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 Occupations210180$52,820$25.39100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations27420$40,760$19.5913.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations21220$30,630$14.738.7
4Sales and Related Occupations20810$43,740$21.039.5
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations14780$36,630$17.616.7
6Management Occupations13830$110,620$53.196.35
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations13690$90,150$43.345.85
8Educational Instruction and Library Occupations12170$53,340$25.656
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations11630$72,450$34.835.35
10Healthcare Support Occupations11500$32,020$15.392.85
11Production Occupations9830$39,990$19.225.6
12Construction and Extraction Occupations8030$46,730$22.474.6
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7640$33,180$15.953.6
14Retail Salespersons7330$29,230$14.052.7
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations7160$47,830$233.75
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations7050$83,070$39.943
17Home Health and Personal Care Aides5860$27,350$13.150
18Waiters and Waitresses5340$31,660$15.221.65
19Personal Care and Service Occupations5150$35,890$17.264.65
20Fast Food and Counter Workers4620$25,270$12.152.45
21Registered Nurses4500$71,430$34.341.95
22General and Operations Managers4380$115,660$55.61.5
23Cashiers4080$26,720$12.852.2
24Customer Service Representatives4060$39,810$19.141.75
25Protective Service Occupations4040$45,710$21.982.2
26Office Clerks, General3990$38,900$18.71.9
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3900$32,550$15.651.5
28Community and Social Service Occupations3640$50,700$24.371.75
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3470$51,990$24.991.8
30Architecture and Engineering Occupations3400$79,810$38.371.7
31Stockers and Order Fillers3280$30,240$14.541.25
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2870$41,460$19.941.4
33Food Preparation Workers2630$28,990$13.940.5
34Nursing Assistants2570$32,900$15.820.95
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2500$44,350$21.321.2
36Cooks, Restaurant2290$34,360$16.520.9
37Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers2090$94,640$45.50.65
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2060$42,440$20.41.05
39First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1980$46,060$22.140.95
40Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1890$31,860$15.321.8
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1870$72,290$34.760.85
42Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other1830$74,320$35.730.7
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1820$34,580$16.620.75
44Accountants and Auditors1780$78,390$37.690.9
45Legal Occupations1770$95,570$45.950.8
46Receptionists and Information Clerks1770$32,620$15.680.7
47First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1670$56,030$26.940.95
48Light Truck Drivers1670$36,220$17.420.6
49Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1660$70,710$340.8
50Carpenters1480$45,420$21.840.6
51Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators1480$61,840$29.730.2
52Bartenders1420$33,120$15.920.4
53Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel1380$62,960$30.270.7
54Medical Assistants1340$40,640$19.540.45
55Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1280$42,450$20.410.9
56Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1250$27,900$13.410.9
57Construction Laborers1170$36,980$17.780.9
58Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1170$40,100$19.280.4
59First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1140$43,480$20.90.6
60Financial Managers1130$131,690$63.310.4
61Social and Human Service Assistants1120$36,250$17.430.3
62Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1080$42,800$20.580.5
63Computer Systems Analysts1080$81,870$39.360.4
64Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators1020$35,850$17.240.8
65Dishwashers990$25,580$12.30.3
66Lawyers980$123,950$59.590.5
67Computer User Support Specialists970$52,860$25.410.4
68Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks970$35,320$16.980.4
69Firefighters950$41,440$19.930.2
70Insurance Sales Agents920$77,730$37.370.3
71Production Workers, All Other880$33,430$16.070.15
72Marketing Managers810$103,700$49.860.2
73Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants810$39,730$19.10.4
74Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters780$52,270$25.130.3
75Security Guards780$33,230$15.980.7
76Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education770$38,920$18.710.3
77Computer and Information Systems Managers760$138,420$66.550.3
78Human Resources Specialists740$63,860$30.70.4
79Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks730$43,390$20.860.2
80Pharmacy Technicians730$33,530$16.120.3
81Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric710$259,570$124.790.3
82Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors700$64,310$30.920.2
83First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers700$64,200$30.870.3
84Driver/Sales Workers690$31,810$15.290.3
85Medical and Health Services Managers690$97,730$46.980.3
86Public Relations Specialists680$57,780$27.780.2
87Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants660$57,950$27.860.35
88First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers660$60,920$29.290.4
89Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other650$71,990$34.610.2
90Childcare Workers640$28,650$13.770.7
91Electricians640$53,310$25.630.45
92Tellers630$32,630$15.690.25
93Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists620$28,900$13.890.4
94Administrative Services and Facilities Managers610$85,920$41.310.2
95Cooks, Fast Food610$26,320$12.650.3
96First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers610$63,780$30.670.4
97Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers610$59,710$28.710.4
98Sales Managers610$130,040$62.520.3
99Paralegals and Legal Assistants600$56,680$27.250.2
100Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria590$34,480$16.580.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 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$52,820210,180
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,76027,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$30,63021,220
Sales and Related Occupations$43,74020,810
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,63014,780
Management Occupations$110,62013,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,15013,690
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$53,34012,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$72,45011,630
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,02011,500
Production Occupations$39,9909,830
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,7308,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,1807,640
Retail Salespersons$29,2307,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,8307,160
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,0707,050
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$27,3505,860
Waiters and Waitresses$31,6605,340
Personal Care and Service Occupations$35,8905,150
Fast Food and Counter Workers$25,2704,620
Registered Nurses$71,4304,500
General and Operations Managers$115,6604,380
Cashiers$26,7204,080
Customer Service Representatives$39,8104,060
Protective Service Occupations$45,7104,040
Office Clerks, General$38,9003,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,5503,900
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,7003,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,9903,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,8103,400
Stockers and Order Fillers$30,2403,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,4602,870
Food Preparation Workers$28,9902,630
Nursing Assistants$32,9002,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,3502,500
Cooks, Restaurant$34,3602,290
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$94,6402,090
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,4402,060
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,0601,980
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,8601,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,2901,870
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,3201,830
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$34,5801,820
Accountants and Auditors$78,3901,780
Legal Occupations$95,5701,770
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,6201,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,0301,670
Light Truck Drivers$36,2201,670
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,7101,660
Carpenters$45,4201,480

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$52,820210,180
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,76027,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$30,63021,220
Sales and Related Occupations$43,74020,810
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,63014,780
Management Occupations$110,62013,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,15013,690
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$53,34012,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$72,45011,630
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,02011,500
Production Occupations$39,9909,830
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,7308,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,1807,640
Retail Salespersons$29,2307,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,8307,160
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,0707,050
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$27,3505,860
Waiters and Waitresses$31,6605,340
Personal Care and Service Occupations$35,8905,150
Fast Food and Counter Workers$25,2704,620
Registered Nurses$71,4304,500
General and Operations Managers$115,6604,380
Cashiers$26,7204,080
Customer Service Representatives$39,8104,060
Protective Service Occupations$45,7104,040
Office Clerks, General$38,9003,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,5503,900
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,7003,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,9903,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,8103,400
Stockers and Order Fillers$30,2403,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,4602,870
Food Preparation Workers$28,9902,630
Nursing Assistants$32,9002,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,3502,500
Cooks, Restaurant$34,3602,290
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$94,6402,090
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,4402,060
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,0601,980
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,8601,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,2901,870
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,3201,830
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$34,5801,820
Accountants and Auditors$78,3901,780
Legal Occupations$95,5701,770
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,6201,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,0301,670
Light Truck Drivers$36,2201,670
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,7101,660
Carpenters$45,4201,480

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