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Boston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Boston, Massachusetts Area

The big drivers of the economy in and around Boston are education, health care and life sciences (which represents at least one in six jobs in Boston), finance, and technology (both computer/software technology as well as biotechnology). The education industry in the Boston area has a major impact on the region's economy. Not only are educational institutions major employers, but they also attract high-technology industries to the region and act as incubators for many of the regions new and up-and-coming businesses.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Boston receives the highest amount of annual funding from the NIH of all cities in the United States. According to data presented by the Boston Indicators Project, the Boston area, and Massachusetts as a whole, also receive a tremendous amount of federal R&D funding. Federal spending in academic/nonprofit research institutions was over four and a half billion dollars in 2002. This ranked Massachusetts second only to California in absolute federal spending.

Metropolitan Boston has a highly educated work force. It ranks in the top 16% nationally for college educated adults when compared to similar size cities across the United States. Higher education attainment rates (people holding a bachelors degree or higher) in Boston are in excess of 35%, according 2000 data from the US Department of Commerce. This ranks Boston 5th among large US cities for bachelor’s degree holders. The attainment rate is even higher in the region surrounding Boston with higher education attainment rates as high as 40%.

Boston is also the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the regional headquarters for many federal agencies making government another large industry in and around Boston. The Port of Boston is also one of the oldest industrial and fishing ports in North America and is a major east coast seaport.

Because of its rich colonial and American Revolution history, eastern Massachusetts and the Boston are are also major tourist destinations. Boston is home to four major convention centers, the Hynes Convention Center, the Bayside Expo Center, the World Trade Center Boston, and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Some of the major business/education organizations in and around Boston include:

Some major employers and companies of note in the Boston Area include:

  • The Boston region's 74 colleges and universities servicing a total student enrollment of more than 265,000
  • The Boston region's major hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Lahey Clinic, The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, the New England Medical Center, and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, and more
  • A substantial number of biotechnology companies including companies such as Alkermes, Biogen IDEC, Genzyme, Novartis, Transkaryotic Therapies, and Wyeth
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Cambridge Technology Partners
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (state government)
  • EMC Corporation
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
  • Gillette, now part of Procter & Gamble
  • Iron Mountain Incorporated
  • Novell
  • NSTAR
  • Raytheon Corporation
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Teradyne, Inc.
  • TJX Companies, Inc.

The Boston Business Journal is an excellent publication to help individuals keep their fingers on the pulse of business in the Boston area.

