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Portland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Portland, Maine Area

The Portland MSA is regarded as the strongest economic region in Maine. Approximately one third of Portland companies are in service industries and about 20% of the businesses are in retail. The city also includes a manufacturing sector and is a leading distribution center for Northern New England. In addition, the finance industry has long been a significant part of the economy. Tourism is also an important economic factor. The city is also home to a thriving port.

The healthcare industry is a major employer. The Maine Medical Center is one of Portland's top employers. Jobs are also provided by companies that produce items such as leather goods, stainless steel, plastic components, food products, metals, paper products, machinery, lumber and wood. Also, L.L. Bean Inc., is located nearby and is a major employer in the region.

Accolades for Portland Maine: Portland was included among the 50 best places for business and careers in the nation by Forbes Magazine. Inc Magazine ranked Portland #15 in a list of the top U.S. medium sized cities for doing business. Portland has also been ranked as the #1 market for small business vitality by the America City Business Journals.

The Career Center at Portland, helps companies seeking workers and also people looking for jobs. The center offers workshops and networking opportunities. The center also provides an apprenticeship program which provides on-the-job training in various occupations.

The following is a list of the largest employers in Portland Maine:

  • TD Banknorth Inc
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Unum Life Insurance Company of America
  • City of Portland
  • Portland Public School District
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
  • Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland Inc
  • Diocese of Portland School Office
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Barber Foods
  • Spurwink Services Incorporated
  • Mainehealth
  • Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc
  • Catholic Charities Maine
  • Erin, Inc
  • Amatos
  • Fairchild Semiconductor
  • Unum Provident

The leading nonagricultural employment sectors are:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Health services
  • Government
  • Education
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing

Noteworthy information regarding Portland Maine: In 2008 the cost of living index was very close to the nation's average. Approximately 36% of the residents over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $45,000.

Local companies have opportunities to work with helpful organizations including:

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram is a good resource for staying up-to-date with Portland business and industry news.

