Montana Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 463,290
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -29,020 (-5.9%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $43,869
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,162 (10.5%)

Occupation Categories

There are 463,290 employed workers in Montana. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 67,840 people. This represents 14.6% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 51,120 and 48,710 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations67,84014.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations51,12011.0%
Sales and Related Occupations48,71010.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations30,3606.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations29,2906.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations28,7306.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations28,3006.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations22,1904.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations20,8404.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations19,9704.3%
Production Occupations18,0303.9%
Management Occupations16,4903.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations15,7303.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations12,9002.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations9,1702.0%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations8,6601.9%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,0201.7%
Protective Service Occupations7,9001.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations7,0701.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations6,1201.3%
Legal Occupations3,9400.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,9100.4%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 16,490 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 15,180 an increase of 1,310 or 8.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which increased 980 and 660 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 67,840 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 69,290 or 2.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Construction and Extraction Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which decreased 370 and 340 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 51,120 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 44,420 an increase of 6,700 or 15.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations, which increased 6,060 and 5,730 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 67,840 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 71,910 or 5.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Healthcare Support Occupations and Protective Service Occupations, which decreased 1,590 and 650 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations8,66048.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations15,73041.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations20,84037.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations30,36024.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations51,12015.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations22,19011.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations19,97011.1%
Legal Occupations3,94010.7%
Production Occupations18,03010.1%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,9109.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations7,0706.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations9,1706.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations29,2904.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations28,3004.3%
Management Occupations16,4902.9%
Sales and Related Occupations48,7101.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations28,7301.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations6,1200.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,020-3.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations67,840-5.7%
Protective Service Occupations7,900-7.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations12,900-11.0%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 15,110 people. This represents 3.3% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Cashiers and Office Clerks General, which employ 14,770 and 13,310 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Montana are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons15,1103.3%
Cashiers14,7703.2%
Office Clerks General13,3102.9%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food12,6702.7%
Waiters and Waitresses10,2602.2%
Registered Nurses10,1002.2%
Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks7,7401.7%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7,5201.6%
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6,5001.4%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers6,4401.4%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Office Clerks General, which currently employs 13,310 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 4,830 an increase of 8,480 or 175.6%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Personal Care Aides, which increased 3,960 and 3,150 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive, which currently employs 5,840 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 10,170 or 42.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks and Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which decreased 3,970 and 3,100 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners6801,600.0%
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators Metal and Plastic140366.7%
Psychiatric Technicians450350.0%
Motor Vehicle Operators All Other570338.5%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other240300.0%
Molding Coremaking and Casting Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic320300.0%
Sales Representatives Services All Other1,810285.1%
Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers150275.0%
Coating Painting and Spraying Machine Setters Operators and Tenders170240.0%
Parking Lot Attendants100233.3%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Telemarketers70-93.7%
Explosives Workers Ordnance Handling Experts and Blasters30-92.5%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters30-91.7%
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants620-83.3%
Order Clerks100-81.5%
Helpers--Production Workers160-75.8%
Word Processors and Typists70-75.0%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians100-72.2%
Switchboard Operators Including Answering Service130-71.1%
Crossing Guards130-69.0%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $91,370 per year. This represents 108.3% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $78,270 and $72,380 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$91,370208.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,270178.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,380165.0%
Legal Occupations$70,070159.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$65,390149.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,700140.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$55,970127.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,010111.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,750108.8%
Protective Service Occupations$45,930104.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations$43,12098.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,02093.5%
Production Occupations$40,90093.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$39,75090.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$37,80086.2%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,02082.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,99079.8%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,76074.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,72070.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,45067.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,30060.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,55053.7%

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 $91,370 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $70,920 an increase of $20,450 or 28.8%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $16,060 and $15,250 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,45030.3%
Management Occupations$91,37028.8%
Protective Service Occupations$45,93028.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,72026.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,38026.7%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,02026.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$65,39026.0%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,27025.8%
Production Occupations$40,90024.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,01023.9%
Legal Occupations$70,07023.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,55022.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,30022.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$39,75021.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,75021.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$55,97020.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,02020.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,70020.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,99020.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$43,12019.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$37,80016.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,7608.0%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $266,470 per year. This represents 607.4% above the state average of $43,869. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Pediatricians General, which pay $265,440 and $248,370 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Montana are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$266,470607.4%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$265,440605.1%
Pediatricians General$248,370566.2%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$247,260563.6%
Nurse Anesthetists$246,370561.6%
Family and General Practitioners$214,710489.4%
Internists General$205,220467.8%
Orthodontists$187,130426.6%
Dentists General$170,260388.1%
Psychiatrists$167,370381.5%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Montana are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Graduate Teaching Assistants$18,85043.0%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$19,78045.1%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$19,98045.5%
Gaming Dealers$20,48046.7%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$20,61047.0%
Waiters and Waitresses$20,99047.8%
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers$21,01047.9%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$21,20048.3%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$21,32048.6%
Dishwashers$21,37048.7%



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