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New Orleans Employment

Employment and Industries in the New Orleans, Louisiana Area

New Orleans includes one of the worlds's busiest ports and is also a prominent maritime industry center. The region is also a major center of oil refining and petrochemical production. New Orleans is home to the regional headquarters of several major energy companies including Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and ENI. The city also includes the headquarters of other energy producing companies and oil services firms. The energy sector supports numerous engineering and design firms. The offshore and onshore petroleum and natural gas production sector provides numerous white collar jobs.

The Federal Government is a significant employer in the area. The New Orleans region is home to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, the National Finance Center, the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command and the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals.

Aerospace manufacturing is an important part of the economy. Martin Marietta manufactures aerospace components for NASA. New Orleans also includes a globally competitive manufacturing industry. Also, some of the top private employers are shipbuilding companies. Other prominent elements of the economy are higher education, the large healthcare industry, the prominent tourism industry, and research and technology.

The School-to-Career Initiative, which is managed by Greater New Orleans Inc., has organized local companies into industry clusters in fields such as architecture, design, engineering and construction; financial services, culinary arts, law-related careers, hospitality and tourism, information technology, petrochemical and healthcare. The program offers teacher and student shadowing opportunities and internships. The School-to-Career Initiative is focused on producing quality employees for the region.

The following is a list of New Orleans' top private employers:

  • Schwegmann Bros. Giant Supermarket
  • Hibernia Corp
  • First Commerce Corp., of Louisiana
  • South Central Bell
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Martin Marietta
  • Exxon Corporation
  • Whitney National Bank
  • Union Carbide Corp
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Pan American Life Insurance
  • Pool Corp
  • Rolls-Royce
  • AT&T
  • Newpark Resources
  • Turbo Squid
  • IBM
  • Superior Energy Services
  • Navtech
  • Textron Marine & Land Systems
  • McDermott International
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Harrah's Entertainment
  • Stewart Enterprises

The primary employment sectors in New Orleans are provided below:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Educational and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing

Noteworthy information about New Orleans, Louisiana: In 2008 the cost of living index for the city was 93.8. The nation's average is 100. About 26% of the adult residents have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

Companies located in New Orleans are invited to work with useful associations including:

People interested in local business and industry news can read New Orleans City Business

