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Battle Creek Employment

Employment and Industries in the Battle Creek, Michigan Area

Battle Creek is also known as "Cereal City," due to being the world headquarters of Kellogg Company and home to Post Cereals. The city also includes a Ralston cereal facility. Jobs are also provided in other manufacturing industries, including packaging machinery, auto parts and metal and paper products.

The top employment sectors in Battle Creek are healthcare, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, transportation equipment, educational services, government and social assistance. Management, professional and related occupations comprise 25% of the labor force. Sales and office jobs provide 24% of the jobs in Battle Creek. Production, transportation and material moving workers comprise 21% of the city's labor force.

Jobs that are more common in Battle Creek when compared to most other cities are millwrights, logisticians, aircraft mechanics and service technicians; computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic; education and library workers, health technologists and technicians, team assemblers and computer specialists.

The leading employers in Battle Creek Michigan are shown below:

  • Denso Manufacturing
  • Battle Creek Health Systems
  • Kellogg Company
  • Federal Center
  • Battle Creek Public Schools
  • VA Medical Center
  • Kraft Foods, Inc., Post Division
  • TRMI, Inc
  • II Stanley Company
  • City of Battle Creek
  • Felpausch Food Centers
  • EPI, Inc
  • Meijer, Inc
  • Duncan Aviation
  • Kellogg Community College
  • Calhoun County Government
  • Lakeview Public Schools
  • EPI Printers/ARM
  • Hi-Lex Corporation
  • Koyo Corporation

Pertinent information about Battle Creek, Michigan: The average salary in Battle Creek in 2009 was $32,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 78.3 which is lower than the national average of 100. Approximately 17% of the adult population hold a bachelor's degree or better.

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Battlecreekenquirer.com provides up-to-date information for people wanting to keep current with Battle Creek business and industry activities.

Most Popular Jobs in Battle Creek, Michigan 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 Registered nurses 1,230 $61,560 $44,960 - 81,060 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 650 $50,040 $33,740 - 67,090 14% 95%
3 Industrial engineers 360 $71,220 $43,090 - 107,980 20% 74%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 360 $56,320 $22,710 - 98,830 8% 51%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 330 $57,690 $36,320 - 88,590 6% 96%
6 Accountants and auditors 280 $62,030 $36,240 - 99,210 18% 79%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $50,740 $34,480 - 70,060 11% 95%
8 Management analysts 260 $71,270 $46,980 - 96,050 22% 78%
9 Mechanical engineers 250 $71,790 $48,810 - 101,830 4% 78%
10 Computer specialists, all other 230 $70,580 $52,120 - 95,920 15% 68%
11 Teachers and instructors, all other 190 $52,970 $23,200 - 83,170 9% 54%
12 Child, family, and school social workers 180 $48,160 $29,330 - 71,860 19% 77%
13 Financial managers 170 $90,980 $53,150 - 147,800 13% 60%
14 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 170 $67,170 $32,130 - 107,940 18% 56%
15 Managers, all other 160 $97,660 $50,340 - 140,040 7% 55%
16 Chief executives 150 $137,320 $69,760 - 2% 65%
17 Social and human service assistants 140 $32,830 $22,930 - 43,510 34% 58%
18 Financial analysts 130 $56,500 $37,750 - 82,440 34% 87%
19 Pharmacists 120 $110,590 $90,760 - 137,300 22% 97%
20 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 120 $53,160 $16,230 - 92,880 17% 56%
21 Education, training, and library workers, all other 120 $40,170 $19,950 - 65,990 11% 79%
22 Marketing managers 120 $0 $ - 14% 69%
23 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $79,480 $67,410 - 100,860 8% 78%
24 Engineering managers 100 $114,130 $57,370 - 7% 84%
25 Physical therapists 100 $87,200 $63,410 - 103,510 27% 89%
26 Medical and health services managers 100 $84,520 $59,860 - 123,860 16% 57%
27 Sales managers 100 $79,430 $44,180 - 118,850 10% 69%
28 Engineers, all other 100 $75,460 $40,770 - 105,380 6% 82%
29 Lawyers 90 $83,980 $47,220 - 127,080 11% 99%
30 Network and computer systems administrators 90 $58,440 $41,020 - 78,620 27% 50%
31 Self-enrichment education teachers 90 $53,710 $32,710 - 69,220 23% 54%
32 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 80 $84,270 $47,080 - 151,810 12% 51%
33 Occupational therapists 80 $64,800 $41,550 - 83,470 23% 90%
34 Financial specialists, all other 70 $69,800 $23,800 - 129,420 12% 50%
35 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $58,050 $34,560 - 81,390 13% 73%
36 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 70 $46,310 $33,810 - 63,800 20% 87%
37 Mental health counselors 70 $44,880 $34,290 - 61,080 30% 73%
38 Purchasing managers 60 $97,950 $59,670 - 146,830 3% 57%
39 Civil engineers 60 $64,200 $43,880 - 88,990 18% 87%
40 Speech-language pathologists 60 $64,030 $30,200 - 94,570 11% 98%
41 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 60 $58,120 $39,130 - 81,490 -5% 96%
42 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $56,330 $36,030 - 80,480 5% 58%
43 Public relations specialists 60 $54,980 $34,450 - 86,620 18% 81%
44 Social and community service managers 60 $51,440 $33,710 - 85,140 25% 72%
45 Librarians 60 $48,250 $34,080 - 67,200 4% 85%
46 Human resources managers, all other 50 $115,000 $63,980 - 11% 58%
47 Computer and information systems managers 50 $87,980 $55,260 - 127,490 16% 73%
48 Physician assistants 50 $74,610 $59,140 - 94,060 27% 67%
49 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 50 $74,090 $36,940 - 115,500 16% 99%
50 Computer programmers 50 $73,750 $54,310 - 102,370 -4% 73%
51 Market research analysts 50 $61,300 $33,830 - 102,920 20% 82%
52 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 50 $57,250 $31,470 - 83,080 18% 56%
53 Medical and public health social workers 50 $55,890 $37,070 - 74,490 24% 77%
54 Community and social service specialists, all other 50 $41,290 $25,870 - 61,340 25% 58%
55 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 50 $41,120 $22,820 - 62,420 34% 73%
56 Dentists, general 40 $141,990 $31,000 - 9% 100%
57 Special education teachers, secondary school 40 $56,260 $44,470 - 66,360 9% 87%
58 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 40 $53,840 $22,300 - 101,140 24% 78%
59 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $45,560 $35,360 - 62,420 16% 87%
60 Instructional coordinators 40 $42,900 $26,340 - 61,850 23% 79%
61 Graphic designers 40 $34,590 $18,310 - 61,210 10% 55%
62 Veterinarians 30 $73,900 $45,200 - 139,710 35% 100%
63 Occupational health and safety specialists 30 $63,000 $41,340 - 93,630 8% 72%
64 Dietitians and nutritionists 30 $53,080 $37,270 - 70,970 9% 72%
65 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 30 $0 $ - 25% 67%

