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Durham Employment

Employment and Industries in the Durham, North Carolina Area

Durham's economy is based on health and medical related sectors and high-technology industries including telecommunications, biopharmaceutical, electronics and computers. Other important industries include chemicals, textiles and plastics. Duke University & Medical Center is the Durham region's largest employer. Some of the major job providing companies are IBM, Nortel and Glaxo Smith Kline.

Durham is part of the world renowned Research Triangle Park. The park includes a vast number of workers and more than 130 companies. Over 20 other industrial, research and office parks surround the park. In addition, A large number of the workers in Durham are employed in a health or medical related sector. Corporate administration also provides numerous jobs.

Accolades for Durham: Forbes ranked Durham as the 3rd best place for business & careers. NewGeography.com named Durham MSA as the #11 best medium sized MSA for Business & Growth. Durham placed in the top 10 in metros for scientists & engineers by Expansion Management Magazine. The city was placed in the list of 5 star knowledge worker metros by Expansion Management Magazine.

Details about Durham, North Carolina: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $46,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 86.1 (nation's average: 100). In Durham 42% of the population 25 years of age and older have acquired a bachelor's degree or better.

Largest employers in the Durham region:

  • Duke University & Medical Center
  • IBM
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Nortel Networks
  • Durham City Government
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Lenovo Group, LTD
  • Fidelity Investments
  • RTI International Inc
  • Durham County Government
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Cree, Inc
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • AW North Carolina, Inc
  • Sterling Healthcare
  • Quintiles Transnational Corp

The top employment sectors in Durham:

  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Computer and electronic products
  • Construction

Durham companies have opportunities to collaborate with helpful associations such as:

The Durham Herald-Sun is a good resource for people interested in reading about local business and industry news.

