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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1980010$49,500$23.8100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations343990$37,920$18.2314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations219130$38,770$18.649.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations182030$25,630$12.328.55
5Management Occupations127160$104,670$50.326.15
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations120890$38,770$18.646.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations114590$83,670$40.235.8
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations113350$69,050$33.25.25
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations92890$47,010$22.66.05
10Production Occupations84410$36,880$17.735.7
11Construction and Extraction Occupations81560$44,730$21.54.45
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations76520$46,060$22.143.8
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations76010$83,900$40.342.9
14Customer Service Representatives73250$34,710$16.691.75
15Personal Care and Service Occupations68510$27,250$13.14.3
16Retail Salespersons64950$26,250$12.622.85
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations58510$27,500$13.223.65
18Protective Service Occupations52050$45,520$21.892.2
19Healthcare Support Occupations49330$32,160$15.463
20Cashiers46310$23,730$11.412.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food42500$22,490$10.822.3
22Registered Nurses38670$76,140$36.611.95
23General and Operations Managers37890$102,240$49.161.5
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations36210$81,400$39.141.7
25Waiters and Waitresses34310$26,090$12.541.7
26Office Clerks, General33890$36,390$17.51.9
27Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand31610$30,780$14.81.7
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive30630$36,520$17.561.5
29Community and Social Service Occupations29370$45,980$22.11.65
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers28050$28,110$13.511.3
31First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers27570$54,890$26.390.95
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25640$25,850$12.431.55
33Personal Care Aides25490$23,450$11.281.5
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations23860$53,510$25.731.8
35First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers18460$41,740$20.071
36Security Guards18170$28,230$13.570.7
37Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers17250$45,440$21.841.2
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products16590$65,180$31.330.9
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General16510$37,810$18.180.9
40Cooks, Restaurant16270$27,740$13.340.8
41Cooks, Fast Food16110$22,710$10.920.3
42Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks15890$40,290$19.371.05
43Sales Representatives, Services, All Other15780$52,260$25.120.6
44Accountants and Auditors15450$71,300$34.280.9
45Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers14810$27,510$13.230.8
46Legal Occupations14800$103,720$49.870.8
47Receptionists and Information Clerks13700$29,820$14.340.7
48Construction Laborers13520$34,100$16.390.8
49First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers13350$34,960$16.810.6
50Software Developers, Applications13210$97,960$47.10.55
51Home Health Aides12830$23,840$11.460.7
52Medical Assistants12290$33,570$16.140.45
53Business Operations Specialists, All Other12250$65,000$31.250.7
54Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations11760$65,150$31.320.8
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers11460$38,070$18.30.6
56Computer User Support Specialists11120$50,740$24.390.4
57Computer Systems Analysts11100$89,510$43.030.4
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners10460$23,790$11.440.9
59First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers10450$62,960$30.270.4
60Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers10210$30,370$14.60
61Food Preparation Workers10140$23,650$11.370.6
62Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics9940$43,980$21.150.5
63Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop9410$24,480$11.770.3
64Correctional Officers and Jailers9390$45,380$21.820.25
65Sales Managers9310$112,820$54.240.2
66Telemarketers9260$31,020$14.920.1
67Nursing Assistants9220$31,030$14.921
68Financial Managers9140$116,660$56.090.4
69Medical Secretaries8980$36,270$17.440.4
70Management Analysts8950$82,710$39.770.5
71Billing and Posting Clerks8810$37,820$18.180.3
72Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists8610$67,350$32.380.4
73Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators8340$68,230$32.80.2
74Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants8230$54,870$26.380.35
75Carpenters8180$44,680$21.480.7
76Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators7990$34,900$16.780.35
77Human Resources Specialists7950$59,800$28.750.35
78Electricians7890$49,450$23.780.4
79Software Developers, Systems Software7890$102,940$49.490.3
80Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks7780$33,360$16.040.4
81Loan Interviewers and Clerks7680$41,200$19.810.15
82Lawyers7630$146,180$70.280.5
83Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7600$69,370$33.350.4
84Packers and Packagers, Hand7570$25,870$12.440.45
85Bartenders7420$30,230$14.530.4
86Bill and Account Collectors7410$35,210$16.930.2
87Childcare Workers7390$24,570$11.810.8
88Pharmacy Technicians7330$33,440$16.080.3
89Loan Officers7240$71,500$34.370.2
90First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers6920$60,950$29.30.3
91Dishwashers6890$22,840$10.980.3
92Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers6870$25,010$12.030.3
93First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers6870$58,050$27.910.4
94Counter and Rental Clerks6760$26,630$12.80.3
95Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop6500$22,730$10.930.3
96Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents6450$68,780$33.070.2
97Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products6290$81,950$39.40.2
98Insurance Sales Agents6190$68,600$32.980.3
99Administrative Services Managers6150$91,660$44.070.2
100Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers6140$47,440$22.810.2
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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$49,5001,980,010
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,920343,990
Sales and Related Occupations$38,770219,130
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,630182,030
Management Occupations$104,670127,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,770120,890
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,670114,590
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,050113,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,01092,890
Production Occupations$36,88084,410
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,73081,560
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,06076,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,90076,010
Customer Service Representatives$34,71073,250
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,25068,510
Retail Salespersons$26,25064,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,50058,510
Protective Service Occupations$45,52052,050
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,16049,330
Cashiers$23,73046,310
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,49042,500
Registered Nurses$76,14038,670
General and Operations Managers$102,24037,890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,40036,210
Waiters and Waitresses$26,09034,310
Office Clerks, General$36,39033,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,78031,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,52030,630
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,98029,370
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,11028,050
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,89027,570
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,85025,640
Personal Care Aides$23,45025,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,51023,860
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,74018,460
Security Guards$28,23018,170
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,44017,250
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,18016,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,81016,510
Cooks, Restaurant$27,74016,270
Cooks, Fast Food$22,71016,110
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,29015,890
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$52,26015,780
Accountants and Auditors$71,30015,450
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,51014,810
Legal Occupations$103,72014,800
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,82013,700
Construction Laborers$34,10013,520
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,96013,350
Software Developers, Applications$97,96013,210

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$49,5001,980,010
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,920343,990
Sales and Related Occupations$38,770219,130
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,630182,030
Management Occupations$104,670127,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,770120,890
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,670114,590
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,050113,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,01092,890
Production Occupations$36,88084,410
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,73081,560
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,06076,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,90076,010
Customer Service Representatives$34,71073,250
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,25068,510
Retail Salespersons$26,25064,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,50058,510
Protective Service Occupations$45,52052,050
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,16049,330
Registered Nurses$76,14038,670
General and Operations Managers$102,24037,890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,40036,210
Waiters and Waitresses$26,09034,310
Office Clerks, General$36,39033,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,78031,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,52030,630
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,98029,370
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,11028,050
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,89027,570
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,85025,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,51023,860
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,74018,460
Security Guards$28,23018,170
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,44017,250
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,18016,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,81016,510
Cooks, Restaurant$27,74016,270
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,29015,890
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$52,26015,780
Accountants and Auditors$71,30015,450
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,51014,810
Legal Occupations$103,72014,800
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,82013,700
Construction Laborers$34,10013,520
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,96013,350
Software Developers, Applications$97,96013,210
Medical Assistants$33,57012,290
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$65,00012,250
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,15011,760
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,07011,460

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