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Buffalo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Buffalo, New York Area

The Buffalo region's economy is based on a mix of industry, light manufacturing, life science research, service-oriented companies and high technology. Manufacturing has declined but it's still a significant part of the economy. Education, health services and finances have become more prominent in the economy. In addition, the region's "Byte Belt" includes about 700 high-tech firms which provide a large number of jobs.

Employment is provided in industries such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automotive components, plastics and polymers, food and food products, fabricated metals, medical instruments, aerospace and defense technology.

Buffalo has increasingly become a hub for bioinformatics and human genome research. Some of the research is being performed at the University at Buffalo and the Rosewell Park Cancer Institute. The University at Buffalo's technological resources are provided to private industry. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus includes a number of organizations and companies.

Buffalo includes the headquarters of M&T Bank and facilities for HSBC Bank USA, Bank of America and KeyBank. Merchants Insurance Group is also located in the city. Buffalo is also home to Rich Products, one of the largest family-owned food manufactures in the world. Labatt and New Era Cap Company also have their headquarters in the city. In addition, Ford has a plant in Buffalo.

The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., offers numerous local programs for training and retraining employees. The Business Services Division of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium is available to customize training programs for companies, coordinate on-the-job training and help transition displaced workers.

Buffalo's top employers:

  • HSBC Bank USA
  • Rosewell Park Cancer Institute
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Buffalo General Hospital
  • M & T Bank
  • Verizon
  • Ingram Micro
  • Ford Motor Co
  • National Fuel Gas Co
  • Univera Health Care
  • ClientLogic
  • Niagara Mohawk Power Corp
  • Catholic Health System, Inc
  • New York Department of Transportation
  • Erie County Medical Center, Corporation
  • HSBC North America Inc
  • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
  • Healthnow New York Inc
  • R E Rich Family Holding Corporation
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo, New York

The leading nonagricultural employment sectors in Buffalo:

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

Local businesses are provided assistance by useful associations such as:

People interested in staying current with local business and industry activities may want to read the Buffalo News.

