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Kankakee Employment

Employment and Industries in the Kankakee, Illinois Area

Kankakee is a regional center for agricultural trade such as soybeans, corn, vegetables and flowers. The city also manufactures a variety of items including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, flooring products, metal products and processed foods. The major sectors for employment in Kankakee are healthcare, education, government, accommodation and food services, manufacturing, social assistance, finance and insurance and construction.

Some of the popular jobs in Kankakee primarily filled by college graduates are teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, managers, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants, librarians, financial managers and pharmacists.

The major employers in Kankakee are:

  • Riverside Healthcare
  • Shapiro Developmental Center
  • Provena St. Mary's Hospital
  • CIGNA Healthcare
  • Baker & Taylor Co
  • Sears Logistics Services
  • CSL Behring
  • K-Mart Distribution Center
  • Cognic Corp
  • Bunge Edible Oils
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Esselte
  • Nucor Steel
  • Merisant
  • Flanders-Precisionaire
  • Peddinghaus Corp
  • Valspar
  • American Springwire
  • Micro Inks Corp

Notable data about Kankakee: In 2008 the cost of living index was 97.7 which is near the nation's average of 100. About 13% of the adult population has a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2007 the estimated median household income in Kankakee was $34,000.

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The Daily Journal offers current information about the business activities in Kankakee.

Most Popular Jobs in Kankakee, 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 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 900 $49,020 $26,530 - 85,890 6% 96%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 440 $47,850 $26,960 - 77,260 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 350 $36,540 $16,020 - 67,140 8% 51%
4 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $56,510 $34,490 - 83,350 11% 95%
5 Managers, all other 220 $68,330 $29,370 - 127,130 7% 55%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 220 $39,800 $16,330 - 75,820 9% 54%
7 Accountants and auditors 150 $54,570 $29,870 - 83,010 18% 79%
8 Sales managers 120 $112,110 $44,210 - 10% 69%
9 Chief executives 90 $114,980 $43,080 - 2% 65%
10 Pharmacists 90 $104,030 $68,960 - 132,230 22% 97%
11 Financial managers 90 $85,520 $53,400 - 125,880 13% 60%
12 Librarians 90 $44,480 $16,890 - 92,460 4% 85%
13 Social and human service assistants 90 $32,250 $19,530 - 46,870 34% 58%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $93,360 $60,680 - 133,350 8% 78%
15 Child, family, and school social workers 70 $53,260 $24,610 - 76,340 19% 77%
16 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $49,290 $33,340 - 80,660 9% 87%
17 Legislators 60 $27,080 $15,600 - 56,210 1% 65%
18 Physical therapists 50 $71,670 $47,790 - 102,090 27% 89%
19 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 50 $66,530 $39,410 - 98,090 13% 73%
20 Social workers, all other 50 $47,570 $34,070 - 62,530 18% 77%
21 Sales and related workers, all other 50 $46,050 $27,190 - 66,190 14% 62%
22 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 50 $38,580 $21,990 - 72,820 30% 77%
23 Lawyers 40 $84,480 $46,380 - 11% 99%
24 Civil engineers 40 $75,920 $34,290 - 136,840 18% 87%
25 Speech-language pathologists 40 $70,280 $38,390 - 99,570 11% 98%
26 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $56,940 $36,850 - 88,650 16% 87%
27 Instructional coordinators 40 $55,930 $31,260 - 82,050 23% 79%
28 Training and development specialists 40 $46,490 $32,660 - 69,520 18% 56%
29 Graphic designers 40 $41,050 $27,140 - 64,300 10% 55%
30 Coaches and scouts 40 $27,240 $15,600 - 56,530 15% 60%
31 Floral designers 40 $19,990 $16,250 - 27,640 -9% 55%
32 Computer systems analysts 30 $70,160 $44,900 - 105,050 29% 68%
33 Financial specialists, all other 30 $62,140 $16,930 - 130,490 12% 50%
34 Advertising sales agents 30 $50,350 $19,230 - 79,730 20% 56%
35 Public relations specialists 30 $48,890 $28,140 - 58,550 18% 81%
36 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 30 $41,360 $18,370 - 78,510 12% 51%
37 Recreational therapists 30 $38,940 $24,960 - 61,410 4% 77%
38 Medical and public health social workers 30 $0 $ - 24% 77%

