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Raleigh Employment

Employment and Industries in the Raleigh, North Carolina Area

Due to Raleigh being the capital of North Carolina, state government is the city's largest employer. Raleigh is part of the prominent Research Triangle which includes high-tech and biotech research and advanced textile development. The Research Triangle Park is one of the nation's leading centers for high-technology research and development. The park includes numerous academic, corporate and government agencies which together employ a vast number of people.

Due to the local colleges, the Raleigh-Durham region has attracted a number of high-technology and medical corporations. The city's industrial base includes sectors such as medical, electrical, electronic and telecommunications equipment, pharmaceuticals, paper products and clothing. The city includes numerous highly specialized manufacturing companies that produce intricate machinery and electronic components.

Notable information about Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh was ranked #5 in a list of the "top 25 cities for your career" by WomenCo. In 2007 the estimated median household income in Raleigh was $51,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 86.7. The national average is 100. Regarding the adult population, 45% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The leading job providers located in Raleigh, North Carolina:

  • State of North Carolina
  • IBM Corporation
  • North Carolina State University
  • Wakemed
  • Rex Hospital, Inc
  • Rex Health Care
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Carolina Power & Light Company
  • New Apple Inc
  • Progress Energy Inc
  • Wachovia Mortgage Corporation
  • Wake County Public School System
  • North Carolina Dept of Correction
  • The News & Observer Publishing Co
  • General Electric Capital Corporation
  • Allied Security, LLC
  • Campbell Alliance
  • Coastal Federal Credit Union
  • Golden Corral
  • Martin Marietta Materials
  • Red Hat
  • Asea Brown Boveri

The significant nonagricultural employment segments in Raleigh:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Education and health services
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Financial activities
  • Information

Raleigh businesses can team up with helpful associations such as:

The Triangle Business Journal is a good resource for people interested in learning about local business endeavors.

