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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2561390$46,860$22.53100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations455700$36,000$17.3114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations340720$40,370$19.419.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations257860$25,580$12.38.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations153750$75,160$36.145.8
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations139630$71,820$34.535.25
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations122000$50,140$24.116.05
8Management Occupations108930$120,760$58.066.15
9Retail Salespersons106550$26,250$12.622.85
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations105950$43,630$20.983.8
11Construction and Extraction Occupations98240$42,010$20.24.45
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations95240$25,470$12.243.65
13Protective Service Occupations84580$44,740$21.512.2
14Production Occupations84330$32,780$15.765.7
15Healthcare Support Occupations72580$30,770$14.793
16Cashiers69630$21,080$10.142.2
17Customer Service Representatives69410$32,700$15.721.75
18Personal Care and Service Occupations66600$28,250$13.584.3
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food61790$20,510$9.862.3
20Office Clerks, General59810$31,780$15.281.9
21Waiters and Waitresses56720$27,680$13.311.7
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations55820$75,980$36.532.9
23Registered Nurses54350$67,340$32.381.95
24Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive51480$36,020$17.321.5
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers45900$25,990$12.491.3
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand45880$30,100$14.471.7
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners40720$23,350$11.231.55
28Security Guards38480$24,860$11.950.7
29Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products37010$58,740$28.240.9
30Legal Occupations36950$99,280$47.730.8
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations34240$54,850$26.371.8
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers31770$56,850$27.330.95
33General and Operations Managers30780$125,400$60.291.5
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks30120$40,630$19.531.05
35Cooks, Restaurant29930$28,090$13.50.8
36Community and Social Service Occupations29830$44,410$21.351.65
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General28380$36,030$17.320.9
38Receptionists and Information Clerks27480$29,290$14.080.7
39Accountants and Auditors25780$74,240$35.690.9
40Architecture and Engineering Occupations25700$74,310$35.731.7
41Sales Representatives, Services, All Other25130$55,260$26.570.6
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers24750$47,400$22.791
43Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers24060$41,050$19.731.2
44Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners23890$22,720$10.920.9
45Nursing Assistants23700$25,250$12.141
46Business Operations Specialists, All Other22690$71,670$34.460.7
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers20730$26,490$12.740.8
48Lawyers20600$136,570$65.660.5
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers19020$34,060$16.380.6
50Food Preparation Workers18420$24,170$11.620.6
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers17500$38,540$18.530.6
52Medical Assistants16940$33,100$15.910.45
53Construction Laborers16270$31,060$14.930.8
54Packers and Packagers, Hand15960$23,200$11.150.45
55Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers13440$71,380$34.320.4
56Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics13350$41,750$20.070.5
57Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop12890$21,010$10.10.3
58Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers12680$29,090$13.980
59Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks12660$31,040$14.920.4
60Paralegals and Legal Assistants12420$50,580$24.320.2
61Carpenters12310$40,100$19.280.7
62Dishwashers12140$21,200$10.190.3
63Childcare Workers12110$22,410$10.770.8
64Bartenders11240$27,440$13.190.4
65Management Analysts11200$80,420$38.670.5
66Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents11160$88,860$42.720.2
67Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses11040$45,680$21.960.5
68Computer User Support Specialists10720$47,430$22.810.4
69Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists10680$67,910$32.650.4
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers10560$68,450$32.910.4
71Home Health Aides10400$23,610$11.350.7
72Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers10390$21,340$10.260.3
73Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants10290$55,750$26.80.35
74Electricians10210$45,480$21.870.4
75Human Resources Specialists10070$59,580$28.650.35
76Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations9980$65,650$31.560.8
77Insurance Sales Agents9860$71,640$34.440.3
78Software Developers, Applications9660$90,280$43.40.55
79Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop9350$22,560$10.850.3
80Billing and Posting Clerks9200$36,230$17.420.3
81Parking Lot Attendants9050$20,950$10.070.1
82Tellers8970$30,700$14.760.3
83Telemarketers8820$25,400$12.210.1
84First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers8470$64,730$31.120.3
85Pharmacy Technicians8470$32,200$15.480.3
86Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers8440$66,430$31.940.2
87Financial Managers8280$146,060$70.220.4
88Counter and Rental Clerks8000$30,520$14.670.3
89Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products7850$86,410$41.550.2
90First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers7640$91,250$43.870.3
91Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers7380$43,920$21.120.2
92Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists7320$34,090$16.390.4
93Firefighters7250$66,290$31.870.2
94Medical Secretaries7040$34,720$16.690.4
95First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers6920$56,800$27.310.4
96Correctional Officers and Jailers6870$54,150$26.030.25
97Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks6800$35,110$16.880.1
98Compliance Officers6670$70,350$33.820.2
99Construction Managers6670$105,400$50.670.3
100Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education6640$30,140$14.490.3
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Jobs More Common Near West Palm Beach Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,8602,561,390
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,000455,700
Sales and Related Occupations$40,370340,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,580257,860
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,160153,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,820139,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,140122,000
Management Occupations$120,760108,930
Retail Salespersons$26,250106,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,630105,950
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,01098,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,47095,240
Protective Service Occupations$44,74084,580
Production Occupations$32,78084,330
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,77072,580
Cashiers$21,08069,630
Customer Service Representatives$32,70069,410
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,25066,600
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,51061,790
Office Clerks, General$31,78059,810
Waiters and Waitresses$27,68056,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,98055,820
Registered Nurses$67,34054,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,02051,480
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,99045,900
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,10045,880
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,35040,720
Security Guards$24,86038,480
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,74037,010
Legal Occupations$99,28036,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,85034,240
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,85031,770
General and Operations Managers$125,40030,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,63030,120
Cooks, Restaurant$28,09029,930
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,41029,830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,03028,380
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,29027,480
Accountants and Auditors$74,24025,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,31025,700
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,26025,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,40024,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,05024,060
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,72023,890
Nursing Assistants$25,25023,700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,67022,690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,49020,730
Lawyers$136,57020,600
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,06019,020
Food Preparation Workers$24,17018,420

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,8602,561,390
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,000455,700
Sales and Related Occupations$40,370340,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,580257,860
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,160153,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,820139,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,140122,000
Management Occupations$120,760108,930
Retail Salespersons$26,250106,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,630105,950
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,01098,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,47095,240
Protective Service Occupations$44,74084,580
Production Occupations$32,78084,330
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,77072,580
Customer Service Representatives$32,70069,410
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,25066,600
Office Clerks, General$31,78059,810
Waiters and Waitresses$27,68056,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,98055,820
Registered Nurses$67,34054,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,02051,480
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,99045,900
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,10045,880
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,74037,010
Legal Occupations$99,28036,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,85034,240
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,85031,770
General and Operations Managers$125,40030,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,63030,120
Cooks, Restaurant$28,09029,930
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,41029,830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,03028,380
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,29027,480
Accountants and Auditors$74,24025,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,31025,700
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,26025,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,40024,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,05024,060
Nursing Assistants$25,25023,700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,67022,690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,49020,730
Lawyers$136,57020,600
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,06019,020
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,54017,500
Medical Assistants$33,10016,940
Construction Laborers$31,06016,270
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$71,38013,440
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,75013,350
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,09012,680

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