Jobs in Durham

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations298540$59,340$28.53100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations39800$38,940$18.7214.35
3Education, Training, and Library Occupations31900$80,600$38.756.05
4Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations26640$75,160$36.135.8
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations25240$24,000$11.548.55
6Sales and Related Occupations23700$42,470$20.429.9
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations21210$80,640$38.775.25
8Computer and Mathematical Occupations18490$88,850$42.712.9
9Management Occupations17480$136,140$65.456.15
10Production Occupations13340$38,430$18.485.7
11Registered Nurses11700$67,360$32.391.95
12Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11020$32,000$15.386.55
13Healthcare Support Occupations9770$28,900$13.893
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food9610$20,810$10.012.3
15Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations9340$77,760$37.380.8
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations8590$47,200$22.693.8
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations8100$25,820$12.423.65
18Retail Salespersons6820$26,930$12.952.85
19Construction and Extraction Occupations6460$41,280$19.854.45
20Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive6180$40,080$19.271.5
21Personal Care and Service Occupations5960$27,730$13.334.3
22Architecture and Engineering Occupations5820$80,480$38.691.7
23Cashiers5800$21,240$10.212.2
24Customer Service Representatives5760$35,710$17.171.75
25Protective Service Occupations5050$41,130$19.782.2
26Office Clerks, General4880$34,710$16.691.9
27Business Operations Specialists, All Other4650$78,190$37.590.7
28Nursing Assistants4560$26,470$12.721
29Waiters and Waitresses4530$23,670$11.381.7
30Community and Social Service Occupations4470$47,590$22.881.65
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4360$57,310$27.551.8
32Software Developers, Applications4280$99,030$47.610.55
33General and Operations Managers4060$144,880$69.651.5
34Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3800$24,360$11.711.55
35Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3000$26,830$12.91.7
36Computer Systems Analysts2790$85,750$41.230.4
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2740$43,030$20.691.05
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2480$41,540$19.970.9
39Computer User Support Specialists2460$54,350$26.130.4
40Accountants and Auditors2420$80,530$38.720.9
41Cooks, Restaurant2410$24,730$11.890.8
42Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2370$27,380$13.161.3
43Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2340$21,910$10.530.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2300$35,490$17.060.6
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2260$43,980$21.151
46First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2210$58,800$28.270.95
47Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists2160$105,670$50.810.1
48Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1990$71,190$34.220.6
49Receptionists and Information Clerks1980$28,310$13.610.7
50Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1970$57,910$27.840.35
51Management Analysts1950$101,290$48.70.5
52Security Guards1900$33,480$16.10.7
53Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1790$69,410$33.370.9
54Software Developers, Systems Software1790$106,410$51.160.3
55Home Health Aides1650$21,250$10.220.7
56Managers, All Other1600$138,400$66.540.6
57Substitute Teachers1590$23,640$11.370
58Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1570$68,800$33.080.4
59Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1500$43,740$21.031.2
60Legal Occupations1480$108,610$52.220.8
61Network and Computer Systems Administrators1440$93,960$45.170.25
62Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1430$30,410$14.620
63Computer and Information Systems Managers1430$147,670$70.990.2
64Human Resources Specialists1390$65,950$31.710.35
65Natural Sciences Managers1390$157,620$75.780
66Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1360$28,550$13.730.8
67Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1310$34,940$16.80.6
68Food Preparation Workers1210$23,880$11.480.6
69Personal Care Aides1190$20,580$9.891.5
70Computer Programmers1180$92,440$44.440.2
71Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1180$29,440$14.160.3
72Chemists1160$85,120$40.920.1
73Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1150$51,050$24.540.4
74Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products1150$107,240$51.560.2
75Pharmacy Technicians1110$31,510$15.150.3
76Financial Managers1080$150,680$72.440.4
77Financial Analysts1070$85,640$41.170.2
78Medical and Health Services Managers1070$120,630$580.25
79Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1060$44,430$21.360.5
80Compliance Officers1030$77,080$37.060.2
81First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1030$58,400$28.080.4
82First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1030$66,660$32.050.4
83Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1030$31,440$15.110.4
84Electricians1010$44,540$21.410.4
85Financial Specialists, All Other1000$68,100$32.740.1
86Lawyers960$140,060$67.340.5
87Medical Assistants960$33,180$15.950.45
88Child, Family, and School Social Workers940$50,620$24.340.2
89Packers and Packagers, Hand940$22,580$10.850.45
90Social Science Research Assistants930$41,020$19.720
91Computer Occupations, All Other920$94,500$45.430.2
92Personal Financial Advisors900$178,650$85.890.2
93Education Administrators, Postsecondary890$130,480$62.730.1
94Amusement and Recreation Attendants860$19,250$9.250.2
95Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses850$46,490$22.350.5
96Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers830$45,520$21.880.3
97Public Relations Specialists810$62,150$29.880.2
98Billing and Posting Clerks800$43,870$21.090.3
99Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop800$21,430$10.30.3
100Pharmacists800$122,540$58.910.2
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Jobs More Common Near Durham Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$59,340298,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,94039,800
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$80,60031,900
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,16026,640
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,00025,240
Sales and Related Occupations$42,47023,700
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,64021,210
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,85018,490
Management Occupations$136,14017,480
Production Occupations$38,43013,340
Registered Nurses$67,36011,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,00011,020
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,9009,770
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,8109,610
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,7609,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,2008,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,8208,100
Retail Salespersons$26,9306,820
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,2806,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,0806,180
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,7305,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,4805,820
Cashiers$21,2405,800
Customer Service Representatives$35,7105,760
Protective Service Occupations$41,1305,050
Office Clerks, General$34,7104,880
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,1904,650
Nursing Assistants$26,4704,560
Waiters and Waitresses$23,6704,530
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,5904,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,3104,360
Software Developers, Applications$99,0304,280
General and Operations Managers$144,8804,060
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,3603,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,8303,000
Computer Systems Analysts$85,7502,790
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,0302,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,5402,480
Computer User Support Specialists$54,3502,460
Accountants and Auditors$80,5302,420
Cooks, Restaurant$24,7302,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3802,370
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,9102,340
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,4902,300
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,9802,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,8002,210
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$105,6702,160
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$71,1901,990
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,3101,980
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$57,9101,970

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Durham, North Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$59,340298,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,94039,800
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$80,60031,900
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,16026,640
Sales and Related Occupations$42,47023,700
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,64021,210
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,85018,490
Management Occupations$136,14017,480
Production Occupations$38,43013,340
Registered Nurses$67,36011,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,00011,020
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,9009,770
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,7609,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,2008,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,8208,100
Retail Salespersons$26,9306,820
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,2806,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,0806,180
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,7305,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,4805,820
Customer Service Representatives$35,7105,760
Protective Service Occupations$41,1305,050
Office Clerks, General$34,7104,880
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,1904,650
Nursing Assistants$26,4704,560
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,5904,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,3104,360
Software Developers, Applications$99,0304,280
General and Operations Managers$144,8804,060
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,8303,000
Computer Systems Analysts$85,7502,790
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,0302,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,5402,480
Computer User Support Specialists$54,3502,460
Accountants and Auditors$80,5302,420
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3802,370
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,4902,300
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,9802,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,8002,210
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$105,6702,160
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$71,1901,990
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,3101,980
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$57,9101,970
Management Analysts$101,2901,950
Security Guards$33,4801,900
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,4101,790
Software Developers, Systems Software$106,4101,790
Managers, All Other$138,4001,600
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$68,8001,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,7401,500

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