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Decatur Employment

Employment and Industries in the Decatur, Illinois Area

Decatur, also known as the "Soybean capital of the world" includes prominent agricultural processing and manufacturing sectors. The service based industries have been expanding and have become a more significant factor for the local economy. In addition, Decatur is home to the corporate headquarters of ADM.

The major sectors for employment in Decatur are healthcare, machinery, education, food; metal and metal products; plastic and rubber products; and finance and insurance. Engineers, technicians, scientists, managerial and professional people comprise a sizeable portion of the workforce. The city also includes a large number of workers who have skills and experience in manufacturing and production industries.

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Decatur than most other cities include engineers; education, training and library workers; industrial engineers, engineering managers, teachers, logisticians, computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic; and human resources, training and labor relations specialists.

The largest employers in Decatur are shown below:

  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
  • Mueller Group LLC
  • ADM/Growmark River Systems Inc
  • DMH Health Systems
  • Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas Inc
  • Decatur School System
  • New K's Merchandise LLC
  • Illinois Power Company
  • American River Transportation Co, Inc
  • Decatur Memorial Foundation
  • Decatur Memorial Hospital
  • City of Decatur
  • St Mary's Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St Francis
  • Macon County
  • ADM Trucking Inc
  • Illinova Corporation
  • Morgan Distributing

Noteworthy information about Decatur: In 2009 the average salary in Decatur was $37,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was 75 which is low when compared to the country's average of 100. Regarding the adult population, about 17% hold a bachelor's degree or better.

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The Herald & Review offers current information regarding the business activities in Decatur.

