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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 558100 $43410 $20.87 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 82420 $33290 $16 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 66520 $20480 $9.84 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 64120 $34910 $16.79 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 44940 $38820 $18.66 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 39040 $67270 $32.34 5.75
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 30130 $45910 $22.07 6.15
8 Production Occupations 26720 $45910 $22.07 5.85
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 25450 $43710 $21.02 4.4
10 Management Occupations 25320 $100450 $48.29 6.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 25030 $44170 $21.23 3.8
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 22970 $62830 $30.21 5.05
13 Retail Salespersons 19230 $24710 $11.88 3.1
14 Protective Service Occupations 18900 $36810 $17.7 2.25
15 Cashiers 18450 $19300 $9.28 2.25
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 17580 $22520 $10.83 4.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 16120 $23760 $11.42 3.7
18 Registered Nurses 15690 $70030 $33.67 1.9
19 Waiters and Waitresses 15540 $18470 $8.88 1.6
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 13520 $26030 $12.52 1.6
21 Office Clerks, General 12740 $25070 $12.05 2
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 12330 $26050 $12.52 3.05
23 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 9610 $94740 $45.55 1.65
24 General and Operations Managers 9460 $118090 $56.77 1.4
25 Food Preparation Workers 8920 $18450 $8.87 0.6
26 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8580 $18570 $8.93 2.15
27 Security Guards 7930 $28840 $13.87 0.7
28 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 7900 $58480 $28.11 1
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7660 $33520 $16.11 1.6
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 7550 $38290 $18.41 0.9
31 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 7550 $67710 $32.55 2.8
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 7300 $61630 $29.63 1.7
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7250 $22710 $10.92 1.6
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 7120 $24140 $11.61 1.2
35 Cooks, Restaurant 6660 $21970 $10.56 0.75
36 Community and Social Service Occupations 6530 $42400 $20.38 1.65
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 6440 $38220 $18.38 1.1
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 6120 $49970 $24.02 1
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5970 $38590 $18.55 1
40 Personal Care Aides 5850 $19240 $9.25 1.3
41 Customer Service Representatives 5810 $31630 $15.21 1.75
42 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 5800 $43270 $20.8 1.2
43 Legal Occupations 5530 $88150 $42.38 0.8
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5310 $31390 $15.09 0.6
45 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 5100 $56140 $26.99 0.7
46 Receptionists and Information Clerks 4890 $24180 $11.62 0.7
47 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4840 $20960 $10.08 1
48 Bartenders 4810 $19500 $9.38 0.4
49 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 4810 $45260 $21.76 0.5
50 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4650 $40550 $19.49 0.5
51 Nursing Assistants 4430 $23230 $11.17 1.05
52 Construction Laborers 4370 $31820 $15.3 0.8
53 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4040 $39890 $19.18 0.45
54 Accountants and Auditors 3880 $66570 $32 0.9
55 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 3400 $71260 $34.26 0.9
56 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 3320 $34400 $16.54 0.6
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3180 $58210 $27.99 0.6
58 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3120 $98720 $47.46 0
59 Lawyers 2920 $123250 $59.25 0.5
60 Carpenters 2900 $39410 $18.95 0.6
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2850 $69020 $33.18 0.4
62 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 2840 $47520 $22.85 0.3
63 Tellers 2830 $27390 $13.17 0.3
64 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 2780 $68780 $33.07 0.4
65 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2770 $18860 $9.07 0.25
66 Electricians 2760 $49500 $23.8 0.4
67 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 2570 $63510 $30.54 0.3
68 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 2550 $72580 $34.9 0
69 Sailors and Marine Oilers 2520 $43900 $21.1 0
70 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 2420 $19710 $9.47 0.3
71 Dishwashers 2360 $18410 $8.85 0.3
72 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2310 $24120 $11.6 0.8
73 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 2180 $49800 $23.94 0.3
74 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 2120 $20240 $9.73 0.3
75 Insurance Sales Agents 2100 $58050 $27.91 0.3
76 Managers, All Other 2090 $91000 $43.75 0.65
77 Childcare Workers 2090 $19560 $9.4 0.8
78 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2050 $31370 $15.08 0.4
79 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2000 $38010 $18.27 0.5
80 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1940 $49120 $23.61 0.3
81 Medical Assistants 1940 $28820 $13.86 0.45
82 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1920 $47080 $22.64 0.2
83 Pharmacy Technicians 1910 $29480 $14.17 0.25
84 Production Workers, All Other 1880 $40780 $19.61 0.2
85 Cooks, Short Order 1850 $20240 $9.73 0.1
86 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1700 $33170 $15.95 0.35
87 Counter and Rental Clerks 1660 $23700 $11.39 0.3
88 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 1650 $76990 $37.01 0.2
89 Firefighters 1630 $39040 $18.77 0.2
90 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1570 $54120 $26.02 0.2
91 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1550 $25190 $12.11 0.3
92 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 1540 $32060 $15.42 0.1