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 Cashiers 1,710 $18,410 $15,800 - 23,770 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,420 $24,170 $15,930 - 37,190 12% 25%
3 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,110 $23,660 $15,920 - 32,260 2% 5%
4 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,060 $23,510 $17,680 - 32,300 18% 7%
5 Office clerks, general 970 $24,490 $16,150 - 35,450 13% 19%
6 Maintenance and repair workers, general 880 $32,810 $21,160 - 48,810 10% 6%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 840 $17,180 $15,850 - 19,660 18% 5%
8 Waiters and waitresses 730 $17,660 $15,600 - 21,920 11% 14%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 720 $38,310 $26,670 - 57,760 10% 4%
10 Production workers, all other 680 $27,790 $20,310 - 36,030 2% 5%
11 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 640 $26,140 $16,380 - 37,220 1% 18%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 580 $26,080 $16,460 - 45,140 15% 4%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 540 $21,970 $15,990 - 31,460 -8% 8%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 510 $28,280 $16,730 - 42,130 13% 16%
15 Packers and packagers, hand 420 $21,950 $15,600 - 30,950 -12% 3%
16 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 410 $35,950 $22,890 - 51,230 14% 4%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 410 $34,540 $20,050 - 49,050 4% 25%
18 Team assemblers 410 $31,830 $20,140 - 46,430 0% 5%
19 Business operations specialists, all other 400 $47,770 $27,810 - 75,100 21% 49%
20 General and operations managers 380 $86,730 $39,520 - 139,140 2% 48%
21 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 380 $36,020 $22,980 - 48,940 15% 18%
22 Food preparation workers 380 $18,660 $15,850 - 23,790 15% 7%
23 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 340 $37,230 $28,120 - 47,820 14% 7%
24 Fire fighters 320 $41,600 $17,790 - 67,010 12% 18%
25 Customer service representatives 320 $29,870 $17,880 - 44,390 25% 22%
26 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 310 $39,150 $27,420 - 51,250 -5% 4%
27 Teacher assistants 280 $19,250 $15,880 - 24,350 10% 18%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 270 $40,940 $24,160 - 62,320 6% 29%
29 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 260 $32,250 $18,630 - 59,380 8% 4%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 260 $29,940 $20,650 - 42,290 11% 14%
31 Cooks, restaurant 260 $20,330 $16,230 - 26,360 12% 5%
32 Bus drivers, school 250 $26,970 $16,350 - 38,250 9% 4%
33 Receptionists and information clerks 250 $25,520 $16,690 - 35,770 17% 13%
34 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 240 $59,620 $36,920 - 81,360 11% 33%
35 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 240 $31,170 $16,560 - 47,470 4% 6%
36 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 240 $18,850 $15,950 - 24,620 13% 5%
37 Industrial truck and tractor operators 230 $26,320 $20,660 - 33,040 -2% 2%
38 Tellers 220 $21,780 $16,530 - 29,120 14% 16%
39 Healthcare support workers, all other 220 $0 $ - 16% 10%
40 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 210 $27,410 $19,400 - 43,000 18% 6%
41 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 210 $22,090 $16,380 - 31,740 11% 5%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 200 $53,140 $23,580 - 80,700 -5% 15%
43 Bartenders 200 $17,880 $15,850 - 23,590 11% 17%
44 Electricians 190 $50,500 $37,650 - 73,570 7% 7%
45 Machinists 190 $41,160 $30,470 - 54,280 -3% 3%
46 Dishwashers 180 $17,110 $15,860 - 19,610 10% 3%
47 Carpenters 170 $54,810 $32,370 - 80,840 10% 6%
48 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 170 $22,340 $16,120 - 33,780 27% 47%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 150 $56,110 $36,090 - 80,960 7% 13%
50 Office and administrative support workers, all other 150 $31,830 $21,110 - 46,770 -9% 32%
51 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $29,260 $17,700 - 40,560 12% 6%
52 Pharmacy technicians 150 $0 $ - 32% 16%
53 Construction laborers 140 $46,630 $18,800 - 63,510 11% 5%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 130 $61,060 $34,820 - 97,870 9% 10%
55 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 130 $16,590 $15,920 - 18,070 12% 6%
56 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
57 Chemical technicians 120 $48,430 $36,030 - 62,060 6% 37%