Most Popular Jobs in Decatur, Illinois Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Engineers, all other 1,460 $92,430 $68,810 - 128,570 6% 82%
2 Teachers and instructors, all other 680 $0 $ - 9% 54%
3 Managers, all other 580 $0 $ - 7% 55%
4 Industrial engineers 470 $65,220 $40,500 - 96,000 20% 74%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 430 $55,440 $25,990 - 100,940 8% 51%
6 Engineering managers 400 $141,270 $85,360 - 7% 84%
7 Accountants and auditors 390 $61,230 $35,910 - 96,690 18% 79%
8 Elementary school teachers, except special education 380 $44,390 $24,770 - 69,570 14% 95%
9 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 330 $51,720 $19,900 - 86,640 6% 96%
10 Education, training, and library workers, all other 300 $22,600 $16,130 - 26,480 11% 79%
11 Financial managers 270 $76,050 $42,940 - 106,400 13% 60%
12 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 240 $65,770 $16,410 - 104,340 17% 56%
13 Market research analysts 190 $72,320 $37,770 - 119,640 20% 82%
14 Sales managers 170 $104,560 $50,890 - 10% 69%
15 Child, family, and school social workers 170 $34,870 $17,230 - 63,460 19% 77%
16 Chief executives 150 $144,070 $45,140 - 2% 65%
17 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 150 $0 $ - 11% 95%
18 Computer and information systems managers 110 $103,160 $55,570 - 16% 73%
19 Pharmacists 100 $111,910 $81,960 - 138,100 22% 97%
20 Lawyers 100 $103,630 $49,950 - 11% 99%
21 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 100 $103,500 $36,230 - 18% 56%
22 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 100 $86,900 $45,090 - 138,870 8% 78%
23 Social and human service assistants 100 $23,040 $16,380 - 38,010 34% 58%
24 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 90 $62,600 $18,380 - 100,490 12% 51%
25 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 80 $53,830 $27,240 - 72,890 18% 56%
26 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 80 $50,090 $23,440 - 89,760 13% 73%
27 Librarians 70 $44,180 $22,670 - 63,630 4% 85%
28 Rehabilitation counselors 70 $28,140 $18,190 - 40,720 23% 73%
29 Training and development specialists 60 $40,650 $21,360 - 76,870 18% 56%
30 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $32,560 $21,590 - 64,590 14% 62%
31 Graphic designers 60 $26,280 $17,210 - 38,700 10% 55%
32 Medical and health services managers 50 $91,040 $45,370 - 147,650 16% 57%
33 Management analysts 50 $81,010 $44,830 - 135,940 22% 78%
34 Computer systems analysts 50 $71,890 $46,640 - 105,240 29% 68%
35 Self-enrichment education teachers 50 $27,110 $16,270 - 45,880 23% 54%
36 Legislators 50 $21,830 $15,600 - 56,980 1% 65%
37 Civil engineers 40 $71,780 $53,910 - 105,190 18% 87%
38 Chemists 40 $63,440 $40,000 - 91,860 9% 93%
39 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $63,270 $27,490 - 131,440 5% 58%
40 Mechanical engineers 40 $57,740 $40,150 - 77,290 4% 78%
41 Social workers, all other 40 $46,790 $16,720 - 63,190 18% 77%
42 Dentists, general 30 $124,730 $68,020 - 9% 100%
43 Community and social service specialists, all other 30 $34,920 $15,600 - 65,450 25% 58%
44 Floral designers 30 $20,440 $16,780 - 25,200 -9% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 1,810 $42,790 $33,070 - 61,580 -9% 5%
2 Retail salespersons 1,540 $23,840 $16,130 - 36,550 12% 25%
3 Cashiers 1,390 $18,260 $15,900 - 22,870 -3% 10%
4 Customer service representatives 930 $24,490 $16,930 - 37,360 25% 22%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 920 $17,390 $15,960 - 19,560 18% 5%
6 Office clerks, general 910 $22,810 $16,050 - 32,380 13% 19%
7 Waiters and waitresses 900 $18,890 $15,940 - 26,910 11% 14%
8 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 710 $25,100 $20,350 - 31,930 18% 7%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 690 $41,190 $28,620 - 59,800 10% 4%
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 690 $26,680 $16,210 - 40,680 1% 18%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 650 $29,080 $18,110 - 40,730 13% 16%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 640 $22,730 $16,160 - 38,410 15% 4%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 630 $0 $ - 6% 29%
14 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 610 $26,240 $17,780 - 38,370 8% 4%
15 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 590 $40,700 $25,270 - 58,690 15% 18%
16 Stock clerks and order fillers 590 $22,040 $16,250 - 29,300 -8% 8%
17 Construction laborers 550 $46,510 $27,420 - 76,140 11% 5%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 530 $35,340 $26,420 - 48,990 4% 25%
19 Cooks, restaurant 530 $20,890 $16,730 - 25,200 12% 5%
20 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 460 $60,060 $32,910 - 85,280 11% 4%
21 Industrial truck and tractor operators 450 $34,400 $19,580 - 47,700 -2% 2%
22 Carpenters 430 $41,310 $19,580 - 64,370 10% 6%
23 General and operations managers 400 $101,690 $44,140 - 2% 48%
24 Tellers 390 $21,990 $17,570 - 27,510 14% 16%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 390 $21,050 $16,190 - 28,280 17% 13%
26 Maintenance and repair workers, general 380 $36,080 $21,850 - 54,610 10% 6%
27 Food preparation workers 380 $19,530 $16,000 - 25,710 15% 7%
28 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 380 $18,520 $16,080 - 21,960 13% 5%
29 Cooks, fast food 370 $17,780 $16,130 - 19,750 8% 5%
