Maryland Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 2,684,020
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -161,860 (-5.7%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $58,726
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,111 (9.5%)

Occupation Categories

There are 2,684,020 employed workers in Maryland. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 389,220 people. This represents 14.5% 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 262,320 and 225,040 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations389,22014.5%
Sales and Related Occupations262,3209.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations225,0408.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations176,1706.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations173,2106.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations167,2606.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations164,6206.1%
Management Occupations163,3806.1%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations128,2304.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations118,5204.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations104,2503.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations92,3703.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations85,9303.2%
Production Occupations80,6403.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations74,7602.8%
Protective Service Occupations73,2002.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations60,4802.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations43,0901.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations41,2801.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations32,1101.2%
Legal Occupations25,3200.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations2,6200.1%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care and Service Occupations, which currently employs 92,370 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 85,210 an increase of 7,160 or 8.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Management Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased 6,300 and 3,600 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 389,220 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 397,030 or 2.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations, which decreased 3,680 and 1,460 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 92,370 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 60,790 an increase of 31,580 or 51.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which increased 29,770 and 27,100 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 389,220 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 410,870 or 5.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Production Occupations and Construction and Extraction Occupations, which decreased 10,760 and 8,860 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations92,37051.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations128,23030.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations164,62019.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations173,21018.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations43,09017.7%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations167,26017.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations74,76012.2%
Management Occupations163,38012.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations2,62011.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations104,25010.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations225,04010.6%
Protective Service Occupations73,2007.5%
Legal Occupations25,3205.5%
Sales and Related Occupations262,3204.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations41,2800.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations60,4800.9%
Education Training and Library Occupations176,1700.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations32,1100.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations85,930-1.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations389,220-5.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations118,520-7.0%
Production Occupations80,640-11.8%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Cashiers, which employs 80,610 people. This represents 3.0% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Retail Salespersons and Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive, which employ 66,780 and 56,670 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Maryland are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Cashiers80,6103.0%
Retail Salespersons66,7802.5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive56,6702.1%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food54,8502.0%
Registered Nurses54,0802.0%
General and Operations Managers48,1801.8%
Customer Service Representatives46,8001.7%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand44,2601.6%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers43,8901.6%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners41,8001.6%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive, which currently employs 56,670 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 34,500 an increase of 22,170 or 64.3%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Sales Representatives Services All Other and Personal Care Aides, which increased 15,700 and 15,030 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office Clerks General, which currently employs 39,910 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 67,020 or 40.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants and Retail Salespersons, which decreased 14,420 and 8,830 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Gaming Dealers2,8301,921.4%
Barbers360800.0%
Food Scientists and Technologists550511.1%
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders1,300490.9%
Therapists All Other1,070463.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other2,900353.1%
Personal Care Aides19,580330.3%
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers1,960317.0%
Human Resources Specialists12,710304.8%
Education Administrators All Other2,810301.4%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Proofreaders and Copy Markers90-83.3%
Word Processors and Typists590-80.0%
Dietetic Technicians340-78.5%
Computer Operators580-78.2%
Cleaning Washing and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders60-76.9%
Telemarketers940-75.9%
Pharmacy Aides140-75.9%
Power Distributors and Dispatchers80-75.0%
Arbitrators Mediators and Conciliators50-73.7%
Career/Technical Education Teachers Secondary School650-73.0%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $130,730 per year. This represents 122.6% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $100,560 and $98,250 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$130,730222.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$100,560171.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$98,250167.3%
Legal Occupations$94,420160.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$93,210158.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,500150.7%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$82,200140.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$65,230111.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$58,59099.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,09090.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$52,53089.4%
Protective Service Occupations$51,50087.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,67086.3%
Sales and Related Occupations$42,57072.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,46070.6%
Production Occupations$40,81069.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,43068.8%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,98061.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,24058.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,81052.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,03051.1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,09044.4%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Legal Occupations, which currently pays an average of $94,420 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $0 an increase of $94,420 or inf%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Management Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $23,080 and $17,220 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,98031.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,09022.0%
Management Occupations$130,73021.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$98,25021.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,81020.0%
Sales and Related Occupations$42,57019.9%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$93,21019.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$100,56018.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,43018.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,67017.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$52,53017.3%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,46016.8%
Protective Service Occupations$51,50016.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$65,23015.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,24014.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$82,20013.5%
Production Occupations$40,81013.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$58,59012.3%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,03011.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,09011.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,50010.0%
Legal Occupations$94,4200.0%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $284,120 per year. This represents 483.8% above the state average of $58,726. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Psychiatrists, which pay $276,280 and $215,000 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Maryland are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$284,120483.8%
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$276,280470.5%
Psychiatrists$215,000366.1%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$205,060349.2%
Family and General Practitioners$199,300339.4%
Orthodontists$199,210339.2%
Chief Executives$198,260337.6%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$196,210334.1%
Nurse Anesthetists$191,160325.5%
Internists General$177,670302.5%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Maryland are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Gaming Dealers$20,66035.2%
Shampooers$21,75037.0%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$22,65038.6%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$22,65038.6%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$22,65038.6%
Dishwashers$22,69038.6%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$22,76038.8%
Bartenders$23,50040.0%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$23,70040.4%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$23,88040.7%



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