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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 2777730 $53450 $25.7 0
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 465930 $39320 $18.9 0
3 Sales and Related Occupations 281130 $45310 $21.78 0
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 224920 $24080 $11.57 0
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 188720 $57940 $27.85 0
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 187670 $81380 $39.13 0
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 179380 $36200 $17.4 0
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 169250 $78540 $37.76 0
9 Management Occupations 125040 $137530 $66.12 0
10 Production Occupations 122950 $40880 $19.66 0
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 112540 $26910 $12.94 0
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 99810 $30490 $14.66 0
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 95960 $50420 $24.24 0
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 95260 $89120 $42.85 0
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 85290 $56960 $27.38 0
16 Retail Salespersons 84690 $27410 $13.18 0
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 81530 $29900 $14.37 0
18 Registered Nurses 70830 $77310 $37.17 0
19 Cashiers 69930 $21230 $10.2 0
20 Protective Service Occupations 68290 $45490 $21.87 0
21 Office Clerks, General 62660 $34680 $16.67 0
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 58930 $20130 $9.68 0
23 Customer Service Representatives 58170 $38070 $18.3 0
24 Community and Social Service Occupations 54270 $46150 $22.19 0
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 51220 $31520 $15.15 0
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 48210 $38470 $18.5 0
27 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 46090 $86330 $41.51 0
28 Waiters and Waitresses 44970 $23410 $11.26 0
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 42220 $28930 $13.91 0
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 41750 $25100 $12.07 0
31 Nursing Assistants 39630 $29380 $14.13 0
32 Personal Care Aides 38980 $23770 $11.43 0
33 General and Operations Managers 34320 $144570 $69.5 0
34 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 32930 $64170 $30.85 0
35 Legal Occupations 31200 $109630 $52.71 0
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 31000 $43680 $21 0
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 30630 $55580 $26.72 0
38 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 29690 $75490 $36.3 0
39 Accountants and Auditors 29540 $80800 $38.85 0
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 29230 $76900 $36.97 0
41 Security Guards 26400 $27160 $13.06 0
42 Home Health Aides 24990 $23910 $11.5 0
43 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 23550 $48110 $23.13 0
44 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 23350 $42570 $20.46 0
45 Receptionists and Information Clerks 23320 $28910 $13.9 0
46 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 21850 $68400 $32.88 0
47 Cooks, Restaurant 20770 $26990 $12.98 0
48 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 19700 $48830 $23.48 0
49 Packers and Packagers, Hand 19630 $24510 $11.78 0
50 Lawyers 19070 $141540 $68.05 0
51 Software Developers, Applications 17790 $101640 $48.86 0
52 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 17670 $28840 $13.87 0
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 16500 $34950 $16.8 0
54 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 15610 $52530 $25.25 0
55 Construction Laborers 15280 $43180 $20.76 0
56 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 14920 $73350 $35.26 0
57 Food Preparation Workers 14520 $22700 $10.91 0
58 Management Analysts 14440 $93690 $45.04 0
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 14180 $39830 $19.15 0
60 Childcare Workers 13840 $22730 $10.93 0
61 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 13710 $72110 $34.67 0
62 Computer Systems Analysts 13430 $94080 $45.23 0
63 Computer User Support Specialists 13280 $55500 $26.68 0
64 Billing and Posting Clerks 13140 $39410 $18.95 0
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 13130 $44640 $21.46 0
66 Medical Assistants 13020 $34080 $16.39 0
67 Carpenters 12940 $55390 $26.63 0
68 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 12940 $76710 $36.88 0
69 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 12850 $25160 $12.09 0
70 Human Resources Specialists 12700 $72570 $34.89 0
71 Medical Secretaries 12570 $38310 $18.42 0
72 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 12540 $32070 $15.42 0
73 Bartenders 12390 $24450 $11.76 0
74 Social and Human Service Assistants 12330 $34570 $16.62 0
75 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 12060 $34730 $16.7 0
76 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 12040 $31980 $15.37 0
77 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 11730 $60790 $29.23 0
78 Substitute Teachers 11300 $34500 $16.59 0
79 Financial Managers 10860 $164000 $78.84 0
80 Electricians 10610 $66840 $32.13 0
81 Financial Analysts 10040 $87190 $41.92 0
82 Tellers 9650 $29230 $14.05 0
83 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 9600 $175940 $84.58 0
84 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 9490 $29950 $14.4 0
85 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 9140 $20250 $9.74 0
86 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 9100 $67990 $32.69 0
87 Software Developers, Systems Software 8920 $106040 $50.98 0
88 Insurance Sales Agents 8790 $91310 $43.9 0
89 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 8630 $65100 $31.3 0
90 Pharmacy Technicians 8600 $31970 $15.37 0
91 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 8590 $29920 $14.39 0
92 Dishwashers 8420 $21100 $10.15 0
93 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 8350 $40540 $19.49 0
94 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 8290 $111090 $53.41 0
