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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1133760 $47360 $22.77 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 190570 $36030 $17.32 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 114890 $40380 $19.41 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 103680 $22090 $10.62 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 81940 $69500 $33.41 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 72530 $34840 $16.75 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 62820 $55740 $26.8 6.15
8 Production Occupations 61300 $39280 $18.89 5.85
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 58340 $69830 $33.57 5.05
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 51120 $50090 $24.08 4.4
11 Management Occupations 46170 $119280 $57.35 6.05
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44270 $44160 $21.23 3.8
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 43470 $25030 $12.03 4.1
14 Retail Salespersons 35970 $26660 $12.82 3.1
15 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 35550 $76770 $36.91 2.8
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 34850 $29740 $14.3 3.05
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31570 $27010 $12.99 3.7
18 Registered Nurses 30810 $63740 $30.65 1.9
19 Cashiers 29590 $19610 $9.43 2.25
20 Office Clerks, General 29380 $31640 $15.21 2
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 28760 $18970 $9.12 2.15
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 25790 $80050 $38.49 1.65
23 Protective Service Occupations 23950 $39350 $18.92 2.25
24 Customer Service Representatives 23310 $35400 $17.02 1.75
25 Waiters and Waitresses 22320 $21170 $10.18 1.6
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 21450 $34980 $16.82 1.6
27 Community and Social Service Occupations 20570 $41010 $19.72 1.65
28 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 18100 $29510 $14.19 1.6
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 17310 $25880 $12.44 1.6
30 Personal Care Aides 17260 $22760 $10.94 1.3
31 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 15510 $23700 $11.4 1.2
32 General and Operations Managers 14760 $124450 $59.83 1.4
33 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 13740 $37630 $18.09 1.1
34 Nursing Assistants 13590 $28840 $13.87 1.05
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 13570 $72100 $34.67 1
36 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 13360 $44830 $21.55 1.2
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 12630 $58540 $28.14 1
38 Accountants and Auditors 12220 $71820 $34.53 0.9
39 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 11820 $49320 $23.71 1.7
40 Cooks, Restaurant 11440 $23820 $11.45 0.75
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10810 $38340 $18.43 0.9
42 Security Guards 9820 $23580 $11.34 0.7
43 Construction Laborers 9460 $40510 $19.48 0.8
44 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 9270 $64680 $31.1 0.9
45 Legal Occupations 8610 $104220 $50.11 0.8
46 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 8100 $44110 $21.21 1
47 Software Developers, Applications 7920 $87170 $41.91 0.5
48 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 7770 $66540 $31.99 0.6
49 Carpenters 7340 $52170 $25.08 0.6
50 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 7260 $27200 $13.08 0.3
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 7220 $26530 $12.75 0.7
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6780 $31910 $15.34 0.6
53 Bartenders 6680 $20520 $9.86 0.4
54 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 6680 $35640 $17.13 0.6
55 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 6460 $43300 $20.82 0.5
56 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 6280 $28270 $13.59 0.8
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 6220 $35900 $17.26 0.5
58 Medical Assistants 6130 $30310 $14.57 0.45
59 Home Health Aides 5970 $22590 $10.86 0.7
60 Computer User Support Specialists 5950 $52380 $25.18 0.4
61 Computer Systems Analysts 5790 $86880 $41.77 0.4
62 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 5660 $27130 $13.04 0.4
63 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5620 $22510 $10.82 1
64 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 5370 $59290 $28.5 0.45
65 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 5220 $47780 $22.97 0.2
66 Lawyers 5160 $137350 $66.03 0.5
67 Billing and Posting Clerks 5100 $35160 $16.91 0.35
68 Food Preparation Workers 5030 $23100 $11.1 0.6
69 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 4990 $65540 $31.51 0.35
70 Management Analysts 4880 $81130 $39 0.5
71 Dishwashers 4580 $19890 $9.56 0.3
72 Medical Secretaries 4450 $33390 $16.05 0.4
73 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 4450 $63030 $30.3 0.4
74 Team Assemblers 4380 $31350 $15.07 0.75
75 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 4380 $70110 $33.71 0.4
76 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 4330 $26640 $12.81 0.3
77 Tellers 4290 $25080 $12.06 0.3
78 Human Resources Specialists 4150 $63630 $30.59 0.3
79 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 4090 $54110 $26.02 0.5
80 Electricians 4060 $61490 $29.56 0.4
81 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 4060 $33640 $16.17 0.4
82 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3930 $20190 $9.71 0.25
83 Machinists 3920 $40500 $19.47 0.3
84 Driver/Sales Workers 3910 $27320 $13.14 0.3
85 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 3840 $37310 $17.94 0.1
86 Loan Officers 3670 $60420 $29.05 0.2
87 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 3540 $40000 $19.23 0.2
88 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3490 $74480 $35.81 0.7
89 Childcare Workers 3490 $21350 $10.27 0.8
90 Mechanical Engineers 3420 $87960 $42.29 0.2
91 Civil Engineers 3380 $96570 $46.43 0.2
92 Substitute Teachers 3360 $26870 $12.92 0