93 Financial Managers 1490 $108790 $52.3 0.4
94 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 1480 $21460 $10.32 0.2
95 Management Analysts 1470 $78760 $37.86 0.5
96 Compliance Officers 1400 $66510 $31.97 0.2
97 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1370 $21820 $10.49 0.2
98 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1370 $209480 $100.71 0.2
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 1360 $49450 $23.77 0.15
100 Driver/Sales Workers 1360 $26450 $12.72 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near New Orleans Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,410 558,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,290 82,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,480 66,520
Sales and Related Occupations 34,910 64,120
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,820 44,940
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 67,270 39,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,910 30,130
Production Occupations 45,910 26,720
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,710 25,450
Management Occupations 100,450 25,320
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,170 25,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,830 22,970
Retail Salespersons 24,710 19,230
Protective Service Occupations 36,810 18,900
Cashiers 19,300 18,450
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,520 17,580
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,760 16,120
Registered Nurses 70,030 15,690
Waiters and Waitresses 18,470 15,540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,030 13,520
Office Clerks, General 25,070 12,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,050 12,330
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 94,740 9,610
General and Operations Managers 118,090 9,460
Food Preparation Workers 18,450 8,920
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,570 8,580
Security Guards 28,840 7,930
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,480 7,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,520 7,660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,290 7,550
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,710 7,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 61,630 7,300
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,710 7,250
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,140 7,120
Cooks, Restaurant 21,970 6,660
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,400 6,530
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,220 6,440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,970 6,120
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,590 5,970
Personal Care Aides 19,240 5,850
Customer Service Representatives 31,630 5,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,270 5,800
Legal Occupations 88,150 5,530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,390 5,310
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 56,140 5,100
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,180 4,890
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,960 4,840
Bartenders 19,500 4,810
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 45,260 4,810
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,550 4,650

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,410 558,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,290 82,420
Sales and Related Occupations 34,910 64,120
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,820 44,940
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 67,270 39,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,910 30,130
Production Occupations 45,910 26,720
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,710 25,450
Management Occupations 100,450 25,320
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,170 25,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,830 22,970
Protective Service Occupations 36,810 18,900
Registered Nurses 70,030 15,690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,030 13,520
Office Clerks, General 25,070 12,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,050 12,330
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 94,740 9,610
General and Operations Managers 118,090 9,460
Security Guards 28,840 7,930
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,480 7,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,520 7,660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,290 7,550
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,710 7,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 61,630 7,300
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,400 6,530
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,220 6,440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,970 6,120
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,590 5,970
Customer Service Representatives 31,630 5,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,270 5,800
Legal Occupations 88,150 5,530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,390 5,310
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 56,140 5,100
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 45,260 4,810
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,550 4,650
Construction Laborers 31,820 4,370
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 39,890 4,040
Accountants and Auditors 66,570 3,880
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 71,260 3,400
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,400 3,320
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 58,210 3,180
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 98,720 3,120
Lawyers 123,250 2,920
Carpenters 39,410 2,900
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 69,020 2,850
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 47,520 2,840
Tellers 27,390 2,830
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 68,780 2,780
Electricians 49,500 2,760
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 63,510 2,570

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