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Detroit Employment

Employment and Industries in the Detroit, Michigan Area

The Detroit area is synonymous with the American automotive industry and is home to the big thee automobile makers General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company,and DaimlerChrysler. Volkswagen of America is also based in the area. Other major industry segments in the Detroit area include:

  • City and local government
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Research and development
  • Transportation
  • Casino gaming

Emerging industries include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Information technology
  • Cognotechnology
  • Hydrogen fuel cell development

The Detroit area is home to many Fortune 1000 companies. The largest company in the area is General Motors.Fortune 1000 companies in the Detroit metropolitan area include:

  • American Axle & Mfg.
  • Comerica
  • DTE Energy
  • Ford Motor
  • General Motors
  • TRW Automotive Holdings

Other companies with headquarters or a significant presence in the Detroit area include:

  • Compuware
  • Electronic Data Systems
  • Ernst & Young
  • Little Caesars
  • Visteon

Business awards given to the Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn metropolitan area include:

  • The Detroit area was ranked 29th among the top fifty "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs" among large cities and metropolitan areas in the United States in a 2005 Entrepreneur magazine survey.
  • The Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn metropolitan area ranked 59th among top U.S. Cities on Inc. magazine's 2006 survey of the "Best Cities for Doing Business" (out of 393 metropolitan areas across the United States).
  • The Detroit area was ranked a "Five Star Business Opportunity Metro" by Expansion Management magazine in a 2005 survey.

For the business commuter, the Detroit area is served by by no fewer than nine highways and freeways, bus services by the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), and the the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for service to the suburbs. For air travel, the Detroit area is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTE). DTE is the eleventh busiest airport in the United States measured by passenger volume. It is also a hub for Northwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

Business/economic development organizations in the greater Detroit area include:

Crain's Detroit Business, the "Business Section" of the Detroit Free Press, and the "Business Section" of the Detroit News are all good sources for news on the economy and business community in the Detroit area.

