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Duluth Employment

Employment and Industries in the Duluth, Minnesota Area

Duluth, Minnesota is an important banking, medical and retail regional center. It's also a prominent transportation center due to the Duluth-Superior Harbor which includes two of the most important ports for the Great Lakes. Tourism also provides jobs in the region. Also, a vast number of jobs are directly related to the hospital industry.

The Duluth economy is bolstered by a variety of light and heavy manufacturing facilities. The city also includes food processing facilities, lumber and paper mills, woolen mills, fisheries, oil refineries, cold storage facilities and grain elevators.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides workforce centers. The department collaborates with local companies in order to provide customized job training and other labor force development services.

Some of the most popular occupations where the majority of the workers are college graduates include registered nurses, social and human services assistants, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, community and social service specialists; child family and school social workers; medical and health services managers; financial managers and pharmacists.

Details about Duluth, Minnesota: The estimated median household income in Duluth in 2007 was $41,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 82.6. The nation's average is 100. Regarding the adult population, 28% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better.

The following list includes the leading job providers in Duluth:

  • SMDC Health System - Hospitals
  • University of Minnesota Duluth - Education
  • St. Louis County - Government
  • Duluth Public Schools - Education
  • Allete - Utilities
  • United Healthcare - Finance and insurance health care management
  • Cirrus Design - Aerospace manufacturer
  • City of Duluth - Government
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • US Government - Government
  • Miner's - Wholesale trade grocery and related products
  • Great Lakes Transportation - Transportation and warehousing
  • Superior School District - Education
  • Benedictine Health System - Health care and social assistance
  • Grandma's Restaurants - Accommodation and food services
  • Halvor Lines - Transportation and warehousing
  • College of St. Scholastica - Educational services
  • Walmart Supercenter - Retail trade
  • Ecumen - Healthcare and social assistance
  • Wells Fargo - Finance and insurance depository
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway - Transportation and warehousing

The significant employment sectors in Duluth are:

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

Local companies have opportunities to work with associations such as:

People interested in the Duluth region's business activities may want to read the local newspaper the Duluth News Tribune.

