Cincinnati Employment

Employment and Industries in the Cincinnati, Ohio Area

The Cincinnati-Middletown metropolitan area sprawls through parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. The Cincinnati area is home to over ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Cincinnati area is Kroger. Probably the most famous companies headquartered in the area are Kroger, Procter & Gamble, and Chiquita Brands International. More than 370 Fortune 500 firms have operations in Cincinnati.

Major business honors and awards that have been received by the Cincinnati metropolitan area include:

  • The Cincinnati area ranked 13th among the 50 top large cities on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • The Cincinnati metropolitan ranked 81st on Forbes magazine's 2006 "Best Places For Business And Careers" list.
  • The Cincinnati-Middletown metropolitan area has ranked in the top fifty U.S. Cities in the large cities category for the last three years (2004-2006) on Inc. magazine's list of "Best Cities for Doing Business". The 2005 survey ranked the Cincinnati area 18th for the "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • The Cincinnati-Middletown area was ranked 33rd on Expansion Management’s 2006 "America's 50 Hottest Cities" rankings.
  • The Cincinnati-Middletown area received a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros".
  • The Cincinnati area is ranked the 6th safest region for business in United States by Risk & Insurance magazine.

The Cincinnati area has a well educated work force. According to a U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Cincinnati has almost 34% of its workforce with a college degree or higher, placing it 19th among large U.S. cities. Cincinnati ranks among the top ten most literate cities in the United States according to a 2005 Central Connecticut State University study. Helping to fuel this well educated work force are almost 300 colleges and universities that are located within 200 miles of Cincinnati.

According to the Economics Center for Education & Research at the University of Cincinnati, some of the major industry clusters in the Cincinnati area include:

  • Advanced Design Services
  • Business Management
  • Financial Services
  • Biotechnology
  • Digital Equipment and Telecommunications
  • Software & Data Processing
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Chemicals and Plastics
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

For business travelers, the Cincinnati area is served by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). CVG is one of the thirty busiest airports in the United States.

Companies with headquarters or major operations in the Cincinnati metropolitan area include:

  • AK Steel Holding
  • 513 Ventures
  • American Financial Group.
  • Chiquita Brands International
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Cincinnati Financial Corporation
  • Cinergy
  • Cintas
  • Comair Airlines - Delta Connection
  • Convergys
  • Cornerstone Brands (subsidiary of the InterActive Corp.)
  • Duro Bag Manufacturing Company
  • E.W. Scripps
  • Federated Dept. Stores
  • Fifth Third Bancorp
  • Formica Corporation
  • Fujitec America
  • GE-Aviation
  • General Cable Corporation
  • Kroger
  • LaRosa's Pizza
  • LCN Solutions
  • Luxottica Retail (division of Luxottica SpA of Milan, Italy)
  • Milacron
  • Mitsubishi Automotive Electric America
  • Omnicare
  • Paycor, Inc.
  • Portion PAC
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Roto-Rooter
  • Skyline Chili
  • The Andrew Jergens Company (subsidiary of Kao, Inc.)
  • The David J. Joseph Company
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America
  • United Dairy Farmers
  • US Playing Card Company
  • Western & Southern Financial Group

Business organizations/associations in the Cincinnati area include:

The "Business Section" of the Cincinnati Enquirer is an excellent sources of information on business in the Cincinnati area.

