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West Palm Beach Employment

Employment and Industries in the West Palm Beach, Florida Area

The West Palm Beach economy is primarily powered by tourism. The West Palm Beach region is also bolstered by manufacturing of computers, electrical and electronic equipment, plastics, paint, jewelry and furniture. The region includes numerous industrial parks and high technology industries. Commercial fishing is also part of the economy. West Palm Beach's economy has been ranked #4 in the Milken Institute's best performing US cities index.

The county includes numerous industry clusters such as aerospace & engineering, communications & information technology, agriculture & food processing, medical & pharmaceutical products and business & financial services.

The major employment sectors in West Palm Beach include tourism, healthcare, construction, professional, scientific and technical services; finance and insurance and education. Many of the workers are employed in blue-collar professions including building maintenance, goods transportation and electrical repair. The city also has a large number of teachers, managers and nurses. West Palm Beach is the region's employment center.

Some of the most popular jobs in West Palm Beach that are primarily filled by workers with college degrees are registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, accountants and auditors, lawyers, management analysts, computer programmers and personal financial advisors.

The major employers in the West Palm Beach area are shown below:

  • Pratt & Whitney - Aerospace engineering
  • Columbia PB Healthcare System
  • Motorola
  • Flo-Sun Inc
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Office Depot Headquarters
  • Siemens
  • Florida Crystals - Agriculture
  • Palm Beach Newspapers - Newspaper publishing
  • Southland Forming - Concrete contractors
  • Thermo Electron North America - Professional equipment and supplies
  • C Mac Packaging Systems - Paperboard mills
  • Quality Concrete & Rental Inc - Concrete contractors
  • Jet Aviation - Aviation
  • Rinker Materials Corp - Concrete manufacturing
  • Ranger Construction Industries - Highway construction
  • Kimley-Horn - Engineering

Interesting data about West Palm Beach: About 27% of the residents over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index was 96.7. The nation's average is 100. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $45,000.

Business organizations providing assistance to West Palm Beach companies include:

The South Florida Business Journal offers up-to-date information about the business endeavors in West Palm Beach.