95 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8250 $46110 $22.17 0
96 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 8160 $80390 $38.65 0
97 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 8060 $72130 $34.68 0
98 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 8060 $97210 $46.73 0
99 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 7990 $57490 $27.64 0
100 Computer Programmers 7780 $86090 $41.39 0
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Jobs More Common Near Philadelphia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 53,450 2,777,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,320 465,930
Sales and Related Occupations 45,310 281,130
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,080 224,920
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,940 188,720
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 81,380 187,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,200 179,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,540 169,250
Management Occupations 137,530 125,040
Production Occupations 40,880 122,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,910 112,540
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,490 99,810
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,420 95,960
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 89,120 95,260
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,960 85,290
Retail Salespersons 27,410 84,690
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,900 81,530
Registered Nurses 77,310 70,830
Cashiers 21,230 69,930
Protective Service Occupations 45,490 68,290
Office Clerks, General 34,680 62,660
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,130 58,930
Customer Service Representatives 38,070 58,170
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,150 54,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,520 51,220
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,470 48,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,330 46,090
Waiters and Waitresses 23,410 44,970
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,930 42,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,100 41,750
Nursing Assistants 29,380 39,630
Personal Care Aides 23,770 38,980
General and Operations Managers 144,570 34,320
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 64,170 32,930
Legal Occupations 109,630 31,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 43,680 31,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,580 30,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 75,490 29,690
Accountants and Auditors 80,800 29,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 76,900 29,230
Security Guards 27,160 26,400
Home Health Aides 23,910 24,990
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,110 23,550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,570 23,350
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,910 23,320
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 68,400 21,850
Cooks, Restaurant 26,990 20,770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,830 19,700
Packers and Packagers, Hand 24,510 19,630
Lawyers 141,540 19,070

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 53,450 2,777,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,320 465,930
Sales and Related Occupations 45,310 281,130
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,940 188,720
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 81,380 187,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,200 179,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,540 169,250
Management Occupations 137,530 125,040
Production Occupations 40,880 122,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,910 112,540
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,490 99,810
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,420 95,960
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 89,120 95,260
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,960 85,290
Retail Salespersons 27,410 84,690
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,900 81,530
Registered Nurses 77,310 70,830
Protective Service Occupations 45,490 68,290
Office Clerks, General 34,680 62,660
Customer Service Representatives 38,070 58,170
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,150 54,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,520 51,220
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,470 48,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,330 46,090
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,930 42,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,100 41,750
Nursing Assistants 29,380 39,630
General and Operations Managers 144,570 34,320
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 64,170 32,930
Legal Occupations 109,630 31,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 43,680 31,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,580 30,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 75,490 29,690
Accountants and Auditors 80,800 29,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 76,900 29,230
Security Guards 27,160 26,400
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,110 23,550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,570 23,350
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,910 23,320
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 68,400 21,850
Cooks, Restaurant 26,990 20,770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,830 19,700
Lawyers 141,540 19,070
Software Developers, Applications 101,640 17,790
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,840 17,670
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,950 16,500
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 52,530 15,610
Construction Laborers 43,180 15,280
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 73,350 14,920
Management Analysts 93,690 14,440

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