Delaware Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 448,530
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -30,110 (-6.3%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $53,283
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,003 (10.4%)

Occupation Categories

There are 448,530 employed workers in Delaware. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 71,050 people. This represents 15.8% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 48,190 and 43,390 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations71,05015.8%
Sales and Related Occupations48,19010.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations43,3909.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31,6807.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations29,6806.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,0706.3%
Education Training and Library Occupations25,2805.6%
Production Occupations19,7604.4%
Management Occupations18,8104.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations17,1203.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations16,8503.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations16,4203.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations15,9803.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations15,5703.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations12,3902.8%
Protective Service Occupations9,7802.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations6,7601.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations6,6301.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations5,2101.2%
Legal Occupations4,7601.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations4,2200.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations9300.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 43,390 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 40,820 an increase of 2,570 or 6.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations and Construction and Extraction Occupations, which increased 930 and 910 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 71,050 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 71,860 or 1.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which decreased 440 and 430 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 43,390 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 35,110 an increase of 8,280 or 23.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 7,000 and 6,030 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 71,050 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 74,830 or 5.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Production Occupations and Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which decreased 3,000 and 2,670 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations15,57081.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations17,12045.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations93029.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations29,68023.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations43,39023.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31,68023.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,07019.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations15,98017.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations12,39013.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations6,7609.9%
Education Training and Library Occupations25,2808.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations4,2205.8%
Protective Service Occupations9,7804.6%
Sales and Related Occupations48,1904.2%
Legal Occupations4,7602.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations16,8501.8%
Management Occupations18,810-0.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations16,420-4.4%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations71,050-5.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations6,630-5.2%
Production Occupations19,760-13.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations5,210-33.9%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 15,000 people. This represents 3.3% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Cashiers and Registered Nurses, which employ 13,820 and 11,840 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Delaware are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons15,0003.3%
Cashiers13,8203.1%
Registered Nurses11,8402.6%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food11,3902.5%
Customer Service Representatives8,8502.0%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8,7201.9%
Waiters and Waitresses8,0101.8%
Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks7,3101.6%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive6,7401.5%
Office Clerks General6,4601.4%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 4,930 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 340 an increase of 4,590 or 1,350.0%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Teacher Assistants, which increased 3,160 and 2,010 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office Clerks General, which currently employs 6,460 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 9,410 or 31.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants and Packers and Packagers Hand, which decreased 2,020 and 2,010 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care Aides4,9301,350.0%
Manicurists and Pedicurists410583.3%
Legal Support Workers All Other680466.7%
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants210425.0%
Farmworkers and Laborers Crop Nursery and Greenhouse190375.0%
Operations Research Analysts960357.1%
Bus Drivers Transit and Intercity490308.3%
Financial Examiners660288.2%
Chefs and Head Cooks530231.3%
Human Resources Specialists2,210194.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Healthcare Support Workers All Other40-85.2%
Industrial Engineering Technicians40-76.5%
Cooks Short Order80-71.4%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians40-71.4%
Coin Vending and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers70-69.6%
Farmworkers Farm Ranch and Aquacultural Animals110-66.7%
Pesticide Handlers Sprayers and Applicators Vegetation50-66.7%
Insurance Underwriters150-65.9%
Computer Operators120-65.7%
Meter Readers Utilities60-64.7%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $140,240 per year. This represents 163.2% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which pay $122,140 and $93,550 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$140,240263.2%
Legal Occupations$122,140229.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$93,550175.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,430171.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$87,520164.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$80,900151.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$78,850148.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$55,540104.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,41096.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$51,26096.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$49,50092.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,30088.8%
Protective Service Occupations$44,89084.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,77074.6%
Sales and Related Occupations$39,04073.3%
Production Occupations$38,92073.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,91067.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,15066.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,82063.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,08056.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,13052.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,23047.4%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $140,240 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $116,540 an increase of $23,700 or 20.3%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Legal Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $18,850 and $15,980 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations, which currently employs 0 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 0 or inf%.
Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$93,55020.6%
Management Occupations$140,24020.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$78,85020.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,08019.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,43018.7%
Legal Occupations$122,14018.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,41017.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$87,52016.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,77015.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,82015.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$80,90014.9%
Production Occupations$38,92014.8%
Protective Service Occupations$44,89014.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$51,26014.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,23013.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,30011.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,91011.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,15011.1%
Sales and Related Occupations$39,0409.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations$55,5409.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,1306.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$49,500-5.3%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $277,280 per year. This represents 520.4% above the state average of $53,283. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Dentists General, which pay $268,530 and $264,440 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Delaware are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$277,280520.4%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$268,530504.0%
Dentists General$264,440496.3%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$216,600406.5%
Family and General Practitioners$214,170401.9%
Pediatricians General$211,370396.7%
Nurse Anesthetists$187,860352.6%
Internists General$182,950343.4%
Sales Managers$174,940328.3%
Compensation and Benefits Managers$174,380327.3%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Delaware are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$19,39036.4%
Shampooers$19,56036.7%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$19,85037.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$20,83039.1%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$21,14039.7%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$21,15039.7%
Dishwashers$21,35040.1%
Cooks Fast Food$21,45040.3%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$21,69040.7%
Cashiers$22,22041.7%



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