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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1910250 $55010 $26.45 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 278610 $40730 $19.58 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 187750 $47810 $22.99 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 157860 $24300 $11.68 8.3
5 Production Occupations 135150 $38950 $18.72 5.85
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 134070 $73710 $35.44 5.05
7 Management Occupations 125970 $123290 $59.27 6.05
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 114630 $38980 $18.74 6.45
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 108390 $56510 $27.17 6.15
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 105520 $87150 $41.9 5.75
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 89250 $27050 $13 4.1
12 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82440 $86780 $41.72 2.8
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 60630 $60050 $28.87 4.4
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 58730 $49780 $23.93 3.8
15 Retail Salespersons 56110 $26600 $12.79 3.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 52620 $31580 $15.18 3.7
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 50460 $34390 $16.53 3.05
18 Personal Care Aides 45900 $24780 $11.91 1.3
19 Customer Service Representatives 43280 $40220 $19.34 1.75
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 43270 $21630 $10.4 2.15
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 42510 $80800 $38.84 1.65
22 Cashiers 36690 $22930 $11.02 2.25
23 Registered Nurses 36540 $79310 $38.13 1.9
24 Office Clerks, General 35880 $36430 $17.51 2
25 Waiters and Waitresses 34310 $22820 $10.97 1.6
26 Community and Social Service Occupations 34090 $47380 $22.78 1.65
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30670 $30220 $14.53 1.6
28 Protective Service Occupations 29160 $46220 $22.22 2.25
29 General and Operations Managers 28920 $114870 $55.23 1.4
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 28500 $53900 $25.92 1.7
31 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27080 $32300 $15.53 1.6
32 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 24840 $78960 $37.96 1
33 Accountants and Auditors 22310 $72550 $34.88 0.9
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 22020 $28690 $13.79 1.2
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 21590 $42700 $20.53 1.1
36 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 20360 $70580 $33.93 0.7
37 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 18440 $41510 $19.95 1.6
38 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 18430 $47200 $22.69 1.2
39 Cooks, Restaurant 17500 $26950 $12.96 0.75
40 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 17220 $72750 $34.98 0.9
41 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 16590 $60820 $29.24 1
42 Nursing Assistants 16240 $32730 $15.73 1.05
43 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 16120 $67160 $32.29 0.6
44 Home Health Aides 15690 $27150 $13.05 0.7
45 Legal Occupations 15500 $107340 $51.61 0.8
46 Team Assemblers 15190 $31490 $15.14 0.75
47 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 14150 $45460 $21.86 0.9
48 Computer Systems Analysts 13870 $93990 $45.19 0.4
49 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 13730 $44660 $21.47 1
50 Software Developers, Applications 13250 $93630 $45.01 0.5
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 12730 $30400 $14.61 0.7
52 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 12010 $20880 $10.04 0.3
53 Financial Managers 11790 $145460 $69.94 0.4
54 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 11640 $71260 $34.26 0.35
55 Management Analysts 11150 $90170 $43.35 0.5
56 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 10530 $34470 $16.57 0.6
57 Computer User Support Specialists 10480 $55670 $26.76 0.4
58 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 10190 $57010 $27.41 0.5
59 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 10150 $33680 $16.19 0.8
60 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 10060 $36070 $17.34 0.4
61 Human Resources Specialists 10020 $64030 $30.79 0.3
62 Sales Managers 9910 $139830 $67.23 0.2
63 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 9760 $32460 $15.6 0.3
64 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 9660 $39300 $18.89 0.6
65 Bartenders 9290 $22290 $10.72 0.4
66 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 9050 $45620 $21.93 0.5
67 Managers, All Other 9010 $128280 $61.67 0.65
68 Lawyers 8910 $140540 $67.57 0.5
69 Security Guards 8780 $32560 $15.65 0.7
70 Machinists 8660 $49060 $23.59 0.3
71 Computer and Information Systems Managers 8530 $142000 $68.27 0.25
72 Carpenters 8430 $52330 $25.16 0.6
73 Social and Human Service Assistants 7780 $34380 $16.53 0.3
74 Packers and Packagers, Hand 7680 $26940 $12.95 0.45
75 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7600 $26420 $12.7 1
76 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 7570 $87820 $42.22 0.3
77 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 7510 $29450 $14.16 0.4
78 Childcare Workers 7490 $24590 $11.82 0.8
79 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 7330 $33980 $16.34 0.1
80 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 7290 $62830 $30.21 0.4
81 Helpers--Production Workers 7160 $25610 $12.31 0.3
82 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 6930 $38380 $18.45 0.35
83 Construction Laborers 6880 $51510 $24.77 0.8
84 Industrial Engineers 6840 $91910 $44.19 0.2
85 Software Developers, Systems Software 6810 $111530 $53.62 0.3
86 Marketing Managers 6800 $141350 $67.96 0.1
87 Medical Secretaries 6770 $43000 $20.67 0.4
88 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 6660 $101470 $48.78 0.2
89 Medical Assistants 6600 $37990 $18.26 0.45
90 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 6390 $31640 $15.21 0.25
91 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 6280 $40970 $19.7 0.3