Jobs in Buffalo

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 548620 $46390 $22.3 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 92780 $36960 $17.77 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 60020 $38740 $18.62 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 52460 $24040 $11.56 8.3
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41680 $51900 $24.95 6.15
6 Production Occupations 35540 $39410 $18.95 5.85
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 34950 $76060 $36.57 5.75
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30870 $34250 $16.47 6.45
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 23920 $68690 $33.02 5.05
10 Management Occupations 23210 $111200 $53.46 6.05
11 Retail Salespersons 20360 $26490 $12.73 3.1
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 20140 $50580 $24.32 4.4
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 19870 $26200 $12.6 4.1
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 19450 $44910 $21.59 3.8
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 18210 $29070 $13.98 3.7
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 15830 $20850 $10.02 2.15
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 15760 $31020 $14.92 3.05
18 Protective Service Occupations 14920 $45510 $21.88 2.25
19 Cashiers 14520 $21420 $10.3 2.25
20 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 12630 $70730 $34.01 2.8
21 Customer Service Representatives 11970 $35760 $17.19 1.75
22 Registered Nurses 11840 $71540 $34.4 1.9
23 Waiters and Waitresses 10540 $26840 $12.91 1.6
24 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 10510 $35210 $16.93 1.6
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 10270 $44590 $21.44 1.65
26 Office Clerks, General 10250 $30370 $14.6 2
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 10200 $28540 $13.72 1.6
28 General and Operations Managers 9470 $110390 $53.07 1.4
29 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 7740 $29760 $14.31 1.6
30 Personal Care Aides 7690 $25640 $12.33 1.3
31 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 7570 $26320 $12.65 1.2
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7250 $73680 $35.43 1.65
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 7140 $55020 $26.45 1
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 6590 $38740 $18.63 1.1
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6130 $65480 $31.48 1
36 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 5790 $38670 $18.59 0.9
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 5570 $50280 $24.17 1.7
38 Security Guards 5550 $24700 $11.87 0.7
39 Receptionists and Information Clerks 5460 $30170 $14.51 0.7
40 Team Assemblers 5410 $32820 $15.78 0.75
41 Nursing Assistants 5380 $29310 $14.09 1.05
42 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4930 $42990 $20.67 1.2
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 4670 $42450 $20.41 1
44 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 4650 $56820 $27.32 0.9
45 Home Health Aides 4470 $26050 $12.52 0.7
46 Legal Occupations 4370 $88020 $42.32 0.8
47 Accountants and Auditors 4290 $71100 $34.18 0.9
48 Cooks, Restaurant 4210 $25560 $12.29 0.75
49 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4170 $41260 $19.83 0.5
50 Bill and Account Collectors 4150 $34360 $16.52 0.2
51 Construction Laborers 3930 $39280 $18.89 0.8
52 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 3570 $28840 $13.87 0.8
53 Bartenders 3420 $24320 $11.69 0.4
54 Substitute Teachers 3170 $30820 $14.82 0
55 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 3160 $37130 $17.85 0.3
56 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3140 $24510 $11.79 1
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2960 $57050 $27.43 0.6
58 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2930 $33910 $16.3 0.6
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2900 $33050 $15.89 0.6
60 Food Preparation Workers 2860 $22760 $10.94 0.6
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2770 $35470 $17.05 0.5
62 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 2670 $63950 $30.75 0.4
63 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 2640 $57000 $27.41 0.5
64 Computer User Support Specialists 2630 $47690 $22.93 0.4
65 Lawyers 2560 $104730 $50.35 0.5
66 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2470 $38640 $18.58 0.3
67 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 2450 $20940 $10.07 0.3
68 Billing and Posting Clerks 2370 $37750 $18.15 0.35
69 Carpenters 2360 $44560 $21.42 0.6
70 Dishwashers 2310 $20830 $10.02 0.3
71 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2300 $33500 $16.11 0.4
72 Electricians 2270 $57670 $27.73 0.4
73 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2220 $26340 $12.66 0.3
74 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 2210 $64790 $31.15 0.45
75 Machinists 2080 $43930 $21.12 0.3
76 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2040 $23420 $11.26 0.45
77 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1990 $24970 $12 0.4
78 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1960 $62340 $29.97 0.35
79 Compliance Officers 1940 $70100 $33.7 0.2
80 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1910 $34700 $16.68 0.25
81 Computer Systems Analysts 1900 $75740 $36.41 0.4
82 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1840 $62310 $29.96 0.3
83 Childcare Workers 1830 $23400 $11.25 0.8
84 Medical Assistants 1820 $34190 $16.44 0.45
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1790 $65030 $31.26 0.3
86 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 1770 $93350 $44.88 0.2
87 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1740 $39930 $19.2 0.35
88 Social and Human Service Assistants 1700 $31590 $15.19 0.3
89 Tellers 1670 $29990 $14.42 0.3
90 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 1670 $85730 $41.22 0.2
91 Recreation Workers 1650 $24520 $11.79 0.3
92 Software Developers, Applications 1650 $83100 $39.95 0.5
93 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1630 $58960 $28.35 0.3
94 Management Analysts 1630 $76140 $36.61 0.5
95 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1600 $71080 $34.17 0.4
96 Counter and Rental Clerks 1570 $27210 $13.08 0.3
97 Human Resources Specialists 1560 $61150 $29.4 0.3
98 Insurance Sales Agents 1560 $65820 $31.64 0.3
99 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1540 $199490 $95.91 0.2
100 Pharmacy Technicians 1500 $29610 $14.24 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Buffalo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,390 548,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,960 92,780
Sales and Related Occupations 38,740 60,020
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,040 52,460
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,900 41,680
Production Occupations 39,410 35,540
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,060 34,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,250 30,870
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,690 23,920
Management Occupations 111,200 23,210
Retail Salespersons 26,490 20,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations 50,580 20,140
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,200 19,870
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,910 19,450
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,070 18,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,850 15,830
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,020 15,760
Protective Service Occupations 45,510 14,920
Cashiers 21,420 14,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 70,730 12,630
Customer Service Representatives 35,760 11,970
Registered Nurses 71,540 11,840
Waiters and Waitresses 26,840 10,540
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,210 10,510
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,590 10,270
Office Clerks, General 30,370 10,250
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,540 10,200
General and Operations Managers 110,390 9,470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,760 7,740
Personal Care Aides 25,640 7,690
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,320 7,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,680 7,250
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,020 7,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,740 6,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,480 6,130
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,670 5,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,280 5,570
Security Guards 24,700 5,550
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,170 5,460
Team Assemblers 32,820 5,410
Nursing Assistants 29,310 5,380
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,990 4,930
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,450 4,670
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,820 4,650
Home Health Aides 26,050 4,470
Legal Occupations 88,020 4,370
Accountants and Auditors 71,100 4,290
Cooks, Restaurant 25,560 4,210
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,260 4,170
Bill and Account Collectors 34,360 4,150

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Buffalo, New York Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,390 548,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,960 92,780
Sales and Related Occupations 38,740 60,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,900 41,680
Production Occupations 39,410 35,540
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,060 34,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,250 30,870
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,690 23,920
Management Occupations 111,200 23,210
Retail Salespersons 26,490 20,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations 50,580 20,140
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,200 19,870
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,910 19,450
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,070 18,210
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,020 15,760
Protective Service Occupations 45,510 14,920
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 70,730 12,630
Customer Service Representatives 35,760 11,970
Registered Nurses 71,540 11,840
Waiters and Waitresses 26,840 10,540
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,210 10,510
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,590 10,270
Office Clerks, General 30,370 10,250
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,540 10,200
General and Operations Managers 110,390 9,470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,760 7,740
Personal Care Aides 25,640 7,690
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,320 7,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,680 7,250
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,020 7,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,740 6,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,480 6,130
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,670 5,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,280 5,570
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,170 5,460
Team Assemblers 32,820 5,410
Nursing Assistants 29,310 5,380
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,990 4,930
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,450 4,670
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,820 4,650
Home Health Aides 26,050 4,470
Legal Occupations 88,020 4,370
Accountants and Auditors 71,100 4,290
Cooks, Restaurant 25,560 4,210
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,260 4,170
Bill and Account Collectors 34,360 4,150
Construction Laborers 39,280 3,930
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,840 3,570
Substitute Teachers 30,820 3,170
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 37,130 3,160

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