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Palm Bay Employment

Employment and Industries in the Palm Bay, Florida Area

Tourism and high-technology are significant factors for the Palm Bay region's economy. The major sectors for jobs in Palm Bay include healthcare, tourism, manufacturing, computer and electronic products, construction, government as well as professional, scientific and technical services. About 31% of the workforce have sales and office jobs. In addition, the city is pursuing growth and jobs in the hi-tech district.

The county includes numerous prominent high tech/aerospace employers including United Space Alliance, Space Gateway Support, Boeing, NASA/Kennedy Space Center Contractors, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell-Collins, Bamsi and USBI.

Some of the most popular jobs in the Palm Bay region where the majority of the workers are college graduates are computer software applications engineers, aerospace engineers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, industrial engineers, management analysts, electrical engineers, computer software systems engineers, mechanical engineers and computer programmers.

The largest employers in the Palm Bay region include:

  • Harris Corporation
  • Intersil
  • DRS Optronics
  • MC Assembly
  • Walmart
  • Palm Bay Community Hospital
  • Holmes Regional Medical Center
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Winn Dixie Supermarkets
  • City of Palm Bay

Noteworthy information about Palm Bay: Approximately 17% of the residents over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index in Palm Bay was 87.1. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $44,000. The area includes a large retiree population.

Palm Bay companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

FloridaToday.com offers current information regarding the business activities in Palm Bay.

