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Pittsburgh Employment

Employment and Industries in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area

While long thought of as a center for steal production, the Pittsburgh area economy has expanded and diversified beyond its traditional heavy manufacturing base to provide substantial opportunities for business and professional growth. Pittsburgh is home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Pittsburgh area is United States Steel. Probably the most famous companies with their headquarters in the area are United States Steel, H.J. Heinz, Mellon Financial, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Despite its reputation as a center for blue collar industrial work, the Pittsburgh area has a very well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Pittsburgh ranks in the top twenty among American cities with a well educated work force. Almost 34% of the Pittsburgh area population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Pittsburgh in the top ten most literate cities in the U.S.

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

  • Number 50 on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • Number 53 on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the large cities category, and in the top fifty for all three years of the survey (2004-2006). The 2005 survey ranked the Pittsburgh area number ten for the "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • Number 32 on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers" (out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas).
  • Number 24 on Expansion Management’s 2005 list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities".
  • "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros".

Major industries located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • healthcare
  • Financial services
  • High technology
  • Retail
  • Medicine

Driven by organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Carnegie Mellon University, life sciences are a strong and growing industry in the Pittsburgh area. UPMC ranks among the top ten recipients in the U.S. for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Pittsburgh ranks in the top fifteen cities in the United States for NIH funding. In addition, Carnegie Mellon receives more than $73 million a year in National Science Foundation (NSF) research.

Pittsburgh is also home to the busiest inland port, the Port of Pittsburgh, in the United States.

For business travelers, the Pittsburgh area is served by the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). PIT is regularly ranked as one of the top airports in the world by Cond" Nast, J.D. Power, USA Today, Travelocity and the Official Airline Guide. Allegheny County Airport (AGC) also serves the Pittsburgh area.

Companies with headquarters in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

  • Allegheny Energy
  • Allegheny Technologies
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Consol Energy
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • H. J. Heinz Company
  • Kennametal
  • Mellon Financial
  • PNC Financial
  • PPG Industries
  • U.S. Steel
  • WESCO International
  • Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel

Business organizations/associations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area include:

The Pittsburgh Business Times, "Business Section" of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the "Business Section" of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review are all good sources of information on business and the economy in the Pittsburgh area.

