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Grand Rapids Employment

Employment and Industries in the Grand Rapids, Michigan Area

Grand Rapids' manufacturing sector has experienced a significant decline, however manufacturing still significantly contributes to the economy, especially the office furniture industry. Some of the notable office furniture manufactures in the region are Steelcase, Haworth, American Seating, Knoll and Herman Miller. Several companies also manufacture residential furniture. Jobs are also provided by businesses in industries such as industrial machinery, plastics, chemicals, automotive parts, food processing, graphic arts and printing.

The "Medical Mile" includes numerous health science related businesses and numerous jobs. In addition, Grand Rapids is also known as a Christian publishing center and is home to Baker Books, Zonervan, Eerdmans Publishing and Kregel Publications. Also, the tourism industry is becoming more important to the city due to the region becoming increasingly popular as a vacation and convention destination. The region is also known for its fruit production.

The significant job providers in the Grand Rapids region are:

  • Spectrum Health - Hospital and medical care
  • Meijer Inc - Groceries and general merchandise
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Spartan Stores Inc - Groceries
  • Steelcase Inc - Furniture, modular space systems
  • Johnson Controls
  • Herman Miller
  • Alticore
  • Farmers Insurance Group - Insurance
  • Axious Incorporated - Human resource and employment services
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools - Education
  • St Mary's Health Care - Hospital and medical care
  • City of Grand Rapids - Government
  • Roskam Baking Co - Commercial bakery, manufactures cereals; provides packaging and labeling services
  • Kent County - Government
  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc - Manufacturer of automotive, telecommunications and consumer electronics
  • U.S. Postal Service - Government
  • Calvin College - Education
  • Gordon Food Service Inc - Food services wholesaler
  • GE Aviation Systems LLC - Military and commercial avionics systems
  • Michigan Medical PC - Multi-specialty physician group
  • Consumers Energy - Public utility
  • Sara Lee Corporation - Baked goods
  • Forest Hills Public Schools - Education
  • Knoll Inc - Wood and metal office systems
  • United Parcel Service - Parcel delivery
  • Dematic Corp - Material handling systems, management information and control systems
  • Avionics Systems
  • Kellogg Co - Cookies and crackers

The significant nonagricultural employment segments are shown below:

  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Educational and health services
  • Government
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Finance

Notable data about Grand Rapids, Michigan: The estimated median household income in Grand Rapids in 2007 was $38,000. Approximately 24% of the adult residents have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index in the city in 2008 was 81.3. The nation's average is 100.

Grand Rapids' businesses have opportunities to team up with useful organizations such as:

The Grand Rapids Business Journal includes information regarding the local economy and the business community.

