Michigan Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 4,317,830
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -278,130 (-6.1%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $49,489
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,544 (10.1%)

Occupation Categories

There are 4,317,830 employed workers in Michigan. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 612,950 people. This represents 14.2% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Production Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 472,680 and 415,460 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations612,95014.2%
Production Occupations472,68010.9%
Sales and Related Occupations415,4609.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations392,9909.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations288,9006.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations283,4106.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations229,3405.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations211,5004.9%
Management Occupations198,2704.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations171,5404.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations142,8203.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations139,5903.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations136,1803.2%
Personal Care and Service Occupations129,6403.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations124,6902.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations112,8902.6%
Protective Service Occupations77,3701.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations61,7201.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations53,4701.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations30,4400.7%
Legal Occupations25,8800.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations6,1000.1%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 472,680 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 452,040 an increase of 20,640 or 4.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and Construction and Extraction Occupations, which increased 10,770 and 7,450 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 612,950 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 624,800 or 1.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Education Training and Library Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which decreased 7,630 and 5,130 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Production Occupations, which currently employs 472,680 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 370,620 an increase of 102,060 or 27.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 51,440 and 42,630 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Education Training and Library Occupations, which currently employs 229,340 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 234,720 or 2.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which decreased 4,800 and 2,350 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations112,89035.7%
Production Occupations472,68027.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations129,64025.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations139,59023.2%
Management Occupations198,27021.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations211,50021.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations142,82018.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations283,41017.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations171,54016.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations6,10016.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations392,99015.1%
Legal Occupations25,88014.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations288,90012.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations53,4708.1%
Protective Service Occupations77,3702.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations61,7201.1%
Sales and Related Occupations415,460-0.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations136,180-0.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations124,690-0.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations612,950-0.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations229,340-2.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations30,440-7.2%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 146,550 people. This represents 3.4% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Assemblers and Fabricators All Other Including Team Assemblers, which employ 123,890 and 111,560 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Michigan are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons146,5503.4%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food123,8902.9%
Assemblers and Fabricators All Other Including Team Assemblers111,5602.6%
Registered Nurses96,6802.2%
Office Clerks General95,1102.2%
Cashiers90,6002.1%
Customer Service Representatives90,3102.1%
Waiters and Waitresses80,8801.9%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand74,0301.7%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers59,0601.4%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which currently employs 123,890 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 71,400 an increase of 52,490 or 73.5%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Customer Service Representatives and Personal Care Aides, which increased 32,950 and 26,370 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 9,330 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 34,690 or 73.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Production Workers All Other and Cashiers, which decreased 18,680 and 14,200 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Synthetic and Glass Fibers1,390768.8%
Fashion Designers210600.0%
Door-to-Door Sales Workers News and Street Vendors and Related Workers590436.4%
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators920411.1%
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers Except Mechanical Door2,240348.0%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers9,350310.1%
Human Resources Specialists16,500281.1%
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers5,820261.5%
Fence Erectors340240.0%
Soil and Plant Scientists220214.3%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Plant and System Operators All Other50-93.5%
Community and Social Service Specialists All Other560-89.6%
Material Moving Workers All Other70-89.1%
Media and Communication Workers All Other130-88.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers All Other370-87.9%
Education Training and Library Workers All Other890-87.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other410-87.0%
Grounds Maintenance Workers All Other90-87.0%
Desktop Publishers190-85.2%
Therapists All Other130-84.0%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $115,490 per year. This represents 133.4% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $86,480 and $83,820 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$115,490233.4%
Legal Occupations$86,480174.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,820169.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,650160.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,280160.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,580144.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$63,420128.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$55,730112.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$52,560106.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,310103.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,81096.6%
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,45095.9%
Protective Service Occupations$43,48087.9%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,81082.5%
Production Occupations$39,73080.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,17077.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,53075.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,20063.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$31,07062.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,63057.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,02054.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,34049.2%

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 $115,490 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $98,020 an increase of $17,470 or 17.8%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $11,550 and $10,670 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
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,34018.5%
Management Occupations$115,49017.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,20017.6%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,81016.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,17016.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,82016.0%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,28015.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,65015.3%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,53014.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$31,07013.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$52,56012.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations$55,73012.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,58011.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,31010.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,63010.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,4509.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,0209.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$63,4208.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,8108.8%
Protective Service Occupations$43,4806.4%
Production Occupations$39,7305.9%
Legal Occupations$86,480-2.3%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $261,310 per year. This represents 528.0% above the state average of $49,489. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Surgeons and Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers, which pay $244,710 and $233,550 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Michigan are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$261,310528.0%
Surgeons$244,710494.5%
Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers$233,550471.9%
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$220,660445.9%
Orthodontists$217,730440.0%
Psychiatrists$212,030428.4%
Family and General Practitioners$207,110418.5%
Chief Executives$206,660417.6%
Dentists General$197,490399.1%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$181,760367.3%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Michigan are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$21,46043.4%
Dishwashers$21,70043.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$22,02044.5%
Gaming Dealers$22,18044.8%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$22,32045.1%
Shampooers$22,35045.2%
Cooks Fast Food$22,58045.6%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$22,87046.2%
Pressers Textile Garment and Related Materials$22,99046.5%
Cashiers$23,19046.9%



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