Jobs in Pittsburgh

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1132950$48,580$23.36100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations187000$36,740$17.6714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations111300$39,880$19.179.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations104590$22,850$10.998.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations84870$69,410$33.375.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations73380$35,820$17.226.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations61620$59,820$28.766.05
8Production Occupations58140$40,300$19.385.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations58110$71,110$34.195.25
10Construction and Extraction Occupations50140$51,940$24.974.45
11Management Occupations49600$119,730$57.566.15
12Personal Care and Service Occupations47710$25,600$12.314.3
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations44570$46,200$22.213.8
14Computer and Mathematical Occupations38100$78,930$37.952.9
15Retail Salespersons35100$26,540$12.762.85
16Healthcare Support Occupations33740$30,860$14.833
17Registered Nurses31260$65,380$31.431.95
18Office Clerks, General30980$33,110$15.921.9
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations30200$27,880$13.43.65
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food28690$19,680$9.462.3
21Cashiers28110$19,550$9.42.2
22Architecture and Engineering Occupations24650$80,280$38.61.7
23Protective Service Occupations24390$41,510$19.962.2
24Customer Service Representatives24360$35,210$16.931.75
25Waiters and Waitresses21470$22,520$10.831.7
26Community and Social Service Occupations20830$42,570$20.461.65
27Personal Care Aides20750$23,770$11.431.5
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive19850$35,310$16.981.5
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand19120$30,830$14.821.7
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners16400$27,280$13.121.55
31General and Operations Managers15630$128,600$61.831.5
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers14780$24,040$11.561.3
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers14170$46,600$22.41.2
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks13280$38,430$18.471.05
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers13130$59,980$28.840.95
36Nursing Assistants13100$29,800$14.331
37Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products12650$73,400$35.290.9
38Cooks, Restaurant12290$24,230$11.650.8
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations11930$48,970$23.551.8
40Accountants and Auditors11760$72,000$34.610.9
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10580$39,070$18.780.9
42Construction Laborers9670$41,690$20.040.8
43Security Guards9180$24,340$11.70.7
44Legal Occupations9030$105,170$50.560.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers8410$43,940$21.121
46Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8320$63,080$30.330.8
47Software Developers, Applications8290$86,350$41.520.55
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers7470$36,160$17.390.6
49Bartenders7280$21,940$10.550.4
50Bus Drivers, School or Special Client7180$25,000$12.020.3
51Receptionists and Information Clerks7150$26,630$12.80.7
52Sales Representatives, Services, All Other6920$64,230$30.880.6
53Computer Systems Analysts6740$93,090$44.750.4
54Medical Assistants6590$30,590$14.710.45
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6540$34,190$16.440.6
56Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6090$28,640$13.770.8
57Carpenters6060$54,030$25.970.7
58Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5970$44,310$21.30.5
59Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists5840$25,250$12.140.4
60Management Analysts5830$80,750$38.820.5
61Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5790$39,150$18.820.5
62Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5620$63,050$30.310.4
63Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5540$23,040$11.080.9
64Home Health Aides5460$24,300$11.680.7
65Lawyers5450$137,910$66.30.5
66Computer User Support Specialists5240$49,050$23.580.4
67Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5190$33,360$16.040
68Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5100$66,240$31.850.4
69Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators4900$50,040$24.060.2
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4850$72,640$34.920.4
71Dishwashers4720$19,860$9.550.3
72Billing and Posting Clerks4630$36,440$17.520.3
73First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4510$62,760$30.170.4
74Human Resources Specialists4500$62,630$30.110.35
75Substitute Teachers4450$33,760$16.230
76Physicians and Surgeons, All Other4410$158,840$76.370.25
77Medical Secretaries4290$34,220$16.450.4
78Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4240$35,160$16.90.4
79Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors4240$41,170$19.790
80Driver/Sales Workers4210$26,680$12.830.3
81Machinists4160$42,790$20.570.25
82Childcare Workers4020$22,560$10.850.8
83Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3970$20,280$9.750.3
84Electricians3950$65,840$31.650.4
85Tellers3900$26,010$12.50.3
86Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria3880$26,850$12.910.3
87Child, Family, and School Social Workers3830$40,870$19.650.2
88Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters3770$58,720$28.230.3
89Food Preparation Workers3770$23,270$11.190.6
90Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3740$54,400$26.160.35
91Pharmacy Technicians3690$27,840$13.390.3
92First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3620$69,600$33.460.3
93Mechanical Engineers3580$89,440$430.2
94Financial Managers3540$155,440$74.730.4
95Civil Engineers3290$91,490$43.990.2
96Loan Interviewers and Clerks3280$36,350$17.470.15
97Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers3250$21,090$10.140.3
98Business Operations Specialists, All Other3240$76,440$36.750.7
99Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers3220$43,550$20.940.3
100Pharmacists3150$103,400$49.710.2
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Jobs More Common Near Pittsburgh Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,5801,132,950
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,740187,000
Sales and Related Occupations$39,880111,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,850104,590
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,41084,870
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,82073,380
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,82061,620
Production Occupations$40,30058,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,11058,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,94050,140
Management Occupations$119,73049,600
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,60047,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,20044,570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,93038,100
Retail Salespersons$26,54035,100
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,86033,740
Registered Nurses$65,38031,260
Office Clerks, General$33,11030,980
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,88030,200
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,68028,690
Cashiers$19,55028,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,28024,650
Protective Service Occupations$41,51024,390
Customer Service Representatives$35,21024,360
Waiters and Waitresses$22,52021,470
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,57020,830
Personal Care Aides$23,77020,750
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,31019,850
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,83019,120
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,28016,400
General and Operations Managers$128,60015,630
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,04014,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,60014,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,43013,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,98013,130
Nursing Assistants$29,80013,100
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,40012,650
Cooks, Restaurant$24,23012,290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,97011,930
Accountants and Auditors$72,00011,760
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,07010,580
Construction Laborers$41,6909,670
Security Guards$24,3409,180
Legal Occupations$105,1709,030
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,9408,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$63,0808,320
Software Developers, Applications$86,3508,290
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,1607,470
Bartenders$21,9407,280
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$25,0007,180

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,5801,132,950
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,740187,000
Sales and Related Occupations$39,880111,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,41084,870
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,82073,380
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,82061,620
Production Occupations$40,30058,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,11058,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,94050,140
Management Occupations$119,73049,600
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,60047,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,20044,570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,93038,100
Retail Salespersons$26,54035,100
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,86033,740
Registered Nurses$65,38031,260
Office Clerks, General$33,11030,980
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,88030,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,28024,650
Protective Service Occupations$41,51024,390
Customer Service Representatives$35,21024,360
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,57020,830
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,31019,850
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,83019,120
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,28016,400
General and Operations Managers$128,60015,630
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,60014,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,43013,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,98013,130
Nursing Assistants$29,80013,100
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,40012,650
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,97011,930
Accountants and Auditors$72,00011,760
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,07010,580
Construction Laborers$41,6909,670
Legal Occupations$105,1709,030
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,9408,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$63,0808,320
Software Developers, Applications$86,3508,290
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,1607,470
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,6307,150
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,2306,920
Computer Systems Analysts$93,0906,740
Medical Assistants$30,5906,590
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,1906,540
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,6406,090
Carpenters$54,0306,060
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,3105,970
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists$25,2505,840
Management Analysts$80,7505,830

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