Employment & Wages by Occupation

Barnstable County occupations are centered, in large part, in tourism-related industries, many of which undergo seasonal fluctuations between a summer peak and winter off-season. As a result, median annual wages are commonly lower than state median wages for the same occupation, though the gap between wages in the two geographies varies among occupations.

Within Barnstable County, the most common occupations have no overlap with the highest-earning ones. In 2020, the most common occupations in Barnstable County, as measured by employment count, were Office and Administrative Support, Sales and Related, and Food Preparation and Serving Related occupations.  The occupations with the highest median annual wages were Management, Architecture and Engineering, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations.