Workforce and Talent

Workforce Statistics

The Detroit region employs over 2.2 million people spread across 11 counties.

It is home to 34 colleges and universities that graduate almost 70,000 students annually and more than 376,000 businesses including 10 of Michigan’s 17 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the state. The primary industries in the Detroit region are trade, transportation, utilities (18% of employment), professional and business services (18%), health services and private education (16%), and manufacturing (12%).

Top Employers

The largest employers in the Detroit region include Ford Motor Company, Stellantis, and University of Michigan, totaling 120,696 full-time employees. The city of Detroit’s largest employers include Rocket Companies Inc, Stellantis, and the city of Detroit, employing a total of 35,826 full-time individuals.

Largest Detroit Employers

CompanyFull-Time Employees in City of Detroit (July 2021)
Rocket Companies Inc.18,000
Stellantis NV 9,263 
City of Detroit8,563 
Henry Ford Health System8,199 
Detroit Medical Center7,301 
Detroit Public Schools Community District6,892 
U.S. Government 6,673
Blue Cross Blue Shiel fog Michigan/Blue Care Network 5,355 
Ilitch Holdings Inc.4,830 
General Motors4,658 
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2022 

Largest Southeast Michigan Employers

CompanyCityFull-Time Employees in SE MI (July 2021)
Ford Motor Co. Dearborn47,750
Stellantis NV Auburn Hills 37,761
University of Michigan  Ann Arbor 35,185
General Motors Co.  Detroit 33,935
Beaumont Health Southfield 24,668
U.S. Government Detroit19,953 
Rocket Companies Inc. Detroit18,000
Henry Ford Health System Detroit17,875 
Trinity Health Michigan Canton 12,991
Ascension Michigan Warren 12,452 
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2022 

Total Employed Workforce

In 2020, 2.15 million individuals were employed in the Detroit region across 128,996 firms. The average salary in the region was $64,225, which is slightly higher than the national average of $64,021.


Employment by County

Much of employment in the Detroit region is concentrated across four major counties. In 2020, the Detroit region counties making up most of the employment were Oakland (31.3%), Wayne (30.9%), Macomb (13.9%), and Washtenaw (9.4%) counties.


New Jobs

Since 2015, financial activities added 12,473 new jobs in the Detroit region, more than any other industry in the region. The leisure and hospitality industry experienced the largest decrease in net new jobs, declining by 50,089 new jobs since 2015.


Average Salary by Industry

In 2020, the annual average salary for the Detroit region was $64,225, slightly higher than the national average. With an average annual salary of $93,423, the information industry led among all industries in the region, followed by financial activities ($89,002), professional business services ($86,754), and manufacturing ($74,755). The lowest paid industry in the region is leisure and hospitality with an average annual salary of $24,324.


Research & Data

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