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Providence Employment

Employment and Industries in the Providence, Rhode Island Area

Due to the numerous hospitals, finance-related companies, institutions of higher learning and being the state capital, the Providence economy is very dependent on service industries. Regarding the finance industry, Providence includes several major financial companies and numerous smaller financial firms.

Providence still retains manufacturing jobs. Industries providing employment include plastic goods, rubber items, instruments, fabricated metals, electrical equipment as well as supplies for the Department of Defense. The city is still a prominent location for jewelry and silverware design and manufacturing.

Providence is the headquarters for the Fortune 500 company Textron and the Fortune 1000 company Nortek Incorporated. The world headquarters for the noteworthy GTECH and the headquarters of Citizens Bank are also located in the city.

Rhode Island provides companies with job training tax credits that are equal to half a company's training expenses. The state also offers job training grants that can be customized to the needs of businesses.

In Providence, the fastest growing occupational groups are technical workers and professionals. The major employment segments in Providence are trade, transportation and utilities; educational and health services, manufacturing, government, leisure and hospitality, and financial activities. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 30% of the workforce. About 19% of the labor force consists of production, transportation and material moving workers.

Noteworthy information regarding Providence, Rhode Island: Average salary in 2009: $32,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 107.8. (U.S. average: 100). Population 25 years of age and older holding a bachelor's degree: 24%.

Largest employers in Providence, Rhode Island:

  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Brown University
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
  • Miriam Hospital
  • Bank of America
  • Verizon
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Roger Williams Medical Center
  • Providence Journal
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Bank Rhode Island
  • Charter One Bank
  • Citizens Bank
  • Lighthouse MD
  • Rhode Island Convention Center
  • Textron
  • WMCA of Greater Providence

Some of the organizations providing assistance to local companies are:

People interested in staying up-to-date with local business activities can read the Providence Business News.

