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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 Occupations1280170$46,080$22.15100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations238250$34,840$16.7514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations151410$39,960$19.219.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations126990$24,720$11.898.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations88110$77,230$37.135.8
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations79830$68,380$32.875.25
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations66240$33,320$16.026.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations62620$45,500$21.876.05
9Production Occupations57080$34,630$16.655.7
10Management Occupations55160$113,940$54.786.15
11Construction and Extraction Occupations53930$39,160$18.834.45
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations50830$42,390$20.383.8
13Customer Service Representatives50130$32,000$15.391.75
14Retail Salespersons43600$25,320$12.172.85
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations41120$76,910$36.982.9
16Healthcare Support Occupations38890$30,860$14.833
17Personal Care and Service Occupations36950$26,140$12.574.3
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations36400$25,900$12.453.65
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food33310$20,340$9.782.3
20Cashiers31120$20,480$9.842.2
21Registered Nurses30390$67,000$32.211.95
22Protective Service Occupations29810$42,080$20.232.2
23Waiters and Waitresses29380$27,120$13.041.7
24Office Clerks, General26840$31,480$15.131.9
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive22060$33,980$16.341.5
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers19930$25,230$12.131.3
27Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks16500$37,840$18.191.05
28Nursing Assistants16200$26,790$12.881
29First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers16190$56,400$27.120.95
30Architecture and Engineering Occupations15850$70,340$33.821.7
31General and Operations Managers15770$121,750$58.541.5
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners14990$24,380$11.721.55
33Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand14400$27,530$13.241.7
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations14140$47,740$22.951.8
35Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products13900$59,620$28.660.9
36Legal Occupations13810$87,380$42.010.8
37Community and Social Service Occupations13800$46,160$22.191.65
38Accountants and Auditors13010$69,860$33.580.9
39Business Operations Specialists, All Other13010$67,010$32.220.7
40Sales Representatives, Services, All Other12780$55,450$26.660.6
41Receptionists and Information Clerks12770$27,320$13.140.7
42Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers12740$41,310$19.861.2
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers12660$44,040$21.171
44Cooks, Restaurant12480$25,050$12.040.8
45Maintenance and Repair Workers, General11420$34,560$16.620.9
46Security Guards10490$24,770$11.910.7
47Construction Laborers9580$28,890$13.890.8
48Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners9270$22,700$10.910.9
49Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses8790$43,400$20.870.5
50First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers8610$39,190$18.840.6
51Food Preparation Workers8570$23,430$11.270.6
52Computer User Support Specialists8550$50,250$24.160.4
53Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers8480$28,820$13.860
54Software Developers, Applications7800$91,650$44.060.55
55Medical Assistants7700$32,060$15.410.45
56Lawyers7560$115,850$55.70.5
57Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers7520$33,550$16.130.6
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers7440$26,760$12.870.8
59Bartenders7330$23,880$11.480.4
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics7140$39,260$18.880.5
61Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations6930$64,510$31.010.8
62Management Analysts6770$82,830$39.820.5
63Insurance Sales Agents6640$68,550$32.960.3
64First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers6450$61,000$29.330.4
65Human Resources Specialists6120$60,460$29.070.35
66Dishwashers5920$20,720$9.960.3
67Electricians5720$41,690$20.040.4
68Childcare Workers5720$21,860$10.510.8
69Billing and Posting Clerks5600$36,330$17.470.3
70Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers5450$40,750$19.590.2
71Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5420$69,610$33.470.4
72Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents5370$78,370$37.680.2
73Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators5360$60,970$29.310.2
74Pharmacy Technicians5300$30,460$14.640.3
75Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5180$55,890$26.870.4
76Personal Care Aides5130$22,280$10.711.5
77Carpenters5030$38,050$18.290.7
78Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4940$50,790$24.420.35
79Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4690$30,710$14.770.4
80Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products4670$76,820$36.930.2
81Packers and Packagers, Hand4640$20,860$10.030.45
82Tellers4540$31,500$15.140.3
83First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4490$60,400$29.040.4
84Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop4470$23,280$11.190.3
85Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists4420$31,150$14.980.4
86Amusement and Recreation Attendants4370$20,370$9.790.2
87Financial Managers4320$139,510$67.070.4
88First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers4240$61,970$29.790.3
89Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop4230$19,830$9.530.3
90Paralegals and Legal Assistants4220$50,930$24.490.2
91Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment4140$24,820$11.930.2
92Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks4110$36,580$17.590.2
93Computer Systems Analysts4000$80,660$38.780.4
94Loan Officers3950$77,330$37.180.2
95Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3930$25,800$12.40.3
96Counter and Rental Clerks3910$27,320$13.130.3
97Training and Development Specialists3860$56,820$27.320.2
98Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers3840$20,760$9.980.3
99Driver/Sales Workers3830$25,980$12.490.3
100Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders3830$26,750$12.860.2
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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$46,0801,280,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,840238,250
Sales and Related Occupations$39,960151,410
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,720126,990
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,23088,110
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,38079,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,32066,240
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$45,50062,620
Production Occupations$34,63057,080
Management Occupations$113,94055,160
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,16053,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,39050,830
Customer Service Representatives$32,00050,130
Retail Salespersons$25,32043,600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,91041,120
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,86038,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,14036,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,90036,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,34033,310
Cashiers$20,48031,120
Registered Nurses$67,00030,390
Protective Service Occupations$42,08029,810
Waiters and Waitresses$27,12029,380
Office Clerks, General$31,48026,840
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,98022,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,23019,930
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,84016,500
Nursing Assistants$26,79016,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,40016,190
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,34015,850
General and Operations Managers$121,75015,770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,38014,990
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,53014,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,74014,140
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,62013,900
Legal Occupations$87,38013,810
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,16013,800
Accountants and Auditors$69,86013,010
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,01013,010
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,45012,780
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,32012,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,31012,740
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,04012,660
Cooks, Restaurant$25,05012,480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,56011,420
Security Guards$24,77010,490
Construction Laborers$28,8909,580
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,7009,270
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,4008,790
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,1908,610

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$46,0801,280,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,840238,250
Sales and Related Occupations$39,960151,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,23088,110
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,38079,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,32066,240
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$45,50062,620
Production Occupations$34,63057,080
Management Occupations$113,94055,160
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,16053,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,39050,830
Customer Service Representatives$32,00050,130
Retail Salespersons$25,32043,600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,91041,120
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,86038,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,14036,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,90036,400
Registered Nurses$67,00030,390
Protective Service Occupations$42,08029,810
Waiters and Waitresses$27,12029,380
Office Clerks, General$31,48026,840
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,98022,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,23019,930
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,84016,500
Nursing Assistants$26,79016,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,40016,190
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,34015,850
General and Operations Managers$121,75015,770
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,53014,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,74014,140
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,62013,900
Legal Occupations$87,38013,810
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,16013,800
Accountants and Auditors$69,86013,010
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,01013,010
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,45012,780
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,32012,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,31012,740
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,04012,660
Cooks, Restaurant$25,05012,480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,56011,420
Construction Laborers$28,8909,580
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,4008,790
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,1908,610
Computer User Support Specialists$50,2508,550
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,8208,480
Software Developers, Applications$91,6507,800
Medical Assistants$32,0607,700
Lawyers$115,8507,560
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,5507,520

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