Jobs in Portland

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 201620 $47770 $22.96 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32050 $36880 $17.73 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 20880 $37810 $18.18 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19200 $23910 $11.5 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 13530 $80900 $38.89 5.75
6 Management Occupations 13180 $102520 $49.29 6.05
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11990 $33930 $16.31 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 11510 $53500 $25.72 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10740 $66150 $31.8 5.05
10 Production Occupations 9370 $36080 $17.35 5.85
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8630 $25380 $12.2 4.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7710 $46620 $22.41 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 7000 $27250 $13.1 3.1
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6740 $41370 $19.89 4.4
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 6480 $30200 $14.52 3.7
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 6280 $31130 $14.97 3.05
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5960 $78350 $37.67 2.8
18 Waiters and Waitresses 4690 $22200 $10.67 1.6
19 Cashiers 4660 $22130 $10.64 2.25
20 Registered Nurses 4660 $67650 $32.52 1.9
21 General and Operations Managers 4640 $104470 $50.23 1.4
22 Personal Care Aides 4560 $22650 $10.89 1.3
23 Customer Service Representatives 4380 $37480 $18.02 1.75
24 Protective Service Occupations 4380 $41280 $19.85 2.25
25 Office Clerks, General 3500 $33240 $15.98 2
26 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3350 $45270 $21.76 1.7
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3330 $27830 $13.38 1.2
28 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3240 $76760 $36.9 1.65
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 3160 $44780 $21.53 1.65
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3030 $36750 $17.67 1.6
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3020 $29810 $14.33 1.6
32 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2770 $19680 $9.46 2.15
33 Nursing Assistants 2390 $28800 $13.85 1.05
34 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2310 $28760 $13.83 1.6
35 Cooks, Restaurant 2210 $25860 $12.43 0.75
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2200 $39670 $19.07 1.1
37 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2120 $42200 $20.29 1.2
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2000 $61340 $29.49 1
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1940 $51920 $24.96 1
40 Accountants and Auditors 1940 $69720 $33.52 0.9
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1840 $45560 $21.9 1
42 Food Preparation Workers 1840 $23840 $11.46 0.6
43 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1740 $32240 $15.5 0.8
44 Legal Occupations 1670 $88400 $42.5 0.8
45 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1660 $19430 $9.34 0.3
46 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1620 $34030 $16.36 0.6
47 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1520 $40670 $19.55 0.9
48 Bartenders 1500 $24780 $11.92 0.4
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1400 $31110 $14.96 0.7
50 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1320 $65670 $31.57 0.9
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1300 $38020 $18.28 0.6
52 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 1230 $57260 $27.53 0.2
53 Financial Managers 1190 $124420 $59.82 0.4
54 Childcare Workers 1180 $22980 $11.05 0.8
55 Carpenters 1160 $39210 $18.85 0.6
56 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1140 $23690 $11.39 0.45
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1140 $59850 $28.77 0.6
58 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1130 $62120 $29.87 0.7
59 Medical Assistants 1110 $34840 $16.75 0.45
60 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1110 $43610 $20.97 0.5
61 Computer Systems Analysts 1100 $84870 $40.8 0.4
62 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1100 $22070 $10.61 1
63 Home Health Aides 1090 $24110 $11.59 0.7
64 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 1070 $40290 $19.37 0.2
65 Social and Human Service Assistants 1000 $32630 $15.69 0.3
66 Medical Secretaries 960 $34640 $16.65 0.4
67 Security Guards 900 $27160 $13.06 0.7
68 Software Developers, Applications 900 $85020 $40.88 0.5
69 Team Assemblers 890 $31430 $15.11 0.75
70 Billing and Posting Clerks 880 $37560 $18.06 0.35
71 Lawyers 880 $117590 $56.54 0.5
72 Insurance Sales Agents 870 $57630 $27.71 0.3
73 Computer User Support Specialists 860 $54440 $26.17 0.4
74 Firefighters 820 $31980 $15.37 0.2
75 Pharmacy Technicians 790 $32010 $15.39 0.25
76 Dishwashers 790 $20700 $9.95 0.3
77 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 780 $33450 $16.08 0.25
78 Construction Laborers 770 $34180 $16.43 0.8
79 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 770 $34000 $16.35 0.4
80 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 720 $51590 $24.8 0.2
81 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 720 $73220 $35.2 0.3
82 Computer and Information Systems Managers 700 $116880 $56.19 0.25
83 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 700 $49180 $23.65 0.5
84 Substitute Teachers 690 $24670 $11.86 0
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 690 $64910 $31.21 0.3
86 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 680 $34070 $16.38 0.35
87 Human Resources Specialists 660 $59270 $28.5 0.3
88 Order Clerks 630 $33780 $16.24 0.1
89 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 630 $57660 $27.72 0.4
90 Counter and Rental Clerks 630 $26090 $12.54 0.3
91 Cooks, Short Order 630 $23600 $11.35 0.1
92 Pharmacists 620 $116180 $55.86 0.2
93 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 620 $25350 $12.19 0.2
94 Helpers--Production Workers 610 $25790 $12.4 0.3
95 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 600 $59810 $28.75 0.4
96 Driver/Sales Workers 600 $31260 $15.03 0.3
97 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 590 $39270 $18.88 0.2
98 Physical Therapists 590 $74910 $36.02 0.15
99 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 580 $49310 $23.71 0.3
100 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 570 $48540 $23.34 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Portland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,770 201,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,880 32,050
Sales and Related Occupations 37,810 20,880
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,910 19,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,900 13,530
Management Occupations 102,520 13,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,930 11,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 53,500 11,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,150 10,740
Production Occupations 36,080 9,370
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,380 8,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,620 7,710
Retail Salespersons 27,250 7,000
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,370 6,740
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,200 6,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,130 6,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,350 5,960
Waiters and Waitresses 22,200 4,690
Cashiers 22,130 4,660
Registered Nurses 67,650 4,660
General and Operations Managers 104,470 4,640
Personal Care Aides 22,650 4,560
Customer Service Representatives 37,480 4,380
Protective Service Occupations 41,280 4,380
Office Clerks, General 33,240 3,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,270 3,350
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,830 3,330
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,760 3,240
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,780 3,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,750 3,030
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,810 3,020
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,680 2,770
Nursing Assistants 28,800 2,390
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,760 2,310
Cooks, Restaurant 25,860 2,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,670 2,200
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,200 2,120
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,340 2,000
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,920 1,940
Accountants and Auditors 69,720 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,560 1,840
Food Preparation Workers 23,840 1,840
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,240 1,740
Legal Occupations 88,400 1,670
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 19,430 1,660
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,030 1,620
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,670 1,520
Bartenders 24,780 1,500
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,110 1,400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,670 1,320

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Portland, Maine Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,770 201,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,880 32,050
Sales and Related Occupations 37,810 20,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,900 13,530
Management Occupations 102,520 13,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,930 11,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 53,500 11,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,150 10,740
Production Occupations 36,080 9,370
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,380 8,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,620 7,710
Retail Salespersons 27,250 7,000
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,370 6,740
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,200 6,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,130 6,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,350 5,960
Registered Nurses 67,650 4,660
General and Operations Managers 104,470 4,640
Customer Service Representatives 37,480 4,380
Protective Service Occupations 41,280 4,380
Office Clerks, General 33,240 3,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,270 3,350
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,830 3,330
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,760 3,240
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,780 3,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,750 3,030
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,810 3,020
Nursing Assistants 28,800 2,390
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,760 2,310
Cooks, Restaurant 25,860 2,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,670 2,200
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,200 2,120
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,340 2,000
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,920 1,940
Accountants and Auditors 69,720 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,560 1,840
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,240 1,740
Legal Occupations 88,400 1,670
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,030 1,620
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,670 1,520
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,110 1,400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,670 1,320
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,020 1,300
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 57,260 1,230
Financial Managers 124,420 1,190
Carpenters 39,210 1,160
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 59,850 1,140
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,120 1,130
Medical Assistants 34,840 1,110
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 43,610 1,110

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