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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations547750$48,180$23.16100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations89690$37,730$18.1414.35
3Sales and Related Occupations58060$39,230$18.869.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations53770$25,220$12.128.55
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations41040$54,600$26.256.05
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations35340$80,400$38.665.8
7Production Occupations34370$40,480$19.465.7
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations30770$35,130$16.896.55
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations25110$70,640$33.965.25
10Management Occupations22860$117,250$56.376.15
11Personal Care and Service Occupations21920$27,040$134.3
12Retail Salespersons21050$27,310$13.132.85
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations20380$47,350$22.763.8
14Construction and Extraction Occupations19230$51,090$24.564.45
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations17350$30,170$14.513.65
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food17000$22,130$10.642.3
17Protective Service Occupations15280$46,670$22.442.2
18Healthcare Support Occupations15090$31,980$15.373
19Computer and Mathematical Occupations13710$73,560$35.362.9
20Cashiers12580$22,640$10.882.2
21Customer Service Representatives11710$36,570$17.581.75
22Registered Nurses11480$73,250$35.221.95
23Waiters and Waitresses11180$27,750$13.341.7
24Community and Social Service Occupations10930$45,900$22.071.65
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive10020$35,730$17.181.5
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners9560$29,710$14.281.55
27General and Operations Managers8990$115,750$55.651.5
28Office Clerks, General8870$31,510$15.151.9
29Personal Care Aides8320$25,780$12.41.5
30Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand7900$30,720$14.771.7
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations7710$76,070$36.571.7
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers7200$27,350$13.151.3
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers6780$57,340$27.570.95
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks6150$38,800$18.661.05
35Receptionists and Information Clerks6140$30,740$14.780.7
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General6010$38,760$18.640.9
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations5890$53,680$25.811.8
38Nursing Assistants5780$29,590$14.231
39Security Guards5560$26,230$12.610.7
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products5410$65,330$31.410.9
41Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers5330$43,320$20.831.2
42Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5190$32,860$15.80
43Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4610$58,420$28.080.8
44Legal Occupations4590$93,120$44.770.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers4450$45,390$21.821
46Cooks, Restaurant4430$26,990$12.980.8
47Accountants and Auditors4420$72,380$34.80.9
48Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses4030$42,540$20.450.5
49Construction Laborers3860$39,410$18.950.8
50Home Health Aides3710$27,800$13.360.7
51Bill and Account Collectors3650$32,080$15.430.2
52Bartenders3560$24,760$11.910.4
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers3360$30,730$14.780.8
54Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3200$24,840$11.940.9
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3110$33,450$16.080.6
56Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers3080$33,010$15.870.6
57Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants2970$54,940$26.410.35
58Substitute Teachers2950$31,570$15.180
59Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2940$54,430$26.170.6
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2900$40,610$19.530.5
61Computer User Support Specialists2850$48,410$23.280.4
62Food Preparation Workers2820$23,780$11.430.6
63Childcare Workers2760$23,640$11.360.8
64First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2710$65,220$31.360.4
65Lawyers2690$112,860$54.260.5
66Bus Drivers, School or Special Client2620$38,290$18.410.3
67Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers2370$39,900$19.180.3
68Billing and Posting Clerks2360$38,970$18.740.3
69Electricians2290$57,220$27.510.4
70Computer Systems Analysts2280$76,610$36.830.4
71Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers2250$66,280$31.870.4
72Carpenters2240$45,790$22.010.7
73Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop2230$23,320$11.210.3
74Dishwashers2160$22,240$10.690.3
75Machinists2080$45,010$21.640.25
76Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2050$34,030$16.360.4
77Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents1980$93,040$44.730.2
78Compliance Officers1960$70,970$34.120.2
79Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1960$64,870$31.190.4
80Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1960$221,400$106.440.25
81First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1940$68,290$32.830.3
82Social and Human Service Assistants1920$31,280$15.040.25
83Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1910$29,880$14.370.3
84Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1840$47,340$22.760.2
85Software Developers, Applications1830$86,810$41.730.55
86Correctional Officers and Jailers1800$62,900$30.240.25
87Self-Enrichment Education Teachers1780$44,820$21.550.2
88Human Resources Specialists1720$61,760$29.690.35
89Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1710$41,940$20.160.35
90Insurance Sales Agents1690$64,400$30.960.3
91Driver/Sales Workers1680$27,330$13.140.3
92Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers1680$34,560$16.620
93Tellers1640$29,670$14.270.3
94Recreation Workers1620$26,450$12.710.25
95Financial Managers1600$153,670$73.880.4
96Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1580$36,460$17.530.2
97First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1550$75,570$36.330.4
98Management Analysts1540$73,950$35.550.5
99Network and Computer Systems Administrators1520$79,030$380.25
100Amusement and Recreation Attendants1510$23,520$11.310.2
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Jobs More Common Near Buffalo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,180547,750
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,73089,690
Sales and Related Occupations$39,23058,060
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,22053,770
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,60041,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,40035,340
Production Occupations$40,48034,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,13030,770
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,64025,110
Management Occupations$117,25022,860
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,04021,920
Retail Salespersons$27,31021,050
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,35020,380
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,09019,230
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,17017,350
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,13017,000
Protective Service Occupations$46,67015,280
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,98015,090
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,56013,710
Cashiers$22,64012,580
Customer Service Representatives$36,57011,710
Registered Nurses$73,25011,480
Waiters and Waitresses$27,75011,180
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,90010,930
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,73010,020
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,7109,560
General and Operations Managers$115,7508,990
Office Clerks, General$31,5108,870
Personal Care Aides$25,7808,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,7207,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,0707,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3507,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,3406,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8006,150
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,7406,140
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,7606,010
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,6805,890
Nursing Assistants$29,5905,780
Security Guards$26,2305,560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,3305,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3205,330
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,8605,190
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$58,4204,610
Legal Occupations$93,1204,590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,3904,450
Cooks, Restaurant$26,9904,430
Accountants and Auditors$72,3804,420
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,5404,030
Construction Laborers$39,4103,860
Home Health Aides$27,8003,710

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,180547,750
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,73089,690
Sales and Related Occupations$39,23058,060
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,22053,770
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,60041,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,40035,340
Production Occupations$40,48034,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,13030,770
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,64025,110
Management Occupations$117,25022,860
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,04021,920
Retail Salespersons$27,31021,050
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,35020,380
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,09019,230
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,17017,350
Protective Service Occupations$46,67015,280
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,98015,090
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,56013,710
Customer Service Representatives$36,57011,710
Registered Nurses$73,25011,480
Waiters and Waitresses$27,75011,180
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,90010,930
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,73010,020
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,7109,560
General and Operations Managers$115,7508,990
Office Clerks, General$31,5108,870
Personal Care Aides$25,7808,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,7207,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,0707,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3507,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,3406,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8006,150
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,7406,140
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,7606,010
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,6805,890
Nursing Assistants$29,5905,780
Security Guards$26,2305,560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,3305,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3205,330
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,8605,190
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$58,4204,610
Legal Occupations$93,1204,590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,3904,450
Cooks, Restaurant$26,9904,430
Accountants and Auditors$72,3804,420
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,5404,030
Construction Laborers$39,4103,860
Home Health Aides$27,8003,710
Bill and Account Collectors$32,0803,650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,7303,360

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