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 Retail salespersons 2,030 $23,430 $15,370 - 39,500 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 1,430 $27,110 $16,410 - 38,060 13% 19%
3 Cashiers 1,370 $18,650 $15,220 - 24,310 -3% 10%
4 Team assemblers 1,250 $24,230 $17,170 - 32,120 0% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,150 $16,870 $15,110 - 20,870 11% 14%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 870 $17,720 $15,350 - 20,990 18% 5%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 790 $27,300 $21,690 - 35,540 18% 7%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 760 $28,880 $17,730 - 39,930 15% 4%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 740 $24,790 $15,810 - 35,230 -8% 8%
10 Business operations specialists, all other 730 $66,930 $38,330 - 101,440 21% 49%
11 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 700 $31,170 $21,700 - 40,710 1% 18%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 640 $30,240 $17,760 - 44,220 13% 16%
13 Maintenance and repair workers, general 560 $42,520 $21,810 - 64,350 10% 6%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 540 $52,000 $30,240 - 79,810 -5% 15%
15 Food preparation workers 540 $18,450 $15,590 - 23,460 15% 7%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 500 $39,570 $22,410 - 59,710 4% 25%
17 Customer service representatives 500 $30,360 $19,290 - 45,770 25% 22%
18 Receptionists and information clerks 480 $23,950 $15,950 - 32,730 17% 13%
19 Teacher assistants 470 $22,030 $15,580 - 28,420 10% 18%
20 General and operations managers 430 $86,900 $37,820 - 154,120 2% 48%
21 Home health aides 390 $19,700 $16,740 - 24,410 49% 7%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 380 $43,220 $23,450 - 72,530 6% 29%
23 Bus drivers, school 330 $28,550 $21,210 - 37,600 9% 4%
24 Child care workers 330 $18,590 $15,340 - 23,840 18% 15%
25 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 320 $33,040 $15,710 - 62,140 -5% 5%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 320 $26,860 $17,820 - 37,350 11% 14%
27 Helpers--production workers 320 $26,830 $21,100 - 32,160 -1% 4%
28 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 300 $36,380 $23,510 - 52,130 10% 4%
29 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 290 $41,650 $34,380 - 50,900 14% 7%
30 Logisticians 280 $68,020 $52,840 - 83,120 17% 43%
31 Carpenters 280 $40,690 $27,280 - 59,650 10% 6%
32 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 280 $38,290 $25,190 - 50,680 14% 4%
33 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 280 $37,500 $25,830 - 52,130 15% 18%
34 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 280 $27,940 $21,430 - 35,590 4% 15%
35 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 260 $47,350 $33,170 - 62,380 11% 11%
36 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 260 $40,370 $20,420 - 61,090 8% 4%
37 Medical assistants 250 $29,140 $21,810 - 38,710 35% 10%
38 Electricians 240 $53,080 $32,220 - 70,780 7% 7%
39 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 240 $26,080 $16,980 - 43,980 18% 6%
40 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 230 $42,550 $23,000 - 55,200 11% 33%
41 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 230 $25,610 $18,230 - 33,160 11% 5%
42 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 220 $37,680 $25,100 - 55,390 9% 3%
43 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 220 $34,590 $23,130 - 55,830 -15% 0%
44 Construction laborers 220 $33,370 $21,310 - 44,170 11% 5%
45 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 220 $31,130 $19,450 - 47,110 4% 6%
46 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 210 $31,150 $20,090 - 48,170 -7% 14%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 200 $57,200 $34,950 - 80,080 7% 13%
48 Industrial machinery mechanics 200 $45,860 $31,400 - 63,630 9% 5%
49 Machinists 200 $35,940 $24,230 - 53,110 -3% 3%
50 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 200 $33,940 $23,920 - 43,500 -3% 6%
51 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 200 $20,980 $15,510 - 26,610 13% 5%
52 Bartenders 200 $17,200 $15,240 - 20,280 11% 17%
53 Counter and rental clerks 180 $20,960 $15,300 - 31,410 23% 16%
54 Postal service mail carriers 180 $0 $ - 1% 11%
55 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 170 $43,830 $35,040 - 51,130 8% 3%
56 Industrial truck and tractor operators 170 $31,500 $21,880 - 39,270 -2% 2%
57 Preschool teachers, except special education 170 $24,900 $16,340 - 36,420 26% 43%
