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Minneapolis Employment

Employment and Industries in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Area

Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the largest city in Minnesota, and one of the fifty largest cities in the United States. According to 2004 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the Minneapolis St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area is the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. It is also the third largest metropolitan area in the mid-western United States. As one might expect, the Minneapolis metropolitan area has a robust business community and vibrant economy. The Minneapolis metropolitan area is home to thirty Fortune 1000 company headquarters, sixteen of which are in the Fortune 500.

Inc. magazine ranked Minneapolis thirty-sixth on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category in 2006. In all three years of Inc. rankings (2004-2006), Minneapolis has ranked in the top fifty cities in the United States. The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth".

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Minneapolis ranks in the top 30 cities on the list of U.S. cities who receive the most yearly funding from the NIH..

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around Minneapolis include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Government
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Educational and Health Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Financial Services

The capital of Minnesota, St. Paul, is part of the Minneapolis metropolitan area. As one would expect, state government is a major driving force of the area's economy.

According to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, there are over 1,300 technology-intensive companies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, giving it one of the largest concentrations of high-technology businesses in the United States.

Residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area appreciate that the area has one of the most affordable among large metropolitan areas. According to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis-St.Paul has one of the lowest costs of living among the 25 largest cities in the United States.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is served by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), which ranks 13th in the U.S. and the 18th in the world for passenger volume. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ranks fourteenth in the United States for for nonstop international air travel according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Some major companies in the Minneapolis metropolitan area include:

  • 3M
  • Bemis
  • Ceridian
  • Donaldson
  • Ecolab
  • General Mills
  • H.B. Fuller
  • Medtronic
  • Minnesota Life Ins.
  • Nash Finch
  • Patterson
  • PepsiAmericas
  • St. Jude Medical
  • St. Paul Travelers Cos.
  • Target
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Toro
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Valspar
  • Xcel Energy

Some of the major business organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area include:

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Business Section of the Star Tribune, and the Business Section of the Pioneer Press are excellent sources of information on business in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Jobs in Minneapolis

