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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations208520$51,260$24.65100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations31170$38,530$18.5213.75
3Sales and Related Occupations21250$41,460$19.939.5
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations20530$28,800$13.858.7
5Management Occupations14180$109,170$52.486.35
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations13350$88,220$42.415.85
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations12370$52,480$25.236
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11710$36,600$17.596.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations11160$71,060$34.175.35
10Production Occupations9830$38,850$18.685.6
11Personal Care and Service Occupations9420$29,650$14.254.65
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7630$31,200$153.6
13Retail Salespersons7630$27,810$13.372.7
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations7470$48,340$23.243.75
15Construction and Extraction Occupations7260$43,600$20.964.6
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations6930$81,490$39.183
17Healthcare Support Occupations6340$33,900$16.32.85
18Waiters and Waitresses5340$29,010$13.951.65
19Personal Care Aides4920$25,900$12.451.7
20Registered Nurses4630$71,080$34.171.95
21General and Operations Managers4530$116,020$55.781.5
22Protective Service Occupations4150$41,870$20.132.2
23Customer Service Representatives4100$38,500$18.511.75
24Cashiers3870$24,650$11.852.2
25Office Clerks, General3690$36,570$17.581.9
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3630$30,210$14.521.5
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations3610$78,800$37.891.7
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3410$29,860$14.351.25
29Community and Social Service Occupations3400$47,050$22.621.75
30Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3260$51,940$24.971.8
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3100$40,280$19.371.4
32Nursing Assistants2760$30,810$14.810.95
33Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2670$23,360$11.232.45
34Food Preparation Workers2620$26,200$12.60.5
35Cooks, Restaurant2560$29,970$14.410.9
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2190$43,310$20.821.2
37Accountants and Auditors2150$78,490$37.740.9
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2120$41,940$20.161.05
39Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2050$28,420$13.671.8
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2050$68,510$32.940.85
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2000$46,370$22.290.95
42Legal Occupations1840$88,370$42.480.8
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1770$53,090$25.520.95
44Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1740$34,400$16.540.75
45Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1530$35,760$17.190.6
46Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1520$25,680$12.340.9
47Software Developers, Applications1510$90,870$43.690.65
48Business Operations Specialists, All Other1460$68,030$32.710.7
49Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1440$41,560$19.980.9
50Carpenters1400$41,090$19.760.6
51Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1400$23,200$11.150.3
52First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1390$43,400$20.860.6
53Receptionists and Information Clerks1390$31,370$15.080.7
54Bartenders1370$33,020$15.880.4
55Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1360$70,860$34.070.8
56Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1340$38,840$18.670.4
57Medical Assistants1330$38,880$18.690.45
58Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators1320$59,790$28.750.2
59Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1290$33,960$16.320.8
60Computer Systems Analysts1210$84,130$40.450.4
61Financial Managers1170$139,510$67.070.4
62Social and Human Service Assistants1130$34,310$16.50.3
63Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1120$65,870$31.670.7
64Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1120$34,290$16.490.4
65Computer User Support Specialists1090$55,750$26.80.4
66Insurance Sales Agents1030$73,470$35.320.3
67Construction Laborers1000$34,980$16.820.9
68Firefighters990$38,480$18.50.2
69Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics980$44,890$21.580.5
70Packers and Packagers, Hand980$27,610$13.270.4
71Medical Secretaries950$38,050$18.290.4
72Lawyers920$120,340$57.860.5
73Security Guards870$31,370$15.080.7
74Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks830$41,390$19.90.2
75Computer and Information Systems Managers820$132,810$63.850.3
76Billing and Posting Clerks810$39,690$19.080.3
77Marketing Managers790$101,730$48.910.2
78Substitute Teachers730$26,800$12.890.4
79Human Resources Specialists710$61,860$29.740.4
80Paralegals and Legal Assistants710$52,180$25.090.2
81Pharmacy Technicians710$32,230$15.50.3
82Childcare Workers690$23,930$11.50.7
83Public Relations Specialists690$61,020$29.340.2
84Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers680$58,160$27.960.2
85Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants670$54,470$26.190.35
86First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers670$65,610$31.540.3
87First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers670$62,450$30.020.4
88Dishwashers660$23,400$11.250.3
89Driver/Sales Workers660$30,490$14.660.3
90Medical and Health Services Managers660$96,380$46.340.3
91Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders650$38,480$18.50.2
92Production Workers, All Other630$33,200$15.960.15
93Buyers and Purchasing Agents620$66,800$32.120.25
94Electricians610$50,350$24.210.45
95First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers590$61,460$29.550.4
96Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors590$58,120$27.940.2
97Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters590$50,450$24.260.3
98Administrative Services Managers580$84,930$40.830.2
99Cooks, Fast Food580$25,850$12.430.3
100Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers580$57,420$27.610.4
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Portland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,260208,520
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,53031,170
Sales and Related Occupations$41,46021,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,80020,530
Management Occupations$109,17014,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,22013,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,48012,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,60011,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,06011,160
Production Occupations$38,8509,830
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,6509,420
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,2007,630
Retail Salespersons$27,8107,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,3407,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,6007,260
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,4906,930
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,9006,340
Waiters and Waitresses$29,0105,340
Personal Care Aides$25,9004,920
Registered Nurses$71,0804,630
General and Operations Managers$116,0204,530
Protective Service Occupations$41,8704,150
Customer Service Representatives$38,5004,100
Cashiers$24,6503,870
Office Clerks, General$36,5703,690
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,2103,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$78,8003,610
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,8603,410
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,0503,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,9403,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,2803,100
Nursing Assistants$30,8102,760
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,3602,670
Food Preparation Workers$26,2002,620
Cooks, Restaurant$29,9702,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3102,190
Accountants and Auditors$78,4902,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,9402,120
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,4202,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$68,5102,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,3702,000
Legal Occupations$88,3701,840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,0901,770
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$34,4001,740
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,7601,530
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,6801,520
Software Developers, Applications$90,8701,510
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,0301,460
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,5601,440
Carpenters$41,0901,400

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,260208,520
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,53031,170
Sales and Related Occupations$41,46021,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,80020,530
Management Occupations$109,17014,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,22013,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,48012,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,60011,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,06011,160
Production Occupations$38,8509,830
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,6509,420
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,2007,630
Retail Salespersons$27,8107,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,3407,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,6007,260
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,4906,930
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,9006,340
Waiters and Waitresses$29,0105,340
Personal Care Aides$25,9004,920
Registered Nurses$71,0804,630
General and Operations Managers$116,0204,530
Protective Service Occupations$41,8704,150
Customer Service Representatives$38,5004,100
Office Clerks, General$36,5703,690
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,2103,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$78,8003,610
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,8603,410
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,0503,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,9403,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,2803,100
Nursing Assistants$30,8102,760
Food Preparation Workers$26,2002,620
Cooks, Restaurant$29,9702,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3102,190
Accountants and Auditors$78,4902,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,9402,120
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,4202,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$68,5102,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,3702,000
Legal Occupations$88,3701,840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,0901,770
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$34,4001,740
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,7601,530
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,6801,520
Software Developers, Applications$90,8701,510
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,0301,460
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,5601,440
Carpenters$41,0901,400
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$43,4001,390
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,3701,390

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