58 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 170 $21,220 $16,240 - 26,130 12% 6%
59 Pharmacy technicians 160 $25,630 $18,760 - 33,930 32% 16%
60 Industrial production managers 150 $88,260 $52,890 - 136,850 -6% 43%
61 Millwrights 150 $63,220 $47,330 - 79,100 6% 0%
62 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 150 $54,920 $29,760 - 83,770 0% 42%
63 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 150 $41,460 $27,180 - 59,550 4% 30%
64 All other information and record clerks 150 $37,450 $26,700 - 48,690 -13% 21%
65 Amusement and recreation attendants 150 $16,450 $15,240 - 18,320 24% 22%
66 Office and administrative support workers, all other 140 $30,880 $17,560 - 43,840 -9% 32%
67 Dishwashers 140 $17,380 $15,310 - 20,680 10% 3%
68 Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 130 $53,120 $37,030 - 74,370 2% 18%
69 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 130 $50,180 $31,280 - 75,890 9% 10%
70 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 130 $37,050 $21,580 - 58,320 -5% 4%
71 Physicians and surgeons, all other 120 $173,020 $109,040 - 0% 0%
72 Healthcare support workers, all other 120 $27,530 $17,830 - 44,400 16% 10%
73 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 120 $17,860 $15,300 - 24,780 12% 6%
74 Packers and packagers, hand 120 $16,980 $15,340 - 19,570 -12% 3%
75 Health technologists and technicians, all other 110 $33,080 $22,600 - 49,040 15% 27%
76 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 110 $28,340 $18,270 - 47,390 8% 9%
77 Administrative services managers 100 $77,690 $47,550 - 109,850 12% 40%
78 Computer support specialists 100 $40,510 $27,050 - 59,850 13% 43%
79 Fire fighters 100 $37,420 $25,420 - 49,330 12% 18%
80 Food service managers 90 $45,900 $27,070 - 89,140 5% 24%
81 Medical secretaries 90 $33,810 $22,700 - 50,070 17% 18%
82 Dental assistants 90 $31,250 $19,630 - 42,360 29% 9%
83 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 90 $30,250 $16,100 - 41,120 3% 18%
84 Switchboard operators, including answering service 90 $28,790 $23,250 - 33,240 -8% 10%
85 Bill and account collectors 90 $28,730 $18,130 - 39,410 23% 13%
86 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 90 $21,370 $15,750 - 27,490 14% 3%
87 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 90 $20,680 $16,010 - 25,940 10% 5%
88 Surgeons 90 $0 $ - 0% 0%
89 Dental hygienists 80 $55,260 $29,770 - 74,810 30% 33%
90 Insurance sales agents 80 $55,060 $30,170 - 104,840 13% 45%
91 Radiologic technologists and technicians 80 $52,030 $43,390 - 66,440 15% 25%
92 Cost estimators 80 $49,490 $18,970 - 77,430 19% 32%
93 Automotive body and related repairers 80 $37,030 $23,540 - 59,330 12% 3%
94 Sales representatives, services, all other 70 $74,840 $36,550 - 135,820 28% 48%
95 Construction managers 70 $66,210 $41,010 - 91,840 16% 29%
96 Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 70 $60,680 $43,260 - 79,820 7% 0%
97 Respiratory therapists 70 $51,910 $42,860 - 64,430 23% 28%
98 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 70 $46,140 $27,400 - 76,240 10% 17%
99 Painters, transportation equipment 70 $35,350 $23,000 - 51,180 8% 4%
100 Medical records and health information technicians 70 $34,850 $26,380 - 43,670 18% 12%
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Jobs More Common Near Battle Creek Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Millwrights 63,220 150 15.9
Logisticians 68,020 280 8.6
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 47,350 260 8
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 53,120 130 6.6
Industrial engineers 71,220 360 5.6
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 33,940 200 5.2
Education, training, and library workers, all other 40,170 120 5.2
Health technologists and technicians, all other 33,080 110 5.2
Team assemblers 24,230 1,250 3.9
Computer specialists, all other 70,580 230 3.6
Mechanical engineers 71,790 250 3.5
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 37,050 130 3.4
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,590 220 3.3
Industrial production managers 88,260 150 3.2
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 33,040 320 3.2
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 52,000 540 2.8
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 37,680 220 2.6
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 28,340 110 2.6
Bus drivers, school 28,550 330 2.6
