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Tampa Employment

Employment and Industries in the Tampa, Florida Area

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area has a diverse and robust economy with substantial opportunities for business and professional growth. The Tampa Bay area is home to nearly ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Tampa Bay area is Publix Super Markets. The most famous companies headquartered in the area are Tech Data, Outback Steakhouse, and Raymond James Financial.

The Tampa Bay area has a well educated work force. According to the United States Census Bureau, almost 27% of the population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Tampa in the top 30 most literate cities in the United States.

Major business honors and awards received by cities in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area include:

  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: Number 9 on Inc. Magazine's list of the "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the "large cities" category
  • Tampa: Number 25 for job growth on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers" (out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas)
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: Number 13 on Expansion Management’s 2005 list of America's 50 hottest cities
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros"
  • Tampa: Number 2 in the United States for "Least Expensive Places to Do Business" in KPMG's Competitive Alternatives International Report (2006)
  • Tampa: On Business 2.0's "10 Hot Cities" for job growth
  • Tampa-St.Petersburg: Number 19 among top metropolitan areas with the most jobs in high-technology industries according to a 2004 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston: Regional Review

Major industries in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area include:

  • Avionics, Defense and Marine Electronics
  • Business and Information Services
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing (Microelectronics, Medical Devices)
  • Marine Sciences
  • Port/Maritime
  • Tourism

The Tampa Bay area is home to three seaports which have a profound impact on the area's economy. Combined, the seaports support more than 130,000 jobs and contribute more than $15 billion dollars a year to the Tampa Bay area economy. The Port of Tampa is the twelfth largest cargo port in the United States, as well as a major cruise port.

For business travelers, the Tampa Bay area is well served by two major airports, including:

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) which Conde Nast Traveler ranked as the best airport in the United States and the third best airport in the world
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Notable companies with headquarters or major operations in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area include:

  • Bright House Networks
  • Brown & Brown Inc.
  • Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc.
  • Ferman Automotive Group Inc.
  • Global Imaging Systems Inc.
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Maritrans Inc.
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Raymond James & Assoc.
  • Rooms to Go Inc.
  • SRI/Surgical Express Inc.
  • Sykes Enterprises Inc.
  • Syniverse Technologies Inc.
  • TECO Energy Inc.
  • Outback Steakhouse Inc.
  • Publix
  • Walter Industries Inc.
  • WellCare Health Plans

Major business organizations and associations in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area include:

The Tampa Bay Business Journal, the "Money Section" of the St. Petersburg Times, and "Money Section" of the Tampa Tribune are all good sources of information on business and the economy in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area.

