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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 63960 $46640 $22.42 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8370 $38510 $18.52 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 6590 $33300 $16.01 10.15
4 Production Occupations 6420 $34660 $16.66 5.85
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6410 $25150 $12.09 8.3
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4840 $92640 $44.54 5.75
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4470 $58990 $28.36 6.15
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4160 $32570 $15.66 6.45
9 Management Occupations 3030 $100320 $48.23 6.05
10 Community and Social Service Occupations 2930 $41850 $20.12 1.65
11 Retail Salespersons 2780 $25250 $12.14 3.1
12 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2540 $29140 $14.01 4.1
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2530 $51210 $24.62 4.4
14 Healthcare Support Occupations 2460 $30410 $14.62 3.05
15 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2100 $44460 $21.38 3.8
16 Cashiers 1910 $22980 $11.05 2.25
17 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1650 $71950 $34.59 5.05
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1570 $21760 $10.46 2.15
19 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1540 $30600 $14.71 3.7
20 Registered Nurses 1430 $76870 $36.96 1.9
21 Nursing Assistants 1380 $27630 $13.28 1.05
22 Protective Service Occupations 1330 $51420 $24.72 2.25
23 Personal Care Aides 1290 $28110 $13.51 1.3
24 Office Clerks, General 1250 $35150 $16.9 2
25 Waiters and Waitresses 1250 $23820 $11.45 1.6
26 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1240 $24580 $11.82 0.45
27 Healthcare Social Workers 1180 $40300 $19.37 0.1
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 990 $28100 $13.51 1.2
29 General and Operations Managers 980 $90650 $43.58 1.4
30 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 880 $38330 $18.43 1.1
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 720 $40340 $19.39 1.6
32 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 700 $29850 $14.35 1.6
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 700 $30450 $14.64 1.6
34 Cooks, Restaurant 690 $27360 $13.15 0.75
35 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 660 $55900 $26.88 1
36 Sewing Machine Operators 640 $33310 $16.01 0.1
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 630 $41700 $20.05 1
38 Customer Service Representatives 630 $37570 $18.06 1.75
39 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 630 $38010 $18.28 0.9
40 Team Assemblers 630 $29000 $13.94 0.75
41 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 590 $34180 $16.44 0.6
42 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 570 $79160 $38.06 1.65
43 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 560 $81980 $39.42 2.8
44 Carpenters 510 $49240 $23.67 0.6
45 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 500 $27720 $13.33 0.3
46 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 480 $45020 $21.65 1.7
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 450 $33600 $16.16 0.6
48 Accountants and Auditors 440 $71520 $34.38 0.9
49 Social and Human Service Assistants 410 $30810 $14.81 0.3
50 Home Health Aides 410 $25190 $12.11 0.7
51 Bartenders 400 $23050 $11.08 0.4
52 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 390 $73800 $35.48 0.9
53 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 380 $69240 $33.29 1
54 Security Guards 380 $27810 $13.37 0.7
55 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 370 $37580 $18.07 0.4
56 Food Preparation Workers 370 $27510 $13.23 0.6
57 Medical Secretaries 350 $36580 $17.59 0.4
58 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 340 $40050 $19.26 0.3
59 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 340 $24200 $11.64 1
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 340 $51330 $24.68 0.5
61 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 330 $30250 $14.54 0.8
62 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 330 $43900 $21.11 1.2
63 Receptionists and Information Clerks 330 $28440 $13.67 0.7
64 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 320 $38830 $18.67 0.1
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 310 $38500 $18.51 0.5
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 300 $64380 $30.95 0.45
67 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 300 $52260 $25.13 0.5
68 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 300 $40730 $19.58 0.3
69 Counter and Rental Clerks 290 $27310 $13.13 0.3
70 Billing and Posting Clerks 290 $41090 $19.76 0.35
71 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 280 $55990 $26.92 0.4
72 Construction Laborers 280 $47440 $22.81 0.8
73 Electricians 260 $49400 $23.75 0.4
74 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 260 $23720 $11.4 0.2
75 Printing Press Operators 250 $38710 $18.61 0.1
76 Financial Managers 240 $104260 $50.12 0.4
77 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 230 $76150 $36.61 0.1
78 Medical and Health Services Managers 230 $97280 $46.77 0.2
79 Firefighters 230 $64010 $30.77 0.2
80 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 230 $62260 $29.94 0.3
81 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 220 $24640 $11.84 0.2
82 Dishwashers 220 $23680 $11.39 0.3
83 Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials 210 $35220 $16.93 0
84 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 210 $37290 $17.93 0.25
85 Pharmacy Technicians 200 $30550 $14.69 0.25
86 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 200 $32250 $15.5 0.3
87 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 200 $33390 $16.05 0.4
88 Recreation Workers 190 $27690 $13.31 0.3
89 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 190 $23310 $11.21 0.25
90 Tellers 190 $30300 $14.57 0.3