Most Popular Jobs in Grand Rapids, 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 7,380 $58,850 $41,370 - 76,900 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 6,650 $66,700 $29,200 - 120,030 8% 51%
3 Teachers and instructors, all other 4,180 $43,820 $18,970 - 66,960 9% 54%
4 Accountants and auditors 3,380 $64,310 $37,640 - 98,540 18% 79%
5 Elementary school teachers, except special education 3,270 $52,420 $32,430 - 78,200 14% 95%
6 Mechanical engineers 1,750 $63,940 $43,400 - 91,320 4% 78%
7 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,650 $50,640 $32,420 - 75,650 6% 96%
8 Industrial engineers 1,510 $68,140 $45,290 - 94,590 20% 74%
9 Chief executives 1,310 $158,190 $65,760 - 2% 65%
10 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,150 $54,820 $31,800 - 80,150 11% 95%
11 Financial managers 1,120 $96,250 $52,770 - 149,900 13% 60%
12 Managers, all other 1,040 $96,310 $53,590 - 159,000 7% 55%
13 Lawyers 1,010 $104,680 $46,000 - 11% 99%
14 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 1,010 $70,460 $37,350 - 113,270 12% 51%
15 Child, family, and school social workers 1,000 $44,810 $27,990 - 64,620 19% 77%
16 Computer specialists, all other 990 $49,070 $24,920 - 82,940 15% 68%
17 Sales managers 980 $104,350 $53,110 - 10% 69%
18 Coaches and scouts 950 $32,260 $15,470 - 63,170 15% 60%
19 Computer programmers 930 $57,940 $36,070 - 81,860 -4% 73%
20 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 930 $44,060 $15,370 - 76,130 17% 56%
21 Computer and information systems managers 860 $85,460 $50,600 - 126,170 16% 73%
22 Sales and related workers, all other 860 $32,370 $15,420 - 51,920 14% 62%
23 Network and computer systems administrators 770 $59,220 $37,330 - 82,690 27% 50%
24 Management analysts 760 $74,280 $42,240 - 115,760 22% 78%
25 Pharmacists 740 $100,460 $83,620 - 128,420 22% 97%
26 Medical and health services managers 710 $84,390 $53,210 - 130,170 16% 57%
27 Computer systems analysts 700 $65,130 $43,270 - 91,650 29% 68%
28 Engineering managers 670 $89,940 $67,020 - 121,940 7% 84%
29 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 660 $84,260 $24,100 - 25% 67%
30 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 660 $51,070 $28,920 - 67,710 18% 56%
31 Graphic designers 650 $38,320 $26,290 - 56,090 10% 55%
32 Financial specialists, all other 640 $50,130 $31,350 - 74,110 12% 50%
33 Engineers, all other 610 $60,580 $34,900 - 96,090 6% 82%
34 Social and human service assistants 550 $35,940 $20,590 - 51,400 34% 58%
35 Marketing managers 530 $96,170 $51,270 - 149,330 14% 69%
36 Market research analysts 500 $63,970 $34,780 - 106,720 20% 82%
37 Commercial and industrial designers 490 $63,720 $41,890 - 95,260 7% 55%
38 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 490 $58,000 $38,960 - 77,060 20% 87%
39 Public relations specialists 480 $56,880 $29,790 - 105,340 18% 81%
40 Training and development specialists 480 $47,830 $28,620 - 70,220 18% 56%
41 Physical therapists 460 $70,920 $54,860 - 96,150 27% 89%
42 Computer software engineers, applications 460 $68,340 $45,570 - 94,160 45% 85%
43 Civil engineers 450 $70,070 $48,090 - 99,290 18% 87%
44 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 450 $60,280 $35,550 - 93,900 16% 99%
45 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 440 $85,490 $63,100 - 111,160 8% 78%
46 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 440 $51,330 $19,690 - 80,310 13% 73%
47 Network systems and data communications analysts 430 $86,740 $46,460 - 53% 57%
48 Special education teachers, secondary school 430 $54,940 $34,560 - 80,660 9% 87%
49 Education, training, and library workers, all other 430 $35,180 $16,920 - 57,280 11% 79%
50 Sales engineers 410 $69,190 $48,900 - 96,820 9% 79%
51 Occupational therapists 380 $61,630 $42,400 - 86,850 23% 90%
52 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 370 $48,500 $32,180 - 74,580 5% 58%
53 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 350 $0 $ - 30% 77%
54 Community and social service specialists, all other 340 $35,270 $22,490 - 51,450 25% 58%
55 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 340 $30,990 $23,780 - 39,610 15% 51%
56 Editors 310 $42,680 $23,540 - 75,440 2% 81%
57 Speech-language pathologists 300 $72,950 $47,330 - 109,670 11% 98%
58 Medical and public health social workers 300 $48,390 $31,600 - 63,320 24% 77%
59 Social and community service managers 290 $72,090 $35,800 - 109,980 25% 72%
60 Financial analysts 290 $64,620 $43,810 - 87,500 34% 87%
61 Purchasing managers 280 $88,760 $46,680 - 131,490 3% 57%
62 Physician assistants 280 $79,730 $59,230 - 104,580 27% 67%
63 Health educators 280 $64,030 $34,170 - 88,700 26% 58%
64 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 280 $54,380 $35,260 - 77,030 18% 56%