30 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 350 $35,920 $19,680 - 55,340 14% 4%
31 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 330 $33,970 $16,760 - 49,690 14% 7%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 320 $30,300 $18,520 - 40,510 11% 14%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 280 $66,560 $36,800 - 99,990 -5% 15%
34 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 270 $22,140 $16,350 - 33,760 18% 6%
35 Dishwashers 270 $17,140 $15,850 - 19,500 10% 3%
36 Preschool teachers, except special education 240 $21,800 $17,010 - 29,410 26% 43%
37 Personal and home care aides 240 $17,930 $15,940 - 20,230 51% 10%
38 Teacher assistants 210 $17,980 $15,970 - 22,290 10% 18%
39 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 200 $17,460 $15,980 - 19,850 12% 6%
40 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 180 $31,210 $22,060 - 42,780 4% 15%
41 Child care workers 180 $20,700 $16,150 - 27,350 18% 15%
42 Bartenders 170 $23,420 $16,370 - 32,050 11% 17%
43 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $22,450 $16,780 - 29,640 11% 5%
44 Postal service mail carriers 170 $0 $ - 1% 11%
45 Sales representatives, services, all other 160 $42,700 $17,660 - 93,560 28% 48%
46 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 160 $28,370 $16,990 - 44,140 4% 6%
47 Pharmacy technicians 160 $27,750 $19,870 - 39,020 32% 16%
48 Recreation workers 160 $24,740 $16,180 - 39,640 13% 47%
49 Cement masons and concrete finishers 160 $0 $ - 11% 2%
50 Cost estimators 150 $68,760 $40,440 - 106,910 19% 32%
51 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $24,170 $15,850 - 39,330 12% 6%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 140 $69,740 $31,720 - 101,990 9% 10%
53 Administrative services managers 140 $59,000 $24,850 - 93,730 12% 40%
54 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 140 $54,250 $36,680 - 64,700 -3% 6%
55 Logisticians 140 $45,940 $28,210 - 65,020 17% 43%
56 Dental assistants 140 $29,770 $22,170 - 38,860 29% 9%
57 Security guards 140 $26,750 $16,130 - 44,260 17% 13%
58 Home health aides 140 $20,060 $16,570 - 24,870 49% 7%
59 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 130 $54,240 $36,130 - 77,550 7% 13%
60 Machinists 130 $39,600 $28,860 - 50,730 -3% 3%
61 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 130 $22,230 $17,260 - 26,100 10% 5%
62 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 130 $20,680 $15,850 - 32,850 27% 47%
63 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 120 $51,120 $34,790 - 69,500 13% 17%
64 Office and administrative support workers, all other 120 $32,280 $15,860 - 58,840 -9% 32%
65 Medical assistants 120 $28,360 $20,120 - 39,750 35% 10%
66 Counter and rental clerks 120 $25,260 $17,150 - 35,820 23% 16%
67 Amusement and recreation attendants 120 $19,460 $16,020 - 26,160 24% 22%
68 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 120 $17,560 $15,940 - 21,390 10% 8%
69 Insurance sales agents 120 $0 $ - 13% 45%
70 Highway maintenance workers 110 $39,920 $16,140 - 59,320 9% 5%
71 Medical secretaries 110 $32,310 $21,710 - 41,640 17% 18%
72 Library assistants, clerical 110 $23,630 $16,890 - 34,550 8% 37%
73 Bill and account collectors 100 $33,860 $23,320 - 47,830 23% 13%
74 Bus drivers, school 100 $26,580 $21,160 - 37,940 9% 4%
75 Helpers--production workers 100 $23,710 $16,280 - 32,860 -1% 4%
76 Nonfarm animal caretakers 100 $18,450 $15,850 - 21,960 18% 16%
77 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 90 $53,800 $34,430 - 82,120 4% 38%
78 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 90 $42,340 $26,800 - 69,120 16% 43%
79 Roofers 90 $42,110 $32,750 - 60,020 14% 3%
80 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 90 $39,590 $27,930 - 50,840 5% 2%
81 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 90 $32,990 $23,070 - 42,450 3% 18%
82 Food servers, nonrestaurant 90 $21,750 $16,370 - 29,460 16% 9%
83 Medical records and health information technicians 90 $0 $ - 18% 12%
84 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 80 $54,310 $37,110 - 77,410 11% 33%
85 Structural iron and steel workers 80 $52,550 $36,930 - 64,450 6% 4%
86 Sheet metal workers 80 $47,240 $33,060 - 62,340 7% 4%
87 Computer support specialists 80 $46,640 $21,530 - 82,370 13% 43%
88 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 80 $40,050 $26,860 - 60,100 -13% 4%
89 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 80 $36,130 $16,360 - 50,780 2% 11%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 80 $34,810 $21,120 - 51,050 13% 11%
91 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 80 $22,710 $16,400 - 31,210 14% 3%
92 Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 80 $22,010 $18,260 - 25,420 -4% 3%
93 File clerks 80 $19,780 $15,960 - 25,100 -41% 20%
94 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 80 $17,480 $15,970 - 20,100 10% 17%
95 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 70 $84,180 $53,930 - 149,320 8% 25%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 70 $56,940 $33,330 - 91,950 10% 17%
97 Loan officers 70 $54,710 $33,430 - 73,570 12% 49%
98 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 70 $38,250 $27,750 - 50,200 -0% 0%
99 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 70 $33,280 $18,210 - 61,280 -7% 14%
