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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations203740$48,970$23.54100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations31830$37,520$18.0414.35
3Sales and Related Occupations21100$38,420$18.479.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations19710$26,520$12.758.55
5Management Occupations13410$106,260$51.096.15
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations13200$82,280$39.565.8
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations12210$53,250$25.66.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11990$34,880$16.776.55
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations10500$69,130$33.235.25
10Production Occupations9420$38,150$18.345.7
11Personal Care and Service Occupations8900$27,550$13.254.3
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations7790$46,990$22.593.8
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7010$30,260$14.553.65
14Construction and Extraction Occupations6940$41,630$20.014.45
15Retail Salespersons6790$27,400$13.172.85
16Healthcare Support Occupations6140$32,090$15.433
17Computer and Mathematical Occupations6010$80,460$38.692.9
18Waiters and Waitresses5100$26,500$12.741.7
19Cashiers4710$23,370$11.242.2
20Customer Service Representatives4620$37,450$181.75
21General and Operations Managers4590$110,970$53.351.5
22Registered Nurses4520$69,220$33.281.95
23Personal Care Aides4490$24,900$11.971.5
24Protective Service Occupations4140$39,960$19.212.2
25Office Clerks, General3550$35,120$16.881.9
26Architecture and Engineering Occupations3470$77,890$37.451.7
27Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3370$47,060$22.631.8
28Community and Social Service Occupations3280$45,530$21.891.65
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3230$29,160$14.021.55
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3220$28,850$13.871.3
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3000$38,900$18.71.5
32Nursing Assistants2360$29,730$14.291
33Cooks, Restaurant2340$27,560$13.250.8
34Food Preparation Workers2230$24,370$11.710.6
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2190$42,510$20.441.2
36Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2160$21,580$10.382.3
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2110$40,840$19.631.05
38Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2060$26,980$12.971.7
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2020$62,340$29.970.9
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1970$44,550$21.421
41Accountants and Auditors1830$75,420$36.260.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1820$52,800$25.380.95
43Legal Occupations1780$87,290$41.970.8
44Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1690$21,770$10.470.3
45Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1620$33,010$15.870.8
46Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1530$32,770$15.760.6
47Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1440$39,730$19.10.9
48Carpenters1360$39,140$18.820.7
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1340$24,050$11.560.9
50Receptionists and Information Clerks1330$32,100$15.430.7
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1300$39,440$18.960.6
52Business Operations Specialists, All Other1280$65,760$31.620.7
53Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1270$69,350$33.340.8
54Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1250$33,990$16.340
55Bartenders1250$31,130$14.970.4
56Medical Assistants1190$37,950$18.250.45
57Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1170$37,020$17.80.35
58Social and Human Service Assistants1140$32,950$15.840.25
59Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1130$66,250$31.850.6
60Financial Managers1110$130,750$62.860.4
61Computer Systems Analysts1100$84,090$40.430.4
62Packers and Packagers, Hand1080$25,440$12.230.45
63Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators1070$58,000$27.890.2
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1030$43,360$20.850.5
65Insurance Sales Agents1020$50,310$24.190.3
66Software Developers, Applications1020$90,860$43.690.55
67Childcare Workers1010$24,250$11.660.8
68Medical Secretaries990$35,580$17.10.4
69Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks940$33,540$16.130.4
70Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks910$40,830$19.630.2
71Billing and Posting Clerks890$38,270$18.40.3
72Computer User Support Specialists890$54,440$26.170.4
73Home Health Aides870$24,770$11.910.7
74Lawyers870$120,280$57.830.5
75Firefighters860$33,650$16.180.2
76Security Guards850$28,970$13.930.7
77Pharmacy Technicians800$32,070$15.420.3
78Construction Laborers770$33,600$16.150.8
79Substitute Teachers760$25,640$12.330
80Driver/Sales Workers740$29,670$14.260.3
81Dishwashers740$21,550$10.360.3
82Cooks, Short Order730$26,470$12.730.1
83Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants700$50,070$24.070.35
84Computer and Information Systems Managers700$123,630$59.440.2
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers690$63,010$30.290.3
86Marketing Managers650$100,270$48.210.1
87First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers650$60,210$28.950.4
88Human Resources Specialists650$64,510$31.020.35
89First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers640$57,950$27.860.4
90Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents640$63,140$30.350.2
91Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters640$48,800$23.460.3
92Paralegals and Legal Assistants640$50,760$24.40.2
93Physical Therapists630$75,880$36.480.2
94Counter and Rental Clerks620$26,270$12.630.3
95Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers610$56,960$27.380.2
96Sales Managers610$135,350$65.070.2
97Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders590$36,520$17.560.2
98Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators590$39,960$19.210.2
99Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers580$30,440$14.630.1
100Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers570$54,980$26.430.4
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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$48,970203,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,52031,830
Sales and Related Occupations$38,42021,100
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,52019,710
Management Occupations$106,26013,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,28013,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,25012,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,88011,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,13010,500
Production Occupations$38,1509,420
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,5508,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,9907,790
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,2607,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,6306,940
Retail Salespersons$27,4006,790
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,0906,140
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,4606,010
Waiters and Waitresses$26,5005,100
Cashiers$23,3704,710
Customer Service Representatives$37,4504,620
General and Operations Managers$110,9704,590
Registered Nurses$69,2204,520
Personal Care Aides$24,9004,490
Protective Service Occupations$39,9604,140
Office Clerks, General$35,1203,550
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,8903,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,0603,370
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,5303,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,1603,230
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,8503,220
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,9003,000
Nursing Assistants$29,7302,360
Cooks, Restaurant$27,5602,340
Food Preparation Workers$24,3702,230
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,5102,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,5802,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,8402,110
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,9802,060
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,3402,020
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,5501,970
Accountants and Auditors$75,4201,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,8001,820
Legal Occupations$87,2901,780
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop$21,7701,690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,0101,620
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,7701,530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,7301,440
Carpenters$39,1401,360
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,0501,340
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1001,330

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$48,970203,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,52031,830
Sales and Related Occupations$38,42021,100
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,52019,710
Management Occupations$106,26013,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,28013,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,25012,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,88011,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,13010,500
Production Occupations$38,1509,420
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,5508,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,9907,790
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,2607,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,6306,940
Retail Salespersons$27,4006,790
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,0906,140
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,4606,010
Waiters and Waitresses$26,5005,100
Customer Service Representatives$37,4504,620
General and Operations Managers$110,9704,590
Registered Nurses$69,2204,520
Protective Service Occupations$39,9604,140
Office Clerks, General$35,1203,550
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,8903,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,0603,370
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,5303,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,1603,230
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,8503,220
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,9003,000
Nursing Assistants$29,7302,360
Cooks, Restaurant$27,5602,340
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,5102,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,8402,110
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,9802,060
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,3402,020
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,5501,970
Accountants and Auditors$75,4201,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,8001,820
Legal Occupations$87,2901,780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,0101,620
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,7701,530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,7301,440
Carpenters$39,1401,360
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1001,330
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,4401,300
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$65,7601,280
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$69,3501,270
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,9901,250
Bartenders$31,1301,250
Medical Assistants$37,9501,190

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