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,860 200 2.5
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 67,170 170 2.5
Helpers--production workers 26,830 320 2.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 25,610 230 2.2
Child, family, and school social workers 48,160 180 2.2
All other information and record clerks 37,450 150 2.1
Marketing managers 0 120 2.1
Business operations specialists, all other 66,930 730 2.1
Healthcare support workers, all other 27,530 120 2.1
Amusement and recreation attendants 16,450 150 2
Food preparation workers 18,450 540 2
Engineers, all other 75,460 100 1.9
Physical therapists 87,200 100 1.9
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 27,300 790 1.8
Child care workers 18,590 330 1.8
Office and administrative support workers, all other 30,880 140 1.8
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 79,480 110 1.7
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,940 280 1.7
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 41,460 150 1.7
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 53,160 120 1.7
Engineering managers 114,130 100 1.7
Machinists 35,940 200 1.6
Chief executives 137,320 150 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 180 1.6
Medical assistants 29,140 250 1.6
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 54,920 150 1.6
Pharmacy technicians 25,630 160 1.6
Financial analysts 56,500 130 1.6
Office clerks, general 27,110 1,430 1.5
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 43,830 170 1.5
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,150 210 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Battle Creek, Michigan Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 67,170 1.41 170
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 40,370 1.39 260
Teachers and instructors, all other 52,970 1.39 190
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 33,040 1.26 320
Millwrights 63,220 1.26 150
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 28,880 1.26 760
Maintenance and repair workers, general 42,520 1.24 560
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 21,220 1.22 170
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,590 1.19 220
Child, family, and school social workers 48,160 1.19 180
Managers, all other 97,660 1.18 160
Social and human service assistants 32,830 1.16 140
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 37,050 1.15 130
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 27,300 1.14 790
Business operations specialists, all other 66,930 1.14 730
Helpers--production workers 26,830 1.14 320
All other information and record clerks 37,450 1.13 150
Electricians 53,080 1.13 240
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 57,690 1.13 330
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,980 1.1 200
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,130 1.09 220
Bus drivers, school 28,550 1.09 330
Stock clerks and order fillers 24,790 1.09 740
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 25,610 1.08 230
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 26,080 1.08 240
Construction laborers 33,370 1.07 220
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 31,170 1.07 700
Office clerks, general 27,110 1.07 1,430
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 38,290 1.06 280
Pharmacists 110,590 1.05 120
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 41,650 1.05 290
Logisticians 68,020 1.05 280
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,500 1.05 170
Computer specialists, all other 70,580 1.05 230
Accountants and auditors 62,030 1.04 280
Carpenters 40,690 1.04 280
Medical assistants 29,140 1.04 250
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 54,920 1.04 150
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,860 1.03 200
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,720 1.03 870
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 43,830 1.02 170
Customer service representatives 30,360 1.02 500
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,570 1.02 500
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 41,460 1.01 150
Dishwashers 17,380 1.01 140
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 50,740 1.01 280
Cashiers 18,650 1.01 1,370
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 57,200 1 200
Elementary school teachers, except special education 50,040 1 650
Receptionists and information clerks 23,950 1 480

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