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New Bedford Employment

Employment and Industries in the New Bedford, Massachusetts Area

Fishing and manufacturing are still major contributors to New Bedford's economy. The healthcare industry is also a major economic element and a top employer. Three of New Bedford's major employers are Southcoast Hospitals Group, (healthcare), Riverside Manufacturing (apparel) and Titleist (golf clubs, balls and apparel). Due to fairs, festivals and the historic whaling industry, New Bedford also has a notable tourism industry.

The city's largest employment sectors are healthcare, wholesale trade, manufacturing, education, accommodation and food services, and social services. About 22% of the workers in New Bedford are employed in service occupations. Sales and office workers comprise about 21% of the labor force.

New Bedford's major employers are:

  • Southcoast Hospitals Group
  • Titleist
  • Riverside Manufacturing
  • Acushnet Company
  • Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp
  • Aerovox Incorporated
  • Friendly Fruit, Inc
  • Friendly Food, Inc
  • Ahead, Inc
  • AFC Cable Systems, Inc
  • Tremblay's Bus Co LLC
  • High Point Treatment Center, Inc
  • Brittany Dyeing and Printing Corp
  • The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC
  • Ottaway Newspapers, Inc
  • Symmetry Medical Inc
  • New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital, LLC
  • Aerovox Corp
  • Ahead, Inc
  • Imtra Corporation
  • GEC Durham Industries
  • Pier Fish Co., Inc

Some of the occupations where the majority of the workers have a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, social and human service assistants, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, medical and public health social workers; child, family and school social workers; financial managers; medical and health services managers; and social and community service managers.

Pertinent information about New Bedford, Massachusetts: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 130.9 which is high when compared to the national average of 100. Approximately 11% of the adult population has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009 the average salary in New Bedford was $34,000.

New Bedford companies are invited to work in partnership with helpful organizations such as:

People interested in learning about the activities of local businesses and industries can visit SouthCoastToday.com.

