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Cleveland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Cleveland, Ohio Area

While often associated with images of "the rust belt" and heavy manufacturing, the Cleveland area economy has diversified to provide ample opportunity for business and professional growth. The Cleveland area is home to over fifteen Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Cleveland area is Progressive. Probably the most famous companies headquartered in the area are Sherwin-Williams, KeyCorp, and American Greetings.

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

  • The Cleveland area ranked 24th among the 50 top large cities on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area ranked 61st on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the large cities category. The 2005 survey ranked the area 39th for the "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area received a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros".

Diversifying beyond its traditional manufacturing base, emerging and major industries in the Cleveland area include:

  • Commercial banking/financial services
  • Health care/health sciences
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Retailing
  • Utilities

Driven by organizations such as the world famous Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland, biotechnology, health care, and health or life sciences have become a major industry in the Cleveland area. Cleveland ranks in the top twenty-five U.S. cities for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Cleveland is also home to the Port of Cleveland, one of the busiest Great Lakes cargo ports. The port annually handles 12 to 16 million metric tons of cargo and supports nearly 11,000 jobs and approximately $600 million in income. The value of imports and exports averages about $1 billion annually.

For business travelers, the Cleveland area is served by two airports:

  • The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
  • The Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL)

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

  • Agilysys
  • Aleris International
  • American Greetings
  • Applied Ind. Technologies
  • Cleveland-Cliffs
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Forest City Enterprises
  • Invacare
  • Jones Day
  • KeyCorp
  • Lincoln Electric Holdings
  • Lubrizol
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Nacco Industries
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • National City Corporation
  • Parker Hannifin
  • PolyOne
  • Progressive
  • RPM International
  • Sherwin-Williams Company

Business organizations/associations in the Cleveland area include:

Crain's Cleveland Business, and the "Business Section" of the Plain Dealer are both good sources of information on business in the Cleveland area.