Jobs in Raleigh

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 595370 $50410 $24.23 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 89980 $35790 $17.21 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 72030 $45420 $21.84 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 57040 $21720 $10.44 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 38270 $72710 $34.96 5.05
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 35480 $48150 $23.15 6.15
7 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 34530 $89210 $42.89 2.8
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33280 $30890 $14.85 6.45
9 Management Occupations 30700 $124350 $59.79 6.05
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 30530 $77200 $37.11 5.75
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 24280 $40500 $19.47 4.4
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 22330 $44800 $21.54 3.8
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 20370 $25050 $12.05 3.7
14 Production Occupations 20270 $33650 $16.18 5.85
15 Retail Salespersons 20170 $25100 $12.07 3.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19980 $19140 $9.2 2.15
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 16570 $27090 $13.02 4.1
18 Customer Service Representatives 16110 $32450 $15.6 1.75
19 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 14840 $81690 $39.28 1.65
20 Cashiers 14650 $19720 $9.48 2.25
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 14440 $29620 $14.24 3.05
22 Protective Service Occupations 14160 $35730 $17.18 2.25
23 Waiters and Waitresses 10870 $20700 $9.95 1.6
24 Office Clerks, General 10670 $31400 $15.09 2
25 Registered Nurses 10400 $62040 $29.83 1.9
26 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 9830 $26390 $12.69 1.6
27 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 9550 $35830 $17.23 1.6
28 Software Developers, Applications 8610 $98680 $47.44 0.5
29 General and Operations Managers 8600 $137680 $66.19 1.4
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 8360 $21310 $10.25 1.6
31 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 7680 $73210 $35.2 0.7
32 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 7670 $65940 $31.7 0.9
33 Computer Systems Analysts 7630 $92620 $44.53 0.4
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 7490 $68020 $32.7 1
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 7450 $25160 $12.1 1.2
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 7300 $57560 $27.67 1.7
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 6870 $40070 $19.26 1.1
38 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 6300 $60070 $28.88 0.6
39 Community and Social Service Occupations 6180 $43760 $21.04 1.65
40 Accountants and Auditors 6030 $71200 $34.23 0.9
41 Cooks, Restaurant 5820 $22080 $10.62 0.75
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5740 $43640 $20.98 1
43 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 5700 $27590 $13.26 0.8
44 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 5370 $55380 $26.62 1
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5150 $34310 $16.5 0.6
46 Nursing Assistants 4940 $24400 $11.73 1.05
47 Receptionists and Information Clerks 4910 $28210 $13.56 0.7
48 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4690 $45160 $21.71 1.2
49 Security Guards 4630 $27290 $13.12 0.7
50 Legal Occupations 4560 $109380 $52.59 0.8
51 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 4450 $40710 $19.57 0.9
52 Computer User Support Specialists 4310 $57220 $27.51 0.4
53 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 4070 $109750 $52.76 0.2
54 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 3850 $60280 $28.98 0.4
55 Team Assemblers 3850 $27330 $13.14 0.75
56 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 3800 $49850 $23.96 0.5
57 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 3740 $72090 $34.66 0.35
58 Construction Laborers 3690 $29290 $14.08 0.8
59 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 3580 $31990 $15.38 0.6
60 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3450 $20660 $9.93 1
61 Computer and Information Systems Managers 3390 $136980 $65.86 0.25
62 Home Health Aides 3250 $21980 $10.57 0.7
63 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 2920 $91730 $44.1 0.3
64 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2910 $43780 $21.05 0.5
65 Food Preparation Workers 2860 $21260 $10.22 0.6
66 Human Resources Specialists 2840 $60490 $29.08 0.3
67 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2830 $29110 $14 0.3
68 Lawyers 2830 $136910 $65.82 0.5
69 Childcare Workers 2760 $21080 $10.14 0.8
70 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2710 $23670 $11.38 0.45
71 Carpenters 2640 $37130 $17.85 0.6
72 Driver/Sales Workers 2610 $23590 $11.34 0.3
73 Tellers 2510 $31290 $15.04 0.3
74 Civil Engineers 2500 $78320 $37.65 0.2
75 Personal Care Aides 2490 $21140 $10.17 1.3
76 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 2480 $19070 $9.17 0.2
77 Computer Network Support Specialists 2450 $74160 $35.65 0.1
78 Management Analysts 2440 $89390 $42.98 0.5
79 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2440 $30970 $14.89 0.4
80 Loan Officers 2270 $78720 $37.85 0.2
81 Electricians 2260 $41150 $19.78 0.4
82 Software Developers, Systems Software 2220 $107450 $51.66 0.3
83 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 2210 $60720 $29.19 0.1
84 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 2090 $46100 $22.16 0.2
85 Managers, All Other 2080 $122720 $59 0.65
86 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 2060 $62670 $30.13 0.3
87 Dishwashers 2030 $18910 $9.09 0.3
88 Electrical Engineers 2000 $107330 $51.6 0.1
89 Financial Managers 1980 $131770 $63.35 0.4
90 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1970 $48410 $23.27 0.45
91 Counter and Rental Clerks 1970 $27240 $13.1 0.3
92 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 1890 $114500 $55.05 0.3
93 Construction Managers 1880 $98120 $47.17 0.2
94 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 1880 $41870 $20.13 0.25
95 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 1850 $46710 $22.46 0.2
96 Bartenders 1780 $25230 $12.13 0.4
97 Firefighters 1770 $36060 $17.34 0.2
98 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1770 $33240 $15.98 0.3
99 Social and Human Service Assistants 1770 $28060 $13.49 0.3
100 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1770 $19160 $9.21 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Raleigh Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,410 595,370
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,790 89,980
Sales and Related Occupations 45,420 72,030
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,720 57,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 72,710 38,270
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,150 35,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 89,210 34,530
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,890 33,280
Management Occupations 124,350 30,700
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,200 30,530
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,500 24,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,800 22,330
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,050 20,370
Production Occupations 33,650 20,270
Retail Salespersons 25,100 20,170
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,140 19,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,090 16,570
Customer Service Representatives 32,450 16,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,690 14,840
Cashiers 19,720 14,650
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,620 14,440
Protective Service Occupations 35,730 14,160
Waiters and Waitresses 20,700 10,870
Office Clerks, General 31,400 10,670
Registered Nurses 62,040 10,400
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,390 9,830
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,830 9,550
Software Developers, Applications 98,680 8,610
General and Operations Managers 137,680 8,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,310 8,360
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,210 7,680
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,940 7,670
Computer Systems Analysts 92,620 7,630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,020 7,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,160 7,450
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 57,560 7,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,070 6,870
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,070 6,300
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,760 6,180
Accountants and Auditors 71,200 6,030
Cooks, Restaurant 22,080 5,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,640 5,740
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,590 5,700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,380 5,370
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,310 5,150
Nursing Assistants 24,400 4,940
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,210 4,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,160 4,690
Security Guards 27,290 4,630
Legal Occupations 109,380 4,560

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,410 595,370
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,790 89,980
Sales and Related Occupations 45,420 72,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 72,710 38,270
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,150 35,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 89,210 34,530
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,890 33,280
Management Occupations 124,350 30,700
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,200 30,530
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,500 24,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,800 22,330
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,050 20,370
Production Occupations 33,650 20,270
Retail Salespersons 25,100 20,170
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,090 16,570
Customer Service Representatives 32,450 16,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,690 14,840
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,620 14,440
Protective Service Occupations 35,730 14,160
Office Clerks, General 31,400 10,670
Registered Nurses 62,040 10,400
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,390 9,830
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,830 9,550
Software Developers, Applications 98,680 8,610
General and Operations Managers 137,680 8,600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,210 7,680
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,940 7,670
Computer Systems Analysts 92,620 7,630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,020 7,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,160 7,450
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 57,560 7,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,070 6,870
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,070 6,300
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,760 6,180
Accountants and Auditors 71,200 6,030
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,640 5,740
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,590 5,700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,380 5,370
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,310 5,150
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,210 4,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,160 4,690
Security Guards 27,290 4,630
Legal Occupations 109,380 4,560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,710 4,450
Computer User Support Specialists 57,220 4,310
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 109,750 4,070
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 60,280 3,850
Team Assemblers 27,330 3,850
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 49,850 3,800
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 72,090 3,740

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