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1932310$56,030$26.94100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations281730$41,830$20.1114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations190580$47,650$22.919.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations160910$26,220$12.618.55
5Production Occupations133220$40,460$19.455.7
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations131100$74,820$35.975.25
7Management Occupations126670$125,290$60.236.15
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations116440$40,530$19.486.55
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations110540$87,840$42.235.8
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations107460$57,150$27.486.05
11Personal Care and Service Occupations97210$28,160$13.544.3
12Computer and Mathematical Occupations79230$88,660$42.632.9
13Construction and Extraction Occupations62590$61,650$29.644.45
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations58010$51,570$24.793.8
15Retail Salespersons56190$28,100$13.512.85
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations52640$32,700$15.723.65
17Healthcare Support Occupations51950$35,590$17.113
18Personal Care Aides49370$25,640$12.331.5
19Customer Service Representatives44270$40,930$19.681.75
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food43510$23,180$11.142.3
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations41850$83,310$40.051.7
22Cashiers39940$23,620$11.352.2
23Registered Nurses39290$81,510$39.191.95
24Office Clerks, General36850$37,250$17.911.9
25Waiters and Waitresses35060$26,560$12.771.7
26Community and Social Service Occupations34840$48,760$23.441.65
27General and Operations Managers31850$120,800$58.071.5
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners30120$31,140$14.971.55
29Protective Service Occupations29990$47,640$22.912.2
30Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand29850$34,510$16.591.7
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations28320$56,820$27.321.8
32Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products25620$79,380$38.160.9
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers22580$30,140$14.491.3
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks20850$45,020$21.641.05
35Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers20240$34,320$16.50
36Accountants and Auditors19240$73,710$35.440.9
37Cooks, Restaurant19190$27,690$13.310.8
38Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations19150$74,550$35.840.8
39Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers19120$50,140$24.11.2
40Business Operations Specialists, All Other19000$72,460$34.840.7
41Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive18520$42,230$20.31.5
42Nursing Assistants17410$34,250$16.471
43Sales Representatives, Services, All Other17170$65,770$31.620.6
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers16940$63,800$30.680.95
45Legal Occupations16640$101,670$48.880.8
46Home Health Aides15500$28,310$13.610.7
47Software Developers, Applications15310$94,050$45.220.55
48Computer Systems Analysts14780$93,150$44.790.4
49Maintenance and Repair Workers, General14440$45,820$22.030.9
50First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers13040$44,970$21.621
51Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists12530$73,070$35.130.4
52Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop12510$22,100$10.620.3
53Management Analysts12320$85,060$40.890.5
54Receptionists and Information Clerks11860$31,290$15.040.7
55Financial Managers11720$141,620$68.090.4
56Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks10870$36,830$17.710.4
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers10390$35,470$17.050.8
58Carpenters10280$53,720$25.830.7
59First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers10220$38,210$18.370.6
60Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers10100$41,330$19.870.6
61Human Resources Specialists9960$66,340$31.890.35
62Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers9880$35,010$16.830
63Sales Managers9530$144,920$69.670.2
64Bus Drivers, School or Special Client9500$33,790$16.250.3
65Lawyers9500$130,790$62.880.5
66Computer User Support Specialists9460$57,670$27.720.4
67Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants9460$58,190$27.970.35
68Security Guards9210$34,160$16.420.7
69Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses9160$47,370$22.770.5
70Bartenders8910$23,830$11.460.4
71Childcare Workers8630$25,140$12.090.8
72Social and Human Service Assistants8490$36,740$17.660.25
73Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8150$27,890$13.410.9
74Machinists8130$50,370$24.220.25
75Managers, All Other8020$131,030$630.6
76Computer and Information Systems Managers8000$146,450$70.410.2
77Packers and Packagers, Hand7750$27,980$13.450.45
78Medical Secretaries7630$43,270$20.80.4
79Helpers--Production Workers7560$27,490$13.220.3
80Construction Laborers7460$53,980$25.950.8
81First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers7450$65,030$31.260.4
82Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists7310$33,890$16.290.4
83Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents7210$99,550$47.860.2
84Marketing Managers7160$143,940$69.20.1
85Network and Computer Systems Administrators7070$88,160$42.380.25
86Industrial Engineers6930$93,320$44.870.2
87Driver/Sales Workers6870$28,400$13.660.3
88Medical Assistants6850$39,530$190.45
89Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers6710$42,070$20.230.3
90Electricians6370$75,160$36.140.4
91Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics6350$44,600$21.440.5
92Software Developers, Systems Software6250$116,740$56.120.3
93Food Preparation Workers5950$26,570$12.770.6
94Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders5920$34,530$16.60.2
95Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5750$40,480$19.460.35
96Loan Officers5720$81,180$39.030.2
97Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters5640$75,670$36.380.3
98Pharmacy Technicians5600$37,310$17.940.3
99Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products5530$116,510$56.010.2
100Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators5520$65,340$31.410.2
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Jobs More Common Near Minneapolis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$56,0301,932,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,830281,730
Sales and Related Occupations$47,650190,580
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,220160,910
Production Occupations$40,460133,220
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,820131,100
Management Occupations$125,290126,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,530116,440
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$87,840110,540
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,150107,460
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,16097,210
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,66079,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations$61,65062,590
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,57058,010
Retail Salespersons$28,10056,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,70052,640
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,59051,950
Personal Care Aides$25,64049,370
Customer Service Representatives$40,93044,270
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,18043,510
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,31041,850
Cashiers$23,62039,940
Registered Nurses$81,51039,290
Office Clerks, General$37,25036,850
Waiters and Waitresses$26,56035,060
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,76034,840
General and Operations Managers$120,80031,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,14030,120
Protective Service Occupations$47,64029,990
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,51029,850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,82028,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$79,38025,620
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,14022,580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$45,02020,850
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,32020,240
Accountants and Auditors$73,71019,240
Cooks, Restaurant$27,69019,190
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$74,55019,150
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$50,14019,120
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$72,46019,000
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$42,23018,520
Nursing Assistants$34,25017,410
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$65,77017,170
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,80016,940
Legal Occupations$101,67016,640
Home Health Aides$28,31015,500
Software Developers, Applications$94,05015,310
Computer Systems Analysts$93,15014,780
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$45,82014,440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,97013,040

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$56,0301,932,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,830281,730
Sales and Related Occupations$47,650190,580
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,220160,910
Production Occupations$40,460133,220
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,820131,100
Management Occupations$125,290126,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,530116,440
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$87,840110,540
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,150107,460
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,16097,210
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,66079,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations$61,65062,590
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,57058,010
Retail Salespersons$28,10056,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,70052,640
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,59051,950
Personal Care Aides$25,64049,370
Customer Service Representatives$40,93044,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,31041,850
Registered Nurses$81,51039,290
Office Clerks, General$37,25036,850
Waiters and Waitresses$26,56035,060
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,76034,840
General and Operations Managers$120,80031,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,14030,120
Protective Service Occupations$47,64029,990
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,51029,850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,82028,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$79,38025,620
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,14022,580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$45,02020,850
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,32020,240
Accountants and Auditors$73,71019,240
Cooks, Restaurant$27,69019,190
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$74,55019,150
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$50,14019,120
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$72,46019,000
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$42,23018,520
Nursing Assistants$34,25017,410
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$65,77017,170
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,80016,940
Legal Occupations$101,67016,640
Home Health Aides$28,31015,500
Software Developers, Applications$94,05015,310
Computer Systems Analysts$93,15014,780
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$45,82014,440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,97013,040
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$73,07012,530
Management Analysts$85,06012,320

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