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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1264740 $45510 $21.88 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 243250 $34180 $16.43 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 153570 $40550 $19.5 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 126710 $24240 $11.66 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 82660 $79370 $38.16 5.75
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 79780 $68070 $32.72 5.05
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 65550 $31480 $15.13 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 62240 $47510 $22.84 6.15
9 Production Occupations 55400 $33660 $16.18 5.85
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 51050 $41380 $19.9 3.8
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 50590 $38160 $18.35 4.4
12 Customer Service Representatives 49790 $31330 $15.07 1.75
13 Management Occupations 45250 $120100 $57.74 6.05
14 Retail Salespersons 45190 $25630 $12.32 3.1
15 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 41230 $74940 $36.03 2.8
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 38510 $29580 $14.22 3.05
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 36450 $24900 $11.97 3.7
18 Personal Care and Service Occupations 34780 $25710 $12.36 4.1
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 33000 $19870 $9.55 2.15
20 Cashiers 31300 $20180 $9.7 2.25
21 Protective Service Occupations 30820 $39630 $19.05 2.25
22 Waiters and Waitresses 28430 $26330 $12.66 1.6
23 Registered Nurses 26500 $66260 $31.86 1.9
24 Office Clerks, General 25550 $29350 $14.11 2
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 25010 $33040 $15.89 1.6
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 19830 $24640 $11.85 1.2
27 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 17050 $69590 $33.46 1.65
28 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 16430 $56030 $26.94 1
29 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 16270 $36630 $17.61 1.1
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 15990 $26550 $12.76 1.6
31 Nursing Assistants 15950 $25690 $12.35 1.05
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 14500 $49870 $23.98 1.7
33 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 14230 $59010 $28.37 1
34 Legal Occupations 14010 $95850 $46.08 0.8
35 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 13910 $24080 $11.58 1.6
36 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 13430 $66730 $32.08 0.7
37 Accountants and Auditors 13390 $72180 $34.7 0.9
38 Community and Social Service Occupations 12830 $46320 $22.27 1.65
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 12820 $45240 $21.75 1
40 General and Operations Managers 12550 $130180 $62.59 1.4
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 12490 $33420 $16.07 0.9
42 Receptionists and Information Clerks 12230 $27680 $13.31 0.7
43 Security Guards 12090 $22550 $10.84 0.7
44 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 11970 $57820 $27.8 0.6
45 Cooks, Restaurant 11880 $25680 $12.34 0.75
46 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 11600 $37540 $18.05 1.2
47 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 9450 $20640 $9.92 1
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8990 $37900 $18.22 0.6
49 Food Preparation Workers 8670 $22320 $10.73 0.6
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 8630 $25620 $12.32 0.8
51 Construction Laborers 8140 $28540 $13.72 0.8
52 Lawyers 7770 $132050 $63.48 0.5
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 7620 $34710 $16.69 0.6
54 Computer User Support Specialists 7550 $47240 $22.71 0.4
55 Bartenders 7450 $27640 $13.29 0.4
56 Software Developers, Applications 7330 $89660 $43.11 0.5
57 Medical Assistants 7300 $31100 $14.95 0.45
58 Management Analysts 7300 $80060 $38.49 0.5
59 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 7240 $43680 $21 0.5
60 Human Resources Specialists 6940 $56360 $27.1 0.3
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 6810 $40760 $19.6 0.5
62 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 6760 $65340 $31.41 0.9
63 Team Assemblers 6410 $27980 $13.45 0.75
64 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 6390 $58960 $28.35 0.4
65 Childcare Workers 6010 $21130 $10.16 0.8
66 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 5970 $38780 $18.64 0.2
67 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 5900 $51130 $24.58 0.5
68 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 5770 $19150 $9.21 0.3
69 Billing and Posting Clerks 5700 $35150 $16.9 0.35
70 Insurance Sales Agents 5310 $85420 $41.07 0.3
71 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 5300 $61050 $29.35 0.2
72 Dishwashers 5150 $19820 $9.53 0.3
73 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 5120 $56430 $27.13 0.45
74 Pharmacy Technicians 5040 $29910 $14.38 0.25
75 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 4940 $29460 $14.16 0.4
76 Electricians 4920 $42730 $20.54 0.4
77 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 4850 $77510 $37.26 0.2
78 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 4820 $79640 $38.29 0.2
79 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 4800 $37520 $18.04 0.2
80 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 4740 $67600 $32.5 0.35
81 Tellers 4630 $30350 $14.59 0.3
82 Carpenters 4630 $37400 $17.98 0.6
83 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4500 $20220 $9.72 0.45
84 Counter and Rental Clerks 4460 $27820 $13.37 0.3
85 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 4400 $57920 $27.84 0.4
86 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 4160 $30010 $14.43 0.4
87 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4060 $49650 $23.87 0.2
88 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 4050 $25450 $12.24 0.3
89 Driver/Sales Workers 3990 $25640 $12.33 0.3
90 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 3990 $99380 $47.78 0.3
91 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3980 $63220 $30.4 0.3