Jobs in Palm Bay

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 200690 $46520 $22.36 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32180 $33080 $15.9 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 22930 $33630 $16.17 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22860 $23680 $11.39 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 13560 $84690 $40.72 5.75
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10060 $69050 $33.2 5.05
7 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 9470 $85170 $40.95 2.8
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9270 $45100 $21.68 6.15
9 Production Occupations 9230 $33330 $16.03 5.85
10 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 8810 $31220 $15.01 6.45
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 8570 $38420 $18.47 4.4
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 8480 $39980 $19.22 3.8
13 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8270 $89660 $43.1 1.65
14 Retail Salespersons 8110 $25280 $12.15 3.1
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 7150 $30090 $14.47 3.05
16 Management Occupations 6970 $120610 $57.99 6.05
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 6910 $25610 $12.31 3.7
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6140 $19970 $9.6 2.15
19 Cashiers 6070 $20450 $9.83 2.25
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 5570 $26180 $12.59 4.1
21 Waiters and Waitresses 5540 $25170 $12.1 1.6
22 Customer Service Representatives 5020 $30350 $14.59 1.75
23 Protective Service Occupations 4890 $41490 $19.95 2.25
24 Registered Nurses 4480 $64650 $31.08 1.9
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3920 $32520 $15.64 1.6
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3150 $25290 $12.16 1.2
27 Office Clerks, General 3080 $29090 $13.99 2
28 Cooks, Restaurant 2680 $24900 $11.97 0.75
29 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2660 $32830 $15.79 1.1
30 Nursing Assistants 2490 $25230 $12.13 1.05
31 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2400 $25260 $12.15 1.6
32 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2390 $27050 $13 0.7
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2370 $53160 $25.56 1
34 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2270 $24350 $11.71 1.6
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2250 $42560 $20.46 1
36 Software Developers, Systems Software 2230 $111010 $53.37 0.3
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2100 $33330 $16.02 0.9
38 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2010 $68970 $33.16 0.7
39 General and Operations Managers 1960 $127550 $61.32 1.4
40 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1950 $20840 $10.02 1
41 Community and Social Service Occupations 1810 $44060 $21.18 1.65
42 Software Developers, Applications 1810 $94800 $45.58 0.5
43 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1730 $27860 $13.39 0.8
44 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1710 $50050 $24.06 1.7
45 Medical Assistants 1660 $29880 $14.37 0.45
46 Food Preparation Workers 1620 $23000 $11.06 0.6
47 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1500 $54380 $26.14 1
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1500 $36800 $17.69 0.6
49 Accountants and Auditors 1490 $73050 $35.12 0.9
50 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1480 $49080 $23.6 0.6
51 Construction Laborers 1460 $29320 $14.09 0.8
52 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1320 $35770 $17.2 0.5
53 Team Assemblers 1240 $28520 $13.71 0.75
54 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1180 $46610 $22.41 0.45
55 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 1140 $29480 $14.17 0.1
56 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1130 $42130 $20.26 0.5
57 Personal Care Aides 1070 $22180 $10.66 1.3
58 Security Guards 1070 $30040 $14.44 0.7
59 Management Analysts 1050 $87920 $42.27 0.5
60 Engineers, All Other 1040 $106250 $51.08 0.1
61 Legal Occupations 1040 $78490 $37.74 0.8
62 Carpenters 1010 $39310 $18.9 0.6
63 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1000 $20520 $9.87 0.3
64 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1000 $33560 $16.13 0.6
65 Childcare Workers 990 $21580 $10.37 0.8
66 Bartenders 960 $26010 $12.51 0.4
67 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 960 $55400 $26.64 0.4
68 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 960 $33500 $16.1 1.2
69 Dishwashers 920 $19440 $9.35 0.3
70 Electricians 920 $43220 $20.78 0.4
71 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 900 $72070 $34.65 0.9
72 Human Resources Specialists 900 $53340 $25.65 0.3
73 Electrical Engineers 890 $104230 $50.11 0.1
74 Mechanical Engineers 860 $93800 $45.09 0.2
75 Aerospace Engineers 840 $111750 $53.72 0
76 Computer Network Support Specialists 810 $51530 $24.77 0.1
77 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 810 $74790 $35.96 0.3
78 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 780 $27820 $13.37 0.4
79 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 760 $64630 $31.07 0.2
80 Computer User Support Specialists 760 $47390 $22.78 0.4
81 Medical Secretaries 730 $31370 $15.08 0.4
82 Industrial Engineers 720 $85960 $41.33 0.2
83 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 720 $58000 $27.89 0.4
84 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 710 $49510 $23.81 0.5
85 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 690 $43780 $21.05 0.3
86 Packers and Packagers, Hand 690 $19780 $9.51 0.45
87 Computer Systems Analysts 690 $86270 $41.48 0.4
88 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 660 $238620 $114.72 0.2
89 Tellers 650 $28100 $13.51 0.3
90 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 650 $19350 $9.3 0.25
91 Home Health Aides 650 $25480 $12.25 0.7
92 Counter and Rental Clerks 650 $29530 $14.2 0.3
93 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 650 $101790 $48.94 0.1
94 Correctional Officers and Jailers 650 $42460 $20.41 0.3
95 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 650 $30410 $14.62 0.4
96 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 650 $36160 $17.38 0.2
97 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 640 $58220 $27.99 0.3
98 Billing and Posting Clerks 640 $34550 $16.61 0.35
99 Computer Network Architects 630 $76730 $36.89 0.1
100 Lawyers 630 $92410 $44.43 0.5
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Jobs More Common Near Palm Bay Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,520 200,690
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,080 32,180
Sales and Related Occupations 33,630 22,930
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,680 22,860
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 84,690 13,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,050 10,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,170 9,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,100 9,270
Production Occupations 33,330 9,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,220 8,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,420 8,570
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,980 8,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 89,660 8,270
Retail Salespersons 25,280 8,110
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,090 7,150
Management Occupations 120,610 6,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,610 6,910
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,970 6,140
Cashiers 20,450 6,070
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,180 5,570
Waiters and Waitresses 25,170 5,540
Customer Service Representatives 30,350 5,020
Protective Service Occupations 41,490 4,890
Registered Nurses 64,650 4,480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,520 3,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,290 3,150
Office Clerks, General 29,090 3,080
Cooks, Restaurant 24,900 2,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 32,830 2,660
Nursing Assistants 25,230 2,490
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,260 2,400
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,050 2,390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,160 2,370
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,350 2,270
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,560 2,250
Software Developers, Systems Software 111,010 2,230
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,330 2,100
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,970 2,010
General and Operations Managers 127,550 1,960
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,840 1,950
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,060 1,810
Software Developers, Applications 94,800 1,810
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,860 1,730
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,050 1,710
Medical Assistants 29,880 1,660
Food Preparation Workers 23,000 1,620
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 54,380 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,800 1,500
Accountants and Auditors 73,050 1,490
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 49,080 1,480

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,520 200,690
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,080 32,180
Sales and Related Occupations 33,630 22,930
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 84,690 13,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,050 10,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,170 9,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,100 9,270
Production Occupations 33,330 9,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,220 8,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,420 8,570
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,980 8,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 89,660 8,270
Retail Salespersons 25,280 8,110
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,090 7,150
Management Occupations 120,610 6,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,610 6,910
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,180 5,570
Waiters and Waitresses 25,170 5,540
Customer Service Representatives 30,350 5,020
Protective Service Occupations 41,490 4,890
Registered Nurses 64,650 4,480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,520 3,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,290 3,150
Office Clerks, General 29,090 3,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 32,830 2,660
Nursing Assistants 25,230 2,490
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,260 2,400
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,050 2,390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,160 2,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,560 2,250
Software Developers, Systems Software 111,010 2,230
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,330 2,100
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,970 2,010
General and Operations Managers 127,550 1,960
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,060 1,810
Software Developers, Applications 94,800 1,810
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,860 1,730
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,050 1,710
Medical Assistants 29,880 1,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 54,380 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,800 1,500
Accountants and Auditors 73,050 1,490
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 49,080 1,480
Construction Laborers 29,320 1,460
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,770 1,320
Team Assemblers 28,520 1,240
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 46,610 1,180
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 29,480 1,140
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,130 1,130
Security Guards 30,040 1,070

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