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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations567620$52,220$25.11100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations87690$39,610$19.0414.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations59150$26,740$12.868.55
4Sales and Related Occupations57570$42,680$20.529.9
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations38110$61,220$29.436.05
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations38020$90,230$43.385.8
7Production Occupations35630$39,170$18.835.7
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations32140$34,440$16.566.55
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations29360$76,380$36.725.25
10Management Occupations25810$126,990$61.056.15
11Healthcare Support Occupations22130$33,030$15.883
12Personal Care and Service Occupations20300$29,030$13.964.3
13Construction and Extraction Occupations20050$54,690$26.294.45
14Retail Salespersons19600$30,530$14.682.85
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations18730$50,110$24.093.8
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations17490$32,040$15.43.65
17Computer and Mathematical Occupations15290$85,730$41.212.9
18Protective Service Occupations14740$48,640$23.382.2
19Registered Nurses14460$76,420$36.741.95
20Cashiers14080$24,350$11.712.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food13570$23,750$11.422.3
22Office Clerks, General12580$35,680$17.151.9
23Waiters and Waitresses12030$26,080$12.541.7
24Nursing Assistants11700$30,430$14.631
25Community and Social Service Occupations11490$49,850$23.971.65
26Customer Service Representatives10880$38,290$18.411.75
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers9100$28,800$13.841.3
28Architecture and Engineering Occupations9000$87,130$41.891.7
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand8300$30,420$14.621.7
30General and Operations Managers8120$132,700$63.81.5
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7850$30,250$14.541.55
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive7540$41,300$19.851.5
33Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations7460$56,770$27.291.8
34Personal Care Aides7200$26,590$12.781.5
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks6920$42,230$20.311.05
36Cooks, Restaurant6360$27,990$13.460.8
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers6080$59,320$28.520.95
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products5400$71,680$34.460.9
39Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers4900$33,110$15.920.8
40Accountants and Auditors4810$80,080$38.50.9
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers4770$48,760$23.441
42Receptionists and Information Clerks4570$32,190$15.480.7
43Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4170$46,490$22.351.2
44Bartenders4160$25,910$12.460.4
45Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers4150$34,030$16.360.6
46Legal Occupations4030$93,400$44.90.8
47Food Preparation Workers3950$27,160$13.060.6
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3890$38,570$18.540.6
49Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers3810$30,450$14.640
50Carpenters3700$50,880$24.460.7
51Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop3590$23,390$11.250.3
52Security Guards3540$30,450$14.640.7
53Construction Laborers3340$46,430$22.320.8
54Management Analysts3250$86,650$41.660.5
55Sales Representatives, Services, All Other3250$58,730$28.240.6
56Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3130$75,950$36.510.8
57Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3120$27,160$13.060.9
58First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers3030$65,420$31.450.4
59Childcare Workers3000$26,320$12.650.8
60Home Health Aides2960$28,640$13.770.7
61Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2810$40,700$19.570.5
62Financial Managers2690$139,980$67.30.4
63Medical Assistants2620$34,860$16.760.45
64Social and Human Service Assistants2620$34,720$16.690.25
65Business Operations Specialists, All Other2560$77,410$37.220.7
66Dishwashers2560$23,500$11.30.3
67Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers2550$59,260$28.490.4
68Helpers--Production Workers2540$25,610$12.310.3
69Medical Secretaries2520$38,040$18.290.4
70Software Developers, Applications2450$93,370$44.890.55
71Physicians and Surgeons, All Other2440$226,780$109.030.25
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2430$36,450$17.530.4
73Electricians2340$56,540$27.180.4
74Billing and Posting Clerks2310$39,130$18.810.3
75Substitute Teachers2310$30,520$14.670
76Bus Drivers, School or Special Client2210$38,700$18.60.3
77Human Resources Specialists2210$67,200$32.310.35
78First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2200$76,440$36.750.4
79Firefighters2090$56,510$27.170.2
80Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists2070$72,440$34.830.4
81Network and Computer Systems Administrators2030$89,580$43.070.25
82Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1970$23,680$11.390.3
83Lawyers1870$128,360$61.710.5
84Driver/Sales Workers1830$28,530$13.720.3
85Computer Systems Analysts1780$97,340$46.80.4
86Child, Family, and School Social Workers1760$58,640$28.190.2
87Medical and Health Services Managers1750$121,850$58.580.25
88Protective Service Workers, All Other1750$33,390$16.050.1
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1740$71,440$34.340.3
90Pharmacy Technicians1730$35,080$16.870.3
91Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1730$32,680$15.710.3
92Tellers1720$30,000$14.420.3
93Pharmacists1670$116,090$55.810.2
94Loan Officers1640$70,390$33.840.2
95Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1620$54,960$26.420.5
96Machinists1610$46,820$22.510.25
97Computer User Support Specialists1600$56,770$27.290.4
98Postal Service Mail Carriers1600$49,510$23.80.2
99Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1570$46,670$22.440.3
100Cooks, Fast Food1550$26,920$12.940.3
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Jobs More Common Near Providence Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,220567,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,61087,690
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,74059,150
Sales and Related Occupations$42,68057,570
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,22038,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,23038,020
Production Occupations$39,17035,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,44032,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,38029,360
Management Occupations$126,99025,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,03022,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,03020,300
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,69020,050
Retail Salespersons$30,53019,600
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,11018,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,04017,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,73015,290
Protective Service Occupations$48,64014,740
Registered Nurses$76,42014,460
Cashiers$24,35014,080
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,75013,570
Office Clerks, General$35,68012,580
Waiters and Waitresses$26,08012,030
Nursing Assistants$30,43011,700
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,85011,490
Customer Service Representatives$38,29010,880
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,8009,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$87,1309,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,4208,300
General and Operations Managers$132,7008,120
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,2507,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,3007,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,7707,460
Personal Care Aides$26,5907,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,2306,920
Cooks, Restaurant$27,9906,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,3206,080
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,6805,400
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,1104,900
Accountants and Auditors$80,0804,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$48,7604,770
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1904,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,4904,170
Bartenders$25,9104,160
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,0304,150
Legal Occupations$93,4004,030
Food Preparation Workers$27,1603,950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,5703,890
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,4503,810
Carpenters$50,8803,700

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,220567,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,61087,690
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,74059,150
Sales and Related Occupations$42,68057,570
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,22038,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,23038,020
Production Occupations$39,17035,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,44032,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,38029,360
Management Occupations$126,99025,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,03022,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,03020,300
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,69020,050
Retail Salespersons$30,53019,600
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,11018,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,04017,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,73015,290
Protective Service Occupations$48,64014,740
Registered Nurses$76,42014,460
Office Clerks, General$35,68012,580
Waiters and Waitresses$26,08012,030
Nursing Assistants$30,43011,700
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,85011,490
Customer Service Representatives$38,29010,880
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,8009,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$87,1309,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,4208,300
General and Operations Managers$132,7008,120
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,2507,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,3007,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,7707,460
Personal Care Aides$26,5907,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,2306,920
Cooks, Restaurant$27,9906,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,3206,080
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,6805,400
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,1104,900
Accountants and Auditors$80,0804,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$48,7604,770
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1904,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,4904,170
Bartenders$25,9104,160
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,0304,150
Legal Occupations$93,4004,030
Food Preparation Workers$27,1603,950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,5703,890
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,4503,810
Carpenters$50,8803,700
Security Guards$30,4503,540
Construction Laborers$46,4303,340

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