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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1360320$56,400$27.12100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations209790$40,620$19.5314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations135430$42,290$20.339.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations111990$24,720$11.898.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations91680$83,660$40.225.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations91350$40,790$19.616.55
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations86000$77,910$37.465.25
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations85370$66,140$31.86.05
9Management Occupations77850$127,140$61.136.15
10Computer and Mathematical Occupations61410$99,060$47.622.9
11Construction and Extraction Occupations56020$49,310$23.714.45
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations49950$50,530$24.293.8
13Personal Care and Service Occupations41430$29,610$14.244.3
14Protective Service Occupations41060$47,640$22.912.2
15Production Occupations40880$39,550$19.015.7
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations40700$28,880$13.883.65
17Healthcare Support Occupations38490$33,490$16.13
18Cashiers37570$21,990$10.572.2
19Retail Salespersons33210$26,730$12.852.85
20Registered Nurses32880$76,160$36.621.95
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations30380$92,720$44.581.7
22Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive30330$40,220$19.341.5
23Office Clerks, General26190$32,580$15.661.9
24Customer Service Representatives25320$37,660$18.111.75
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand25120$31,890$15.331.7
26General and Operations Managers23430$136,220$65.491.5
27Community and Social Service Occupations23160$49,330$23.721.65
28Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food22880$21,770$10.472.3
29Waiters and Waitresses21400$23,200$11.151.7
30First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers21280$62,350$29.980.95
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners20760$26,850$12.911.55
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers18470$27,950$13.441.3
33Security Guards17040$30,580$14.70.7
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations15820$58,320$28.041.8
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations15130$77,000$37.020.8
36Legal Occupations15000$89,320$42.940.8
37Sales Representatives, Services, All Other14880$66,600$32.020.6
38Accountants and Auditors14620$79,100$38.030.9
39Nursing Assistants14040$30,870$14.841
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers13070$43,420$20.871
41Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers12750$47,670$22.921.2
42Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks11540$45,020$21.641.05
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers10780$36,930$17.760.6
44Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10480$41,170$19.790.9
45Personal Care Aides9890$26,120$12.561.5
46Construction Laborers9790$34,410$16.540.8
47Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products9530$70,930$34.10.9
48Receptionists and Information Clerks9400$29,860$14.360.7
49Cooks, Restaurant9380$26,350$12.670.8
50First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers8910$39,000$18.750.6
51Food Preparation Workers8750$24,180$11.620.6
52Computer Systems Analysts8680$99,390$47.790.4
53Management Analysts8330$96,290$46.290.5
54Software Developers, Systems Software7990$117,240$56.360.3
55Network and Computer Systems Administrators7980$109,050$52.430.25
56Business Operations Specialists, All Other7950$85,000$40.870.7
57First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers7810$72,960$35.080.4
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7410$24,570$11.810.9
59Lawyers7310$122,090$58.70.5
60Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6970$30,450$14.640.8
61Software Developers, Applications6960$108,680$52.250.55
62Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers6870$65,750$31.610.4
63Financial Managers6650$146,060$70.220.4
64Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop6620$22,080$10.610.3
65Carpenters6600$48,480$23.310.7
66Electricians6460$51,750$24.880.4
67Computer Occupations, All Other6300$105,900$50.920.2
68Human Resources Specialists6140$71,770$34.510.35
69Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists6130$62,090$29.850.4
70Medical Assistants6110$36,070$17.340.45
71Managers, All Other5920$114,420$55.010.6
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks5850$35,330$16.980.4
73Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5780$48,080$23.120.5
74Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers5770$22,140$10.640.3
75Bartenders5690$23,640$11.370.4
76Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5690$53,870$25.90.5
77Counter and Rental Clerks5610$34,720$16.690.3
78Home Health Aides5560$26,490$12.740.7
79Medical Secretaries5470$39,190$18.840.4
80Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education5240$31,440$15.120.3
81Bus Drivers, School or Special Client5210$32,110$15.440.3
82First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers5090$70,210$33.750.3
83Computer and Information Systems Managers4890$147,330$70.830.2
84Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators4750$44,450$21.370.35
85Dishwashers4740$21,560$10.370.3
86Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4740$64,140$30.840.35
87Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators4680$70,990$34.130.2
88First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors4600$57,020$27.420
89Computer User Support Specialists4590$56,270$27.050.4
90Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters4590$56,340$27.090.3
91Civil Engineers4510$82,250$39.540.2
92Paralegals and Legal Assistants4410$56,190$27.010.2
93Medical and Health Services Managers4390$119,620$57.510.25
94Social and Human Service Assistants4340$36,350$17.480.25
95Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists4330$31,220$15.010.4
96Computer Network Support Specialists4280$73,300$35.240.1
97Childcare Workers4220$23,860$11.470.8
98Compliance Officers4090$72,380$34.80.2
99Pharmacy Technicians4000$32,410$15.580.3
100Billing and Posting Clerks3990$38,210$18.370.3
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Jobs More Common Near Baltimore Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$56,4001,360,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,620209,790
Sales and Related Occupations$42,290135,430
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,720111,990
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,66091,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,79091,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,91086,000
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$66,14085,370
Management Occupations$127,14077,850
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$99,06061,410
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,31056,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,53049,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,61041,430
Protective Service Occupations$47,64041,060
Production Occupations$39,55040,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,88040,700
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,49038,490
Cashiers$21,99037,570
Retail Salespersons$26,73033,210
Registered Nurses$76,16032,880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,72030,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,22030,330
Office Clerks, General$32,58026,190
Customer Service Representatives$37,66025,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,89025,120
General and Operations Managers$136,22023,430
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,33023,160
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,77022,880
Waiters and Waitresses$23,20021,400
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$62,35021,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,85020,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,95018,470
Security Guards$30,58017,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,32015,820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,00015,130
Legal Occupations$89,32015,000
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,60014,880
Accountants and Auditors$79,10014,620
Nursing Assistants$30,87014,040
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,42013,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,67012,750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$45,02011,540
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,93010,780
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,17010,480
Personal Care Aides$26,1209,890
Construction Laborers$34,4109,790
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,9309,530
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,8609,400
Cooks, Restaurant$26,3509,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,0008,910

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$56,4001,360,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,620209,790
Sales and Related Occupations$42,290135,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,66091,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,79091,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,91086,000
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$66,14085,370
Management Occupations$127,14077,850
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$99,06061,410
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,31056,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,53049,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,61041,430
Protective Service Occupations$47,64041,060
Production Occupations$39,55040,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,88040,700
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,49038,490
Retail Salespersons$26,73033,210
Registered Nurses$76,16032,880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,72030,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,22030,330
Office Clerks, General$32,58026,190
Customer Service Representatives$37,66025,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,89025,120
General and Operations Managers$136,22023,430
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,33023,160
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$62,35021,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,85020,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,95018,470
Security Guards$30,58017,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,32015,820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,00015,130
Legal Occupations$89,32015,000
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,60014,880
Accountants and Auditors$79,10014,620
Nursing Assistants$30,87014,040
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,42013,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,67012,750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$45,02011,540
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,93010,780
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,17010,480
Personal Care Aides$26,1209,890
Construction Laborers$34,4109,790
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,9309,530
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,8609,400
Cooks, Restaurant$26,3509,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,0008,910
Computer Systems Analysts$99,3908,680
Management Analysts$96,2908,330
Software Developers, Systems Software$117,2407,990
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$109,0507,980

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