93 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3310 $68640 $33 0.3
94 Social and Human Service Assistants 3300 $31940 $15.35 0.3
95 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 3300 $41250 $19.83 0.35
96 Financial Managers 3280 $150040 $72.14 0.4
97 Pharmacy Technicians 3250 $26790 $12.88 0.25
98 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 3200 $204850 $98.49 0.2
99 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 3160 $44410 $21.35 0.3
100 Insurance Sales Agents 3110 $75930 $36.5 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Pittsburgh Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,360 1,133,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,030 190,570
Sales and Related Occupations 40,380 114,890
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,090 103,680
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,500 81,940
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,840 72,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,740 62,820
Production Occupations 39,280 61,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,830 58,340
Construction and Extraction Occupations 50,090 51,120
Management Occupations 119,280 46,170
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,160 44,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,030 43,470
Retail Salespersons 26,660 35,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76,770 35,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,740 34,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,010 31,570
Registered Nurses 63,740 30,810
Cashiers 19,610 29,590
Office Clerks, General 31,640 29,380
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,970 28,760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,050 25,790
Protective Service Occupations 39,350 23,950
Customer Service Representatives 35,400 23,310
Waiters and Waitresses 21,170 22,320
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,980 21,450
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,010 20,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,510 18,100
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,880 17,310
Personal Care Aides 22,760 17,260
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,700 15,510
General and Operations Managers 124,450 14,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,630 13,740
Nursing Assistants 28,840 13,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,100 13,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,830 13,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,540 12,630
Accountants and Auditors 71,820 12,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,320 11,820
Cooks, Restaurant 23,820 11,440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,340 10,810
Security Guards 23,580 9,820
Construction Laborers 40,510 9,460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,680 9,270
Legal Occupations 104,220 8,610
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,110 8,100
Software Developers, Applications 87,170 7,920
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 66,540 7,770
Carpenters 52,170 7,340
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 27,200 7,260

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,360 1,133,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,030 190,570
Sales and Related Occupations 40,380 114,890
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,500 81,940
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,840 72,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,740 62,820
Production Occupations 39,280 61,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,830 58,340
Construction and Extraction Occupations 50,090 51,120
Management Occupations 119,280 46,170
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,160 44,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,030 43,470
Retail Salespersons 26,660 35,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76,770 35,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,740 34,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,010 31,570
Registered Nurses 63,740 30,810
Office Clerks, General 31,640 29,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,050 25,790
Protective Service Occupations 39,350 23,950
Customer Service Representatives 35,400 23,310
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,980 21,450
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,010 20,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,510 18,100
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,880 17,310
General and Operations Managers 124,450 14,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,630 13,740
Nursing Assistants 28,840 13,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,100 13,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,830 13,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,540 12,630
Accountants and Auditors 71,820 12,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,320 11,820
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,340 10,810
Construction Laborers 40,510 9,460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,680 9,270
Legal Occupations 104,220 8,610
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,110 8,100
Software Developers, Applications 87,170 7,920
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 66,540 7,770
Carpenters 52,170 7,340
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 27,200 7,260
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,530 7,220
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,910 6,780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,640 6,680
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,300 6,460
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,270 6,280
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,900 6,220
Medical Assistants 30,310 6,130
Computer User Support Specialists 52,380 5,950

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