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Ann Arbor Employment

Employment and Industries in the Ann Arbor, Michigan Area

The largest employment industries in Ann Arbor Michigan are education, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, automotive and biomedical research. Notable factors of the economy include life sciences, nanotechnologies, computer and data processing, business services, high-speed Internet services and instrument development.

The University of Michigan is the largest employer. The city is also home to research and engineering centers. Ann Arbor is the western anchor of the region's high-technology corridors.

Ann Arbor's software companies provide a notable amount of the computer programming and devices used by the auto industry. The area is also a significant factor in trade and information publishing as well as book printing and manufacturing.

The following is a list of the Ann Arbor region's top employers:

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan Health Centers
  • Visteon
  • General Motors Corp/Powertrain Division
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • Pfizer Global Research and Development
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Borders Group
  • Con-Way Freight, Inc
  • Domino's Pizza Inc
  • Affina Group Inc
  • Kaydon Corporation
  • Prestolite Electric Holding, Inc
  • Voyager Learning Company
  • Washentaw County
  • Arbor Networks
  • Arbortext
  • JSTOR
  • MediaSpan
  • ProQuest
  • Arotech

Some of Ann Harbor's most popular jobs which are filled by college graduates are registered nurses, mechanical engineers, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, computer programmers, computer systems analysts, managers, network and computer systems administrators, computer software engineers, systems software; industrial engineers, computer software engineers, applications; and sales managers.

The major sectors providing jobs for the labor force include:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure and hospitality

Some of the helpful business organizations for local companies are:

MLive.com provides Ann Arbor business and industry news.