Jobs in Cincinnati

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1071650$50,030$24.05100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations166920$38,130$18.3313.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations104440$22,860$10.998.7
4Sales and Related Occupations102240$44,000$21.159.5
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations84050$35,170$16.916.7
6Production Occupations80950$40,870$19.655.6
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations68070$78,600$37.795.85
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations62100$71,340$34.35.35
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations60270$58,680$28.216
10Management Occupations53890$117,100$56.36.35
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations42260$49,090$23.63.75
12Construction and Extraction Occupations37770$48,770$23.454.6
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations33590$82,210$39.523
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food31990$20,050$9.642.45
15Healthcare Support Occupations31680$31,750$15.262.85
16Personal Care and Service Occupations30610$26,530$12.754.65
17Retail Salespersons30240$27,550$13.242.7
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations28460$28,620$13.763.6
19Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand25490$29,840$14.351.8
20Registered Nurses23970$68,450$32.911.95
21Customer Service Representatives23830$35,040$16.851.75
22Protective Service Occupations23080$42,180$20.282.2
23Cashiers21470$22,340$10.742.2
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations20280$82,580$39.71.7
25Waiters and Waitresses19810$21,360$10.271.65
26Office Clerks, General19030$35,730$17.181.9
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers17940$28,530$13.721.25
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners14590$27,790$13.361.5
29General and Operations Managers13470$125,450$60.311.5
30Community and Social Service Occupations12950$46,360$22.291.75
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations12820$52,350$25.171.8
32Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products12660$72,730$34.970.85
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers12150$45,370$21.811.2
34Nursing Assistants12100$29,240$14.060.95
35Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive11700$37,390$17.981.4
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks11180$41,820$20.111.05
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10640$42,130$20.260.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers10310$58,220$27.990.95
39Cooks, Restaurant9420$24,700$11.870.9
40Accountants and Auditors9200$73,460$35.320.9
41Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers8630$34,830$16.740.8
42Packers and Packagers, Hand8560$25,430$12.230.4
43Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8380$66,630$32.040.8
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers8310$34,900$16.780.6
45Sales Representatives, Services, All Other8260$66,570$32.010.7
46Receptionists and Information Clerks8010$28,620$13.760.7
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers7690$35,450$17.040.6
48Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks7580$34,850$16.750.4
49Security Guards7400$26,390$12.690.7
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other7340$71,190$34.220.7
51First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers7150$45,100$21.680.95
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses7140$46,780$22.490.5
53Construction Laborers6960$41,850$20.120.9
54Software Developers, Applications6930$94,710$45.530.65
55Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6570$30,140$14.490.75
56Computer Systems Analysts6290$89,940$43.240.4
57Home Health Aides6240$23,870$11.480.6
58Legal Occupations6240$105,280$50.620.8
59Personal Care Aides6130$24,200$11.631.7
60Food Preparation Workers6040$23,930$11.50.5
61Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5740$65,910$31.690.45
62Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders5580$35,220$16.930.2
63Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers5400$43,310$20.820.35
64Financial Managers5350$136,130$65.450.4
65Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5300$35,040$16.850.4
66Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5260$23,140$11.130.9
67Machinists5220$50,480$24.270.2
68Computer User Support Specialists5140$52,190$25.090.4
69Human Resources Specialists5130$64,050$30.80.4
70First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers5120$66,720$32.080.4
71Electricians5100$49,920$240.45
72Childcare Workers4850$24,050$11.560.7
73Industrial Machinery Mechanics4650$55,520$26.690.2
74Carpenters4640$44,930$21.60.6
75Medical Assistants4620$33,560$16.130.45
76Driver/Sales Workers4400$25,940$12.470.3
77Bartenders4320$21,200$10.190.4
78Firefighters4270$43,070$20.710.2
79Cooks, Fast Food4260$21,510$10.340.3
80Billing and Posting Clerks4240$40,410$19.430.3
81Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters4200$52,710$25.340.3
82Medical Secretaries4120$36,250$17.430.4
83Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics4100$41,990$20.190.5
84Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4090$64,170$30.850.4
85Industrial Engineers4080$90,210$43.370.2
86Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products3900$90,740$43.630.2
87Helpers--Production Workers3770$32,330$15.540.2
88Buyers and Purchasing Agents3740$70,510$33.90.25
89Management Analysts3700$84,710$40.730.55
90Lawyers3690$135,400$65.10.5
91Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria3550$27,050$130.3
92First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3490$64,490$310.3
93Pharmacy Technicians3490$29,470$14.170.3
94Substitute Teachers3440$33,000$15.870.4
95Managers, All Other3400$108,660$52.240.7
96Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents3380$85,550$41.130.3
97Loan Officers3310$73,330$35.250.2
98Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3300$58,640$28.190.35
99Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3290$20,030$9.630.3
100Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists3280$27,970$13.450.4
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Cincinnati Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,0301,071,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,130166,920
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,860104,440
Sales and Related Occupations$44,000102,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,17084,050
Production Occupations$40,87080,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,60068,070
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,34062,100
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,68060,270
Management Occupations$117,10053,890
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,09042,260
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,77037,770
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,21033,590
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,05031,990
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,75031,680
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,53030,610
Retail Salespersons$27,55030,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,62028,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,84025,490
Registered Nurses$68,45023,970
Customer Service Representatives$35,04023,830
Protective Service Occupations$42,18023,080
Cashiers$22,34021,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,58020,280
Waiters and Waitresses$21,36019,810
Office Clerks, General$35,73019,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,53017,940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,79014,590
General and Operations Managers$125,45013,470
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,36012,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,35012,820
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,73012,660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,37012,150
Nursing Assistants$29,24012,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,39011,700
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,82011,180
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,13010,640
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,22010,310
Cooks, Restaurant$24,7009,420
Accountants and Auditors$73,4609,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,8308,630
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,4308,560
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,6308,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,9008,310
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,5708,260
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,6208,010
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,4507,690
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,8507,580
Security Guards$26,3907,400
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,1907,340

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Cincinnati, Ohio Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,0301,071,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,130166,920
Sales and Related Occupations$44,000102,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,17084,050
Production Occupations$40,87080,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,60068,070
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,34062,100
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,68060,270
Management Occupations$117,10053,890
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,09042,260
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,77037,770
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,21033,590
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,75031,680
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,53030,610
Retail Salespersons$27,55030,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,62028,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,84025,490
Registered Nurses$68,45023,970
Customer Service Representatives$35,04023,830
Protective Service Occupations$42,18023,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,58020,280
Office Clerks, General$35,73019,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,53017,940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,79014,590
General and Operations Managers$125,45013,470
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,36012,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,35012,820
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,73012,660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,37012,150
Nursing Assistants$29,24012,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,39011,700
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,82011,180
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,13010,640
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,22010,310
Accountants and Auditors$73,4609,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,8308,630
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,4308,560
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,6308,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,9008,310
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,5708,260
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,6208,010
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,4507,690
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,8507,580
Security Guards$26,3907,400
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,1907,340
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,1007,150
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$46,7807,140
Construction Laborers$41,8506,960
Software Developers, Applications$94,7106,930
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,1406,570

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