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 Occupations1956300$57,420$27.6100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations280040$42,850$20.613.75
3Sales and Related Occupations189260$47,070$22.639.5
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations161790$27,280$13.128.7
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations134600$76,250$36.665.35
6Production Occupations131820$41,900$20.145.6
7Management Occupations129190$126,040$60.66.35
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations115380$42,110$20.256.7
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations112530$90,140$43.345.85
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations109310$59,070$28.46
11Personal Care and Service Occupations103180$28,840$13.874.65
12Computer and Mathematical Occupations82240$89,410$42.983
13Construction and Extraction Occupations63730$63,710$30.634.6
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations60260$51,940$24.973.75
15Retail Salespersons58450$29,380$14.132.7
16Personal Care Aides54680$26,400$12.691.7
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations53930$34,360$16.523.6
18Healthcare Support Occupations48720$37,480$18.022.85
19Customer Service Representatives44840$41,160$19.791.75
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food44260$24,560$11.812.45
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations43470$85,190$40.961.7
22Registered Nurses39900$83,520$40.151.95
23Cashiers39840$25,200$12.112.2
24Community and Social Service Occupations36680$50,330$24.21.75
25Office Clerks, General36210$38,930$18.721.9
26Waiters and Waitresses34360$26,190$12.591.65
27General and Operations Managers33270$122,290$58.791.5
28Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations31600$57,250$27.521.8
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners31520$32,400$15.581.5
30Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand31290$36,030$17.321.8
31Protective Service Occupations30730$51,740$24.872.2
32Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products24410$75,520$36.310.85
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers23460$31,770$15.271.25
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks20870$46,540$22.381.05
35Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers20430$34,350$16.510.8
36Business Operations Specialists, All Other20200$74,150$35.650.7
37Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations20060$78,940$37.950.8
38Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive19840$42,660$20.511.4
39Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers19180$52,120$25.061.2
40Cooks, Restaurant18740$30,280$14.560.9
41Accountants and Auditors18240$74,800$35.960.9
42Software Developers, Applications17730$97,660$46.950.65
43Sales Representatives, Services, All Other17130$67,220$32.320.7
44Computer Systems Analysts16730$94,780$45.570.4
45Legal Occupations16550$98,910$47.550.8
46First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers16320$64,840$31.170.95
47Nursing Assistants16270$35,260$16.950.95
48Maintenance and Repair Workers, General14960$46,810$22.50.9
49Management Analysts13760$88,780$42.680.55
50Home Health Aides13300$29,730$14.290.6
51Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists12680$77,200$37.110.45
52Financial Managers12450$141,090$67.830.4
53First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers12400$45,910$22.070.95
54Receptionists and Information Clerks11630$32,250$15.510.7
55Carpenters11300$54,900$26.40.6
56First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers11300$39,690$19.080.6
57Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks11140$37,990$18.270.4
58Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop11060$23,160$11.140.3
59Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers10650$37,720$18.130.75
60Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers10440$43,250$20.790.6
61Computer User Support Specialists10250$56,850$27.330.4
62Human Resources Specialists10080$66,790$32.110.4
63Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants10050$58,290$28.030.35
64Bartenders9620$23,580$11.340.4
65Lawyers9620$123,970$59.60.5
66Bus Drivers, School or Special Client9460$34,330$16.50.3
67Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses9280$48,960$23.540.5
68Machinists9240$51,610$24.810.2
69Social and Human Service Assistants8810$36,390$17.50.3
70Sales Managers8800$138,780$66.720.3
71Security Guards8640$34,620$16.650.7
72Childcare Workers8560$26,300$12.640.7
73Medical Secretaries8130$44,140$21.220.4
74Computer and Information Systems Managers8110$148,490$71.390.3
75Managers, All Other8060$132,860$63.870.7
76Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7920$29,560$14.210.9
77Construction Laborers7890$58,480$28.120.9
78Buyers and Purchasing Agents7790$71,020$34.140.25
79Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents7640$111,690$53.70.3
80Industrial Engineers7630$92,690$44.560.2
81Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers7480$37,030$17.80.2
82Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists7440$31,240$15.020.4
83Marketing Managers7400$142,450$68.490.2
84Packers and Packagers, Hand7200$28,500$13.70.4
85Driver/Sales Workers7180$28,190$13.550.3
86First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers7130$67,320$32.360.4
87Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers6940$43,920$21.120.35
88Medical Assistants6810$41,040$19.730.45
89Mechanical Engineers6630$88,980$42.780.2
90Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics6600$44,690$21.490.5
91Electricians6520$77,320$37.170.45
92Food Preparation Workers6200$27,750$13.340.5
93Network and Computer Systems Administrators6170$88,230$42.420.2
94Self-Enrichment Education Teachers6070$43,660$20.990.2
95Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders5910$35,220$16.930.2
96Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5880$74,490$35.810.4
97Recreation Workers5800$29,470$14.170.3
98Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters5700$81,320$39.10.3
99Financial Analysts5690$94,760$45.560.2
100Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education5580$37,960$18.250.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$57,4201,956,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$42,850280,040
Sales and Related Occupations$47,070189,260
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,280161,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,250134,600
Production Occupations$41,900131,820
Management Occupations$126,040129,190
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$42,110115,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,140112,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,070109,310
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,840103,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$89,41082,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations$63,71063,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,94060,260
Retail Salespersons$29,38058,450
Personal Care Aides$26,40054,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,36053,930
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,48048,720
Customer Service Representatives$41,16044,840
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,56044,260
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$85,19043,470
Registered Nurses$83,52039,900
Cashiers$25,20039,840
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,33036,680
Office Clerks, General$38,93036,210
Waiters and Waitresses$26,19034,360
General and Operations Managers$122,29033,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,25031,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,40031,520
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$36,03031,290
Protective Service Occupations$51,74030,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,52024,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,77023,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,54020,870
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,35020,430
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,15020,200
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$78,94020,060
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$42,66019,840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$52,12019,180
Cooks, Restaurant$30,28018,740
Accountants and Auditors$74,80018,240
Software Developers, Applications$97,66017,730
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$67,22017,130
Computer Systems Analysts$94,78016,730
Legal Occupations$98,91016,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$64,84016,320
Nursing Assistants$35,26016,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$46,81014,960
Management Analysts$88,78013,760
Home Health Aides$29,73013,300

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$57,4201,956,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$42,850280,040
Sales and Related Occupations$47,070189,260
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,280161,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,250134,600
Production Occupations$41,900131,820
Management Occupations$126,040129,190
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$42,110115,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,140112,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,070109,310
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,840103,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$89,41082,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations$63,71063,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,94060,260
Retail Salespersons$29,38058,450
Personal Care Aides$26,40054,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,36053,930
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,48048,720
Customer Service Representatives$41,16044,840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$85,19043,470
Registered Nurses$83,52039,900
Cashiers$25,20039,840
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,33036,680
Office Clerks, General$38,93036,210
Waiters and Waitresses$26,19034,360
General and Operations Managers$122,29033,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,25031,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,40031,520
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$36,03031,290
Protective Service Occupations$51,74030,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,52024,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,77023,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,54020,870
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,35020,430
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,15020,200
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$78,94020,060
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$42,66019,840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$52,12019,180
Cooks, Restaurant$30,28018,740
Accountants and Auditors$74,80018,240
Software Developers, Applications$97,66017,730
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$67,22017,130
Computer Systems Analysts$94,78016,730
Legal Occupations$98,91016,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$64,84016,320
Nursing Assistants$35,26016,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$46,81014,960
Management Analysts$88,78013,760
Home Health Aides$29,73013,300
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$77,20012,680

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