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Philadelphia Employment

Employment and Industries in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also know as "the city of brotherly love", is one of the five largest cities in the United States. The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area, which encompasses parts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. As one might expect, the Philadelphia metropolitan area has a vibrant business community and rich economy. The Philadelphia metropolitan area is home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters.

Inc. magazine has ranked Philadelphia in the top seventy on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category for the last three years (2004-2006). The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Large and significant cities such as Philadelphia, who have a "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia) are ranked as "Global Cities" (sometimes referred to as world cities or world-class cities) by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC). There are three levels of ranking - alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third-tier). Philadelphia is ranked just below these levels as a city that shows "strong evidence of world city formation".

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Philadelphia ranks fourth on the list of cities in the US who receive the most yearly funding from the NIH. Philadelphia is also ranked top for current impact in the Life Science industry by a 2005 Milken Institute report.

Philadelphia's economy is heavily dependent on the following industries:

  • Financial services
  • Food
  • Manufacturing
  • Refining

The federal government has a large presence in Philadelphia as well. Major federal government institutions in Philadelphia include:

  • The East Coast operations of the United States Mint
  • The Federal Reserve Bank's Philadelphia division
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Philadelphia also has its own stock exchange.

Individuals especially appreciate that Philadelphia has one of the lower costs of living among major US metropolitan areas. According to Select Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that specializes in streamlining corporate expansions and relocations, the Philadelphia metropolitan area has the lowest median home prices of the top U.S. metropolitan areas (based on US Government data). Businesses also appreciate that Philadelphia offers the lowest Class A and second lowest Class B rental rate of major U.S. cities.

Helping to drive the Philadelphia area economy are over eighty colleges and universities. Higher education represents a major industry, as well as providing the area with a highly educated work force.

The Philadelphia metropolitan area is served by Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is the second fastest growing airport in the world. It is 30th busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger volume. Philadelphia International ranks sixteenth in the United States for for nonstop international air travel according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Some major companies in the Philadelphia metropolitan area include:

  • Aramark
  • Boeing Helicopters Division
  • Campbell Soup
  • Cigna
  • Comcast
  • Crown Holdings
  • DuPont
  • GlaxoSmithKline (U.S. headquarters)
  • Hercules
  • Lincoln National
  • Pep Boys
  • QVC
  • Rohm & Haas
  • Sunoco
  • Unisys

Some of the major business organizations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area include:

The Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Business Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer are excellent sources of information on business in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Jobs in Philadelphia

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2813460$54,940$26.410
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations465830$40,070$19.270
3Sales and Related Occupations275420$46,090$22.160
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations229180$25,100$12.070
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations194700$83,060$39.930
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations187630$36,740$17.660
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations185950$62,140$29.870
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations172150$80,160$38.540
9Management Occupations131980$138,970$66.810
10Personal Care and Service Occupations124350$27,280$13.120
11Production Occupations118650$41,420$19.910
12Computer and Mathematical Occupations98450$90,560$43.540
13Healthcare Support Occupations97680$31,910$15.340
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations97110$51,150$24.590
15Construction and Extraction Occupations86670$58,130$27.950
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations81840$31,120$14.960
17Retail Salespersons78940$28,370$13.640
18Registered Nurses72530$77,670$37.340
19Cashiers70350$21,560$10.360
20Protective Service Occupations69650$46,550$22.380
21Office Clerks, General67870$36,010$17.310
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food60820$20,850$10.030
23Customer Service Representatives59280$38,780$18.640
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand57740$31,660$15.220
25Community and Social Service Occupations54470$47,720$22.940
26Personal Care Aides48750$25,170$12.10
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations46280$88,430$42.510
28Waiters and Waitresses46090$24,160$11.610
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive45330$39,090$18.80
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners43290$30,450$14.640
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers42480$26,060$12.530
32Nursing Assistants38830$30,080$14.460
33General and Operations Managers36600$149,900$72.070
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers33620$64,810$31.160
35Legal Occupations32160$112,540$54.110
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks30810$44,090$21.20
37Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations30540$81,950$39.40
38Accountants and Auditors30220$82,370$39.60
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations30200$55,990$26.920
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products28620$77,990$37.50
41Security Guards26160$28,170$13.540
42Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers26010$47,670$22.920
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General23170$43,170$20.760
44Home Health Aides22000$25,220$12.120
45Receptionists and Information Clerks21950$29,780$14.320
46Cooks, Restaurant21530$28,660$13.780
47Sales Representatives, Services, All Other20870$68,400$32.880
48First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers20480$48,340$23.240
49Software Developers, Applications19880$102,830$49.440
50Lawyers18880$150,180$72.20
51Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers17580$30,840$14.820
52Packers and Packagers, Hand17580$25,990$12.50
53Construction Laborers16490$43,360$20.850
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers16310$36,460$17.530
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers15890$42,060$20.220
56Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses15610$53,990$25.960
57Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists15480$74,860$35.990
58Management Analysts15400$95,430$45.880
59Medical Assistants14240$34,460$16.570
60Childcare Workers14100$23,130$11.120
61Billing and Posting Clerks13410$40,840$19.640
62Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers13410$73,120$35.150
63Business Operations Specialists, All Other13260$78,750$37.860
64Human Resources Specialists13140$73,350$35.270
65Bartenders13060$24,730$11.890
66Computer User Support Specialists12990$54,730$26.310
67Food Preparation Workers12840$23,770$11.430
68Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners12760$25,740$12.380
69Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics12560$44,790$21.530
70Computer Systems Analysts12410$98,280$47.250
71Carpenters12360$58,470$28.110
72Bus Drivers, School or Special Client12320$32,920$15.830
73Medical Secretaries12010$38,210$18.370
74Social and Human Service Assistants11920$36,130$17.370
75Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists11710$30,750$14.780
76Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks11630$35,100$16.880
77Financial Managers11540$166,940$80.260
78Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants11330$63,080$30.330
79Financial Analysts10680$90,380$43.450
80Electricians10670$70,160$33.730
81Physicians and Surgeons, All Other10620$188,330$90.540
82Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers9690$34,130$16.410
83Dishwashers9660$21,450$10.310
84Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents9550$91,390$43.940
85First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers9340$69,020$33.180
86Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors9310$47,210$22.70
87Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop9220$21,030$10.110
88Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education9160$30,520$14.670
89Paralegals and Legal Assistants8920$57,240$27.520
90Pharmacy Technicians8920$32,470$15.610
91Insurance Sales Agents8900$95,110$45.730
92Tellers8730$30,690$14.750
93Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators8550$68,200$32.790
94Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria8350$31,170$14.990
95Child, Family, and School Social Workers8320$48,380$23.260
96First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers8250$73,060$35.130
97Software Developers, Systems Software8240$109,640$52.710
98First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers8220$80,130$38.530
99First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors8110$58,470$28.110
100Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators8100$39,870$19.170
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Jobs More Common Near Philadelphia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$54,9402,813,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,070465,830
Sales and Related Occupations$46,090275,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,100229,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,060194,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,740187,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,140185,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,160172,150
Management Occupations$138,970131,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,280124,350
Production Occupations$41,420118,650
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,56098,450
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,91097,680
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,15097,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,13086,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,12081,840
Retail Salespersons$28,37078,940
Registered Nurses$77,67072,530
Cashiers$21,56070,350
Protective Service Occupations$46,55069,650
Office Clerks, General$36,01067,870
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,85060,820
Customer Service Representatives$38,78059,280
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,66057,740
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,72054,470
Personal Care Aides$25,17048,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,43046,280
Waiters and Waitresses$24,16046,090
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,09045,330
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,45043,290
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,06042,480
Nursing Assistants$30,08038,830
General and Operations Managers$149,90036,600
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$64,81033,620
Legal Occupations$112,54032,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,09030,810
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$81,95030,540
Accountants and Auditors$82,37030,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,99030,200
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$77,99028,620
Security Guards$28,17026,160
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,67026,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,17023,170
Home Health Aides$25,22022,000
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,78021,950
Cooks, Restaurant$28,66021,530
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$68,40020,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$48,34020,480
Software Developers, Applications$102,83019,880
Lawyers$150,18018,880

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$54,9402,813,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,070465,830
Sales and Related Occupations$46,090275,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,100229,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,060194,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,740187,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,140185,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,160172,150
Management Occupations$138,970131,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,280124,350
Production Occupations$41,420118,650
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,56098,450
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,91097,680
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,15097,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,13086,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,12081,840
Retail Salespersons$28,37078,940
Registered Nurses$77,67072,530
Protective Service Occupations$46,55069,650
Office Clerks, General$36,01067,870
Customer Service Representatives$38,78059,280
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,66057,740
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,72054,470
Personal Care Aides$25,17048,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,43046,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,09045,330
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,45043,290
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,06042,480
Nursing Assistants$30,08038,830
General and Operations Managers$149,90036,600
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$64,81033,620
Legal Occupations$112,54032,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,09030,810
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$81,95030,540
Accountants and Auditors$82,37030,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,99030,200
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$77,99028,620
Security Guards$28,17026,160
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,67026,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,17023,170
Home Health Aides$25,22022,000
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,78021,950
Cooks, Restaurant$28,66021,530
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$68,40020,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$48,34020,480
Software Developers, Applications$102,83019,880
Lawyers$150,18018,880
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,84017,580
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,99017,580
Construction Laborers$43,36016,490

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