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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations606510$51,390$24.71100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations88900$36,460$17.5314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations72770$45,190$21.739.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations58500$22,820$10.978.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations38950$74,460$35.85.25
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations37140$48,490$23.316.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations35750$32,800$15.776.55
8Computer and Mathematical Occupations32790$90,920$43.712.9
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31570$79,290$38.125.8
10Management Occupations29840$128,940$61.996.15
11Construction and Extraction Occupations26880$41,840$20.124.45
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations23960$46,470$22.343.8
13Retail Salespersons21320$25,860$12.432.85
14Production Occupations20470$34,510$16.595.7
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food19960$18,980$9.132.3
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations19480$27,140$13.053.65
17Personal Care and Service Occupations17740$27,690$13.314.3
18Architecture and Engineering Occupations16070$84,700$40.721.7
19Customer Service Representatives15650$33,030$15.881.75
20Cashiers14680$20,270$9.752.2
21Healthcare Support Occupations14470$29,690$14.283
22Protective Service Occupations14040$38,180$18.362.2
23Office Clerks, General11810$32,200$15.481.9
24Registered Nurses11130$64,030$30.781.95
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand10670$26,760$12.861.7
26Waiters and Waitresses10550$23,930$11.51.7
27Software Developers, Applications8520$100,960$48.540.55
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive8310$36,610$17.61.5
29General and Operations Managers8230$141,210$67.891.5
30Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations7800$69,260$33.30.8
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations7710$55,770$26.811.8
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers7610$25,890$12.451.3
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7240$23,460$11.281.55
34Sales Representatives, Services, All Other7210$57,880$27.830.6
35Computer Systems Analysts7090$92,950$44.690.4
36Cooks, Restaurant6780$24,850$11.950.8
37Community and Social Service Occupations6660$43,660$20.991.65
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products6580$71,030$34.150.9
39Business Operations Specialists, All Other6560$75,080$36.10.7
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks6380$41,480$19.941.05
41Accountants and Auditors5800$72,200$34.710.9
42Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers5790$30,210$14.520.8
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers5630$44,190$21.241
44Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers5570$45,830$22.041.2
45First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers5120$55,950$26.90.95
46Maintenance and Repair Workers, General5070$41,930$20.160.9
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers4970$36,130$17.370.6
48Nursing Assistants4970$24,970$121
49Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products4870$102,140$49.110.2
50Receptionists and Information Clerks4760$28,900$13.890.7
51Security Guards4680$27,470$13.210.7
52Legal Occupations4620$113,400$54.520.8
53Computer User Support Specialists4190$58,450$28.10.4
54First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4150$62,020$29.820.4
55Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists3990$76,830$36.940.4
56Construction Laborers3900$31,110$14.960.8
57Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3890$21,760$10.460.9
58Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers3410$33,660$16.180.6
59Computer and Information Systems Managers3200$141,170$67.870.2
60Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers3190$28,640$13.770
61Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3170$51,790$24.90.35
62Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3150$29,220$14.050.3
63Human Resources Specialists3140$65,520$31.50.35
64Civil Engineers2980$82,990$39.90.2
65Carpenters2970$39,460$18.970.7
66Home Health Aides2930$22,410$10.770.7
67Amusement and Recreation Attendants2900$19,970$9.60.2
68Personal Care Aides2870$21,210$10.21.5
69Electricians2850$41,080$19.750.4
70Lawyers2780$145,860$70.130.5
71Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2680$44,300$21.30.5
72Childcare Workers2640$21,690$10.430.8
73Food Preparation Workers2610$22,490$10.810.6
74Network and Computer Systems Administrators2570$92,640$44.540.25
75Management Analysts2540$90,450$43.480.5
76Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers2410$46,600$22.40.2
77Driver/Sales Workers2390$26,270$12.630.3
78Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop2260$19,230$9.240.3
79Packers and Packagers, Hand2250$25,120$12.080.45
80First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers2240$68,420$32.890.3
81Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers2190$51,640$24.830.4
82Medical Secretaries2170$33,330$16.020.4
83Software Developers, Systems Software2160$103,420$49.720.3
84Construction Managers2130$106,680$51.290.3
85Loan Officers2100$79,080$38.020.2
86Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2080$31,320$15.060.4
87Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers2040$18,730$9.010.3
88Tellers2040$32,570$15.660.3
89Medical Assistants2030$32,380$15.570.45
90Financial Managers2020$139,670$67.150.4
91Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors2020$45,840$22.040.2
92Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1990$46,460$22.340.3
93Managers, All Other1980$126,380$60.760.6
94Social and Human Service Assistants1980$27,470$13.210.25
95Electrical Engineers1970$111,250$53.490.1
96Bartenders1940$25,060$12.050.4
97Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1940$26,770$12.870.3
98Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1940$20,020$9.620.3
99Correctional Officers and Jailers1930$37,240$17.90.25
100Self-Enrichment Education Teachers1860$37,380$17.970.2
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Jobs More Common Near Raleigh Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,390606,510
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,46088,900
Sales and Related Occupations$45,19072,770
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,82058,500
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,46038,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,49037,140
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,80035,750
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,92032,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,29031,570
Management Occupations$128,94029,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,84026,880
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,47023,960
Retail Salespersons$25,86021,320
Production Occupations$34,51020,470
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,98019,960
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,14019,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,69017,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$84,70016,070
Customer Service Representatives$33,03015,650
Cashiers$20,27014,680
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,69014,470
Protective Service Occupations$38,18014,040
Office Clerks, General$32,20011,810
Registered Nurses$64,03011,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,76010,670
Waiters and Waitresses$23,93010,550
Software Developers, Applications$100,9608,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,6108,310
General and Operations Managers$141,2108,230
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$69,2607,800
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,7707,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,8907,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,4607,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$57,8807,210
Computer Systems Analysts$92,9507,090
Cooks, Restaurant$24,8506,780
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,6606,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,0306,580
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,0806,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,4806,380
Accountants and Auditors$72,2005,800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,2105,790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,1905,630
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,8305,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9505,120
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,9305,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,1304,970
Nursing Assistants$24,9704,970
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products$102,1404,870
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,9004,760

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,390606,510
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,46088,900
Sales and Related Occupations$45,19072,770
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,46038,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,49037,140
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,80035,750
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,92032,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,29031,570
Management Occupations$128,94029,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,84026,880
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,47023,960
Retail Salespersons$25,86021,320
Production Occupations$34,51020,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,14019,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,69017,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$84,70016,070
Customer Service Representatives$33,03015,650
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,69014,470
Protective Service Occupations$38,18014,040
Office Clerks, General$32,20011,810
Registered Nurses$64,03011,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,76010,670
Software Developers, Applications$100,9608,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,6108,310
General and Operations Managers$141,2108,230
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$69,2607,800
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,7707,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,8907,610
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$57,8807,210
Computer Systems Analysts$92,9507,090
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,6606,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,0306,580
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,0806,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,4806,380
Accountants and Auditors$72,2005,800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,2105,790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,1905,630
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,8305,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9505,120
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,9305,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,1304,970
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products$102,1404,870
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,9004,760
Security Guards$27,4704,680
Legal Occupations$113,4004,620
Computer User Support Specialists$58,4504,190
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$62,0204,150
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$76,8303,990
Construction Laborers$31,1103,900
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,6603,410

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