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Baltimore Employment

Employment and Industries in the Baltimore, Maryland Area

The Baltimore-Towson metropolitan area has a strong economy and substantial opportunities for business and professional growth. The Baltimore area is home to several Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in Baltimore is Constellation Energy. The most famous are the financial services companies Legg Mason (now part of Citigroup Smith Barney) and T. Rowe Price.

The Baltimore area is a major center for medicine and biosciences, and home to two world-renowned teaching hospitals: Johns Hopkins Hospital and University Hospital at the University of Maryland. Baltimore receives the third largest amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of any U.S. city (behind Boston and New York). It is also a major center of research on the human genome project.

The Baltimore area has a well educated work force. According to the United States Census Bureau, almost 17% of the population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Baltimore in the top 25 most literate cities in the United States. A 2005 Forbes survey ranked Baltimore 29th out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas in educational attainment.

Inc. Magazine has listed Baltimore in the top 100 on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the "medium cities" category for the last three years (2004-2006). The Baltimore area was also ranked 55 on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers" (out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas). In the same survey, Forbes also ranked Baltimore fifty-fifth for job growth. The Baltimore-Towson metropolitan area also achieved a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros." Ranking criteria used in the survey include business climate, transportation and logistics infrastructure, quality of life, public education, and other areas important for corporate site selection.

Major industries in the Baltimore area include health care and life sciences, hospitality and entertainment, international finance and banking, and maritime commerce. A major influence on the Baltimore area economy is the Port of Baltimore. It is ranked fourteenth in the United States in terms of tonnage, and seventh in terms of cargo value. The Port of Baltimore is well regarded as one of the United States' top container terminals. It is also one of the best protected deep water seaports in the world.

For business travelers, the Baltimore area is served by no fewer than three major airports, including:

  • Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Notable companies with headquarters or major operations in the Baltimore metropolitan area include:

  • BD Diagnostic Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross & BlueShield
  • Constellation Energy
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.
  • Legg Mason
  • McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • Mittal Steel
  • Vertis
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • T. Rowe Price

Major business organizations and associations in the Baltimore Metropolitan area include:

The Baltimore Business Journal, and the "Business Section" of the Baltimore Sun are both good sources of information on business and the economy in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Jobs in Baltimore