Jobs in Tampa

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1312680$47,750$22.95100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations244250$36,530$17.5614.35
3Sales and Related Occupations151750$41,090$19.769.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations128550$24,770$11.918.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations88160$74,580$35.865.8
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations80870$68,990$33.175.25
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations69620$33,770$16.236.55
8Management Occupations65950$113,200$54.426.15
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations65180$50,580$24.326.05
10Construction and Extraction Occupations55280$40,480$19.464.45
11Production Occupations55270$35,840$17.235.7
12Customer Service Representatives52010$33,830$16.271.75
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations49520$43,310$20.823.8
14Computer and Mathematical Occupations43940$82,200$39.522.9
15Retail Salespersons42550$26,820$12.92.85
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations39810$28,610$13.763.65
17Healthcare Support Occupations37380$31,580$15.183
18Personal Care and Service Occupations36490$27,420$13.184.3
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food33320$21,010$10.12.3
20Cashiers32680$21,910$10.532.2
21Registered Nurses30450$68,010$32.71.95
22Protective Service Occupations29280$45,390$21.822.2
23Waiters and Waitresses28020$25,910$12.461.7
24Office Clerks, General27580$33,280$161.9
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive21050$35,150$16.91.5
26General and Operations Managers20090$119,100$57.261.5
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers19710$26,370$12.681.3
28Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks17520$41,080$19.751.05
29First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers17300$57,460$27.620.95
30Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations16880$48,280$23.211.8
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand16620$28,580$13.741.7
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners16170$29,010$13.951.55
33Architecture and Engineering Occupations16060$71,780$34.511.7
34Community and Social Service Occupations15690$45,420$21.841.65
35Nursing Assistants14740$27,880$13.411
36Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products14660$61,890$29.760.9
37Legal Occupations14170$86,010$41.350.8
38Sales Representatives, Services, All Other14140$55,270$26.570.6
39Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers13250$41,640$20.021.2
40Receptionists and Information Clerks12900$28,140$13.530.7
41Cooks, Restaurant12750$26,260$12.620.8
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers12580$46,890$22.541
43Accountants and Auditors12530$70,410$33.850.9
44Business Operations Specialists, All Other12270$67,360$32.380.7
45Maintenance and Repair Workers, General11980$36,030$17.320.9
46Security Guards11400$30,800$14.810.7
47Computer User Support Specialists9250$50,900$24.470.4
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers9130$38,610$18.560.6
49Construction Laborers9110$30,330$14.580.8
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners9070$23,490$11.30.9
51Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers9050$29,820$14.340
52Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers8850$27,740$13.340.8
53Software Developers, Applications8700$100,540$48.340.55
54Bartenders8450$22,690$10.910.4
55Medical Assistants8100$32,100$15.430.45
56Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses7990$44,230$21.260.5
57Lawyers7800$113,490$54.560.5
58Insurance Sales Agents7560$63,130$30.350.3
59Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers7200$34,950$16.80.6
60Food Preparation Workers7010$24,220$11.640.6
61Electricians6930$42,930$20.640.4
62Management Analysts6930$87,100$41.870.5
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics6870$40,330$19.390.5
64Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop6670$19,910$9.570.3
65Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists6590$66,940$32.180.4
66First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers6580$60,890$29.280.4
67Human Resources Specialists6520$61,310$29.480.35
68Personal Care Aides5980$22,580$10.861.5
69Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5720$62,090$29.850.4
70Dishwashers5560$21,960$10.560.3
71Order Clerks5460$34,860$16.760.1
72Carpenters5390$40,980$19.70.7
73Pharmacy Technicians5330$31,540$15.160.3
74Billing and Posting Clerks5310$37,590$18.070.3
75Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks5250$39,420$18.950.2
76Computer Systems Analysts5180$90,600$43.560.4
77Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators5130$63,570$30.560.2
78Financial Managers5000$140,740$67.660.4
79Self-Enrichment Education Teachers4810$44,780$21.530.2
80Packers and Packagers, Hand4750$22,300$10.720.45
81Paralegals and Legal Assistants4640$49,000$23.560.2
82Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4640$32,500$15.630.4
83First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers4590$61,770$29.70.3
84Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists4530$31,750$15.260.4
85Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4480$51,510$24.770.35
86Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents4420$89,610$43.080.2
87Childcare Workers4410$23,090$11.10.8
88Amusement and Recreation Attendants4400$21,010$10.10.2
89Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop4400$24,640$11.850.3
90Tellers4360$34,520$16.590.3
91Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers4330$43,090$20.720.2
92First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4300$62,630$30.110.4
93Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment4220$26,230$12.610.2
94Medical Secretaries4070$33,380$16.050.4
95Counter and Rental Clerks4050$27,830$13.380.3
96Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3980$25,870$12.440.3
97Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders3970$27,060$13.010.2
98Managers, All Other3940$96,380$46.340.6
99Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers3920$20,740$9.970.3
100Home Health Aides3860$23,290$11.20.7
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Tampa Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,7501,312,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,530244,250
Sales and Related Occupations$41,090151,750
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,770128,550
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,58088,160
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,99080,870
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,77069,620
Management Occupations$113,20065,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,58065,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,48055,280
Production Occupations$35,84055,270
Customer Service Representatives$33,83052,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,31049,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,20043,940
Retail Salespersons$26,82042,550
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,61039,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,58037,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,42036,490
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,01033,320
Cashiers$21,91032,680
Registered Nurses$68,01030,450
Protective Service Occupations$45,39029,280
Waiters and Waitresses$25,91028,020
Office Clerks, General$33,28027,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,15021,050
General and Operations Managers$119,10020,090
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,37019,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,08017,520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,46017,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,28016,880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,58016,620
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,01016,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,78016,060
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,42015,690
Nursing Assistants$27,88014,740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,89014,660
Legal Occupations$86,01014,170
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,27014,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,64013,250
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,14012,900
Cooks, Restaurant$26,26012,750
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,89012,580
Accountants and Auditors$70,41012,530
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,36012,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,03011,980
Security Guards$30,80011,400
Computer User Support Specialists$50,9009,250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,6109,130
Construction Laborers$30,3309,110
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,4909,070

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,7501,312,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,530244,250
Sales and Related Occupations$41,090151,750
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,58088,160
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,99080,870
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,77069,620
Management Occupations$113,20065,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,58065,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,48055,280
Production Occupations$35,84055,270
Customer Service Representatives$33,83052,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,31049,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,20043,940
Retail Salespersons$26,82042,550
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,61039,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,58037,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,42036,490
Registered Nurses$68,01030,450
Protective Service Occupations$45,39029,280
Waiters and Waitresses$25,91028,020
Office Clerks, General$33,28027,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,15021,050
General and Operations Managers$119,10020,090
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,37019,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,08017,520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,46017,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,28016,880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,58016,620
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,01016,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,78016,060
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,42015,690
Nursing Assistants$27,88014,740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,89014,660
Legal Occupations$86,01014,170
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,27014,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,64013,250
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,14012,900
Cooks, Restaurant$26,26012,750
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,89012,580
Accountants and Auditors$70,41012,530
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,36012,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,03011,980
Security Guards$30,80011,400
Computer User Support Specialists$50,9009,250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,6109,130
Construction Laborers$30,3309,110
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,8209,050
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,7408,850
Software Developers, Applications$100,5408,700
Medical Assistants$32,1008,100

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