What kind of jobs are there in Detroit, MI?

Detroit is known as the Motor City, and General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are among the area's employers. However, much of the more recent job growth in the area extends outside of the auto industry. While manufacturing remains the biggest area for employment gains within metro Detroit, jobs in professional and business segments, as well as education, construction and health services, all increased in availability in recent years.

The local government and the public school system also provide a significant number of job opportunities in the area, as does the federal government.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.6 /10

How we calculate this.

Detroit has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

0.6 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Detroit

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k