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 Occupations1145060$50,070$24.07100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations181730$37,680$18.1214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations109800$40,770$19.69.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations104880$24,240$11.658.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations88370$68,340$32.865.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations73140$37,390$17.986.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations60210$62,630$30.116.05
8Production Occupations60180$41,510$19.965.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations56660$73,280$35.235.25
10Personal Care and Service Occupations53390$26,180$12.594.3
11Construction and Extraction Occupations52210$54,010$25.974.45
12Management Occupations52060$122,740$59.016.15
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations46720$49,620$23.853.8
14Computer and Mathematical Occupations39190$81,680$39.272.9
15Healthcare Support Occupations35310$31,590$15.193
16Registered Nurses33040$66,250$31.851.95
17Retail Salespersons32000$27,740$13.342.85
18Office Clerks, General31960$34,590$16.631.9
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food31220$19,960$9.62.3
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations30000$28,590$13.753.65
21Cashiers29770$20,630$9.922.2
22Architecture and Engineering Occupations25890$80,690$38.81.7
23Customer Service Representatives24530$35,800$17.211.75
24Protective Service Occupations23530$43,270$20.82.2
25Personal Care Aides22740$24,660$11.861.5
26Waiters and Waitresses21180$25,670$12.341.7
27Community and Social Service Occupations20740$44,360$21.331.65
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand20690$31,720$15.251.7
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive18640$36,030$17.321.5
30General and Operations Managers16500$131,400$63.171.5
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners16240$28,240$13.581.55
32Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers14890$47,940$23.051.2
33Nursing Assistants14470$30,300$14.571
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers14180$24,620$11.841.3
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers13810$60,410$29.040.95
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations13310$48,700$23.411.8
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks12660$39,250$18.871.05
38Cooks, Restaurant12290$25,960$12.480.8
39Accountants and Auditors11690$72,600$34.910.9
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products11630$74,850$35.990.9
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10590$39,550$19.010.9
42Construction Laborers9540$43,370$20.850.8
43Legal Occupations9140$100,400$48.270.8
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers9010$46,580$22.391
45Software Developers, Applications8620$89,140$42.850.55
46Security Guards8480$26,270$12.630.7
47Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8070$66,740$32.080.8
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers8050$37,000$17.790.6
49Sales Representatives, Services, All Other7720$66,200$31.830.6
50Receptionists and Information Clerks7680$27,530$13.230.7
51Bartenders7130$24,580$11.820.4
52Computer Systems Analysts6890$92,670$44.550.4
53Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6880$34,750$16.70.6
54Carpenters6560$57,750$27.760.7
55Management Analysts6330$85,200$40.960.5
56Bus Drivers, School or Special Client6200$30,490$14.660.3
57Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists6050$27,050$13.010.4
58Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5950$38,130$18.330
59Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5860$23,630$11.360.9
60Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers5840$29,010$13.950.8
61Medical Assistants5820$31,610$15.20.45
62Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5820$63,770$30.660.4
63Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5700$44,880$21.580.5
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5560$41,240$19.830.5
65Home Health Aides5460$25,350$12.190.7
66Childcare Workers5390$23,090$11.10.8
67Lawyers5340$132,330$63.620.5
68Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5230$67,300$32.350.4
69First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4940$62,740$30.170.4
70Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators4930$51,860$24.930.2
71First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4900$73,270$35.230.4
72Dishwashers4710$20,930$10.060.3
73Computer User Support Specialists4590$49,650$23.870.4
74Physicians and Surgeons, All Other4530$138,720$66.690.25
75Human Resources Specialists4460$64,370$30.950.35
76Pharmacy Technicians4460$29,360$14.120.3
77Electricians4410$70,230$33.760.4
78Billing and Posting Clerks4090$37,020$17.80.3
79Substitute Teachers4080$33,060$15.890
80Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3920$21,550$10.360.3
81Machinists3900$44,230$21.260.25
82First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3880$71,450$34.350.3
83Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors3850$45,090$21.680
84Medical and Health Services Managers3840$98,590$47.40.25
85Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks3800$36,190$17.40.4
86Mechanical Engineers3760$90,910$43.710.2
87Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians3730$49,990$24.030.2
88Child, Family, and School Social Workers3720$41,920$20.150.2
89Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers3690$44,580$21.430.3
90Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists3640$49,980$24.030.2
91Tellers3640$27,520$13.230.3
92Financial Managers3560$158,470$76.190.4
93Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3480$54,670$26.280.35
94Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters3430$61,720$29.670.3
95Business Operations Specialists, All Other3370$77,690$37.350.7
96Pharmacists3360$106,010$50.960.2
97Civil Engineers3350$90,330$43.430.2
98Social and Human Service Assistants3290$33,510$16.110.25
99Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria3270$27,970$13.450.3
100Computer and Information Systems Managers3250$143,720$69.10.2
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$50,0701,145,060
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,680181,730
Sales and Related Occupations$40,770109,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,240104,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,34088,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,39073,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,63060,210
Production Occupations$41,51060,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$73,28056,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,18053,390
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,01052,210
Management Occupations$122,74052,060
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,62046,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,68039,190
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,59035,310
Registered Nurses$66,25033,040
Retail Salespersons$27,74032,000
Office Clerks, General$34,59031,960
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,96031,220
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,59030,000
Cashiers$20,63029,770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,69025,890
Customer Service Representatives$35,80024,530
Protective Service Occupations$43,27023,530
Personal Care Aides$24,66022,740
Waiters and Waitresses$25,67021,180
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,36020,740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,72020,690
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,03018,640
General and Operations Managers$131,40016,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,24016,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,94014,890
Nursing Assistants$30,30014,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,62014,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,41013,810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,70013,310
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,25012,660
Cooks, Restaurant$25,96012,290
Accountants and Auditors$72,60011,690
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$74,85011,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,55010,590
Construction Laborers$43,3709,540
Legal Occupations$100,4009,140
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,5809,010
Software Developers, Applications$89,1408,620
Security Guards$26,2708,480
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,7408,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,0008,050
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,2007,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,5307,680

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$50,0701,145,060
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,680181,730
Sales and Related Occupations$40,770109,800
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,34088,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,39073,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,63060,210
Production Occupations$41,51060,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$73,28056,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,18053,390
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,01052,210
Management Occupations$122,74052,060
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,62046,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,68039,190
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,59035,310
Registered Nurses$66,25033,040
Retail Salespersons$27,74032,000
Office Clerks, General$34,59031,960
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,59030,000
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,69025,890
Customer Service Representatives$35,80024,530
Protective Service Occupations$43,27023,530
Waiters and Waitresses$25,67021,180
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,36020,740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,72020,690
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,03018,640
General and Operations Managers$131,40016,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,24016,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,94014,890
Nursing Assistants$30,30014,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,41013,810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,70013,310
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,25012,660
Cooks, Restaurant$25,96012,290
Accountants and Auditors$72,60011,690
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$74,85011,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,55010,590
Construction Laborers$43,3709,540
Legal Occupations$100,4009,140
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,5809,010
Software Developers, Applications$89,1408,620
Security Guards$26,2708,480
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,7408,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,0008,050
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,2007,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,5307,680
Computer Systems Analysts$92,6706,890
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,7506,880
Carpenters$57,7506,560
Management Analysts$85,2006,330
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$30,4906,200

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