Jobs in Cleveland

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1027410 $48250 $23.2 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 162040 $36680 $17.63 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 97590 $44020 $21.17 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 92410 $22760 $10.94 8.3
5 Production Occupations 89180 $37830 $18.19 5.85
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75970 $75620 $36.36 5.75
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 65930 $35190 $16.92 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58020 $55070 $26.47 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 55150 $69400 $33.36 5.05
10 Management Occupations 48850 $110750 $53.25 6.05
11 Healthcare Support Occupations 38280 $27900 $13.42 3.05
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 36620 $46280 $22.25 3.8
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 30850 $51820 $24.91 4.4
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30730 $27050 $13 3.7
15 Registered Nurses 29390 $67340 $32.38 1.9
16 Retail Salespersons 28700 $31400 $15.09 3.1
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 28390 $73760 $35.46 2.8
18 Protective Service Occupations 27230 $41550 $19.98 2.25
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 26480 $19760 $9.5 2.15
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 24830 $26320 $12.66 4.1
21 Cashiers 20500 $21990 $10.57 2.25
22 Office Clerks, General 19050 $32330 $15.54 2
23 Waiters and Waitresses 18470 $23840 $11.46 1.6
24 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 18200 $77980 $37.49 1.65
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 17110 $48660 $23.39 1.65
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 17090 $26260 $12.63 1.6
27 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 17040 $28270 $13.59 1.6
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 16740 $36180 $17.39 1.6
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 16020 $26060 $12.53 1.2
30 Customer Service Representatives 14120 $36440 $17.52 1.75
31 Home Health Aides 13410 $21860 $10.51 0.7
32 General and Operations Managers 13220 $116640 $56.07 1.4
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 12460 $45690 $21.96 1.7
34 Nursing Assistants 12430 $26480 $12.73 1.05
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 11810 $39440 $18.96 1.1
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 10920 $70140 $33.72 1
37 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 10680 $43470 $20.9 1.2
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 9930 $40060 $19.26 0.9
39 Accountants and Auditors 9520 $73110 $35.15 0.9
40 Security Guards 9370 $27880 $13.41 0.7
41 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 9220 $55370 $26.62 1
42 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 8640 $82040 $39.44 0.9
43 Legal Occupations 8500 $86280 $41.48 0.8
44 Cooks, Restaurant 7770 $24160 $11.61 0.75
45 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 7660 $40880 $19.66 1
46 Software Developers, Applications 7180 $83660 $40.22 0.5
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 7000 $26220 $12.61 0.8
48 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 6900 $44470 $21.38 0.5
49 Medical Secretaries 6740 $33510 $16.11 0.4
50 Team Assemblers 6710 $33230 $15.98 0.75
51 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 6630 $33810 $16.26 0.4
52 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 6610 $67180 $32.3 0.6
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6610 $33490 $16.1 0.6
54 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 6580 $41550 $19.98 0.3
55 Construction Laborers 6320 $43270 $20.8 0.8
56 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 5920 $66310 $31.88 0.7
57 Machinists 5890 $40370 $19.41 0.3
58 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5780 $62440 $30.02 0.4
59 Packers and Packagers, Hand 5750 $23930 $11.5 0.45
60 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5630 $32520 $15.64 0.6
61 Receptionists and Information Clerks 5210 $26100 $12.55 0.7
62 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 5110 $70550 $33.92 0.35
63 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4970 $60100 $28.89 0.45
64 Computer Systems Analysts 4750 $78700 $37.83 0.4
65 Personal Care Aides 4590 $22310 $10.73 1.3
66 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 4570 $40130 $19.29 0.5
67 Lawyers 4520 $115800 $55.67 0.5
68 Bartenders 4510 $24100 $11.59 0.4
69 Childcare Workers 4380 $22040 $10.6 0.8
70 Production Workers, All Other 4340 $28260 $13.59 0.2
71 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 4320 $28070 $13.5 0.4
72 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4300 $22910 $11.01 1
73 Financial Managers 4300 $128710 $61.88 0.4
74 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 4160 $28910 $13.9 0.2
75 Billing and Posting Clerks 4120 $38420 $18.47 0.35
76 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 4120 $80280 $38.6 0.2
77 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 4120 $40040 $19.25 0.1
78 Food Preparation Workers 3930 $23280 $11.19 0.6
79 Insurance Sales Agents 3900 $60350 $29.02 0.3
80 Management Analysts 3890 $82880 $39.85 0.5
81 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 3890 $38650 $18.58 0.2
82 Medical Assistants 3870 $30650 $14.74 0.45
83 Firefighters 3830 $46910 $22.55 0.2
84 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 3780 $193010 $92.79 0.2
85 Human Resources Specialists 3750 $60640 $29.16 0.3
86 Bill and Account Collectors 3740 $32890 $15.81 0.2
87 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 3690 $54540 $26.22 0.5
88 Computer User Support Specialists 3660 $45450 $21.85 0.4
89 Dishwashers 3620 $19580 $9.42 0.3
90 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3550 $19460 $9.35 0.25
91 Driver/Sales Workers 3550 $26530 $12.75 0.3
92 Cooks, Fast Food 3470 $20000 $9.62 0.3
93 Carpenters 3350 $54530 $26.22 0.6
94 Electricians 3330 $55450 $26.66 0.4
95 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3330 $32410 $15.58 0.1
96 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 3310 $26120 $12.56 0.3
97 Medical and Health Services Managers 3140 $101440 $48.77 0.2
98 Tellers 3110 $27550 $13.24 0.3
99 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 3030 $39340 $18.91 0.1
100 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 2960 $23110 $11.11 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Cleveland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,250 1,027,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,680 162,040
Sales and Related Occupations 44,020 97,590
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,760 92,410
Production Occupations 37,830 89,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,620 75,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,190 65,930
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,070 58,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,400 55,150
Management Occupations 110,750 48,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,900 38,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,280 36,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,820 30,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,050 30,730
Registered Nurses 67,340 29,390
Retail Salespersons 31,400 28,700
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,760 28,390
Protective Service Occupations 41,550 27,230
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,760 26,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,320 24,830
Cashiers 21,990 20,500
Office Clerks, General 32,330 19,050
Waiters and Waitresses 23,840 18,470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,980 18,200
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,660 17,110
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,260 17,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,270 17,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,180 16,740
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,060 16,020
Customer Service Representatives 36,440 14,120
Home Health Aides 21,860 13,410
General and Operations Managers 116,640 13,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,690 12,460
Nursing Assistants 26,480 12,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,440 11,810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,140 10,920
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,470 10,680
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,060 9,930
Accountants and Auditors 73,110 9,520
Security Guards 27,880 9,370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,370 9,220
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 82,040 8,640
Legal Occupations 86,280 8,500
Cooks, Restaurant 24,160 7,770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,880 7,660
Software Developers, Applications 83,660 7,180
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,220 7,000
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 44,470 6,900
Medical Secretaries 33,510 6,740
Team Assemblers 33,230 6,710

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,250 1,027,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,680 162,040
Sales and Related Occupations 44,020 97,590
Production Occupations 37,830 89,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,620 75,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,190 65,930
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,070 58,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,400 55,150
Management Occupations 110,750 48,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,900 38,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,280 36,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,820 30,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,050 30,730
Registered Nurses 67,340 29,390
Retail Salespersons 31,400 28,700
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,760 28,390
Protective Service Occupations 41,550 27,230
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,320 24,830
Office Clerks, General 32,330 19,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,980 18,200
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,660 17,110
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,260 17,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,270 17,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,180 16,740
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,060 16,020
Customer Service Representatives 36,440 14,120
General and Operations Managers 116,640 13,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,690 12,460
Nursing Assistants 26,480 12,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,440 11,810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,140 10,920
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,470 10,680
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,060 9,930
Accountants and Auditors 73,110 9,520
Security Guards 27,880 9,370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,370 9,220
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 82,040 8,640
Legal Occupations 86,280 8,500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,880 7,660
Software Developers, Applications 83,660 7,180
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,220 7,000
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 44,470 6,900
Medical Secretaries 33,510 6,740
Team Assemblers 33,230 6,710
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 33,810 6,630
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 67,180 6,610
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,490 6,610
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 41,550 6,580
Construction Laborers 43,270 6,320
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 66,310 5,920

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