91 Helpers--Production Workers 190 $28480 $13.69 0.3
92 Surgical Technologists 180 $36830 $17.71 0.1
93 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 180 $37410 $17.99 0.1
94 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 180 $72930 $35.06 0.2
95 Human Resources Specialists 180 $57140 $27.47 0.3
96 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 170 $46650 $22.43 0.2
97 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 170 $31960 $15.37 0.1
98 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 160 $37230 $17.9 0.1
99 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 160 $23630 $11.36 0.1
100 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 160 $68180 $32.78 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near New Bedford Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,640 63,960
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,510 8,370
Sales and Related Occupations 33,300 6,590
Production Occupations 34,660 6,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,150 6,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 92,640 4,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58,990 4,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,570 4,160
Management Occupations 100,320 3,030
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,850 2,930
Retail Salespersons 25,250 2,780
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,140 2,540
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,210 2,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,410 2,460
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,460 2,100
Cashiers 22,980 1,910
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,950 1,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,760 1,570
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,600 1,540
Registered Nurses 76,870 1,430
Nursing Assistants 27,630 1,380
Protective Service Occupations 51,420 1,330
Personal Care Aides 28,110 1,290
Office Clerks, General 35,150 1,250
Waiters and Waitresses 23,820 1,250
Packers and Packagers, Hand 24,580 1,240
Healthcare Social Workers 40,300 1,180
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,100 990
General and Operations Managers 90,650 980
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,330 880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,340 720
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,850 700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,450 700
Cooks, Restaurant 27,360 690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,900 660
Sewing Machine Operators 33,310 640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,700 630
Customer Service Representatives 37,570 630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,010 630
Team Assemblers 29,000 630
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,180 590
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 79,160 570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 81,980 560
Carpenters 49,240 510
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 27,720 500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,020 480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,600 450
Accountants and Auditors 71,520 440
Social and Human Service Assistants 30,810 410
Home Health Aides 25,190 410

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,640 63,960
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,510 8,370
Sales and Related Occupations 33,300 6,590
Production Occupations 34,660 6,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,150 6,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 92,640 4,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58,990 4,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,570 4,160
Management Occupations 100,320 3,030
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,850 2,930
Retail Salespersons 25,250 2,780
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,140 2,540
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,210 2,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,410 2,460
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,460 2,100
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,950 1,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,600 1,540
Registered Nurses 76,870 1,430
Nursing Assistants 27,630 1,380
Protective Service Occupations 51,420 1,330
Personal Care Aides 28,110 1,290
Office Clerks, General 35,150 1,250
Healthcare Social Workers 40,300 1,180
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,100 990
General and Operations Managers 90,650 980
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,330 880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,340 720
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,850 700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,450 700
Cooks, Restaurant 27,360 690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,900 660
Sewing Machine Operators 33,310 640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,700 630
Customer Service Representatives 37,570 630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,010 630
Team Assemblers 29,000 630
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,180 590
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 79,160 570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 81,980 560
Carpenters 49,240 510
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 27,720 500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,020 480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,600 450
Accountants and Auditors 71,520 440
Social and Human Service Assistants 30,810 410
Home Health Aides 25,190 410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 73,800 390
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,240 380
Security Guards 27,810 380
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 37,580 370

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