Jobs in Providence

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 565270 $51100 $24.57 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 89310 $38870 $18.69 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 59290 $25260 $12.15 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 58420 $42800 $20.58 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 38980 $58500 $28.12 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 38570 $87930 $42.28 5.75
7 Production Occupations 36960 $37800 $18.17 5.85
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29850 $34710 $16.69 6.45
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 27860 $74260 $35.7 5.05
10 Management Occupations 26700 $122710 $58.99 6.05
11 Healthcare Support Occupations 23810 $32180 $15.47 3.05
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 19760 $52250 $25.12 4.4
13 Retail Salespersons 19520 $30100 $14.47 3.1
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 18160 $49090 $23.6 3.8
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 17670 $30470 $14.65 3.7
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 16260 $28350 $13.63 4.1
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 15170 $85280 $41 2.8
18 Registered Nurses 14570 $75650 $36.37 1.9
19 Protective Service Occupations 14340 $48980 $23.55 2.25
20 Cashiers 13740 $23750 $11.42 2.25
21 Waiters and Waitresses 12330 $24110 $11.59 1.6
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 12110 $22140 $10.64 2.15
23 Office Clerks, General 11920 $34880 $16.77 2
24 Community and Social Service Occupations 11840 $48350 $23.24 1.65
25 Nursing Assistants 11610 $29540 $14.2 1.05
26 Customer Service Representatives 11150 $37350 $17.96 1.75
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 9670 $28350 $13.63 1.2
28 General and Operations Managers 8790 $130600 $62.79 1.4
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8380 $86360 $41.52 1.65
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7940 $29480 $14.17 1.6
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7560 $39860 $19.16 1.6
32 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 7510 $29900 $14.37 1.6
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 7010 $53020 $25.49 1.7
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 6970 $41450 $19.93 1.1
35 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 6500 $57730 $27.76 1
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6250 $67810 $32.6 1
37 Cooks, Restaurant 5420 $26990 $12.97 0.75
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5220 $49070 $23.59 1
39 Accountants and Auditors 5010 $77600 $37.31 0.9
40 Food Preparation Workers 4960 $24890 $11.97 0.6
41 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 4850 $31130 $14.97 0.8
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 4600 $43120 $20.73 0.9
43 Personal Care Aides 4590 $25490 $12.25 1.3
44 Receptionists and Information Clerks 4480 $31550 $15.17 0.7
45 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 4440 $21910 $10.53 0.3
46 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4360 $35080 $16.87 0.6
47 Bartenders 4210 $24360 $11.71 0.4
48 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3990 $45060 $21.66 1.2
49 Legal Occupations 3920 $96010 $46.16 0.8
50 Home Health Aides 3890 $27490 $13.21 0.7
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3880 $37480 $18.02 0.6
52 Team Assemblers 3520 $30430 $14.63 0.75
53 Security Guards 3510 $29810 $14.33 0.7
54 Carpenters 3490 $50310 $24.19 0.6
55 Construction Laborers 3210 $44420 $21.36 0.8
56 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3200 $25480 $12.25 1
57 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 3100 $64830 $31.17 0.4
58 Helpers--Production Workers 3070 $24120 $11.6 0.3
59 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2980 $62390 $29.99 0.6
60 Medical Secretaries 2940 $37420 $17.99 0.4
61 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2870 $75720 $36.41 0.9
62 Management Analysts 2820 $86060 $41.38 0.5
63 Social and Human Service Assistants 2790 $34370 $16.52 0.3
64 Medical Assistants 2770 $34280 $16.48 0.45
65 Financial Managers 2770 $136570 $65.66 0.4
66 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2650 $41980 $20.18 0.5
67 Substitute Teachers 2650 $30170 $14.5 0
68 Software Developers, Applications 2540 $92750 $44.59 0.5
69 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 2510 $57880 $27.83 0.45
70 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2490 $25140 $12.09 0.45
71 Electricians 2480 $54250 $26.08 0.4
72 Dishwashers 2380 $22220 $10.68 0.3
73 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2380 $34940 $16.8 0.4
74 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2360 $74090 $35.62 0.7
75 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 2330 $37200 $17.88 0.3
76 Childcare Workers 2320 $25020 $12.03 0.8
77 Human Resources Specialists 2220 $64530 $31.02 0.3
78 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2200 $69510 $33.42 0.4
79 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 2160 $211140 $101.51 0.2
80 Firefighters 2130 $56050 $26.95 0.2
81 Billing and Posting Clerks 2120 $38700 $18.6 0.35
82 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 2040 $57400 $27.6 0.2
83 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1940 $66850 $32.14 0.3
84 Cooks, Fast Food 1870 $25410 $12.22 0.3
85 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 1860 $22980 $11.05 0.3
86 Lawyers 1860 $129960 $62.48 0.5
87 Machinists 1850 $43710 $21.01 0.3
88 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1850 $33270 $16 0.3
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1850 $84900 $40.82 0.3
90 Computer Systems Analysts 1830 $92130 $44.29 0.4
91 Medical and Health Services Managers 1770 $112150 $53.92 0.2
92 Pharmacy Technicians 1770 $33020 $15.88 0.25
93 Tellers 1750 $29190 $14.03 0.3
94 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1720 $42190 $20.29 0.3
95 Driver/Sales Workers 1680 $29870 $14.36 0.3
96 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1650 $69270 $33.3 0.35
97 Pharmacists 1600 $111980 $53.83 0.2
98 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1570 $53610 $25.77 0.5
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 1570 $50580 $24.32 0.15
100 Protective Service Workers, All Other 1570 $32300 $15.53 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Providence Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 51,100 565,270
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,870 89,310
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,260 59,290
Sales and Related Occupations 42,800 58,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58,500 38,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 87,930 38,570
Production Occupations 37,800 36,960
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,710 29,850
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,260 27,860
Management Occupations 122,710 26,700
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,180 23,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations 52,250 19,760
Retail Salespersons 30,100 19,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,090 18,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,470 17,670
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,350 16,260
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,280 15,170
Registered Nurses 75,650 14,570
Protective Service Occupations 48,980 14,340
Cashiers 23,750 13,740
Waiters and Waitresses 24,110 12,330
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22,140 12,110
Office Clerks, General 34,880 11,920
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,350 11,840
Nursing Assistants 29,540 11,610
Customer Service Representatives 37,350 11,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,350 9,670
General and Operations Managers 130,600 8,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,360 8,380
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,480 7,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,860 7,560
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,900 7,510
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,020 7,010
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,450 6,970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,730 6,500
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,810 6,250
Cooks, Restaurant 26,990 5,420
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,070 5,220
Accountants and Auditors 77,600 5,010
Food Preparation Workers 24,890 4,960
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,130 4,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 43,120 4,600
Personal Care Aides 25,490 4,590
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,550 4,480
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 21,910 4,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,080 4,360
Bartenders 24,360 4,210
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,060 3,990
Legal Occupations 96,010 3,920
Home Health Aides 27,490 3,890

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Providence, Rhode Island Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 51,100 565,270
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,870 89,310
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,260 59,290
Sales and Related Occupations 42,800 58,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58,500 38,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 87,930 38,570
Production Occupations 37,800 36,960
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,710 29,850
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,260 27,860
Management Occupations 122,710 26,700
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,180 23,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations 52,250 19,760
Retail Salespersons 30,100 19,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,090 18,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,470 17,670
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,350 16,260
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,280 15,170
Registered Nurses 75,650 14,570
Protective Service Occupations 48,980 14,340
Office Clerks, General 34,880 11,920
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,350 11,840
Nursing Assistants 29,540 11,610
Customer Service Representatives 37,350 11,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,350 9,670
General and Operations Managers 130,600 8,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,360 8,380
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,480 7,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,860 7,560
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,900 7,510
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,020 7,010
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,450 6,970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,730 6,500
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,810 6,250
Cooks, Restaurant 26,990 5,420
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,070 5,220
Accountants and Auditors 77,600 5,010
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,130 4,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 43,120 4,600
Personal Care Aides 25,490 4,590
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,550 4,480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,080 4,360
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,060 3,990
Legal Occupations 96,010 3,920
Home Health Aides 27,490 3,890
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,480 3,880
Team Assemblers 30,430 3,520
Security Guards 29,810 3,510
Carpenters 50,310 3,490
Construction Laborers 44,420 3,210
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,480 3,200

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