58 Counter and rental clerks 120 $23,680 $15,840 - 42,120 23% 16%
59 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 120 $18,000 $15,990 - 20,850 10% 17%
60 Insurance sales agents 110 $66,190 $26,570 - 13% 45%
61 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $46,050 $25,890 - 79,400 28% 48%
62 Dental assistants 110 $29,020 $19,210 - 39,300 29% 9%
63 Helpers--production workers 110 $26,790 $20,440 - 37,750 -1% 4%
64 Radiologic technologists and technicians 100 $52,210 $35,360 - 73,200 15% 25%
65 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 100 $27,860 $18,390 - 37,750 -15% 0%
66 Printing machine operators 90 $31,050 $21,670 - 43,880 -6% 6%
67 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 90 $30,390 $21,620 - 40,700 4% 15%
68 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 90 $27,740 $16,880 - 45,150 5% 2%
69 Amusement and recreation attendants 90 $21,540 $16,000 - 31,550 24% 22%
70 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 80 $82,360 $45,460 - 101,590 8% 3%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 80 $43,890 $31,910 - 59,530 13% 17%
72 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 80 $35,010 $21,820 - 58,260 19% 14%
73 Medical secretaries 80 $30,250 $21,940 - 39,930 17% 18%
74 Administrative services managers 70 $60,750 $28,420 - 102,300 12% 40%
75 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 70 $47,220 $19,790 - 64,870 10% 17%
76 Automotive body and related repairers 70 $35,940 $19,380 - 51,770 12% 3%
77 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 70 $33,410 $19,260 - 59,160 -7% 14%
78 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 60 $66,840 $37,520 - 111,090 11% 4%
79 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 60 $54,040 $27,390 - 82,920 -0% 36%
80 Food service managers 60 $48,720 $30,440 - 62,870 5% 24%
81 Computer support specialists 60 $44,870 $26,330 - 71,190 13% 43%
82 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 60 $34,990 $15,820 - 52,120 8% 9%
83 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 60 $34,840 $18,420 - 61,900 12% 0%
84 Parts salespersons 60 $34,590 $21,200 - 49,490 -2% 6%
85 Legal secretaries 60 $32,730 $21,440 - 46,570 12% 18%
86 Bill and account collectors 60 $30,660 $22,000 - 41,440 23% 13%
87 Recreation workers 60 $23,890 $16,390 - 34,660 13% 47%
88 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 60 $18,390 $15,860 - 23,040 10% 8%
89 Physicians and surgeons, all other 50 $165,180 $62,630 - 0% 0%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 50 $92,180 $42,400 - 4% 38%
91 Respiratory therapists 50 $45,160 $34,500 - 59,950 23% 28%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 50 $41,590 $21,530 - 61,780 13% 11%
93 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 50 $34,310 $16,270 - 53,260 2% 11%
94 All other information and record clerks 50 $25,520 $18,170 - 33,710 -13% 21%
95 Data entry keyers 50 $24,560 $19,620 - 31,260 -5% 18%
96 Library assistants, clerical 50 $20,050 $16,020 - 25,350 8% 37%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 40 $96,920 $69,890 - 126,360 9% 33%
98 Dental hygienists 40 $69,130 $57,870 - 81,810 30% 33%
99 Cost estimators 40 $60,930 $15,950 - 105,970 19% 32%
100 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 40 $51,120 $33,060 - 78,300 0% 42%
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Jobs More Common Near Kankakee Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Production workers, all other 27,790 680 12.9
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,150 310 10.7
Chemical technicians 48,430 120 8.2
Fire fighters 41,600 320 5.3
Healthcare support workers, all other 0 220 5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 49,020 900 3.9
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,510 1,060 3.3
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 22,340 170 3
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,810 880 2.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,090 210 2.7
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,950 410 2.6
Bus drivers, school 26,970 250 2.6
Office and administrative support workers, all other 31,830 150 2.5
Managers, all other 68,330 220 2.4
Packers and packagers, hand 21,950 420 2.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 37,230 340 2.1
Machinists 41,160 190 2.1
Cashiers 18,410 1,710 2.1
Radiologic technologists and technicians 52,210 100 2
