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 and more than 387,000 businesses including 10 of Michigan’s Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the state. The primary industries in the Detroit region are health services (14% of employment), government (12%), manufacturing  (12%), and retail trade (10%).

Top Employers

The largest employers in the Detroit region include Ford Motor Company, Stellantis, General Motors, and University of Michigan, totaling more than 164,400 full-time employees in 2022. The city of Detroit’s largest employers include Rocket Companies Inc, Stellantis, the city of Detroit, and Henry Ford Health, employing a total of 41,630 full-time individuals in 2022.

Largest Detroit Employers

CompanyFull-Time Employees in City of Detroit (July 2022)
Rocket Companies Inc.14,109
Stellantis NV 10,861
City of Detroit8,942
Henry Ford Health System7,718
U.S. Government6,673
Detroit Public Schools Community District6,665
Detroit Medical Center6,415
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network 5,469
Ilitch Holdings Inc.5,034
DTE Energy Co. 4,794
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2023

Largest Southeast Michigan Employers

CompanyCityFull-Time Employees in SE MI (July 2022)
Ford Motor Co. Dearborn47,750
Stellantis NV Auburn Hills 42,444
General Motors Co. Detroit38,600
University of MichiganAnn Arbor35,620
Corewell Health N/A21,674
U.S. Government Detroit19,953 
Henry Ford Health SystemDetroit17,469
Rocket Companies Inc. Detroit14,109
Trinity Health Michigan Livonia13,186
Ascension Michigan Warren 12,085
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2023

Total Employed Workforce

In 2021, 2.23 million individuals were employed in the Detroit region. The average salary in the region was $66,031 which is slightly lower than the national average of $67,610.


Employment by County

Much of employment in the Detroit region is concentrated across four major counties. In 2021, the Detroit region counties making up most of the employment were Oakland (31.3%), Wayne (30.8%), Macomb (14.2%), and Washtenaw (9.3%) counties.


New Jobs

Since 2017, financial activities added 10,799 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 47,889 new jobs since 2017.


Average Salary by Industry

In 2021, the annual average salary for the Detroit region was $66,031 slightly lower than the national average. With an average annual salary of $97,457, the information industry led among all industries in the region, followed by financial activities ($90,538), professional business services ($88,185), and manufacturing ($74,135). The lowest paid industry in the region is leisure and hospitality with an average annual salary of $26,554.


Research & Data

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