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Reading Employment

Employment and Industries in the Reading, Pennsylvania Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Reading than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Reading.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Reading.
  • A list of any large public companies in Reading.

Jobs in Reading

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 171900 $44760 $21.52 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 26120 $36540 $17.57 14.8
3 Production Occupations 21040 $39650 $19.06 5.85
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 16570 $36510 $17.55 6.45
5 Sales and Related Occupations 16340 $37770 $18.16 10.15
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 13850 $22670 $10.9 8.3
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 10440 $51940 $24.97 6.15
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9930 $71730 $34.48 5.75
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7760 $46390 $22.3 3.8
10 Healthcare Support Occupations 6620 $28510 $13.71 3.05
11 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6190 $32130 $15.45 1.6
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6160 $66510 $31.98 5.05
13 Management Occupations 6160 $118260 $56.86 6.05
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5660 $47190 $22.69 4.4
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5590 $28470 $13.69 3.7
16 Retail Salespersons 5560 $27700 $13.32 3.1
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 5090 $26280 $12.64 4.1
18 Cashiers 4460 $20170 $9.7 2.25
19 Office Clerks, General 4120 $35800 $17.21 2
20 Registered Nurses 3670 $63060 $30.32 1.9
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3480 $76620 $36.83 1.65
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3170 $19310 $9.28 2.15
23 Customer Service Representatives 2970 $35780 $17.2 1.75
24 Waiters and Waitresses 2930 $22900 $11.01 1.6
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 2870 $44630 $21.45 1.65
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2850 $23870 $11.48 1.2
27 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2780 $34530 $16.6 1.6
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2720 $49750 $23.92 1.2
29 Protective Service Occupations 2610 $46150 $22.19 2.25
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2360 $26730 $12.85 1.6
31 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2350 $73250 $35.22 2.8
32 Home Health Aides 2320 $23410 $11.25 0.7
33 Nursing Assistants 2010 $29120 $14 1.05
34 General and Operations Managers 1970 $120510 $57.94 1.4
35 Personal Care Aides 1970 $23760 $11.42 1.3
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1950 $70780 $34.03 1
37 Helpers--Production Workers 1940 $34750 $16.71 0.3
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1800 $61260 $29.45 1
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1690 $39930 $19.2 1.1
40 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1650 $56330 $27.08 0.4
41 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1590 $41530 $19.97 0.35
42 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1570 $28350 $13.63 0.8
43 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1560 $40310 $19.38 0.9
44 Cooks, Restaurant 1510 $23460 $11.28 0.75
45 Accountants and Auditors 1400 $70380 $33.84 0.9
46 Bartenders 1320 $20040 $9.63 0.4
47 Team Assemblers 1310 $31730 $15.26 0.75
48 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1290 $46080 $22.16 1.7
49 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1270 $45700 $21.97 1
50 Machinists 1260 $39130 $18.81 0.3
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1190 $28280 $13.6 0.7
52 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1180 $31610 $15.2 0.3
53 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1070 $33850 $16.28 0.4
54 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1050 $30610 $14.72 0.45
55 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1020 $38900 $18.7 0.6
56 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1010 $31190 $14.99 0.6
57 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1010 $23310 $11.21 1
58 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 980 $46240 $22.23 0.5
59 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 930 $40500 $19.47 0.3
60 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 930 $36650 $17.62 0.5
61 Security Guards 900 $29870 $14.36 0.7
62 Legal Occupations 890 $78610 $37.8 0.8
63 Electricians 880 $51750 $24.88 0.4
64 Medical Assistants 850 $30050 $14.45 0.45
65 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 820 $55640 $26.75 0.6
66 Construction Laborers 800 $34850 $16.75 0.8
67 Carpenters 750 $41810 $20.1 0.6
68 Medical Secretaries 720 $34780 $16.72 0.4
69 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 700 $32260 $15.51 0.4
70 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 700 $60920 $29.29 0.9
71 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 680 $43600 $20.96 0.3
72 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 660 $66670 $32.05 0.45
73 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 650 $68620 $32.99 0.3
74 Tellers 640 $26430 $12.71 0.3
75 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 630 $29700 $14.28 0.2
76 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 620 $46070 $22.15 0.2
77 Food Preparation Workers 620 $22080 $10.62 0.6
78 Human Resources Specialists 600 $59450 $28.58 0.3
79 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 590 $45920 $22.08 0.2
80 Driver/Sales Workers 580 $25960 $12.48 0.3
81 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 560 $27580 $13.26 0.3
82 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 560 $53570 $25.76 0.2
83 Billing and Posting Clerks 560 $38370 $18.45 0.35
84 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 550 $55400 $26.64 0.35
85 Dishwashers 530 $18180 $8.74 0.3
86 Printing Press Operators 520 $47590 $22.88 0.1
87 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 520 $65070 $31.28 0.4
88 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 510 $42950 $20.65 0.2
89 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 510 $43870 $21.09 0.2
90 Social and Human Service Assistants 510 $32760 $15.75 0.3
91 Counter and Rental Clerks 500 $27370 $13.16 0.3
92 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 500 $19650 $9.45 0.3
93 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 490 $45570 $21.91 0.2
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 490 $30850 $14.83 0.3
95 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 490 $18430 $8.86 0.3
96 Pharmacy Technicians 480 $25760 $12.38 0.25
97 Mechanical Engineers 480 $96740 $46.51 0.2
98 Bakers 480 $25640 $12.32 0.1
99 Computer User Support Specialists 470 $53370 $25.66 0.4
100 Postal Service Mail Carriers 450 $50240 $24.15 0.15
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Jobs More Common Near Reading Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,760 171,900
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,540 26,120
Production Occupations 39,650 21,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,510 16,570
Sales and Related Occupations 37,770 16,340
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,670 13,850
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,940 10,440
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,730 9,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,390 7,760
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,510 6,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,130 6,190
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,510 6,160
Management Occupations 118,260 6,160
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,190 5,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,470 5,590
Retail Salespersons 27,700 5,560
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,280 5,090
Cashiers 20,170 4,460
Office Clerks, General 35,800 4,120
Registered Nurses 63,060 3,670
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,620 3,480
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,310 3,170
Customer Service Representatives 35,780 2,970
Waiters and Waitresses 22,900 2,930
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,630 2,870
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,870 2,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,530 2,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,750 2,720
Protective Service Occupations 46,150 2,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,730 2,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,250 2,350
Home Health Aides 23,410 2,320
Nursing Assistants 29,120 2,010
General and Operations Managers 120,510 1,970
Personal Care Aides 23,760 1,970
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,780 1,950
Helpers--Production Workers 34,750 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,260 1,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,930 1,690
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,330 1,650
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 41,530 1,590
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,350 1,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,310 1,560
Cooks, Restaurant 23,460 1,510
Accountants and Auditors 70,380 1,400
Bartenders 20,040 1,320
Team Assemblers 31,730 1,310
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,080 1,290
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,700 1,270
Machinists 39,130 1,260

