Rhode Island Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 482,000
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -27,180 (-5.3%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $54,781
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,130 (10.3%)

Occupation Categories

There are 482,000 employed workers in Rhode Island. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 72,280 people. This represents 15.0% 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 49,510 and 46,230 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations72,28015.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations49,51010.3%
Sales and Related Occupations46,2309.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations33,2606.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations33,1106.9%
Production Occupations30,1406.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,3205.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations26,8305.6%
Management Occupations20,9004.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations18,1003.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations17,5903.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations16,7503.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations15,7303.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations15,6003.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations13,6802.8%
Protective Service Occupations12,4902.6%
Community and Social Service Occupations9,0001.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations8,5801.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations7,0301.5%
Legal Occupations3,6300.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations3,1400.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1000.0%

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 17,590 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 15,240 an increase of 2,350 or 15.4%. 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 2,230 and 1,310 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 72,280 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 73,700 or 1.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Healthcare Support Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which decreased 930 and 810 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Business and Financial Operations Occupations, which currently employs 28,320 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 19,320 an increase of 9,000 or 46.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which increased 5,250 and 3,570 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 72,280 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 82,040 or 11.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Healthcare Support Occupations and Production Occupations, which decreased 1,590 and 1,240 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,32046.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations17,59042.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations13,68034.5%
Legal Occupations3,63017.9%
Protective Service Occupations12,49016.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations26,83013.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations8,58013.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations33,11011.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations7,0309.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations49,5107.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations33,2605.8%
Sales and Related Occupations46,2305.1%
Management Occupations20,9003.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations15,7301.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations15,6001.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations16,7501.2%
Production Occupations30,140-4.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations18,100-8.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations9,000-8.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations72,280-11.9%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations3,140-12.8%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1000.0%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 13,620 people. This represents 2.8% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Cashiers and Registered Nurses, which employ 13,270 and 12,630 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Rhode Island are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons13,6202.8%
Cashiers13,2702.8%
Registered Nurses12,6302.6%
Office Clerks General11,3602.4%
Nursing Assistants10,2002.1%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food9,9702.1%
Waiters and Waitresses9,9502.1%
Customer Service Representatives8,8201.8%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand7,8101.6%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive6,7901.4%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 5,860 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 1,120 an increase of 4,740 or 423.2%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Office Clerks General and Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which increased 3,570 and 2,680 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Home Health Aides, which currently employs 1,160 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 5,290 or 78.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants and Childcare Workers, which decreased 2,040 and 1,660 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Therapists All Other280833.3%
Operations Research Analysts460666.7%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants950427.8%
Personal Care Aides5,860423.2%
Residential Advisors830418.8%
Computer Hardware Engineers790364.7%
Protective Service Workers All Other1,770353.8%
Credit Analysts740335.3%
Manicurists and Pedicurists840320.0%
Vocational Education Teachers Postsecondary730305.6%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers All Other120-91.6%
Sales and Related Workers All Other100-87.8%
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators70-83.7%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians40-83.3%
Office and Administrative Support Workers All Other330-82.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other130-79.4%
Home Health Aides1,160-78.1%
Production Workers All Other110-78.0%
Bus Drivers Transit and Intercity90-75.7%
Healthcare Support Workers All Other450-75.4%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $138,020 per year. This represents 151.9% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $91,670 and $91,070 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$138,020251.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,670167.3%
Legal Occupations$91,070166.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,220164.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,020160.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$81,190148.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,940142.3%
Education Training and Library Occupations$65,770120.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$58,870107.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,26099.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,01096.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$50,21091.7%
Protective Service Occupations$50,00091.3%
Sales and Related Occupations$44,80081.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,46075.7%
Production Occupations$41,07075.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,28066.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,25064.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,63063.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,85060.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,93054.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,26051.6%

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 $138,020 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $109,600 an increase of $28,420 or 25.9%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Life Physical and Social Science Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased $18,930 and $18,400 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Legal Occupations, which currently employs 0 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 0 or inf%.
Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,25057.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$81,19030.4%
Sales and Related Occupations$44,80028.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,26028.6%
Production Occupations$41,07028.0%
Management Occupations$138,02025.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,22025.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,94023.6%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,46020.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,01019.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,67018.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,85018.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,93018.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,02017.2%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$50,21017.1%
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,63016.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,26016.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,28015.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$58,87015.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$65,77013.5%
Protective Service Occupations$50,00012.9%
Legal Occupations$91,070-4.7%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pays $266,280 per year. This represents 486.1% above the state average of $54,781. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Surgeons and Dentists General, which pay $257,000 and $254,190 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Rhode Island are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$266,280486.1%
Surgeons$257,000469.1%
Dentists General$254,190464.0%
Chief Executives$242,350442.4%
Podiatrists$226,030412.6%
Psychiatrists$224,440409.7%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$209,580382.6%
Pediatricians General$199,170363.6%
Internists General$195,430356.7%
Family and General Practitioners$175,250319.9%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Rhode Island are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants$23,92043.7%
Textile Apparel and Furnishings Workers All Other$24,34044.4%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$24,40044.5%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$24,61044.9%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$24,61044.9%
Parking Lot Attendants$24,74045.2%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$24,83045.3%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers$24,85045.4%
Cooks Fast Food$24,95045.5%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$25,10045.8%



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