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1343320 $54920 $26.41 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 213660 $39630 $19.05 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 137130 $41570 $19.98 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 106570 $24270 $11.67 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 92230 $80770 $38.83 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 88950 $39520 $19 6.45
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 83420 $76520 $36.79 5.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 82360 $65770 $31.62 6.15
9 Management Occupations 74430 $124450 $59.83 6.05
10 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62290 $95640 $45.98 2.8
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 56250 $48500 $23.32 4.4
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47540 $49480 $23.79 3.8
13 Production Occupations 41460 $38680 $18.59 5.85
14 Protective Service Occupations 40800 $45790 $22.02 2.25
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 40480 $28580 $13.74 3.7
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 39550 $28380 $13.64 4.1
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 38470 $32860 $15.8 3.05
18 Cashiers 38390 $21600 $10.39 2.25
19 Retail Salespersons 33960 $25670 $12.34 3.1
20 Registered Nurses 32510 $75780 $36.43 1.9
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31470 $39160 $18.83 1.6
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 26880 $88810 $42.7 1.65
23 Office Clerks, General 25730 $32420 $15.58 2
24 Customer Service Representatives 24460 $37230 $17.9 1.75
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 23440 $48390 $23.27 1.65
26 General and Operations Managers 23290 $133340 $64.11 1.4
27 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 22850 $31070 $14.94 1.6
28 Waiters and Waitresses 22210 $22850 $10.98 1.6
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21120 $26560 $12.77 1.6
30 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20820 $20720 $9.96 2.15
31 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 20200 $60840 $29.25 1
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 19510 $27030 $13 1.2
33 Security Guards 18240 $30730 $14.77 0.7
34 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 16110 $77340 $37.18 0.9
35 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 15080 $56300 $27.07 1.7
36 Legal Occupations 14940 $82170 $39.51 0.8
37 Nursing Assistants 14880 $29810 $14.33 1.05
38 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 14710 $65140 $31.32 0.6
39 Accountants and Auditors 14510 $79580 $38.26 0.9
40 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 13570 $47280 $22.73 1.2
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 13500 $43740 $21.03 1
42 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 12450 $44380 $21.34 1.1
43 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 10910 $36270 $17.44 0.6
44 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10530 $40960 $19.69 0.9
45 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 10310 $68580 $32.97 1
46 Construction Laborers 9720 $33830 $16.26 0.8
47 Receptionists and Information Clerks 9490 $28590 $13.74 0.7
48 Cooks, Restaurant 9310 $25980 $12.49 0.75
49 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8980 $37160 $17.87 0.6
50 Management Analysts 8490 $94260 $45.32 0.5
51 Food Preparation Workers 8450 $24480 $11.77 0.6
52 Computer Systems Analysts 8310 $95780 $46.05 0.4
53 Software Developers, Systems Software 8050 $119910 $57.65 0.3
54 Personal Care Aides 8030 $25130 $12.08 1.3
55 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 7740 $106720 $51.31 0.3
56 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 7710 $83660 $40.22 0.7
57 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 7640 $70890 $34.08 0.4
58 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 7400 $28760 $13.83 0.8
59 Carpenters 6950 $49290 $23.7 0.6
60 Software Developers, Applications 6890 $97650 $46.95 0.5
61 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 6850 $63900 $30.72 0.45
62 Lawyers 6820 $112550 $54.11 0.5
63 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 6560 $52240 $25.12 0.5
64 Computer Occupations, All Other 6490 $101830 $48.95 0.2
65 Financial Managers 6140 $144110 $69.29 0.4
66 Electricians 6120 $52070 $25.03 0.4
67 Medical Secretaries 5940 $38530 $18.52 0.4
68 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5810 $24470 $11.76 1
69 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 5720 $21490 $10.33 0.3
70 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 5710 $46770 $22.49 0.5
71 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5700 $34940 $16.8 0.4
72 Human Resources Specialists 5660 $71770 $34.5 0.3
73 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 5620 $61660 $29.65 0.35
74 Managers, All Other 5560 $112440 $54.06 0.65
75 Home Health Aides 5530 $25160 $12.1 0.7
76 Bartenders 5500 $24230 $11.65 0.4
77 Counter and Rental Clerks 5490 $35000 $16.83 0.3
78 Medical Assistants 5400 $35380 $17.01 0.45
79 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 5370 $54140 $26.03 0.3
80 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 5340 $30540 $14.68 0.3
81 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 5270 $41920 $20.15 0.35
82 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 5020 $62290 $29.95 0.5
83 Computer User Support Specialists 4940 $53970 $25.95 0.4
84 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 4820 $68170 $32.77 0.3
85 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 4620 $31350 $15.07 0.3
86 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 4510 $20880 $10.04 0.3
87 Medical and Health Services Managers 4450 $113090 $54.37 0.2
88 Dishwashers 4410 $21030 $10.11 0.3
89 Childcare Workers 4380 $23240 $11.17 0.8
90 Computer and Information Systems Managers 4380 $142690 $68.6 0.25
91 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 4370 $71470 $34.36 0.2
92 Computer Network Support Specialists 4270 $75940 $36.51 0.1
93 Social and Human Service Assistants 4200 $34990 $16.82 0.3
94 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 4120 $30890 $14.85 0.4
95 Driver/Sales Workers 4110 $34350 $16.52 0.3
96 Billing and Posting Clerks 4100 $37900 $18.22 0.35
97 Training and Development Specialists 3960 $62630 $30.11 0.2
98 Insurance Sales Agents 3940 $68130 $32.75 0.3
99 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 3860 $54780 $26.34 0.2
100 Civil Engineers 3860 $82880 $39.85 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Baltimore Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 54,920 1,343,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,630 213,660
Sales and Related Occupations 41,570 137,130
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,270 106,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,770 92,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,520 88,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 76,520 83,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 65,770 82,360
Management Occupations 124,450 74,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 95,640 62,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,500 56,250
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,480 47,540
Production Occupations 38,680 41,460
Protective Service Occupations 45,790 40,800
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,580 40,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,380 39,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,860 38,470
Cashiers 21,600 38,390
Retail Salespersons 25,670 33,960
Registered Nurses 75,780 32,510
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,160 31,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 88,810 26,880
Office Clerks, General 32,420 25,730
Customer Service Representatives 37,230 24,460
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,390 23,440
General and Operations Managers 133,340 23,290
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,070 22,850
Waiters and Waitresses 22,850 22,210
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,560 21,120
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,720 20,820
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 60,840 20,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,030 19,510
Security Guards 30,730 18,240
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 77,340 16,110
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,300 15,080
Legal Occupations 82,170 14,940
Nursing Assistants 29,810 14,880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 65,140 14,710
Accountants and Auditors 79,580 14,510
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,280 13,570
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,740 13,500
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 44,380 12,450
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,270 10,910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,960 10,530
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,580 10,310
Construction Laborers 33,830 9,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,590 9,490
Cooks, Restaurant 25,980 9,310
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,160 8,980
Management Analysts 94,260 8,490

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Baltimore, Maryland Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 54,920 1,343,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,630 213,660
Sales and Related Occupations 41,570 137,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,770 92,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,520 88,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 76,520 83,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 65,770 82,360
Management Occupations 124,450 74,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 95,640 62,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,500 56,250
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,480 47,540
Production Occupations 38,680 41,460
Protective Service Occupations 45,790 40,800
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,580 40,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,380 39,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,860 38,470
Retail Salespersons 25,670 33,960
Registered Nurses 75,780 32,510
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,160 31,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 88,810 26,880
Office Clerks, General 32,420 25,730
Customer Service Representatives 37,230 24,460
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,390 23,440
General and Operations Managers 133,340 23,290
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,070 22,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,560 21,120
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 60,840 20,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,030 19,510
Security Guards 30,730 18,240
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 77,340 16,110
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,300 15,080
Legal Occupations 82,170 14,940
Nursing Assistants 29,810 14,880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 65,140 14,710
Accountants and Auditors 79,580 14,510
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,280 13,570
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,740 13,500
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 44,380 12,450
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,270 10,910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,960 10,530
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,580 10,310
Construction Laborers 33,830 9,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,590 9,490
Cooks, Restaurant 25,980 9,310
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,160 8,980
Management Analysts 94,260 8,490
Computer Systems Analysts 95,780 8,310
Software Developers, Systems Software 119,910 8,050
Personal Care Aides 25,130 8,030
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 106,720 7,740

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