What kind of jobs are there in Portland, ME?

Portland has an unemployment rate that's noticeably lower than the national rate. However, the mean annual wage is slightly under the national average, likely due to Portland's high concentration of low-wage service jobs.

Maine Medical Center is the largest hospital in the state and skilled labor in the health care industry is in high demand. Meanwhile, manufacturing and information technology hiring has been strong. The Fortune 500 company Unum Group has its life insurance subsidiary based in Portland, and L.L. Bean in nearby Freeport has championed outdoor apparel since 1912.

Portland is especially attractive to telecommuters. Those looking for a better quality of life while maintaining their out-of-state wages can best reap those benefits.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.4 /10

How we calculate this.

Portland has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

1.3% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.