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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 Occupations1133760$47360$22.77100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations190570$36030$17.3214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations114890$40380$19.419.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations103680$22090$10.628.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations81940$69500$33.415.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations72530$34840$16.756.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations62820$55740$26.86.05
8Production Occupations61300$39280$18.895.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations58340$69830$33.575.25
10Construction and Extraction Occupations51120$50090$24.084.45
11Management Occupations46170$119280$57.356.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations44270$44160$21.233.8
13Personal Care and Service Occupations43470$25030$12.034.3
14Retail Salespersons35970$26660$12.822.85
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations35550$76770$36.912.9
16Healthcare Support Occupations34850$29740$14.33
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations31570$27010$12.993.65
18Registered Nurses30810$63740$30.651.95
19Cashiers29590$19610$9.432.2
20Office Clerks, General29380$31640$15.211.9
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food28760$18970$9.122.3
22Architecture and Engineering Occupations25790$80050$38.491.7
23Protective Service Occupations23950$39350$18.922.2
24Customer Service Representatives23310$35400$17.021.75
25Waiters and Waitresses22320$21170$10.181.7
26Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive21450$34980$16.821.5
27Community and Social Service Occupations20570$41010$19.721.65
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand18100$29510$14.191.7
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners17310$25880$12.441.55
30Personal Care Aides17260$22760$10.941.5
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers15510$23700$11.41.3
32General and Operations Managers14760$124450$59.831.5
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks13740$37630$18.091.05
34Nursing Assistants13590$28840$13.871
35Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products13570$72100$34.670.9
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers13360$44830$21.551.2
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers12630$58540$28.140.95
38Accountants and Auditors12220$71820$34.530.9
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations11820$49320$23.711.8
40Cooks, Restaurant11440$23820$11.450.8
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10810$38340$18.430.9
42Security Guards9820$23580$11.340.7
43Construction Laborers9460$40510$19.480.8
44Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations9270$64680$31.10.8
45Legal Occupations8610$104220$50.110.8
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers8100$44110$21.211
47Software Developers, Applications7920$87170$41.910.55
48Sales Representatives, Services, All Other7770$66540$31.990.6
49Carpenters7340$52170$25.080.7
50Bus Drivers, School or Special Client7260$27200$13.080.3
51Receptionists and Information Clerks7220$26530$12.750.7
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6780$31910$15.340.6
53Bartenders6680$20520$9.860.4
54First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers6680$35640$17.130.6
55Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses6460$43300$20.820.5
56Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6280$28270$13.590.8
57Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics6220$35900$17.260.5
58Medical Assistants6130$30310$14.570.45
59Home Health Aides5970$22590$10.860.7
60Computer User Support Specialists5950$52380$25.180.4
61Computer Systems Analysts5790$86880$41.770.4
62Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists5660$27130$13.040.4
63Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5620$22510$10.820.9
64Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5370$59290$28.50.4
65Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators5220$47780$22.970.2
66Lawyers5160$137350$66.030.5
67Billing and Posting Clerks5100$35160$16.910.3
68Food Preparation Workers5030$23100$11.10.6
69Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists4990$65540$31.510.4
70Management Analysts4880$81130$390.5
71Dishwashers4580$19890$9.560.3
72Medical Secretaries4450$33390$16.050.4
73First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4450$63030$30.30.4
74Team Assemblers4380$31350$15.070.65
75First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4380$70110$33.710.4
76Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria4330$26640$12.810.3
77Tellers4290$25080$12.060.3
78Human Resources Specialists4150$63630$30.590.35
79Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4090$54110$26.020.35
80Electricians4060$61490$29.560.4
81Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4060$33640$16.170.4
82Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3930$20190$9.710.3
83Machinists3920$40500$19.470.25
84Driver/Sales Workers3910$27320$13.140.3
85Loan Interviewers and Clerks3840$37310$17.940.15
86Loan Officers3670$60420$29.050.2
87Child, Family, and School Social Workers3540$40000$19.230.2
88Business Operations Specialists, All Other3490$74480$35.810.7
89Childcare Workers3490$21350$10.270.8
90Mechanical Engineers3420$87960$42.290.2
91Civil Engineers3380$96570$46.430.2
92Substitute Teachers3360$26870$12.920
93First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3310$68640$330.3
94Social and Human Service Assistants3300$31940$15.350.25
95Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators3300$41250$19.830.35
96Financial Managers3280$150040$72.140.4
97Pharmacy Technicians3250$26790$12.880.3
98Physicians and Surgeons, All Other3200$204850$98.490.25
99Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers3160$44410$21.350.3
100Insurance Sales Agents3110$75930$36.50.3
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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 Occupations47,3601,133,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations36,030190,570
Sales and Related Occupations40,380114,890
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations22,090103,680
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations69,50081,940
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations34,84072,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations55,74062,820
Production Occupations39,28061,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations69,83058,340
Construction and Extraction Occupations50,09051,120
Management Occupations119,28046,170
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations44,16044,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations25,03043,470
Retail Salespersons26,66035,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations76,77035,550
Healthcare Support Occupations29,74034,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations27,01031,570
Registered Nurses63,74030,810
Cashiers19,61029,590
Office Clerks, General31,64029,380
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food18,97028,760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations80,05025,790
Protective Service Occupations39,35023,950
Customer Service Representatives35,40023,310
Waiters and Waitresses21,17022,320
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive34,98021,450
Community and Social Service Occupations41,01020,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand29,51018,100
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25,88017,310
Personal Care Aides22,76017,260
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers23,70015,510
General and Operations Managers124,45014,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks37,63013,740
Nursing Assistants28,84013,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products72,10013,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers44,83013,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers58,54012,630
Accountants and Auditors71,82012,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations49,32011,820
Cooks, Restaurant23,82011,440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General38,34010,810
Security Guards23,5809,820
Construction Laborers40,5109,460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations64,6809,270
Legal Occupations104,2208,610
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers44,1108,100
Software Developers, Applications87,1707,920
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other66,5407,770
Carpenters52,1707,340
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client27,2007,260

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 Occupations47,3601,133,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations36,030190,570
Sales and Related Occupations40,380114,890
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations69,50081,940
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations34,84072,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations55,74062,820
Production Occupations39,28061,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations69,83058,340
Construction and Extraction Occupations50,09051,120
Management Occupations119,28046,170
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations44,16044,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations25,03043,470
Retail Salespersons26,66035,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations76,77035,550
Healthcare Support Occupations29,74034,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations27,01031,570
Registered Nurses63,74030,810
Office Clerks, General31,64029,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations80,05025,790
Protective Service Occupations39,35023,950
Customer Service Representatives35,40023,310
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive34,98021,450
Community and Social Service Occupations41,01020,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand29,51018,100
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25,88017,310
General and Operations Managers124,45014,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks37,63013,740
Nursing Assistants28,84013,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products72,10013,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers44,83013,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers58,54012,630
Accountants and Auditors71,82012,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations49,32011,820
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General38,34010,810
Construction Laborers40,5109,460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations64,6809,270
Legal Occupations104,2208,610
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers44,1108,100
Software Developers, Applications87,1707,920
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other66,5407,770
Carpenters52,1707,340
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client27,2007,260
Receptionists and Information Clerks26,5307,220
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers31,9106,780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers35,6406,680
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses43,3006,460
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers28,2706,280
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics35,9006,220
Medical Assistants30,3106,130
Computer User Support Specialists52,3805,950

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