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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Maine Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Maine, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Logging equipment operators$23,8901007.8
2Highway maintenance workers$26,3108304.4
3Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators$31,2234304.4
4Photographic process workers$26,1901404.4
5Social and human service assistants$23,8362,4003.6
6Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$23,3902003.5
7Mental health and substance abuse social workers$40,8568003.4
8Lodging managers$40,4851703.2
9Hazardous materials removal workers$34,6902403.2
10Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders$26,1203803.1
11Physician assistants$78,1833502.9
12Real estate brokers$93,3401602.9
14Social and community service managers$43,8867002.8
15Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$26,7801002.8
16Personal and home care aides$18,2433,0702.8
17Environmental science and protection technicians, including health$30,9401402.5
18Medical secretaries$27,7531,7402.4
19Education administrators$38,3801002.4
20Radio and television announcers$30,6151502.4
21Rehabilitation counselors$29,3555002.4
22Fire fighters$28,1359002.3
23Child, family, and school social workers$36,0931,1702.3
24Desktop publishers$33,3751102.2
25Reporters and correspondents$37,5901902.2
26Appraisers and assessors of real estate$49,5402002.1
27Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary$48,2201202.1
28Coaches and scouts$22,3736102.1
29Advertising and promotions managers$57,7652002.1
30Baggage porters and bellhops$17,8102102.1
31Sales and related workers$36,6208002.0
32Service station attendants$16,9353402.0
33Transportation, storage, and distribution managers$57,5263802.0
34Physicians and surgeons$151,9007502.0
35Library technicians$25,6063702.0
36Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors$32,1902602.0
38Machine feeders and offbearers$25,3354301.9
39Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school$42,1867001.9
40Conveyor operators and tenders$26,0101001.9
41Insurance claims and policy processing clerks$28,2108201.7
42Environmental engineers$64,3301701.7
43Cooks, short order$20,2036401.7
44Public relations managers$62,0301701.7
45Occupational therapists$54,0763201.7
46Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators$39,5868301.6
47Eligibility interviewers, government programs$28,5751601.6
48Driver/sales workers$27,5101,4101.6
49Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$32,2605,2001.6
50Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers$23,4001801.6
51Family and general practitioners$128,5063201.6
52Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists$44,1933601.6
53Medical records and health information technicians$27,7135501.6
54Food service managers$47,1606801.6
55Postal service clerks$45,6132601.6
56Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$45,1502401.6
57Food preparation workers$19,0703,0901.6
58Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers$37,6408001.6
59Speech-language pathologists$48,2263101.5
60Preschool teachers, except special education$20,8301,1701.5
61Structural iron and steel workers$35,7751801.5
62Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers$30,1852301.5
63Kindergarten teachers, except special education$39,7134101.5
64Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants$22,0004,3001.5
65Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,5101001.5
67First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers$32,8503,5801.5
68Switchboard operators, including answering service$21,9106501.4
69Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products$46,2934501.4
70Medical and health services managers$73,7037301.4
71General and operations managers$83,9265,4701.4
72Special education teachers, secondary school$40,5303001.4
73Health diagnosing and treating practitioners$162,2851301.4
74Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$20,3405801.4
75Special education teachers, middle school$42,0032301.4
76Emergency medical technicians and paramedics$25,7804601.4
77Education administrators, elementary and secondary school$65,7635601.4
78Teacher assistants$24,9203,5801.4
79Electrical power-line installers and repairers$41,2101901.4
80Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive$25,9265,3801.4
81Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping$23,8552001.4
82Parts salespersons$27,1606601.4
83Educational, vocational, and school counselors$40,2566001.3
84Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers$41,1204301.3
85Mental health counselors$41,8002201.3
86Dental hygienists$51,9604401.3
87Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$32,0706901.3
88Veterinary technologists and technicians$27,3451701.3
89Chefs and head cooks$34,5163301.3
90First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers$37,9504,1201.3
91Medical and public health social workers$40,6133101.3
92Architectural and civil drafters$37,1963001.3
93Health educators$35,9051301.3
94Insurance sales agents$53,0838401.3
95Education administrators, postsecondary$49,0002401.3
96Refuse and recyclable material collectors$22,6902401.3
97Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance$34,3064801.3
98Paralegals and legal assistants$40,7966501.3
99Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food$16,0936,3901.3
100Maids and housekeeping cleaners$18,4732,3901.3