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,660 1,110 2
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,860 100 2
Pharmacy technicians 0 150 1.9
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 38,310 720 1.9
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 56,510 280 1.9
Teachers and instructors, all other 39,800 220 1.9
Food preparation workers 18,660 380 1.8
Team assemblers 31,830 410 1.7
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 29,260 150 1.7
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 59,620 240 1.7
Bartenders 17,880 200 1.7
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,320 230 1.6
Tellers 21,780 220 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 130 1.6
Business operations specialists, all other 47,770 400 1.5
Dental assistants 29,020 110 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,540 410 1.5
Dishwashers 17,110 180 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 56,110 150 1.4
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,140 640 1.4
Sales managers 112,110 120 1.4
Office clerks, general 24,490 970 1.4
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 18,000 120 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,140 200 1.4
Insurance sales agents 66,190 110 1.4
Elementary school teachers, except special education 47,850 440 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,940 260 1.3
Retail salespersons 24,170 1,420 1.3
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,180 840 1.3
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,170 240 1.3
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,590 130 1.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Construction laborers 46,630 1.5 140
Carpenters 54,810 1.4 170
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 59,620 1.23 240
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,150 1.21 310
Insurance sales agents 66,190 1.18 110
Team assemblers 31,830 1.16 410
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 29,260 1.16 150
Chemical technicians 48,430 1.16 120
Sales managers 112,110 1.14 120
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 26,080 1.14 580
Helpers--production workers 26,790 1.13 110
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,410 1.13 210
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 56,510 1.12 280
Machinists 41,160 1.11 190
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 32,250 1.11 260
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,170 1.09 240
Electricians 50,500 1.08 190
Packers and packagers, hand 21,950 1.08 420
Receptionists and information clerks 25,520 1.07 250
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 61,060 1.05 130
Teachers and instructors, all other 39,800 1.05 220
Bus drivers, school 26,970 1.03 250
Office and administrative support workers, all other 31,830 1.03 150
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 38,310 1.02 720
Counter and rental clerks 23,680 1.02 120
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 18,000 1.01 120
Customer service representatives 29,870 1.01 320
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,140 1 200
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,180 1 840
Dishwashers 17,110 0.99 180
Cashiers 18,410 0.99 1,710
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,950 0.99 410
Retail salespersons 24,170 0.99 1,420
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,940 0.99 260
Fire fighters 41,600 0.99 320
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 56,110 0.99 150
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,850 0.98 240
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,660 0.98 1,110
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,510 0.98 1,060
Food preparation workers 18,660 0.97 380
Office clerks, general 24,490 0.96 970
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,970 0.96 540
Elementary school teachers, except special education 47,850 0.96 440
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 49,020 0.96 900
Production workers, all other 27,790 0.96 680
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,810 0.96 880
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,590 0.95 130
Waiters and waitresses 17,660 0.94 730
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 37,230 0.94 340
Cooks, restaurant 20,330 0.94 260

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