92 Loan Officers 3970 $82500 $39.66 0.2
93 Personal Care Aides 3880 $21390 $10.28 1.3
94 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3830 $21470 $10.32 0.25
95 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 3790 $22590 $10.86 0.2
96 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 3760 $20020 $9.62 0.3
97 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 3740 $20200 $9.71 0.2
98 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3680 $40420 $19.43 0.3
99 Telemarketers 3650 $26520 $12.75 0.15
100 Data Entry Keyers 3610 $29300 $14.09 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Tampa Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,510 1,264,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,180 243,250
Sales and Related Occupations 40,550 153,570
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,240 126,710
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,370 82,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,070 79,780
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,480 65,550
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,510 62,240
Production Occupations 33,660 55,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,380 51,050
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,160 50,590
Customer Service Representatives 31,330 49,790
Management Occupations 120,100 45,250
Retail Salespersons 25,630 45,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,940 41,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,580 38,510
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,900 36,450
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,710 34,780
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,870 33,000
Cashiers 20,180 31,300
Protective Service Occupations 39,630 30,820
Waiters and Waitresses 26,330 28,430
Registered Nurses 66,260 26,500
Office Clerks, General 29,350 25,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,040 25,010
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,640 19,830
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,590 17,050
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,030 16,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,630 16,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,550 15,990
Nursing Assistants 25,690 15,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,870 14,500
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,010 14,230
Legal Occupations 95,850 14,010
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,080 13,910
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 66,730 13,430
Accountants and Auditors 72,180 13,390
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,320 12,830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,240 12,820
General and Operations Managers 130,180 12,550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,420 12,490
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,680 12,230
Security Guards 22,550 12,090
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,820 11,970
Cooks, Restaurant 25,680 11,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,540 11,600
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,640 9,450
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,900 8,990
Food Preparation Workers 22,320 8,670
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,620 8,630

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,510 1,264,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,180 243,250
Sales and Related Occupations 40,550 153,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,370 82,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,070 79,780
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,480 65,550
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,510 62,240
Production Occupations 33,660 55,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,380 51,050
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,160 50,590
Customer Service Representatives 31,330 49,790
Management Occupations 120,100 45,250
Retail Salespersons 25,630 45,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,940 41,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,580 38,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,710 34,780
Protective Service Occupations 39,630 30,820
Waiters and Waitresses 26,330 28,430
Registered Nurses 66,260 26,500
Office Clerks, General 29,350 25,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,040 25,010
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,590 17,050
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,030 16,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,630 16,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,550 15,990
Nursing Assistants 25,690 15,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,870 14,500
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,010 14,230
Legal Occupations 95,850 14,010
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 66,730 13,430
Accountants and Auditors 72,180 13,390
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,320 12,830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,240 12,820
General and Operations Managers 130,180 12,550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,420 12,490
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,680 12,230
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,820 11,970
Cooks, Restaurant 25,680 11,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,540 11,600
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,900 8,990
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,620 8,630
Construction Laborers 28,540 8,140
Lawyers 132,050 7,770
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,710 7,620
Computer User Support Specialists 47,240 7,550
Bartenders 27,640 7,450
Software Developers, Applications 89,660 7,330
Medical Assistants 31,100 7,300
Management Analysts 80,060 7,300
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,680 7,240

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