Jobs in Ann Arbor

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 210990 $56160 $27 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30970 $37330 $17.95 14.8
3 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 23650 $87310 $41.97 6.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 18050 $23960 $11.52 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 16060 $41200 $19.81 10.15
6 Management Occupations 11480 $118380 $56.92 6.05
7 Production Occupations 11210 $35770 $17.2 5.85
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 11080 $70150 $33.73 5.05
9 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 9740 $52490 $25.24 0.9
10 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 8330 $35380 $17.01 6.45
11 Office Clerks, General 8170 $36220 $17.41 2
12 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8090 $80930 $38.91 2.8
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 7000 $30640 $14.73 3.05
14 Registered Nurses 6920 $72680 $34.94 1.9
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 6210 $26460 $12.72 4.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6200 $20420 $9.82 2.15
17 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 5870 $83350 $40.07 1.65
18 Retail Salespersons 5820 $26940 $12.95 3.1
19 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5780 $50030 $24.05 3.8
20 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5310 $30880 $14.84 3.7
21 Customer Service Representatives 4140 $40300 $19.37 1.75
22 Waiters and Waitresses 3650 $22060 $10.61 1.6
23 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3240 $56100 $26.97 4.4
24 Cashiers 3100 $22400 $10.77 2.25
25 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3000 $52580 $25.28 1.7
26 Team Assemblers 2900 $32090 $15.43 0.75
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2680 $34190 $16.44 1.6
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 2600 $49900 $23.99 1.65
29 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2530 $26760 $12.87 1.6
30 General and Operations Managers 2500 $134210 $64.53 1.4
31 Protective Service Occupations 2500 $48160 $23.16 2.25
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2400 $27550 $13.25 1.2
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2310 $38350 $18.44 1.6
34 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2280 $67720 $32.56 0.7
35 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1930 $41870 $20.13 0.9
36 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 1770 $59800 $28.75 0.1
37 Personal Care Aides 1760 $25110 $12.07 1.3
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1660 $74110 $35.63 1
39 Home Health Aides 1610 $22510 $10.82 0.7
40 Cooks, Restaurant 1570 $25820 $12.41 0.75
41 Computer User Support Specialists 1480 $47010 $22.6 0.4
42 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 1480 $27090 $13.03 0.1
43 Accountants and Auditors 1410 $71170 $34.21 0.9
44 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1410 $40950 $19.69 1.1
45 Software Developers, Applications 1400 $98930 $47.56 0.5
46 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1390 $25880 $12.44 0.8
47 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1320 $28900 $13.9 0.7
48 Software Developers, Systems Software 1310 $98100 $47.16 0.3
49 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1290 $37390 $17.98 0.6
50 Medical Secretaries 1250 $32380 $15.57 0.4
51 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1250 $63940 $30.74 0.35
52 Food Preparation Workers 1200 $24580 $11.82 0.6
53 Medical Assistants 1180 $31700 $15.24 0.45
54 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1130 $43570 $20.95 1
55 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 1120 $46670 $22.44 0.1
56 Management Analysts 1120 $86180 $41.43 0.5
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1120 $65990 $31.73 0.6
58 Library Assistants, Clerical 1080 $25580 $12.3 0.1
59 Recreation Workers 1080 $23910 $11.49 0.3
60 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1050 $58170 $27.96 1
61 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1010 $42550 $20.46 1.2
62 Billing and Posting Clerks 1010 $39950 $19.21 0.35
63 Legal Occupations 960 $112080 $53.88 0.8
64 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 940 $30530 $14.68 0.1
65 Mechanical Engineers 930 $84130 $40.45 0.2
66 Education Administrators, Postsecondary 910 $149450 $71.85 0.1
67 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 890 $210430 $101.17 0.2
68 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 870 $23370 $11.23 1
69 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 850 $76530 $36.79 0.2
70 Computer and Information Systems Managers 850 $131020 $62.99 0.25
71 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 740 $34670 $16.67 0.3
72 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 730 $67300 $32.36 0.2
73 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 720 $57070 $27.44 0.5
74 Computer Occupations, All Other 720 $85480 $41.1 0.2
75 Industrial Production Managers 720 $120330 $57.85 0.1
76 Dishwashers 690 $21610 $10.39 0.3
77 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 680 $35100 $16.87 0.4
78 Pharmacy Technicians 680 $32310 $15.53 0.25
79 Childcare Workers 670 $22540 $10.84 0.8
80 Machinists 660 $44400 $21.35 0.3
81 Correctional Officers and Jailers 660 $53300 $25.63 0.3
82 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 640 $39530 $19.01 0.6
83 Computer Systems Analysts 630 $83830 $40.3 0.4
84 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 620 $48280 $23.21 0.5
85 Human Resources Specialists 620 $71470 $34.36 0.3
86 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 620 $54620 $26.26 0.5
87 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 610 $74480 $35.81 0.3
88 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 610 $61820 $29.72 0.4
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 600 $71820 $34.53 0.3
90 Financial Managers 600 $114050 $54.83 0.4
91 Lawyers 590 $145370 $69.89 0.5
92 Security Guards 560 $29860 $14.35 0.7
93 Electricians 560 $71850 $34.54 0.4
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 550 $26200 $12.6 0.3
95 Tellers 550 $25370 $12.2 0.3
96 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 550 $24950 $11.99 0.4
97 Sales Managers 550 $132330 $63.62 0.2
98 Bartenders 530 $30810 $14.81 0.4
99 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 510 $49700 $23.89 0.2
100 Packers and Packagers, Hand 500 $22930 $11.02 0.45
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Jobs More Common Near Ann Arbor Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 56,160 210,990
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,330 30,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 87,310 23,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,960 18,050
Sales and Related Occupations 41,200 16,060
Management Occupations 118,380 11,480
Production Occupations 35,770 11,210
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,150 11,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 52,490 9,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,380 8,330
Office Clerks, General 36,220 8,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 80,930 8,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,640 7,000
Registered Nurses 72,680 6,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,460 6,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,420 6,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 83,350 5,870
Retail Salespersons 26,940 5,820
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,030 5,780
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,880 5,310
Customer Service Representatives 40,300 4,140
Waiters and Waitresses 22,060 3,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,100 3,240
Cashiers 22,400 3,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 52,580 3,000
Team Assemblers 32,090 2,900
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 34,190 2,680
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,900 2,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,760 2,530
General and Operations Managers 134,210 2,500
Protective Service Occupations 48,160 2,500
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,550 2,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,350 2,310
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 67,720 2,280
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,870 1,930
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 59,800 1,770
Personal Care Aides 25,110 1,760
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 74,110 1,660
Home Health Aides 22,510 1,610
Cooks, Restaurant 25,820 1,570
Computer User Support Specialists 47,010 1,480
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 27,090 1,480
Accountants and Auditors 71,170 1,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,950 1,410
Software Developers, Applications 98,930 1,400
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,880 1,390
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,900 1,320
Software Developers, Systems Software 98,100 1,310
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,390 1,290
Medical Secretaries 32,380 1,250

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Ann Arbor, Michigan Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 56,160 210,990
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,330 30,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 87,310 23,650
Sales and Related Occupations 41,200 16,060
Management Occupations 118,380 11,480
Production Occupations 35,770 11,210
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,150 11,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 52,490 9,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,380 8,330
Office Clerks, General 36,220 8,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 80,930 8,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,640 7,000
Registered Nurses 72,680 6,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,460 6,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 83,350 5,870
Retail Salespersons 26,940 5,820
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,030 5,780
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,880 5,310
Customer Service Representatives 40,300 4,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,100 3,240
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 52,580 3,000
Team Assemblers 32,090 2,900
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 34,190 2,680
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,900 2,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,760 2,530
General and Operations Managers 134,210 2,500
Protective Service Occupations 48,160 2,500
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,550 2,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,350 2,310
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 67,720 2,280
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,870 1,930
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 59,800 1,770
Personal Care Aides 25,110 1,760
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 74,110 1,660
Cooks, Restaurant 25,820 1,570
Computer User Support Specialists 47,010 1,480
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 27,090 1,480
Accountants and Auditors 71,170 1,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,950 1,410
Software Developers, Applications 98,930 1,400
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,880 1,390
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,900 1,320
Software Developers, Systems Software 98,100 1,310
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,390 1,290
Medical Secretaries 32,380 1,250
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 63,940 1,250
Medical Assistants 31,700 1,180
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,570 1,130
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 46,670 1,120
Management Analysts 86,180 1,120

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