The Most Common Jobs in Maine

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Maine are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons9,610$23,6431.0
3Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food6,390$16,0931.3
4Office clerks, general5,980$22,7000.9
5Customer service representatives5,580$25,9301.1
6General and operations managers5,470$83,9261.4
7Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive5,380$25,9261.4
8Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand5,330$20,1161.0
9Registered nurses5,240$52,8651.0
10Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer5,200$32,2601.6
11Waiters and waitresses5,170$17,4001.0
12Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners4,950$21,9131.0
13Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks4,470$28,1861.1
14Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants4,300$22,0001.5
15First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers4,120$37,9501.3
16Stock clerks and order fillers4,060$20,7701.1
17First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers3,580$32,8501.5
18Teacher assistants3,580$24,9201.4
19Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products3,470$46,1061.0
20Elementary school teachers, except special education3,120$41,2031.1
21Food preparation workers3,090$19,0701.6
22Personal and home care aides3,070$18,2432.8
23Maintenance and repair workers, general2,590$30,2760.9
24Business operations specialists2,530$49,2961.2
25Truck drivers, light or delivery services2,510$25,8431.2
26Social and human service assistants2,400$23,8363.6
27Maids and housekeeping cleaners2,390$18,4731.3
29Team assemblers2,300$23,2761.0
30Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education2,280$41,3931.2
31Executive secretaries and administrative assistants2,280$36,3100.7
32First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers2,010$26,3561.2
33Cooks, restaurant1,890$21,2061.1
34Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks1,750$26,0761.0
35Medical secretaries1,740$27,7532.4
36Landscaping and groundskeeping workers1,730$20,7300.9
37Packers and packagers, hand1,700$16,7900.9
38Automotive service technicians and mechanics1,650$32,8461.1
39Accountants and auditors1,620$54,0900.6
40Security guards1,610$21,4100.7
41First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers1,600$43,8831.1
42Construction laborers1,590$24,5430.7
43Receptionists and information clerks1,510$22,2100.6
44Home health aides1,480$20,6731.1
45Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education1,460$42,3631.2
46Driver/sales workers1,410$27,5101.6
47First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers1,390$44,6831.1
48Billing and posting clerks and machine operators1,350$26,0131.1
50Financial managers1,270$74,1361.1
54Child, family, and school social workers1,170$36,0932.3
55Preschool teachers, except special education1,170$20,8301.5
56Teachers and instructors1,160$24,1231.2
57First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers1,160$48,5131.2
58Computer support specialists1,130$35,4530.9
59Helpers--production workers1,070$22,3161.0
60Medical assistants1,060$27,2131.2
61Industrial truck and tractor operators1,050$27,1260.8
63Counter and rental clerks980$20,9600.9
64Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers980$28,8960.9
65Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters940$38,5431.0
66Loan officers920$50,1961.2
67Child care workers920$18,1800.8
68Cooks, institution and cafeteria910$22,6631.2
69Fire fighters900$28,1352.3
70Computer software engineers, applications880$62,1830.8
71Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses870$34,9930.6
72Insurance sales agents840$53,0831.3
73Sales managers840$79,0561.1
75Highway maintenance workers830$26,3104.4
76Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators830$39,5861.6
77Insurance claims and policy processing clerks820$28,2101.7
78Bill and account collectors820$27,6430.8
79Mental health and substance abuse social workers800$40,8563.4
80Sales and related workers800$36,6202.0
81Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers800$37,6401.6
82Postal service mail carriers770$43,1331.0
83Cooks, fast food770$17,4960.6
84Physicians and surgeons750$151,9002.0
85Bus drivers, school740$26,9200.9
86Medical and health services managers730$73,7031.4
87Pharmacy technicians730$24,9931.2
88Legal secretaries720$34,0501.2
89First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers710$45,3001.0
90Computer systems analysts710$60,5530.6
91Social and community service managers700$43,8862.8
92Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school700$42,1861.9
93Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists700$22,8500.9
94Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists690$32,0701.3
95Food service managers680$47,1601.6
96Parts salespersons660$27,1601.4
97Computer and information systems managers660$77,4261.0
99Switchboard operators, including answering service650$21,9101.4
100Paralegals and legal assistants650$40,7961.3


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