100 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 60 $78,390 $56,350 - 104,530 8% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Decatur Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Engineers, all other 92,430 1,460 29.6
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 42,790 1,810 23.8
Education, training, and library workers, all other 22,600 300 13.5
Industrial engineers 65,220 470 7.6
Engineering managers 141,270 400 6.9
Managers, all other 0 580 5
Teachers and instructors, all other 0 680 4.6
Logisticians 45,940 140 4.5
Highway maintenance workers 39,920 110 4.1
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 54,250 140 3.8
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 65,770 240 3.5
Library assistants, clerical 23,630 110 3.4
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 60,060 460 3.4
Cement masons and concrete finishers 0 160 2.6
Nonfarm animal caretakers 18,450 100 2.5
Market research analysts 72,320 190 2.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 34,400 450 2.5
Cooks, fast food 17,780 370 2.3
Tellers 21,990 390 2.2
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 26,240 610 2.2
Child, family, and school social workers 34,870 170 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 51,120 120 2.1
Cost estimators 68,760 150 2.1
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 22,230 130 2
Preschool teachers, except special education 21,800 240 2
Recreation workers 24,740 160 1.9
Cooks, restaurant 20,890 530 1.9
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 20,680 130 1.8
Construction laborers 46,510 550 1.8
Administrative services managers 59,000 140 1.8
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,920 350 1.8
Personal and home care aides 17,930 240 1.7
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,450 170 1.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,100 710 1.7
Chief executives 144,070 150 1.7
Dishwashers 17,140 270 1.7
Financial managers 76,050 270 1.7
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,460 120 1.7
Pharmacy technicians 27,750 160 1.6
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 86,900 100 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 170 1.6
Carpenters 41,310 430 1.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 33,970 330 1.6
Office and administrative support workers, all other 32,280 120 1.6
Sales managers 104,560 170 1.6
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,460 200 1.5
Dental assistants 29,770 140 1.5
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 103,500 100 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 66,560 280 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,340 530 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Decatur, Illinois Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 42,790 1.62 1,810
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 54,250 1.56 140
Construction laborers 46,510 1.5 550
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 60,060 1.3 460
Engineering managers 141,270 1.29 400
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 66,560 1.26 280
Market research analysts 72,320 1.23 190
Cost estimators 68,760 1.23 150
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 65,770 1.21 240
Bartenders 23,420 1.21 170
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 69,740 1.2 140
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 51,120 1.19 120
Engineers, all other 92,430 1.15 1,460
Industrial truck and tractor operators 34,400 1.14 450
Highway maintenance workers 39,920 1.14 110
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 22,230 1.12 130
Medical secretaries 32,310 1.11 110
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 41,190 1.1 690
Counter and rental clerks 25,260 1.08 120
Child care workers 20,700 1.07 180
Machinists 39,600 1.07 130
Sales managers 104,560 1.06 170
Security guards 26,750 1.06 140
General and operations managers 101,690 1.05 400
Carpenters 41,310 1.05 430
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,460 1.05 120
Maintenance and repair workers, general 36,080 1.05 380
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 40,700 1.05 590
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,100 1.05 710
Office and administrative support workers, all other 32,280 1.04 120
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 31,210 1.03 180
Accountants and auditors 61,230 1.02 390
Recreation workers 24,740 1.02 160
Cooks, fast food 17,780 1.02 370
Computer and information systems managers 103,160 1.02 110
Food preparation workers 19,530 1.02 380
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 51,720 1.01 330
Medical assistants 28,360 1.01 120
Waiters and waitresses 18,890 1.01 900
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,390 1.01 920
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,460 1 200
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,300 1 320
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 28,370 1 160
Dishwashers 17,140 1 270
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,730 0.99 640
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,920 0.99 350
Pharmacy technicians 27,750 0.99 160
Library assistants, clerical 23,630 0.99 110
Cashiers 18,260 0.99 1,390
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 17,560 0.98 120

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