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,760 171,900
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,540 26,120
Production Occupations 39,650 21,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,510 16,570
Sales and Related Occupations 37,770 16,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,940 10,440
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,730 9,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,390 7,760
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,510 6,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,130 6,190
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,510 6,160
Management Occupations 118,260 6,160
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,190 5,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,470 5,590
Retail Salespersons 27,700 5,560
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,280 5,090
Office Clerks, General 35,800 4,120
Registered Nurses 63,060 3,670
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,620 3,480
Customer Service Representatives 35,780 2,970
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,630 2,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,530 2,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,750 2,720
Protective Service Occupations 46,150 2,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,730 2,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,250 2,350
Nursing Assistants 29,120 2,010
General and Operations Managers 120,510 1,970
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,780 1,950
Helpers--Production Workers 34,750 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,260 1,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,930 1,690
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,330 1,650
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 41,530 1,590
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,350 1,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,310 1,560
Accountants and Auditors 70,380 1,400
Team Assemblers 31,730 1,310
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,080 1,290
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,700 1,270
Machinists 39,130 1,260
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,280 1,190
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 31,610 1,180
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 33,850 1,070
Packers and Packagers, Hand 30,610 1,050
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,900 1,020
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,190 1,010
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 46,240 980
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 40,500 930
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,650 930

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