Jobs in New Bedford

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations65490$49,310$23.71100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations8390$39,990$19.2214.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations6720$26,900$12.938.55
4Production Occupations6040$37,580$18.075.7
5Sales and Related Occupations6010$35,230$16.949.9
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations4890$103,840$49.925.8
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations4350$63,050$30.316.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations4170$34,460$16.576.55
9Personal Care and Service Occupations4160$29,380$14.124.3
10Management Occupations3130$103,530$49.776.15
11Community and Social Service Occupations2850$51,550$24.781.65
12Personal Care Aides2850$28,330$13.621.5
13Construction and Extraction Occupations2690$53,830$25.884.45
14Healthcare Support Occupations2540$32,440$15.63
15Retail Salespersons2070$28,420$13.662.85
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1980$47,900$23.033.8
17Cashiers1950$24,440$11.752.2
18Business and Financial Operations Occupations1680$69,420$33.385.25
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1660$32,410$15.583.65
20Registered Nurses1570$79,680$38.311.95
21Protective Service Occupations1560$52,160$25.082.2
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1410$24,020$11.552.3
23Nursing Assistants1300$29,320$14.11
24Office Clerks, General1260$37,470$18.021.9
25Packers and Packagers, Hand1250$27,020$12.990.45
26Waiters and Waitresses1170$26,710$12.841.7
27Healthcare Social Workers1160$62,710$30.150.1
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1010$30,240$14.541.3
29General and Operations Managers970$98,470$47.341.5
30Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks880$38,420$18.471.05
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand810$31,910$15.341.7
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners780$32,350$15.551.55
33First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers770$38,290$18.411
34Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive730$43,590$20.961.5
35Customer Service Representatives720$39,140$18.821.75
36Architecture and Engineering Occupations680$80,110$38.511.7
37Sewing Machine Operators680$32,820$15.780.1
38Computer and Mathematical Occupations670$83,320$40.062.9
39Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers640$34,530$16.60
40Cooks, Restaurant580$27,390$13.170.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers580$60,550$29.110.95
42Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop570$24,090$11.580.3
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General570$42,870$20.610.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers490$36,310$17.460.6
45Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors490$40,620$19.530
46Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations470$49,550$23.821.8
47Food Preparation Workers460$29,330$14.10.6
48Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers450$45,070$21.671.2
49Security Guards450$28,620$13.760.7
50Social and Human Service Assistants450$31,860$15.320.25
51Bartenders430$26,570$12.780.4
52Carpenters420$55,390$26.630.7
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers410$30,570$14.70.8
54Accountants and Auditors400$72,840$35.020.9
55Bus Drivers, School or Special Client400$36,410$17.50.3
56Home Health Aides400$26,780$12.880.7
57Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses390$56,210$27.030.5
58Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products390$69,820$33.570.9
59Childcare Workers380$26,500$12.740.8
60Receptionists and Information Clerks380$28,590$13.750.7
61Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks380$37,080$17.830.4
62Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education370$29,880$14.360.3
63Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers340$66,880$32.150.4
64Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers330$37,740$18.140.6
65Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners330$26,690$12.830.9
66Medical Secretaries330$37,630$18.090.4
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics300$42,520$20.440.5
68Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists300$36,810$17.70.4
69Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations300$71,240$34.250.8
70Construction Laborers290$41,620$20.010.8
71Dishwashers290$25,160$12.10.3
72First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers290$62,100$29.860.4
73Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers290$37,660$18.110.3
74Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants280$55,390$26.630.35
75Firefighters270$61,930$29.780.2
76Counter and Rental Clerks250$27,480$13.210.3
77Electricians250$56,230$27.040.4
78Financial Managers250$110,250$53.010.4
79Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop250$24,290$11.680.3
80Food Servers, Nonrestaurant240$26,230$12.610.2
81Legal Occupations230$75,990$36.530.8
82Medical and Health Services Managers230$101,600$48.850.25
83First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers220$64,520$31.020.3
84Printing Press Operators220$43,440$20.880.1
85Recreation Workers220$27,950$13.440.25
86Billing and Posting Clerks210$43,160$20.750.3
87Brickmasons and Blockmasons210$66,790$32.110.1
88Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters210$40,970$19.70
89Pharmacy Technicians210$33,190$15.960.3
90Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials210$34,410$16.550
91Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic200$45,170$21.720.1
92First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers200$69,540$33.430.4
93Helpers--Production Workers200$28,600$13.750.3
94Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs200$25,700$12.360.2
95Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers190$25,390$12.210.1
96Machinists190$53,500$25.720.25
97Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters190$76,500$36.780.3
98Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists180$52,340$25.160.2
99Child, Family, and School Social Workers180$43,990$21.150.2
100Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria180$33,290$160.3
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Jobs More Common Near New Bedford Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,31065,490
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,9908,390
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,9006,720
Production Occupations$37,5806,040
Sales and Related Occupations$35,2306,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$103,8404,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$63,0504,350
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,4604,170
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,3804,160
Management Occupations$103,5303,130
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,5502,850
Personal Care Aides$28,3302,850
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,8302,690
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,4402,540
Retail Salespersons$28,4202,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,9001,980
Cashiers$24,4401,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,4201,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,4101,660
Registered Nurses$79,6801,570
Protective Service Occupations$52,1601,560
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,0201,410
Nursing Assistants$29,3201,300
Office Clerks, General$37,4701,260
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,0201,250
Waiters and Waitresses$26,7101,170
Healthcare Social Workers$62,7101,160
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,2401,010
General and Operations Managers$98,470970
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,420880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,910810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,350780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,290770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,590730
Customer Service Representatives$39,140720
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,110680
Sewing Machine Operators$32,820680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,320670
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,530640
Cooks, Restaurant$27,390580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,550580
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop$24,090570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,870570
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,310490
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors$40,620490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,550470
Food Preparation Workers$29,330460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,070450
Security Guards$28,620450
Social and Human Service Assistants$31,860450

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,31065,490
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,9908,390
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,9006,720
Production Occupations$37,5806,040
Sales and Related Occupations$35,2306,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$103,8404,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$63,0504,350
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,4604,170
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,3804,160
Management Occupations$103,5303,130
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,5502,850
Personal Care Aides$28,3302,850
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,8302,690
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,4402,540
Retail Salespersons$28,4202,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,9001,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,4201,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,4101,660
Registered Nurses$79,6801,570
Protective Service Occupations$52,1601,560
Nursing Assistants$29,3201,300
Office Clerks, General$37,4701,260
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,0201,250
Waiters and Waitresses$26,7101,170
Healthcare Social Workers$62,7101,160
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,2401,010
General and Operations Managers$98,470970
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,420880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,910810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,350780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,290770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,590730
Customer Service Representatives$39,140720
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,110680
Sewing Machine Operators$32,820680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,320670
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,530640
Cooks, Restaurant$27,390580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,550580
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,870570
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,310490
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors$40,620490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,550470
Food Preparation Workers$29,330460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,070450
Security Guards$28,620450
Social and Human Service Assistants$31,860450
Bartenders$26,570430
Carpenters$55,390420
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,570410

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