65 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 280 $53,620 $40,170 - 65,540 12% 51%
66 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 250 $36,990 $17,190 - 53,940 34% 73%
67 Instructional coordinators 240 $61,670 $29,630 - 101,660 23% 79%
68 Insurance underwriters 240 $58,650 $36,160 - 92,420 6% 53%
69 Librarians 240 $53,270 $32,490 - 75,190 4% 85%
70 Advertising sales agents 240 $0 $ - 20% 56%
71 Computer software engineers, systems software 230 $79,210 $56,740 - 105,590 28% 85%
72 Electrical engineers 230 $72,970 $49,920 - 101,050 6% 81%
73 Mental health counselors 230 $44,520 $32,690 - 60,540 30% 73%
74 Dentists, general 220 $156,880 $39,110 - 9% 100%
75 Human resources managers, all other 220 $79,860 $40,210 - 115,540 11% 58%
76 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 210 $57,680 $45,240 - 68,240 11% 58%
77 Special education teachers, middle school 210 $52,490 $34,550 - 78,570 16% 87%
78 Architects, except landscape and naval 200 $81,870 $53,160 - 112,820 18% 88%
79 Education administrators, postsecondary 200 $74,770 $39,670 - 123,830 14% 78%
80 Personal financial advisors 200 $70,800 $32,110 - 41% 81%
81 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 200 $54,530 $35,230 - 77,350 -5% 96%
82 Chemists 200 $54,490 $30,980 - 85,410 9% 93%
83 Veterinarians 190 $81,850 $37,700 - 130,760 35% 100%
84 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 190 $42,770 $22,450 - 69,340 15% 72%
85 Database administrators 150 $64,820 $38,220 - 98,410 29% 72%
86 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 140 $43,560 $22,330 - 65,200 11% 55%
87 Self-enrichment education teachers 140 $34,190 $22,040 - 48,710 23% 54%
88 Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 130 $57,210 $41,480 - 84,280 12% 94%
89 Reporters and correspondents 130 $56,780 $24,640 - 122,790 1% 85%
90 Clergy 130 $37,350 $22,420 - 53,560 19% 75%
91 Floral designers 130 $26,110 $17,750 - 37,960 -9% 55%
92 Credit analysts 120 $47,560 $34,270 - 65,330 2% 60%
93 Writers and authors 120 $46,830 $26,380 - 76,310 13% 84%
94 Directors, religious activities and education 120 $44,910 $19,910 - 77,110 20% 64%
95 Legislators 120 $0 $ - 1% 65%
96 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 110 $84,600 $48,530 - 137,360 25% 93%
97 Detectives and criminal investigators 100 $72,930 $48,730 - 97,860 17% 54%
98 Occupational health and safety specialists 100 $66,740 $45,650 - 96,150 8% 72%
99 Social workers, all other 100 $47,010 $17,020 - 91,760 18% 77%
100 Recreational therapists 100 $39,490 $26,560 - 57,680 4% 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 Retail salespersons 12,330 $25,330 $15,510 - 41,060 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 9,100 $29,840 $18,230 - 42,800 13% 19%
3 Team assemblers 8,510 $29,890 $18,910 - 39,660 0% 5%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 8,240 $27,190 $17,280 - 41,330 2% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 8,220 $17,790 $15,230 - 24,150 11% 14%
6 Customer service representatives 8,160 $31,690 $16,920 - 48,920 25% 22%
7 Cashiers 8,110 $19,210 $15,250 - 25,370 -3% 10%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 5,660 $26,310 $16,740 - 39,800 15% 4%
9 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 5,310 $25,540 $19,040 - 32,590 18% 7%
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 4,930 $30,670 $21,050 - 42,520 1% 18%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 4,690 $39,990 $24,610 - 62,290 10% 4%
12 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 4,690 $18,900 $15,450 - 24,790 18% 5%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 4,670 $24,570 $15,900 - 37,160 -8% 8%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 4,640 $33,510 $22,720 - 45,730 13% 16%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 3,950 $37,490 $22,150 - 52,600 10% 6%
16 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 3,950 $30,960 $17,390 - 53,770 8% 4%
17 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 3,890 $30,740 $17,440 - 51,310 -7% 14%
18 Helpers--production workers 3,770 $23,650 $17,010 - 32,390 -1% 4%
19 General and operations managers 3,680 $93,130 $46,470 - 156,450 2% 48%
20 Teacher assistants 3,220 $23,820 $15,660 - 32,330 10% 18%
21 Food preparation workers 3,140 $19,760 $15,600 - 26,470 15% 7%
22 Business operations specialists, all other 3,110 $61,990 $26,710 - 102,770 21% 49%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 3,050 $52,600 $32,930 - 79,170 -5% 15%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 2,990 $40,880 $22,280 - 60,670 4% 25%
25 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 2,900 $37,430 $21,730 - 62,370 -15% 0%
26 Receptionists and information clerks 2,890 $25,980 $17,790 - 35,490 17% 13%
27 Cooks, restaurant 2,870 $20,870 $16,230 - 26,240 12% 5%