Jobs in Duluth

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 125510 $43970 $21.14 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 18090 $34910 $16.78 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12680 $22990 $11.05 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 11940 $31540 $15.16 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10600 $74580 $35.86 5.75
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7450 $51920 $24.96 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7240 $37900 $18.22 6.45
8 Personal Care and Service Occupations 7200 $24740 $11.89 4.1
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6140 $45260 $21.76 3.8
10 Management Occupations 5940 $88730 $42.66 6.05
11 Production Occupations 5640 $41060 $19.74 5.85
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 5110 $30650 $14.74 3.05
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5100 $57440 $27.62 4.4
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4610 $27130 $13.04 3.7
15 Registered Nurses 4440 $61690 $29.66 1.9
16 Retail Salespersons 4350 $25490 $12.26 3.1
17 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4110 $61130 $29.39 5.05
18 Community and Social Service Occupations 4040 $41440 $19.92 1.65
19 Personal Care Aides 4030 $22610 $10.87 1.3
20 Cashiers 3540 $21500 $10.34 2.25
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2990 $20690 $9.95 2.15
22 Protective Service Occupations 2750 $45000 $21.63 2.25
23 Office Clerks, General 2670 $33420 $16.07 2
24 Waiters and Waitresses 2400 $20750 $9.98 1.6
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2270 $26550 $12.76 1.6
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2100 $73520 $35.35 1.65
27 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2000 $44920 $21.6 1.2
28 Customer Service Representatives 1920 $30230 $14.53 1.75
29 Nursing Assistants 1840 $30020 $14.43 1.05
30 Home Health Aides 1800 $26010 $12.51 0.7
31 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1730 $36340 $17.47 0.9
32 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1680 $64110 $30.82 2.8
33 General and Operations Managers 1660 $89920 $43.23 1.4
34 Social and Human Service Assistants 1490 $32200 $15.48 0.3
35 Cooks, Restaurant 1470 $24120 $11.6 0.75
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1470 $34960 $16.81 1.1
37 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1430 $24880 $11.96 1.2
38 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1350 $34760 $16.71 1.6
39 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1340 $24130 $11.6 1
40 Bartenders 1280 $20110 $9.67 0.4
41 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1260 $41640 $20.02 1.7
42 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1240 $62950 $30.26 0.9
43 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1100 $33060 $15.89 1.6
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 990 $37840 $18.19 1
45 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 950 $53200 $25.58 1
46 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 890 $41630 $20.02 0.5
47 Receptionists and Information Clerks 840 $27890 $13.41 0.7
48 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 830 $58360 $28.06 1
49 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 790 $37160 $17.87 0.5
50 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 770 $37320 $17.94 0.6
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 770 $36440 $17.52 0.6
52 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 760 $73500 $35.34 0.2
53 Carpenters 760 $49670 $23.88 0.6
54 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 760 $20600 $9.9 0.3
55 Accountants and Auditors 680 $60450 $29.06 0.9
56 Medical Secretaries 670 $36130 $17.37 0.4
57 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 650 $55860 $26.86 0.2
58 Security Guards 640 $27440 $13.19 0.7
59 Construction Laborers 600 $44230 $21.26 0.8
60 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 600 $30560 $14.69 0.8
61 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 580 $31020 $14.91 0.3
62 Tellers 570 $25540 $12.28 0.3
63 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 560 $56570 $27.2 0.7
64 Electricians 550 $61130 $29.39 0.4
65 Team Assemblers 540 $25490 $12.25 0.75
66 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 540 $29020 $13.95 0.3
67 Driver/Sales Workers 530 $23250 $11.18 0.3
68 Medical and Health Services Managers 530 $85690 $41.2 0.2
69 Childcare Workers 530 $22700 $10.91 0.8
70 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 530 $29570 $14.21 0.4
71 Pharmacy Technicians 510 $31770 $15.28 0.25
72 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 500 $20780 $9.99 0.25
73 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 490 $21700 $10.43 0.2
74 Billing and Posting Clerks 480 $35160 $16.9 0.35
75 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 480 $66100 $31.78 0.45
76 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 480 $59140 $28.43 0.2
77 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 470 $46210 $22.22 0.1
78 Firefighters 470 $45670 $21.96 0.2
79 Legal Occupations 470 $77180 $37.11 0.8
80 Financial Managers 460 $95510 $45.92 0.4
81 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 450 $38080 $18.31 0.3
82 Civil Engineers 450 $81810 $39.33 0.2
83 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 450 $27730 $13.33 0.2
84 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 440 $62640 $30.11 0.3
85 Dishwashers 430 $20300 $9.76 0.3
86 Food Preparation Workers 430 $24620 $11.84 0.6
87 Computer User Support Specialists 420 $46190 $22.21 0.4
88 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 410 $64630 $31.07 0.6
89 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 400 $47780 $22.97 0.5
90 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 390 $63580 $30.57 0.4
91 Medical Assistants 390 $34900 $16.78 0.45
92 Postal Service Mail Carriers 370 $49130 $23.62 0.15
93 Counter and Rental Clerks 360 $26420 $12.7 0.3
94 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 350 $30680 $14.75 0.2
95 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 340 $43300 $20.82 0.3
96 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 340 $34660 $16.66 0.2
97 Recreation Workers 340 $26710 $12.84 0.3
98 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 330 $66170 $31.81 0.4
99 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 320 $38130 $18.33 0.1
100 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 320 $69070 $33.21 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Duluth Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,970 125,510
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,910 18,090
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,990 12,680
Sales and Related Occupations 31,540 11,940
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,580 10,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,920 7,450
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,900 7,240
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,740 7,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,260 6,140
Management Occupations 88,730 5,940
Production Occupations 41,060 5,640
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,650 5,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations 57,440 5,100
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,130 4,610
Registered Nurses 61,690 4,440
Retail Salespersons 25,490 4,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,130 4,110
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,440 4,040
Personal Care Aides 22,610 4,030
Cashiers 21,500 3,540
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,690 2,990
Protective Service Occupations 45,000 2,750
Office Clerks, General 33,420 2,670
Waiters and Waitresses 20,750 2,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,550 2,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,520 2,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,920 2,000
Customer Service Representatives 30,230 1,920
Nursing Assistants 30,020 1,840
Home Health Aides 26,010 1,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,340 1,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,110 1,680
General and Operations Managers 89,920 1,660
Social and Human Service Assistants 32,200 1,490
Cooks, Restaurant 24,120 1,470
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,960 1,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,880 1,430
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,760 1,350
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,130 1,340
Bartenders 20,110 1,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,640 1,260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 62,950 1,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33,060 1,100
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,840 990
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,200 950
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,630 890
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,890 840
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,360 830
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,160 790
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,320 770

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Duluth, Minnesota Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,970 125,510
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,910 18,090
Sales and Related Occupations 31,540 11,940
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,580 10,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,920 7,450
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,900 7,240
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,260 6,140
Management Occupations 88,730 5,940
Production Occupations 41,060 5,640
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,650 5,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations 57,440 5,100
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,130 4,610
Registered Nurses 61,690 4,440
Retail Salespersons 25,490 4,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,130 4,110
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,440 4,040
Protective Service Occupations 45,000 2,750
Office Clerks, General 33,420 2,670
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,550 2,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,520 2,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,920 2,000
Customer Service Representatives 30,230 1,920
Nursing Assistants 30,020 1,840
Home Health Aides 26,010 1,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,340 1,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,110 1,680
General and Operations Managers 89,920 1,660
Social and Human Service Assistants 32,200 1,490
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,960 1,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,760 1,350
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,640 1,260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 62,950 1,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33,060 1,100
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,840 990
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,200 950
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,630 890
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,890 840
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,360 830
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,160 790
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,320 770
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,440 770
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 73,500 760
Carpenters 49,670 760
Accountants and Auditors 60,450 680
Medical Secretaries 36,130 670
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 55,860 650
Security Guards 27,440 640
Construction Laborers 44,230 600
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,560 600
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 31,020 580

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