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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2054550$50,520$24.29100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations354110$38,900$18.713.75
3Sales and Related Occupations218950$40,340$19.399.5
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations185680$27,730$13.338.7
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations132140$39,670$19.076.7
6Management Occupations127780$109,030$52.426.35
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations120850$68,320$32.855.35
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations115010$85,110$40.925.85
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations96290$47,660$22.926
10Construction and Extraction Occupations93070$46,180$22.24.6
11Production Occupations86950$38,060$18.35.6
12Personal Care and Service Occupations82800$27,500$13.224.65
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations79230$47,620$22.93.75
14Customer Service Representatives79070$35,850$17.231.75
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations75730$83,860$40.323
16Retail Salespersons67760$27,160$13.062.7
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations60700$28,370$13.643.6
18Healthcare Support Occupations52760$33,300$16.012.85
19Protective Service Occupations50450$46,120$22.182.2
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food44180$23,870$11.472.45
21Cashiers43640$25,050$12.042.2
22General and Operations Managers38450$107,730$51.791.5
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations38340$83,070$39.941.7
24Registered Nurses38270$78,080$37.541.95
25Office Clerks, General36480$37,960$18.251.9
26Personal Care Aides36440$24,570$11.811.7
27Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand35790$31,880$15.331.8
28Waiters and Waitresses33260$30,930$14.871.65
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive32610$37,070$17.821.4
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers31410$29,420$14.141.25
31Community and Social Service Occupations28220$46,250$22.241.75
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers27220$56,050$26.950.95
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25820$26,310$12.651.5
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations24900$56,200$27.021.8
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers18900$46,160$22.191.2
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General18880$39,200$18.850.9
37Security Guards17890$29,440$14.160.7
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers17590$41,780$20.090.95
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks17260$41,840$20.111.05
40Sales Representatives, Services, All Other17220$55,510$26.690.7
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products17120$65,150$31.320.85
42Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers16560$28,720$13.810.75
43Cooks, Restaurant15970$29,340$14.110.9
44Accountants and Auditors15940$70,400$33.840.9
45Legal Occupations15860$100,500$48.320.8
46Receptionists and Information Clerks15840$30,720$14.770.7
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers15140$35,760$17.190.6
48Construction Laborers14300$37,420$17.990.9
49Home Health Aides14080$25,430$12.220.6
50Cooks, Fast Food13790$23,680$11.390.3
51Computer User Support Specialists13430$52,510$25.250.4
52Medical Assistants12990$34,090$16.390.45
53Software Developers, Applications12740$99,900$48.030.65
54Business Operations Specialists, All Other11920$67,600$32.50.7
55Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations11790$66,130$31.790.8
56Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers11730$30,830$14.820.8
57First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers11680$64,760$31.140.4
58Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers11550$39,970$19.210.6
59Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists11120$63,500$30.530.45
60Food Preparation Workers10850$24,960$120.5
61Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners10140$24,820$11.930.9
62Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop9940$25,530$12.270.3
63Carpenters9800$44,750$21.520.6
64Computer Systems Analysts9650$89,990$43.260.4
65Electricians9630$48,040$23.10.45
66Nursing Assistants9590$31,910$15.340.95
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics9360$45,140$21.70.5
68Financial Managers9270$122,080$58.690.4
69Management Analysts9180$86,680$41.670.55
70Sales Managers9010$115,950$55.750.3
71Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators8910$67,910$32.650.2
72Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators8730$36,430$17.510.4
73Billing and Posting Clerks8680$38,890$18.70.3
74Medical Secretaries8620$37,180$17.870.4
75Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants8580$56,420$27.130.35
76Human Resources Specialists8520$61,630$29.630.4
77Correctional Officers and Jailers8460$45,060$21.660.25
78Packers and Packagers, Hand8110$27,350$13.150.4
79Bartenders7910$32,420$15.590.4
80Loan Officers7850$62,030$29.820.2
81Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks7810$34,560$16.620.4
82Software Developers, Systems Software7700$102,300$49.180.3
83Driver/Sales Workers7640$30,480$14.650.3
84First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers7620$65,170$31.330.3
85Childcare Workers7570$25,370$12.20.7
86Telemarketers7570$30,270$14.550.1
87Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7540$67,890$32.640.4
88Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists7350$28,850$13.870.4
89Lawyers7340$154,200$74.140.5
90Bill and Account Collectors7290$36,100$17.360.15
91Dishwashers7230$24,300$11.680.3
92First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers7070$61,160$29.40.4
93Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters6840$50,090$24.080.3
94Computer Occupations, All Other6680$86,660$41.660.3
95Loan Interviewers and Clerks6670$40,760$19.590.1
96Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products6600$85,060$40.890.2
97Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents6540$76,370$36.720.3
98Training and Development Specialists6520$60,960$29.310.2
99Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers6500$26,810$12.890.3
100Administrative Services Managers6460$91,770$44.120.2
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Phoenix Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,5202,054,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,900354,110
Sales and Related Occupations$40,340218,950
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,730185,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$39,670132,140
Management Occupations$109,030127,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,320120,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,110115,010
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,66096,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,18093,070
Production Occupations$38,06086,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,50082,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,62079,230
Customer Service Representatives$35,85079,070
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,86075,730
Retail Salespersons$27,16067,760
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,37060,700
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,30052,760
Protective Service Occupations$46,12050,450
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,87044,180
Cashiers$25,05043,640
General and Operations Managers$107,73038,450
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,07038,340
Registered Nurses$78,08038,270
Office Clerks, General$37,96036,480
Personal Care Aides$24,57036,440
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,88035,790
Waiters and Waitresses$30,93033,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,07032,610
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,42031,410
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,25028,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,05027,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,31025,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,20024,900
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,16018,900
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,20018,880
Security Guards$29,44017,890
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,78017,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,84017,260
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,51017,220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,15017,120
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,72016,560
Cooks, Restaurant$29,34015,970
Accountants and Auditors$70,40015,940
Legal Occupations$100,50015,860
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,72015,840
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,76015,140
Construction Laborers$37,42014,300
Home Health Aides$25,43014,080
Cooks, Fast Food$23,68013,790

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,5202,054,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,900354,110
Sales and Related Occupations$40,340218,950
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,730185,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$39,670132,140
Management Occupations$109,030127,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,320120,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,110115,010
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,66096,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,18093,070
Production Occupations$38,06086,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,50082,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,62079,230
Customer Service Representatives$35,85079,070
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,86075,730
Retail Salespersons$27,16067,760
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,37060,700
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,30052,760
Protective Service Occupations$46,12050,450
Cashiers$25,05043,640
General and Operations Managers$107,73038,450
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,07038,340
Registered Nurses$78,08038,270
Office Clerks, General$37,96036,480
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,88035,790
Waiters and Waitresses$30,93033,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,07032,610
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,42031,410
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,25028,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,05027,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,31025,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,20024,900
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,16018,900
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,20018,880
Security Guards$29,44017,890
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,78017,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,84017,260
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,51017,220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,15017,120
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,72016,560
Cooks, Restaurant$29,34015,970
Accountants and Auditors$70,40015,940
Legal Occupations$100,50015,860
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,72015,840
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,76015,140
Construction Laborers$37,42014,300
Home Health Aides$25,43014,080
Computer User Support Specialists$52,51013,430
Medical Assistants$34,09012,990
Software Developers, Applications$99,90012,740

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