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Miami Employment

Employment and Industries in the Miami, Florida Area

Long associated with tourism, the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metropolitan area has an economy that expands way beyond tourism. The Miami area is home to many Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Miami area is Lennar. Probably the most famous company with their headquarters in the area is Ryder System.

Because of its proximity to Central and South America, Miami is the headquarters for the Latin American operations of many major corporations, including American Airlines, Cisco, Disney, Exxon, FedEx, Microsoft, Oracle, SBC Communications and Sony. For similar reasons, Miami is also a major financial center. The Miami area has over 150 financial institutions, the largest concentration of banks south of New York City.

According to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, aproximately 60% of all U.S. trade with Central America flows though Miami, 46% of Caribbean trade, and 27% of trade with South America.

Miami is one of eleven U.S. global cities (world city or world-class city). The Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network ranks cities in three tiers, alpha, beta, and gamma (from the highest tier to the third tier). Miami is ranked a "Gamma World City" by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network, on a par with Atlanta, and Minneapolis.

Business honors and awards received by the Miami area include:

  • The Miami area ranked 35th among the 50 top large U.S. cities on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • The Miami area ranked 26th on Expansion Management magazine's list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities".
  • The Miami metropolitan area has ranked 18th among U.S. Cities in the large cities category on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business". Miami has been ranked in the top thirty for all three years of the survey (2004-2006).
  • In a 2005 study done by the Milikin Institute, the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area was ranked 73rd among two hundred U.S. cities as a "2005 Best Performing Cities - 200 Largest Metros".

Major industries in the Miami area include:

  • Financial services
  • International trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism

The Port of Miami is known as the "cruise ship capital of the world". It is also one of the busiest cargo ports in the United States. It is the second largest port in terms of tonnage to and from Latin America.

For the business traveler, the Miami area is served by the Miami International Airport (MIA). MIA has the third largest international passenger traffic in the United States. The Miami area is also served by the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is one of the fastest growing airports in the United States and ranked 23rd in terms of passenger volume.

Companies with headquarters in the Miami area include:

  • Alienware
  • Autonation
  • Burger King
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Citrix Systems
  • DHL
  • Lennar
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Ryder System
  • Ryder Systems
  • World Fuel Services

Government, at the county (Miami-Dade), federal, and state level are the largest employers in the Miami area. The largest private employers include Baptist Health South Florida, the University of Miami, American Airlines, United Parcel Service, and BellSouth.

Business and trade organizations and associations in the Miami area include:

The Daily Business Review, South Florida CEO the "Business Section" of the Miami Herald, and the "Business Section" of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel are all good sources of information on the business community in the Miami area.