Jobs in Detroit

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1966680$52,100$25.05100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations287770$37,690$18.1214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations194520$43,040$20.699.9
4Production Occupations190990$41,640$20.025.7
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations172880$23,600$11.358.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations125700$80,390$38.655.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations122670$36,970$17.786.55
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations107350$76,880$36.965.25
9Management Occupations94570$124,440$59.836.15
10Architecture and Engineering Occupations91500$86,360$41.521.7
11Education, Training, and Library Occupations87930$52,960$25.466.05
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations74980$49,560$23.833.8
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations69270$82,950$39.882.9
14Retail Salespersons63380$27,110$13.032.85
15Healthcare Support Occupations62470$30,150$14.493
16Construction and Extraction Occupations59940$54,390$26.154.45
17Personal Care and Service Occupations57240$26,630$12.84.3
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food53310$20,890$10.042.3
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations52950$27,610$13.273.65
20Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers48430$39,930$19.20
21Customer Service Representatives45370$35,790$17.211.75
22Office Clerks, General42490$35,650$17.141.9
23Registered Nurses41470$71,630$34.441.95
24Cashiers39340$22,870$112.2
25Waiters and Waitresses36650$22,880$111.7
26Protective Service Occupations35000$42,770$20.562.2
27Mechanical Engineers33100$94,690$45.520.2
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand29860$30,260$14.551.7
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations29060$56,340$27.091.8
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers27300$26,540$12.761.3
31General and Operations Managers26920$133,530$64.21.5
32Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products25220$75,330$36.220.9
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners24670$25,780$12.41.55
34Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive24290$36,990$17.781.5
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers24220$41,590$19.991.2
36Community and Social Service Occupations23720$46,160$22.191.65
37Nursing Assistants21530$29,230$14.061
38Software Developers, Applications17540$94,820$45.590.55
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks17530$40,570$19.511.05
40Industrial Engineers17500$92,900$44.660.2
41Accountants and Auditors16970$82,430$39.630.9
42Maintenance and Repair Workers, General16810$38,590$18.550.9
43Legal Occupations16120$93,350$44.880.8
44Personal Care Aides16110$22,560$10.851.5
45Cooks, Restaurant15710$25,910$12.460.8
46Receptionists and Information Clerks15570$29,070$13.980.7
47First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers15080$59,620$28.660.95
48First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers15010$45,880$22.061
49Security Guards14530$26,840$12.910.7
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other14490$75,010$36.060.7
51Home Health Aides14090$23,730$11.410.7
52Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers13970$36,980$17.780.3
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers13530$29,250$14.060.8
54Sales Representatives, Services, All Other13470$65,600$31.540.6
55Machinists13140$42,910$20.630.25
56First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers12690$70,210$33.760.4
57First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers12660$35,540$17.090.6
58Medical Secretaries12540$35,360$170.4
59Computer Systems Analysts12440$86,370$41.530.4
60Electricians12060$60,150$28.920.4
61Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks11400$36,930$17.750.4
62Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers11370$36,420$17.510.6
63Medical Assistants11000$31,330$15.060.45
64Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners10790$24,150$11.610.9
65Lawyers9690$118,950$57.190.5
66Management Analysts9570$101,440$48.770.5
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics9520$45,300$21.780.5
68Computer User Support Specialists9370$52,810$25.390.4
69Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists9260$71,640$34.440.4
70Construction Laborers9260$41,860$20.130.8
71Physicians and Surgeons, All Other9170$148,120$71.210.25
72Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic9100$42,860$20.610.1
73Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8910$71,300$34.280.8
74Packers and Packagers, Hand8190$28,420$13.660.45
75Food Preparation Workers8140$24,490$11.770.6
76Industrial Machinery Mechanics7810$56,300$27.070.2
77Human Resources Specialists7800$66,050$31.760.35
78Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7780$59,010$28.370.4
79Carpenters7740$54,380$26.150.7
80Bartenders7420$23,200$11.150.4
81Financial Managers7420$138,200$66.440.4
82Counter and Rental Clerks7210$28,100$13.510.3
83Tool and Die Makers7130$55,440$26.650
84Software Developers, Systems Software7040$89,180$42.880.3
85Electrical Engineers6940$90,680$43.60.1
86Helpers--Production Workers6930$29,120$140.3
87Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists6910$30,570$14.70.4
88Childcare Workers6710$23,310$11.210.8
89Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop6690$20,490$9.850.3
90Billing and Posting Clerks6680$38,640$18.580.3
91First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers6550$69,540$33.430.3
92Pharmacy Technicians6470$33,120$15.920.3
93Dishwashers6470$20,970$10.080.3
94Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators6160$35,390$17.010.35
95Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters5890$65,890$31.680.3
96Driver/Sales Workers5890$28,990$13.940.3
97Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5810$53,050$25.510.5
98Computer Occupations, All Other5810$80,020$38.470.2
99Postal Service Mail Carriers5760$50,060$24.070.2
100Tellers5750$29,630$14.250.3
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Jobs More Common Near Detroit Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,1001,966,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,690287,770
Sales and Related Occupations$43,040194,520
Production Occupations$41,640190,990
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,600172,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,390125,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,970122,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,880107,350
Management Occupations$124,44094,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,36091,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,96087,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,56074,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,95069,270
Retail Salespersons$27,11063,380
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,15062,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,39059,940
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,63057,240
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,89053,310
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,61052,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$39,93048,430
Customer Service Representatives$35,79045,370
Office Clerks, General$35,65042,490
Registered Nurses$71,63041,470
Cashiers$22,87039,340
Waiters and Waitresses$22,88036,650
Protective Service Occupations$42,77035,000
Mechanical Engineers$94,69033,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,26029,860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,34029,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,54027,300
General and Operations Managers$133,53026,920
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,33025,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,78024,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,99024,290
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,59024,220
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,16023,720
Nursing Assistants$29,23021,530
Software Developers, Applications$94,82017,540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,57017,530
Industrial Engineers$92,90017,500
Accountants and Auditors$82,43016,970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,59016,810
Legal Occupations$93,35016,120
Personal Care Aides$22,56016,110
Cooks, Restaurant$25,91015,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,07015,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,62015,080
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,88015,010
Security Guards$26,84014,530
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,01014,490

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,1001,966,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,690287,770
Sales and Related Occupations$43,040194,520
Production Occupations$41,640190,990
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,390125,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,970122,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,880107,350
Management Occupations$124,44094,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,36091,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,96087,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,56074,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,95069,270
Retail Salespersons$27,11063,380
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,15062,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,39059,940
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,63057,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,61052,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$39,93048,430
Customer Service Representatives$35,79045,370
Office Clerks, General$35,65042,490
Registered Nurses$71,63041,470
Protective Service Occupations$42,77035,000
Mechanical Engineers$94,69033,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,26029,860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,34029,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,54027,300
General and Operations Managers$133,53026,920
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,33025,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,78024,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,99024,290
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,59024,220
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,16023,720
Nursing Assistants$29,23021,530
Software Developers, Applications$94,82017,540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,57017,530
Industrial Engineers$92,90017,500
Accountants and Auditors$82,43016,970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,59016,810
Legal Occupations$93,35016,120
Cooks, Restaurant$25,91015,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,07015,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,62015,080
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,88015,010
Security Guards$26,84014,530
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,01014,490
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$36,98013,970
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,25013,530
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$65,60013,470
Machinists$42,91013,140
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$70,21012,690

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