Maine Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 605,540
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -36,510 (-5.7%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $46,789
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,495 (10.6%)

Occupation Categories

There are 605,540 employed workers in Maine. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 92,250 people. This represents 15.2% 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 57,760 and 56,960 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations92,25015.2%
Sales and Related Occupations57,7609.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations56,9609.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations41,7606.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations41,2806.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations36,3606.0%
Production Occupations35,9005.9%
Management Occupations35,6305.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations26,8504.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations26,1404.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations25,5604.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations24,3904.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations22,1903.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations21,0103.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations12,2702.0%
Protective Service Occupations11,9502.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations10,3501.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations9,9301.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations7,7001.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations4,0000.7%
Legal Occupations3,6600.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,6400.3%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Education Training and Library Occupations, which currently employs 41,760 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 40,350 an increase of 1,410 or 3.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which increased 1,000 and 960 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations, which currently employs 25,560 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 26,140 or 2.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations, which decreased 380 and 360 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Personal Care and Service Occupations, which currently employs 26,850 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 15,930 an increase of 10,920 or 68.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Management Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which increased 6,050 and 4,970 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 92,250 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 98,780 or 6.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and Healthcare Support Occupations, which decreased 3,570 and 2,720 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations26,85068.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations12,27036.0%
Management Occupations35,63020.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations24,39016.1%
Protective Service Occupations11,95013.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations41,28011.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations56,9609.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations22,1906.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations9,9301.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations41,7601.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations25,5601.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations7,7001.0%
Sales and Related Occupations57,760-2.5%
Legal Occupations3,660-4.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations10,350-5.0%
Production Occupations35,900-6.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations26,140-6.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations92,250-6.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations36,360-8.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations21,010-11.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations4,000-16.3%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,640-29.3%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 20,510 people. This represents 3.4% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Personal Care Aides and Cashiers, which employ 14,880 and 14,680 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Maine are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons20,5103.4%
Personal Care Aides14,8802.5%
Cashiers14,6802.4%
Registered Nurses14,4602.4%
Waiters and Waitresses12,8902.1%
General and Operations Managers12,5102.1%
Office Clerks General11,7201.9%
Customer Service Representatives11,5901.9%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners11,2301.9%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive10,0901.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 14,880 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 5,780 an increase of 9,100 or 157.4%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are General and Operations Managers and Customer Service Representatives, which increased 3,620 and 2,900 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which currently employs 8,550 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 13,280 or 35.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Home Health Aides and Cashiers, which decreased 4,000 and 2,050 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers280366.7%
Credit Counselors210320.0%
Health Specialties Teachers Postsecondary460283.3%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers Metal and Plastic110266.7%
Education Training and Library Workers All Other390254.5%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other240242.9%
Motor Vehicle Operators All Other420223.1%
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators760204.0%
Human Resources Specialists1,700203.6%
Personal Financial Advisors430186.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Medical Transcriptionists110-89.1%
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers50-82.1%
Funeral Service Managers40-81.0%
Environmental Engineering Technicians40-81.0%
Couriers and Messengers80-77.1%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers80-75.0%
Computer Operators80-73.3%
Physical Therapist Aides60-72.7%
Electric Motor Power Tool and Related Repairers30-72.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers All Other30-72.7%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $96,440 per year. This represents 106.1% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $83,920 and $79,030 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$96,440206.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,920179.4%
Legal Occupations$79,030168.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,440165.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,380163.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,920143.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$64,440137.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,560103.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,54099.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$45,42097.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$44,97096.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,49092.9%
Protective Service Occupations$41,44088.6%
Production Occupations$40,41086.4%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,50078.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$36,47077.9%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,42077.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,40075.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,10068.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,28064.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,84059.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,97057.6%

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 $96,440 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $79,190 an increase of $17,250 or 21.8%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased $16,950 and $13,160 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,44028.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,97027.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,10024.3%
Management Occupations$96,44021.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,84021.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,54021.0%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,92021.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,42019.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,38019.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$44,97019.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,40018.8%
Protective Service Occupations$41,44018.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$36,47018.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,92018.6%
Production Occupations$40,41017.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,49016.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,28016.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,56016.3%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,50015.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$45,42014.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$64,44013.2%
Legal Occupations$79,03010.7%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $286,810 per year. This represents 613.0% above the state average of $46,789. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Physicians and Surgeons All Other and Psychiatrists, which pay $257,550 and $256,270 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Maine are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$286,810613.0%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$257,550550.4%
Psychiatrists$256,270547.7%
Internists General$236,220504.9%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$206,150440.6%
Dentists General$203,920435.8%
Family and General Practitioners$202,440432.7%
Pediatricians General$191,060408.3%
Nurse Anesthetists$170,300364.0%
Chief Executives$152,780326.5%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Maine are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$21,45045.8%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$21,77046.5%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$22,43047.9%
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants$22,79048.7%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$23,04049.2%
Cashiers$23,18049.5%
Dishwashers$23,29049.8%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$23,46050.1%
Manicurists and Pedicurists$23,54050.3%
Cooks Fast Food$23,70050.7%



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