Jobs in West Palm Beach

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 2512990 $46160 $22.19 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 462820 $35250 $16.95 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 338380 $41140 $19.78 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 255280 $25330 $12.18 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 167120 $36670 $17.63 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 152130 $74950 $36.03 5.75
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 138260 $71900 $34.57 5.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 120140 $51560 $24.79 6.15
9 Retail Salespersons 107370 $25960 $12.48 3.1
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 104770 $42630 $20.49 3.8
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 96170 $24330 $11.7 3.7
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 92210 $42020 $20.2 4.4
13 Management Occupations 90290 $127060 $61.08 6.05
14 Production Occupations 85540 $31950 $15.36 5.85
15 Protective Service Occupations 83440 $43240 $20.79 2.25
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 69540 $27520 $13.23 4.1
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 68490 $29610 $14.24 3.05
18 Customer Service Representatives 68410 $31730 $15.26 1.75
19 Cashiers 66260 $20800 $10 2.25
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 62890 $20210 $9.72 2.15
21 Waiters and Waitresses 59380 $26800 $12.88 1.6
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 57260 $34910 $16.78 1.6
23 Office Clerks, General 54970 $30600 $14.71 2
24 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 54470 $74260 $35.7 2.8
25 Registered Nurses 53020 $67990 $32.69 1.9
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 46210 $25610 $12.31 1.2
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 42290 $22260 $10.7 1.6
28 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 41320 $28160 $13.54 1.6
29 Security Guards 38830 $23640 $11.37 0.7
30 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 38180 $58630 $28.19 1
31 Legal Occupations 35490 $101800 $48.94 0.8
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 31760 $54040 $25.98 1.7
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 30950 $56450 $27.14 1
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 30330 $38310 $18.42 1.1
35 Cooks, Restaurant 29030 $27480 $13.21 0.75
36 Community and Social Service Occupations 27020 $45440 $21.85 1.65
37 Receptionists and Information Clerks 26960 $29400 $14.14 0.7
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 26570 $34870 $16.77 0.9
39 Accountants and Auditors 25820 $71030 $34.15 0.9
40 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 25470 $47880 $23.02 1
41 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 25350 $73930 $35.54 1.65
42 General and Operations Managers 25040 $140210 $67.41 1.4
43 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 24900 $57090 $27.45 0.6
44 Nursing Assistants 23920 $24610 $11.83 1.05
45 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23590 $22170 $10.66 1
46 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 22790 $69910 $33.61 0.7
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 21050 $25180 $12.11 0.8
48 Lawyers 20370 $139040 $66.85 0.5
49 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 19370 $38370 $18.45 1.2
50 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 18320 $33750 $16.23 0.6
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 17280 $37300 $17.93 0.6
52 Packers and Packagers, Hand 16500 $22190 $10.67 0.45
53 Food Preparation Workers 16300 $23430 $11.26 0.6
54 Medical Assistants 16000 $32190 $15.48 0.45
55 Construction Laborers 13830 $30670 $14.74 0.8
56 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 13250 $38320 $18.42 0.5
57 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 13230 $69350 $33.34 0.45
58 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 12830 $30710 $14.76 0.4
59 Childcare Workers 12370 $21790 $10.48 0.8
60 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 11980 $56040 $26.94 0.5
61 Dishwashers 11870 $20660 $9.93 0.3
62 Carpenters 11780 $40560 $19.5 0.6
63 Management Analysts 11580 $88920 $42.75 0.5
64 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 11420 $22810 $10.97 0.3
65 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 11370 $20800 $10 0.3
66 Bartenders 11070 $32280 $15.52 0.4
67 Team Assemblers 10940 $28040 $13.48 0.75
68 Electricians 10820 $48140 $23.15 0.4
69 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 10600 $45030 $21.65 0.5
70 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 10560 $49910 $23.99 0.2
71 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 10460 $67500 $32.45 0.4
72 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 10070 $65040 $31.27 0.35
73 Computer User Support Specialists 9920 $47180 $22.68 0.4
74 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 9900 $92090 $44.27 0.2
75 Billing and Posting Clerks 9850 $35720 $17.17 0.35
76 Insurance Sales Agents 9850 $69620 $33.47 0.3
77 Human Resources Specialists 9840 $59360 $28.54 0.3
78 Parking Lot Attendants 9800 $20180 $9.7 0.1
79 Software Developers, Applications 9530 $86100 $41.4 0.5
80 Telemarketers 9420 $24980 $12.01 0.15
81 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 9370 $65020 $31.26 0.9
82 Tellers 9360 $30180 $14.51 0.3
83 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 8800 $63230 $30.4 0.3
84 Home Health Aides 8680 $22810 $10.97 0.7
85 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 8660 $91340 $43.91 0.2
86 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 8420 $99870 $48.02 0.3
87 Pharmacy Technicians 8400 $32500 $15.63 0.25
88 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 8320 $64770 $31.14 0.2
89 Counter and Rental Clerks 8310 $29560 $14.21 0.3
90 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 7960 $22700 $10.91 0.25
91 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 7930 $42830 $20.59 0.2
92 Financial Managers 7310 $149160 $71.71 0.4
93 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 7230 $22690 $10.91 0.2
94 Pharmacists 7150 $121820 $58.57 0.2
95 Recreation Workers 7070 $26630 $12.8 0.3
96 Firefighters 7020 $64600 $31.06 0.2
97 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 7010 $31860 $15.32 0.4
98 Bill and Account Collectors 6890 $38410 $18.47 0.2
99 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 6880 $32330 $15.55 0.35
100 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 6800 $29370 $14.12 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near West Palm Beach Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,160 2,512,990
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,250 462,820
Sales and Related Occupations 41,140 338,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,330 255,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,670 167,120
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,950 152,130
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,900 138,260
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,560 120,140
Retail Salespersons 25,960 107,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,630 104,770
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,330 96,170
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,020 92,210
Management Occupations 127,060 90,290
Production Occupations 31,950 85,540
Protective Service Occupations 43,240 83,440
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,520 69,540
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,610 68,490
Customer Service Representatives 31,730 68,410
Cashiers 20,800 66,260
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,210 62,890
Waiters and Waitresses 26,800 59,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,910 57,260
Office Clerks, General 30,600 54,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,260 54,470
Registered Nurses 67,990 53,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,610 46,210
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,260 42,290
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,160 41,320
Security Guards 23,640 38,830
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,630 38,180
Legal Occupations 101,800 35,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,040 31,760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,450 30,950
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,310 30,330
Cooks, Restaurant 27,480 29,030
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,440 27,020
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,400 26,960
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,870 26,570
Accountants and Auditors 71,030 25,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,880 25,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,930 25,350
General and Operations Managers 140,210 25,040
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,090 24,900
Nursing Assistants 24,610 23,920
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,170 23,590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,910 22,790
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,180 21,050
Lawyers 139,040 20,370
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,370 19,370
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,750 18,320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,160 2,512,990
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,250 462,820
Sales and Related Occupations 41,140 338,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,330 255,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,670 167,120
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,950 152,130
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,900 138,260
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,560 120,140
Retail Salespersons 25,960 107,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,630 104,770
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,020 92,210
Management Occupations 127,060 90,290
Production Occupations 31,950 85,540
Protective Service Occupations 43,240 83,440
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,520 69,540
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,610 68,490
Customer Service Representatives 31,730 68,410
Waiters and Waitresses 26,800 59,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,910 57,260
Office Clerks, General 30,600 54,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,260 54,470
Registered Nurses 67,990 53,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,610 46,210
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,160 41,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,630 38,180
Legal Occupations 101,800 35,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,040 31,760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,450 30,950
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,310 30,330
Cooks, Restaurant 27,480 29,030
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,440 27,020
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,400 26,960
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,870 26,570
Accountants and Auditors 71,030 25,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,880 25,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,930 25,350
General and Operations Managers 140,210 25,040
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,090 24,900
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,910 22,790
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,180 21,050
Lawyers 139,040 20,370
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,370 19,370
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,750 18,320
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,300 17,280
Medical Assistants 32,190 16,000
Construction Laborers 30,670 13,830
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 38,320 13,250
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 69,350 13,230
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,710 12,830
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 56,040 11,980

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