 $21960 $10.56 0.3
98 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 5910 $82780 $39.8 0.2
99 Driver/Sales Workers 5900 $26750 $12.86 0.3
100 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 5730 $83480 $40.14 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Phoenix Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,540 1,935,280
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,050 343,570
Sales and Related Occupations 37,380 221,480
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,020 179,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,720 119,760
Management Occupations 105,390 111,460
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,270 108,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,700 107,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,520 92,420
Production Occupations 36,420 86,160
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,570 78,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 81,190 76,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,150 74,510
Customer Service Representatives 33,590 69,170
Retail Salespersons 25,570 67,450
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,110 65,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,200 55,070
Protective Service Occupations 44,700 52,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,020 46,620
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,120 44,930
Cashiers 21,910 44,630
Registered Nurses 74,930 37,120
Waiters and Waitresses 22,420 36,870
Office Clerks, General 35,170 36,220
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,060 35,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,000 33,840
General and Operations Managers 103,090 32,210
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,910 29,630
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,900 28,260
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,520 28,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,490 26,720
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,660 26,150
Personal Care Aides 22,310 25,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 51,240 23,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,340 18,810
Security Guards 29,580 17,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,410 17,760
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,450 17,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,060 16,650
Cooks, Restaurant 25,160 16,410
Accountants and Auditors 68,650 16,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,470 16,160
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 52,410 16,120
Legal Occupations 99,720 14,910
Cooks, Fast Food 20,350 13,660
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,970 13,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,590 13,230
Computer Systems Analysts 91,080 12,900
Construction Laborers 33,670 12,590
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,790 12,590

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Phoenix, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,540 1,935,280
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,050 343,570
Sales and Related Occupations 37,380 221,480
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,720 119,760
Management Occupations 105,390 111,460
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,270 108,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,700 107,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,520 92,420
Production Occupations 36,420 86,160
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,570 78,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 81,190 76,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,150 74,510
Customer Service Representatives 33,590 69,170
Retail Salespersons 25,570 67,450
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,110 65,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,200 55,070
Protective Service Occupations 44,700 52,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,020 46,620
Registered Nurses 74,930 37,120
Office Clerks, General 35,170 36,220
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,060 35,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,000 33,840
General and Operations Managers 103,090 32,210
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,910 29,630
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,900 28,260
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,520 28,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,490 26,720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 51,240 23,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,340 18,810
Security Guards 29,580 17,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,410 17,760
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,450 17,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,060 16,650
Cooks, Restaurant 25,160 16,410
Accountants and Auditors 68,650 16,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,470 16,160
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 52,410 16,120
Legal Occupations 99,720 14,910
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,970 13,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,590 13,230
Computer Systems Analysts 91,080 12,900
Construction Laborers 33,670 12,590
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,790 12,590
Medical Assistants 33,990 12,260
Software Developers, Applications 94,490 12,190
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,230 11,460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,940 11,190
Computer User Support Specialists 50,080 10,980
Telemarketers 28,190 10,520
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 63,320 10,030

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