Jobs in New Orleans

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations552840$43,310$20.82100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations79650$33,780$16.2414.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations65150$21,020$10.118.55
4Sales and Related Occupations63440$33,190$15.969.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations43330$38,720$18.616.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations41010$69,100$33.225.8
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations29970$47,580$22.886.05
8Production Occupations26420$45,170$21.725.7
9Management Occupations24410$101,180$48.656.15
10Construction and Extraction Occupations24110$43,820$21.074.45
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations23710$44,940$21.613.8
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations22250$62,800$30.195.25
13Cashiers20850$19,280$9.272.2
14Protective Service Occupations19160$36,610$17.62.2
15Personal Care and Service Occupations18120$23,050$11.084.3
16Retail Salespersons18010$24,650$11.852.85
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations16830$23,700$11.393.65
18Registered Nurses16730$68,800$33.081.95
19Waiters and Waitresses15080$18,650$8.971.7
20Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand13780$27,180$13.071.7
21Healthcare Support Occupations13540$25,990$12.493
22Office Clerks, General11220$25,440$12.231.9
23Food Preparation Workers9860$18,710$90.6
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations9130$90,090$43.311.7
25General and Operations Managers8850$114,480$55.041.5
26Security Guards8210$28,420$13.670.7
27Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products8170$58,250$280.9
28Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food7960$19,320$9.292.3
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations7940$51,760$24.881.8
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7760$22,210$10.681.55
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive7720$34,230$16.451.5
32Computer and Mathematical Occupations7700$66,950$32.192.9
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers7260$23,700$11.391.3
34Cooks, Restaurant7180$22,660$10.90.8
35Maintenance and Repair Workers, General7110$38,140$18.340.9
36Community and Social Service Occupations7080$43,100$20.721.65
37Customer Service Representatives6610$31,960$15.371.75
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers6260$51,240$24.640.95
39Legal Occupations5800$84,670$40.710.8
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks5720$39,080$18.791.05
41Personal Care Aides5640$19,190$9.231.5
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers5490$37,100$17.841
43Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers5360$44,820$21.551.2
44Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants5230$45,950$22.090.35
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers5170$32,910$15.820.6
46Business Operations Specialists, All Other5120$54,920$26.40.7
47Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses4940$41,440$19.920.5
48Receptionists and Information Clerks4890$23,580$11.340.7
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4860$21,080$10.140.9
50Bartenders4550$18,830$9.050.4
51Nursing Assistants4480$22,920$11.021
52Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers3870$40,750$19.590.4
53Construction Laborers3730$33,390$16.050.8
54Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3570$66,760$32.10.8
55Accountants and Auditors3480$71,140$34.20.9
56Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers3410$36,810$17.70.6
57Carpenters2920$42,290$20.330.7
58Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2870$19,660$9.450.3
59Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels2850$91,660$44.070
60Lawyers2810$116,910$56.210.5
61Electricians2770$49,460$23.780.4
62Sailors and Marine Oilers2750$44,920$21.60
63Dishwashers2720$18,820$9.050.3
64Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2690$48,880$23.50.3
65Managers, All Other2660$89,010$42.790.6
66First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2550$64,810$31.160.4
67Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters2450$48,970$23.540.3
68Tellers2430$27,230$13.090.3
69First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2420$68,080$32.730.4
70Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2410$48,530$23.330.6
71Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2310$24,810$11.930.8
72Medical Assistants2280$28,850$13.870.45
73Production Workers, All Other2260$39,130$18.810.2
74First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers2250$63,290$30.430.3
75Paralegals and Legal Assistants2250$53,830$25.880.2
76Childcare Workers2190$19,370$9.310.8
77Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers2180$71,510$34.380
78Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop2160$20,600$9.90.3
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors2070$53,790$25.860
80Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2070$29,810$14.330.4
81Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1970$46,450$22.330.3
82Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1870$20,310$9.760.3
83Pharmacy Technicians1870$29,900$14.370.3
84Insurance Sales Agents1850$56,090$26.960.3
85Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1840$42,410$20.390.5
86Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1810$204,330$98.240.25
87Cooks, Short Order1670$21,290$10.230.1
88Firefighters1640$37,740$18.140.2
89Financial Managers1570$105,820$50.870.4
90Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1550$34,310$16.50.35
91Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1490$27,760$13.340.3
92Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1490$41,920$20.150.2
93Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1490$43,490$20.910.2
94Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other1480$37,910$18.230.1
95Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1460$29,500$14.180
96Compliance Officers1460$64,950$31.230.2
97Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers1450$24,040$11.560.1
98Computer Occupations, All Other1440$74,530$35.830.2
99Counter and Rental Clerks1410$25,040$12.040.3
100Food Servers, Nonrestaurant1410$22,320$10.730.2
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Jobs More Common Near New Orleans Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,310552,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,78079,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,02065,150
Sales and Related Occupations$33,19063,440
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,72043,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,10041,010
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,58029,970
Production Occupations$45,17026,420
Management Occupations$101,18024,410
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,82024,110
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,94023,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,80022,250
Cashiers$19,28020,850
Protective Service Occupations$36,61019,160
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,05018,120
Retail Salespersons$24,65018,010
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,70016,830
Registered Nurses$68,80016,730
Waiters and Waitresses$18,65015,080
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,18013,780
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,99013,540
Office Clerks, General$25,44011,220
Food Preparation Workers$18,7109,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$90,0909,130
General and Operations Managers$114,4808,850
Security Guards$28,4208,210
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,2508,170
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,3207,960
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,7607,940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,2107,760
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,2307,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,9507,700
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,7007,260
Cooks, Restaurant$22,6607,180
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,1407,110
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,1007,080
Customer Service Representatives$31,9606,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,2406,260
Legal Occupations$84,6705,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0805,720
Personal Care Aides$19,1905,640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,1005,490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,8205,360
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$45,9505,230
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,9105,170
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$54,9205,120
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,4404,940
Receptionists and Information Clerks$23,5804,890
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,0804,860
Bartenders$18,8304,550

Work Paying Relatively Well in the New Orleans, Louisiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,310552,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,78079,650
Sales and Related Occupations$33,19063,440
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,72043,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,10041,010
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,58029,970
Production Occupations$45,17026,420
Management Occupations$101,18024,410
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,82024,110
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,94023,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,80022,250
Protective Service Occupations$36,61019,160
Registered Nurses$68,80016,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,18013,780
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,99013,540
Office Clerks, General$25,44011,220
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$90,0909,130
General and Operations Managers$114,4808,850
Security Guards$28,4208,210
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,2508,170
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,7607,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,2307,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,9507,700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,1407,110
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,1007,080
Customer Service Representatives$31,9606,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,2406,260
Legal Occupations$84,6705,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0805,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,1005,490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,8205,360
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$45,9505,230
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,9105,170
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$54,9205,120
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,4404,940
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$40,7503,870
Construction Laborers$33,3903,730
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,7603,570
Accountants and Auditors$71,1403,480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,8103,410
Carpenters$42,2902,920
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels$91,6602,850
Lawyers$116,9102,810
Electricians$49,4602,770
Sailors and Marine Oilers$44,9202,750
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$48,8802,690
Managers, All Other$89,0102,660
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$64,8102,550
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$48,9702,450
Tellers$27,2302,430

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