Florida Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 8,608,670
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -525,490 (-5.8%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $46,019
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,720 (11.4%)

Occupation Categories

There are 8,608,670 employed workers in Florida. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 1,452,150 people. This represents 16.9% 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 1,058,680 and 933,780 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations1,452,15016.9%
Sales and Related Occupations1,058,68012.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations933,78010.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations544,3806.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations532,3106.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations460,1505.3%
Education Training and Library Occupations431,6905.0%
Management Occupations400,2304.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations393,0304.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations359,2504.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations329,1303.8%
Production Occupations308,9703.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations252,7502.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations249,9002.9%
Protective Service Occupations235,4002.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations206,9302.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations106,3201.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations105,1001.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations101,5501.2%
Legal Occupations88,4201.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations40,1300.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations18,4200.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 400,230 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 341,050 an increase of 59,180 or 17.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which increased 19,800 and 18,890 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Sales and Related Occupations, which currently employs 1,058,680 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 1,067,960 or 0.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Production Occupations and Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations, which decreased 5,580 and 3,360 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 933,780 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 712,370 an increase of 221,410 or 31.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Management Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which increased 181,070 and 132,210 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations, which currently employs 18,420 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 35,840 or 48.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which decreased 7,640 and 6,150 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Management Occupations400,23082.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations206,93034.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations544,38032.1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations933,78031.1%
Legal Occupations88,42026.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations101,55026.0%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations532,31025.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations249,90023.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations359,25020.7%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations460,15020.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations252,75019.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations105,10017.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations393,03015.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations329,13014.2%
Sales and Related Occupations1,058,68013.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations431,69010.4%
Production Occupations308,9709.9%
Protective Service Occupations235,4008.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations1,452,150-0.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations106,320-6.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations40,130-13.3%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations18,420-48.6%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 336,060 people. This represents 3.9% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Customer Service Representatives and Cashiers, which employ 251,790 and 242,900 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Florida are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons336,0603.9%
Customer Service Representatives251,7902.9%
Cashiers242,9002.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food226,3702.6%
Waiters and Waitresses211,8602.5%
Office Clerks General186,8602.2%
Registered Nurses177,6002.1%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand145,9201.7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive142,5501.7%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers142,2601.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Customer Service Representatives, which currently employs 251,790 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 160,740 an increase of 91,050 or 56.6%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Retail Salespersons and General and Operations Managers, which increased 82,960 and 67,800 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 29,680 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 87,060 or 65.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Stock Clerks and Order Fillers and Farmworkers and Laborers Crop Nursery and Greenhouse, which decreased 21,310 and 15,700 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Graduate Teaching Assistants13,13018,657.1%
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers1,320725.0%
Epidemiologists280600.0%
Conservation Scientists1,020410.0%
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants4,390377.2%
Financial Examiners2,360314.0%
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers8,010287.0%
Biochemists and Biophysicists370270.0%
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists240242.9%
Mining Machine Operators All Other170240.0%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers140-85.4%
New Accounts Clerks850-85.2%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers All Other180-84.5%
Communications Equipment Operators All Other60-84.2%
Correspondence Clerks110-83.8%
Life Scientists All Other140-82.5%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians130-78.3%
Proofreaders and Copy Markers150-76.6%
Farm and Home Management Advisors180-76.3%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers1,100-76.1%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $109,360 per year. This represents 137.6% 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 $94,720 and $78,780 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$109,360237.6%
Legal Occupations$94,720205.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,780171.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,680164.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,360163.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,560149.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$65,270141.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$51,650112.2%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,770106.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,45096.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$43,34094.2%
Protective Service Occupations$43,31094.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,94089.0%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,66084.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,60079.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,17078.6%
Production Occupations$35,36076.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,44068.3%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$29,35063.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,68060.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,06058.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,47055.3%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which currently pays an average of $78,780 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $65,050 an increase of $13,730 or 21.1%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $11,880 and $10,290 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$29,35036.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,47021.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,78021.1%
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,44020.3%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,17019.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,60018.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,06018.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,36015.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,56015.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,68014.4%
Legal Occupations$94,72014.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,68014.0%
Production Occupations$35,36013.3%
Protective Service Occupations$43,31012.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$43,34012.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$65,27012.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$51,65011.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,94011.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,4509.8%
Management Occupations$109,3605.6%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,6604.9%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,7703.9%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $280,390 per year. This represents 609.3% above the state average of $46,019. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Prosthodontists, which pay $255,530 and $217,410 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Florida are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$280,390609.3%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$255,530555.3%
Prosthodontists$217,410472.4%
Family and General Practitioners$216,020469.4%
Surgeons$211,640459.9%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$205,020445.5%
Orthodontists$204,750444.9%
Internists General$204,230443.8%
Psychiatrists$195,400424.6%
Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers$188,400409.4%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Florida are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$20,97045.6%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$21,12045.9%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$21,70047.2%
Parking Lot Attendants$21,85047.5%
Dishwashers$21,85047.5%
Cashiers$21,87047.5%
Barbers$22,18048.2%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$22,54049.0%
Cooks Fast Food$22,55049.0%
Food Servers Nonrestaurant$22,57049.0%



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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.