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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1029230$48,920$23.52100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations162280$37,650$18.114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations98530$42,660$20.519.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations91630$23,240$11.178.55
5Production Occupations89040$38,680$18.65.7
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations74260$76,250$36.665.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations62100$35,390$17.026.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations58820$54,860$26.386.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations57930$71,690$34.475.25
10Management Occupations47330$114,180$54.96.15
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations35710$47,600$22.883.8
12Healthcare Support Occupations34920$28,910$13.93
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations31760$74,030$35.592.9
14Construction and Extraction Occupations31430$52,720$25.354.45
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations31350$27,820$13.373.65
16Retail Salespersons28260$31,540$15.172.85
17Protective Service Occupations28080$42,790$20.572.2
18Personal Care and Service Occupations28020$26,200$12.64.3
19Registered Nurses27540$68,320$32.851.95
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food25230$20,160$9.692.3
21Cashiers21700$22,090$10.622.2
22Office Clerks, General20170$34,200$16.441.9
23Waiters and Waitresses18680$23,620$11.361.7
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand17930$29,500$14.181.7
25Community and Social Service Occupations17890$48,930$23.521.65
26Architecture and Engineering Occupations17320$81,060$38.971.7
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners16380$26,700$12.841.55
28Customer Service Representatives15950$37,050$17.811.75
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive15920$36,740$17.671.5
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers15120$26,880$12.921.3
31Nursing Assistants12770$27,000$12.981
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations12760$45,920$22.081.8
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks12280$40,410$19.431.05
34General and Operations Managers12180$120,810$58.081.5
35Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products11750$67,240$32.330.9
36Accountants and Auditors10610$75,850$36.460.9
37Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers10440$32,750$15.740
38Home Health Aides10290$21,830$10.490.7
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General9990$41,160$19.790.9
40Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers9830$43,500$20.911.2
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers9630$57,040$27.430.95
42Security Guards9570$31,130$14.970.7
43Legal Occupations8940$82,000$39.420.8
44Software Developers, Applications8770$78,720$37.850.55
45Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8570$80,870$38.880.8
46Cooks, Restaurant7810$26,370$12.680.8
47Personal Care Aides7800$22,370$10.761.5
48First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers7720$39,090$18.791
49Sales Representatives, Services, All Other7330$64,250$30.890.6
50Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks6990$34,190$16.440.4
51Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6900$28,490$13.70.8
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses6900$45,640$21.940.5
53Construction Laborers6580$47,830$22.990.8
54Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers6480$42,470$20.420.3
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6260$35,340$16.990.6
56Machinists6220$41,450$19.930.25
57Business Operations Specialists, All Other6070$68,700$33.030.7
58First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers5990$63,210$30.390.4
59Medical Secretaries5920$34,850$16.760.4
60First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers5730$34,430$16.550.6
61Receptionists and Information Clerks5610$27,760$13.340.7
62Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5500$22,600$10.870.9
63Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5440$66,970$32.20.4
64Computer Systems Analysts5310$81,890$39.370.4
65Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5100$60,440$29.060.4
66Bartenders4810$23,480$11.290.4
67Lawyers4540$109,820$52.80.5
68Production Workers, All Other4280$29,080$13.980.2
69Financial Managers4260$138,920$66.790.4
70Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics4240$44,080$21.190.5
71Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists4220$28,800$13.850.4
72Dishwashers4180$20,470$9.840.3
73Computer User Support Specialists4160$47,510$22.840.4
74Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products4150$83,120$39.960.2
75Billing and Posting Clerks4110$37,980$18.260.3
76Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop4050$19,790$9.520.3
77Childcare Workers4010$22,460$10.80.8
78Human Resources Specialists3980$63,610$30.580.35
79Management Analysts3970$89,570$43.060.5
80Food Preparation Workers3860$23,560$11.330.6
81Firefighters3810$47,690$22.930.2
82Electricians3740$51,880$24.940.4
83Bill and Account Collectors3720$34,220$16.450.2
84Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop3720$22,860$10.990.3
85Insurance Sales Agents3670$59,420$28.570.3
86Driver/Sales Workers3620$29,140$14.010.3
87Packers and Packagers, Hand3620$23,250$11.180.45
88Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks3580$47,100$22.640.2
89Loan Interviewers and Clerks3560$39,970$19.220.15
90Medical Assistants3510$31,280$15.040.45
91Carpenters3490$53,950$25.940.7
92Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic3390$41,580$19.990.1
93Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic3360$33,260$15.990.1
94Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3320$58,490$28.120.35
95Social and Human Service Assistants3310$33,740$16.220.25
96Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators3270$34,390$16.530.35
97Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria3250$26,580$12.780.3
98Pharmacy Technicians3190$31,930$15.350.3
99Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks3110$40,390$19.420.2
100Helpers--Production Workers3100$29,080$13.980.3
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Jobs More Common Near Cleveland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,9201,029,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,650162,280
Sales and Related Occupations$42,66098,530
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,24091,630
Production Occupations$38,68089,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$76,25074,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,39062,100
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,86058,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,69057,930
Management Occupations$114,18047,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,60035,710
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,91034,920
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$74,03031,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations$52,72031,430
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,82031,350
Retail Salespersons$31,54028,260
Protective Service Occupations$42,79028,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,20028,020
Registered Nurses$68,32027,540
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,16025,230
Cashiers$22,09021,700
Office Clerks, General$34,20020,170
Waiters and Waitresses$23,62018,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,50017,930
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,93017,890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,06017,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,70016,380
Customer Service Representatives$37,05015,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,74015,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,88015,120
Nursing Assistants$27,00012,770
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,92012,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,41012,280
General and Operations Managers$120,81012,180
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,24011,750
Accountants and Auditors$75,85010,610
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,75010,440
Home Health Aides$21,83010,290
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,1609,990
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,5009,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,0409,630
Security Guards$31,1309,570
Legal Occupations$82,0008,940
Software Developers, Applications$78,7208,770
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$80,8708,570
Cooks, Restaurant$26,3707,810
Personal Care Aides$22,3707,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,0907,720
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,2507,330
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,1906,990

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,9201,029,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,650162,280
Sales and Related Occupations$42,66098,530
Production Occupations$38,68089,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$76,25074,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,39062,100
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,86058,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,69057,930
Management Occupations$114,18047,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,60035,710
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,91034,920
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$74,03031,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations$52,72031,430
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,82031,350
Retail Salespersons$31,54028,260
Protective Service Occupations$42,79028,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,20028,020
Registered Nurses$68,32027,540
Office Clerks, General$34,20020,170
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,50017,930
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,93017,890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,06017,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,70016,380
Customer Service Representatives$37,05015,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,74015,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,88015,120
Nursing Assistants$27,00012,770
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,92012,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,41012,280
General and Operations Managers$120,81012,180
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,24011,750
Accountants and Auditors$75,85010,610
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,75010,440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,1609,990
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,5009,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,0409,630
Security Guards$31,1309,570
Legal Occupations$82,0008,940
Software Developers, Applications$78,7208,770
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$80,8708,570
Cooks, Restaurant$26,3707,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,0907,720
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,2507,330
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,1906,990
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,4906,900
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$45,6406,900
Construction Laborers$47,8306,580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$42,4706,480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,3406,260
Machinists$41,4506,220

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