92 Electricians 6260 $70940 $34.11 0.4
93 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 6030 $42120 $20.25 0.5
94 Food Preparation Workers 6020 $26200 $12.6 0.6
95 Computer Occupations, All Other 5910 $80240 $38.58 0.2
96 Financial Analysts 5790 $89560 $43.06 0.2
97 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 5760 $65300 $31.4 0.2
98 Computer Programmers 5740 $88460 $42.53 0.2
99 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 5710 $121200 $58.27 0.2
100 Mechanical Engineers 5690 $84310 $40.54 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Minneapolis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 55,010 1,910,250
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,730 278,610
Sales and Related Occupations 47,810 187,750
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,300 157,860
Production Occupations 38,950 135,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,710 134,070
Management Occupations 123,290 125,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,980 114,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,510 108,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 87,150 105,520
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,050 89,250
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 86,780 82,440
Construction and Extraction Occupations 60,050 60,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,780 58,730
Retail Salespersons 26,600 56,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31,580 52,620
Healthcare Support Occupations 34,390 50,460
Personal Care Aides 24,780 45,900
Customer Service Representatives 40,220 43,280
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,630 43,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,800 42,510
Cashiers 22,930 36,690
Registered Nurses 79,310 36,540
Office Clerks, General 36,430 35,880
Waiters and Waitresses 22,820 34,310
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,380 34,090
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,220 30,670
Protective Service Occupations 46,220 29,160
General and Operations Managers 114,870 28,920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,900 28,500
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,300 27,080
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 78,960 24,840
Accountants and Auditors 72,550 22,310
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,690 22,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,700 21,590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,580 20,360
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 41,510 18,440
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,200 18,430
Cooks, Restaurant 26,950 17,500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 72,750 17,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 60,820 16,590
Nursing Assistants 32,730 16,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 67,160 16,120
Home Health Aides 27,150 15,690
Legal Occupations 107,340 15,500
Team Assemblers 31,490 15,190
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 45,460 14,150
Computer Systems Analysts 93,990 13,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,660 13,730
Software Developers, Applications 93,630 13,250

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 55,010 1,910,250
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,730 278,610
Sales and Related Occupations 47,810 187,750
Production Occupations 38,950 135,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,710 134,070
Management Occupations 123,290 125,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,980 114,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,510 108,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 87,150 105,520
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,050 89,250
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 86,780 82,440
Construction and Extraction Occupations 60,050 60,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,780 58,730
Retail Salespersons 26,600 56,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31,580 52,620
Healthcare Support Occupations 34,390 50,460
Customer Service Representatives 40,220 43,280
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,800 42,510
Registered Nurses 79,310 36,540
Office Clerks, General 36,430 35,880
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,380 34,090
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,220 30,670
Protective Service Occupations 46,220 29,160
General and Operations Managers 114,870 28,920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,900 28,500
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,300 27,080
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 78,960 24,840
Accountants and Auditors 72,550 22,310
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,690 22,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,700 21,590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,580 20,360
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 41,510 18,440
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,200 18,430
Cooks, Restaurant 26,950 17,500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 72,750 17,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 60,820 16,590
Nursing Assistants 32,730 16,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 67,160 16,120
Home Health Aides 27,150 15,690
Legal Occupations 107,340 15,500
Team Assemblers 31,490 15,190
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 45,460 14,150
Computer Systems Analysts 93,990 13,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,660 13,730
Software Developers, Applications 93,630 13,250
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,400 12,730
Financial Managers 145,460 11,790
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 71,260 11,640
Management Analysts 90,170 11,150
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,470 10,530

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