Jobs in Miami

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2561390$46,860$22.53100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations455700$36,000$17.3114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations340720$40,370$19.419.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations257860$25,580$12.38.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations153750$75,160$36.145.8
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations139630$71,820$34.535.25
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations122000$50,140$24.116.05
8Management Occupations108930$120,760$58.066.15
9Retail Salespersons106550$26,250$12.622.85
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations105950$43,630$20.983.8
11Construction and Extraction Occupations98240$42,010$20.24.45
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations95240$25,470$12.243.65
13Protective Service Occupations84580$44,740$21.512.2
14Production Occupations84330$32,780$15.765.7
15Healthcare Support Occupations72580$30,770$14.793
16Cashiers69630$21,080$10.142.2
17Customer Service Representatives69410$32,700$15.721.75
18Personal Care and Service Occupations66600$28,250$13.584.3
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food61790$20,510$9.862.3
20Office Clerks, General59810$31,780$15.281.9
21Waiters and Waitresses56720$27,680$13.311.7
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations55820$75,980$36.532.9
23Registered Nurses54350$67,340$32.381.95
24Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive51480$36,020$17.321.5
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers45900$25,990$12.491.3
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand45880$30,100$14.471.7
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners40720$23,350$11.231.55
28Security Guards38480$24,860$11.950.7
29Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products37010$58,740$28.240.9
30Legal Occupations36950$99,280$47.730.8
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations34240$54,850$26.371.8
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers31770$56,850$27.330.95
33General and Operations Managers30780$125,400$60.291.5
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks30120$40,630$19.531.05
35Cooks, Restaurant29930$28,090$13.50.8
36Community and Social Service Occupations29830$44,410$21.351.65
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General28380$36,030$17.320.9
38Receptionists and Information Clerks27480$29,290$14.080.7
39Accountants and Auditors25780$74,240$35.690.9
40Architecture and Engineering Occupations25700$74,310$35.731.7
41Sales Representatives, Services, All Other25130$55,260$26.570.6
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers24750$47,400$22.791
43Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers24060$41,050$19.731.2
44Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners23890$22,720$10.920.9
45Nursing Assistants23700$25,250$12.141
46Business Operations Specialists, All Other22690$71,670$34.460.7
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers20730$26,490$12.740.8
48Lawyers20600$136,570$65.660.5
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers19020$34,060$16.380.6
50Food Preparation Workers18420$24,170$11.620.6
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers17500$38,540$18.530.6
52Medical Assistants16940$33,100$15.910.45
53Construction Laborers16270$31,060$14.930.8
54Packers and Packagers, Hand15960$23,200$11.150.45
55Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers13440$71,380$34.320.4
56Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics13350$41,750$20.070.5
57Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop12890$21,010$10.10.3
58Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers12680$29,090$13.980
59Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks12660$31,040$14.920.4
60Paralegals and Legal Assistants12420$50,580$24.320.2
61Carpenters12310$40,100$19.280.7
62Dishwashers12140$21,200$10.190.3
63Childcare Workers12110$22,410$10.770.8
64Bartenders11240$27,440$13.190.4
65Management Analysts11200$80,420$38.670.5
66Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents11160$88,860$42.720.2
67Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses11040$45,680$21.960.5
68Computer User Support Specialists10720$47,430$22.810.4
69Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists10680$67,910$32.650.4
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers10560$68,450$32.910.4
71Home Health Aides10400$23,610$11.350.7
72Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers10390$21,340$10.260.3
73Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants10290$55,750$26.80.35
74Electricians10210$45,480$21.870.4
75Human Resources Specialists10070$59,580$28.650.35
76Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations9980$65,650$31.560.8
77Insurance Sales Agents9860$71,640$34.440.3
78Software Developers, Applications9660$90,280$43.40.55
79Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop9350$22,560$10.850.3
80Billing and Posting Clerks9200$36,230$17.420.3
81Parking Lot Attendants9050$20,950$10.070.1
82Tellers8970$30,700$14.760.3
83Telemarketers8820$25,400$12.210.1
84First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers8470$64,730$31.120.3
85Pharmacy Technicians8470$32,200$15.480.3
86Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers8440$66,430$31.940.2
87Financial Managers8280$146,060$70.220.4
88Counter and Rental Clerks8000$30,520$14.670.3
89Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products7850$86,410$41.550.2
90First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers7640$91,250$43.870.3
91Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers7380$43,920$21.120.2
92Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists7320$34,090$16.390.4
93Firefighters7250$66,290$31.870.2
94Medical Secretaries7040$34,720$16.690.4
95First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers6920$56,800$27.310.4
96Correctional Officers and Jailers6870$54,150$26.030.25
97Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks6800$35,110$16.880.1
98Compliance Officers6670$70,350$33.820.2
99Construction Managers6670$105,400$50.670.3
100Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education6640$30,140$14.490.3
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Jobs More Common Near Miami Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,8602,561,390
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,000455,700
Sales and Related Occupations$40,370340,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,580257,860
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,160153,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,820139,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,140122,000
Management Occupations$120,760108,930
Retail Salespersons$26,250106,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,630105,950
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,01098,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,47095,240
Protective Service Occupations$44,74084,580
Production Occupations$32,78084,330
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,77072,580
Cashiers$21,08069,630
Customer Service Representatives$32,70069,410
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,25066,600
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,51061,790
Office Clerks, General$31,78059,810
Waiters and Waitresses$27,68056,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,98055,820
Registered Nurses$67,34054,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,02051,480
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,99045,900
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,10045,880
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,35040,720
Security Guards$24,86038,480
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,74037,010
Legal Occupations$99,28036,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,85034,240
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,85031,770
General and Operations Managers$125,40030,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,63030,120
Cooks, Restaurant$28,09029,930
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,41029,830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,03028,380
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,29027,480
Accountants and Auditors$74,24025,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,31025,700
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,26025,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,40024,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,05024,060
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,72023,890
Nursing Assistants$25,25023,700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,67022,690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,49020,730
Lawyers$136,57020,600
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,06019,020
Food Preparation Workers$24,17018,420

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Miami, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,8602,561,390
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,000455,700
Sales and Related Occupations$40,370340,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,580257,860
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,160153,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,820139,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,140122,000
Management Occupations$120,760108,930
Retail Salespersons$26,250106,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,630105,950
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,01098,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,47095,240
Protective Service Occupations$44,74084,580
Production Occupations$32,78084,330
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,77072,580
Customer Service Representatives$32,70069,410
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,25066,600
Office Clerks, General$31,78059,810
Waiters and Waitresses$27,68056,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,98055,820
Registered Nurses$67,34054,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,02051,480
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,99045,900
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,10045,880
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,74037,010
Legal Occupations$99,28036,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,85034,240
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,85031,770
General and Operations Managers$125,40030,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,63030,120
Cooks, Restaurant$28,09029,930
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,41029,830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,03028,380
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,29027,480
Accountants and Auditors$74,24025,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,31025,700
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,26025,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,40024,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,05024,060
Nursing Assistants$25,25023,700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,67022,690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,49020,730
Lawyers$136,57020,600
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,06019,020
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,54017,500
Medical Assistants$33,10016,940
Construction Laborers$31,06016,270
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$71,38013,440
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,75013,350
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,09012,680

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