Jobs in Boston

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2758780$67,370$32.39100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations385190$46,010$22.1214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations247120$51,590$24.89.9
4Management Occupations245580$140,290$67.456.15
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations228750$31,180$14.998.55
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations181250$69,390$33.366.05
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations181080$101,460$48.785.8
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations177930$88,450$42.525.25
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations140180$41,380$19.96.55
10Computer and Mathematical Occupations132130$100,310$48.232.9
11Personal Care and Service Occupations107850$35,210$16.934.3
12Production Occupations107550$43,350$20.845.7
13Construction and Extraction Occupations95930$65,090$31.294.45
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations80230$37,190$17.883.65
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations75240$57,010$27.413.8
16Healthcare Support Occupations74070$37,760$18.163
17Retail Salespersons73560$30,150$14.52.85
18Architecture and Engineering Occupations67800$95,180$45.761.7
19General and Operations Managers62620$143,950$69.211.5
20Protective Service Occupations59750$57,420$27.612.2
21Registered Nurses59060$95,270$45.81.95
22Cashiers57780$26,060$12.532.2
23Community and Social Service Occupations54760$50,600$24.331.65
24Customer Service Representatives51970$44,890$21.581.75
25Waiters and Waitresses51190$32,310$15.531.7
26Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food50080$26,640$12.812.3
27Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations46620$86,280$41.480.8
28Office Clerks, General45010$41,550$19.981.9
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners44000$36,030$17.321.55
30Personal Care Aides43140$29,150$14.021.5
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations42130$66,780$32.111.8
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers36870$31,530$15.161.3
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks34480$48,260$23.21.05
34Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive33260$47,410$22.791.5
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers30870$66,590$32.020.95
36Accountants and Auditors30680$82,830$39.820.9
37Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand29520$34,520$16.591.7
38Financial Managers29480$153,480$73.790.4
39Software Developers, Applications29270$110,240$530.55
40Legal Occupations26350$134,830$64.820.8
41Nursing Assistants26030$34,610$16.641
42Software Developers, Systems Software24870$118,920$57.180.3
43Cooks, Restaurant23580$32,700$15.720.8
44Management Analysts20820$112,410$54.040.5
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers20040$49,900$23.991
46Medical Secretaries19630$44,230$21.260.4
47Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers19230$50,450$24.261.2
48Home Health Aides18330$30,890$14.850.7
49Sales Representatives, Services, All Other18330$77,540$37.280.6
50Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists18020$75,650$36.370.4
51Security Guards17870$35,750$17.190.7
52Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products17260$80,610$38.760.9
53Computer User Support Specialists17250$64,960$31.230.4
54Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants17240$64,720$31.110.35
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers17100$42,150$20.260.6
56Maintenance and Repair Workers, General17030$49,690$23.890.9
57Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop16580$26,750$12.860.3
58Computer and Information Systems Managers16530$160,260$77.050.2
59Receptionists and Information Clerks16500$33,130$15.930.7
60Lawyers16460$170,720$82.080.5
61Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products16320$95,480$45.910.2
62Packers and Packagers, Hand15300$28,070$13.50.45
63Bartenders15280$31,520$15.160.4
64Construction Laborers14530$53,220$25.580.8
65Human Resources Specialists14400$78,010$37.510.35
66Sales Managers14400$156,550$75.260.2
67Physicians and Surgeons, All Other14310$204,280$98.210.25
68Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers14220$37,800$18.170.8
69Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners14080$32,830$15.780.9
70Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers14050$34,890$16.770
71First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers13620$42,620$20.490.6
72Computer Systems Analysts13590$95,660$45.990.4
73Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education13490$39,540$19.010.3
74Business Operations Specialists, All Other13480$87,820$42.220.7
75Carpenters13220$62,900$30.240.7
76Marketing Managers13010$145,920$70.160.1
77Electricians12910$68,230$32.80.4
78Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists12860$92,350$44.40.1
79Financial Analysts12580$107,620$51.740.2
80Medical and Health Services Managers12120$140,700$67.640.25
81Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers11760$72,520$34.870.4
82Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics11210$46,440$22.330.5
83Social and Human Service Assistants11130$34,870$16.770.25
84Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents10820$121,330$58.330.2
85Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses10720$61,150$29.40.5
86Dishwashers10630$28,350$13.630.3
87Food Preparation Workers10550$30,340$14.590.6
88Administrative Services Managers10450$115,440$55.50.2
89Childcare Workers10300$30,050$14.450.8
90Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters10040$72,200$34.710.3
91Industrial Engineers10030$103,330$49.680.2
92First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers10010$88,850$42.720.4
93Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks9920$39,720$19.10.4
94Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors9840$60,520$29.10.2
95Computer Occupations, All Other9680$92,510$44.480.2
96Medical Assistants9550$40,730$19.580.45
97Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers9540$41,360$19.880
98Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists9220$42,490$20.430.4
99Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors9140$49,180$23.640
100Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians8970$61,230$29.440.2
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Boston Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$67,3702,758,780
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$46,010385,190
Sales and Related Occupations$51,590247,120
Management Occupations$140,290245,580
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$31,180228,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$69,390181,250
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$101,460181,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$88,450177,930
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$41,380140,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$100,310132,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations$35,210107,850
Production Occupations$43,350107,550
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,09095,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$37,19080,230
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$57,01075,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,76074,070
Retail Salespersons$30,15073,560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$95,18067,800
General and Operations Managers$143,95062,620
Protective Service Occupations$57,42059,750
Registered Nurses$95,27059,060
Cashiers$26,06057,780
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,60054,760
Customer Service Representatives$44,89051,970
Waiters and Waitresses$32,31051,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$26,64050,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$86,28046,620
Office Clerks, General$41,55045,010
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$36,03044,000
Personal Care Aides$29,15043,140
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$66,78042,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,53036,870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$48,26034,480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$47,41033,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$66,59030,870
Accountants and Auditors$82,83030,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,52029,520
Financial Managers$153,48029,480
Software Developers, Applications$110,24029,270
Legal Occupations$134,83026,350
Nursing Assistants$34,61026,030
Software Developers, Systems Software$118,92024,870
Cooks, Restaurant$32,70023,580
Management Analysts$112,41020,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$49,90020,040
Medical Secretaries$44,23019,630
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$50,45019,230
Home Health Aides$30,89018,330
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$77,54018,330
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$75,65018,020

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Boston, Massachusetts Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$67,3702,758,780
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$46,010385,190
Sales and Related Occupations$51,590247,120
Management Occupations$140,290245,580
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$31,180228,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$69,390181,250
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$101,460181,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$88,450177,930
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$41,380140,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$100,310132,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations$35,210107,850
Production Occupations$43,350107,550
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,09095,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$37,19080,230
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$57,01075,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,76074,070
Retail Salespersons$30,15073,560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$95,18067,800
General and Operations Managers$143,95062,620
Protective Service Occupations$57,42059,750
Registered Nurses$95,27059,060
Cashiers$26,06057,780
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,60054,760
Customer Service Representatives$44,89051,970
Waiters and Waitresses$32,31051,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$26,64050,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$86,28046,620
Office Clerks, General$41,55045,010
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$36,03044,000
Personal Care Aides$29,15043,140
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$66,78042,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,53036,870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$48,26034,480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$47,41033,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$66,59030,870
Accountants and Auditors$82,83030,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,52029,520
Financial Managers$153,48029,480
Software Developers, Applications$110,24029,270
Legal Occupations$134,83026,350
Nursing Assistants$34,61026,030
Software Developers, Systems Software$118,92024,870
Cooks, Restaurant$32,70023,580
Management Analysts$112,41020,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$49,90020,040
Medical Secretaries$44,23019,630
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$50,45019,230
Home Health Aides$30,89018,330
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$77,54018,330
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$75,65018,020

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