28 Packers and packagers, hand 2,810 $21,130 $15,500 - 32,280 -12% 3%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 2,790 $49,820 $28,970 - 77,650 6% 29%
30 Industrial truck and tractor operators 2,780 $35,330 $22,640 - 50,980 -2% 2%
31 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 2,740 $31,820 $21,020 - 43,900 4% 6%
32 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 2,560 $41,400 $26,710 - 56,210 15% 18%
33 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 2,500 $44,310 $26,880 - 63,660 14% 4%
34 Production workers, all other 2,340 $30,840 $18,090 - 44,100 2% 5%
35 Home health aides 2,340 $21,650 $16,670 - 29,880 49% 7%
36 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 2,300 $37,130 $27,950 - 48,630 14% 7%
37 Tool and die makers 2,180 $54,580 $35,490 - 80,160 -10% 5%
38 Electricians 2,050 $49,210 $29,110 - 77,530 7% 7%
39 Industrial machinery mechanics 1,950 $44,580 $28,170 - 71,820 9% 5%
40 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 1,930 $28,860 $16,820 - 41,860 -9% 5%
41 Carpenters 1,830 $39,870 $27,660 - 53,330 10% 6%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 1,830 $29,120 $17,500 - 44,660 11% 14%
43 Machinists 1,790 $35,360 $21,930 - 50,720 -3% 3%
44 Bus drivers, school 1,790 $32,820 $22,790 - 40,470 9% 4%
45 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 1,780 $22,940 $16,210 - 33,480 18% 6%
46 Construction laborers 1,680 $29,430 $19,000 - 42,270 11% 5%
47 Postsecondary teachers, all other 1,670 $0 $ - 0% 0%
48 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 1,610 $32,040 $22,920 - 42,640 4% 15%
49 Bartenders 1,600 $18,400 $15,370 - 26,680 11% 17%
50 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 1,530 $27,660 $19,730 - 38,810 -7% 0%
51 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 1,500 $29,160 $21,060 - 38,820 -13% 0%
52 Security guards 1,460 $22,390 $16,820 - 30,730 17% 13%
53 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 1,430 $21,990 $15,540 - 34,680 -5% 5%
54 Tellers 1,380 $21,650 $17,120 - 27,360 14% 16%
55 Recreation workers 1,310 $25,860 $15,800 - 42,230 13% 47%
56 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 1,290 $35,740 $21,820 - 51,980 -3% 6%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 1,260 $55,880 $35,930 - 78,930 7% 13%
58 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 1,260 $45,710 $27,400 - 68,510 4% 30%
59 Insurance sales agents 1,220 $58,350 $23,100 - 119,620 13% 45%
60 Computer support specialists 1,220 $42,940 $24,580 - 63,550 13% 43%
61 Medical assistants 1,200 $28,040 $21,390 - 37,300 35% 10%
62 Counter and rental clerks 1,190 $22,770 $15,260 - 32,700 23% 16%
63 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 1,190 $22,440 $15,590 - 34,680 12% 6%
64 Physicians and surgeons, all other 1,180 $174,400 $48,750 - 0% 0%
65 Personal and home care aides 1,120 $20,350 $15,520 - 26,570 51% 10%
66 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 1,100 $50,050 $28,570 - 71,060 11% 4%
67 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 1,080 $27,260 $19,870 - 34,180 11% 5%
68 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 1,050 $18,440 $15,370 - 25,350 10% 8%
69 Cooks, fast food 1,000 $18,720 $15,660 - 23,900 8% 5%
70 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 990 $58,940 $36,580 - 94,190 9% 10%
71 Dishwashers 990 $17,220 $15,230 - 20,890 10% 3%
72 Dental assistants 980 $36,000 $28,080 - 46,170 29% 9%
73 Demonstrators and product promoters 980 $23,220 $16,060 - 29,350 18% 26%
74 Child care workers 950 $22,630 $15,660 - 30,840 18% 15%
75 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 950 $22,350 $15,780 - 30,400 14% 3%
76 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 940 $53,590 $34,220 - 79,480 0% 42%
77 Healthcare support workers, all other 940 $30,490 $19,830 - 42,360 16% 10%
78 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 930 $55,360 $43,350 - 65,920 11% 33%
79 Office and administrative support workers, all other 930 $35,570 $22,020 - 52,170 -9% 32%
80 Bill and account collectors 910 $35,730 $24,430 - 52,550 23% 13%
81 Postal service mail carriers 890 $0 $ - 1% 11%
82 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 870 $49,790 $31,690 - 76,110 9% 47%
83 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 870 $38,130 $20,360 - 59,030 8% 9%
84 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 870 $17,740 $15,400 - 21,890 10% 17%
85 Industrial production managers 860 $88,380 $49,380 - 139,240 -6% 43%
86 Loan officers 860 $59,500 $29,850 - 106,450 12% 49%
87 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 850 $27,260 $15,660 - 55,350 27% 47%
88 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 840 $25,940 $16,930 - 37,280 10% 24%
89 Medical secretaries 830 $31,670 $23,420 - 42,560 17% 18%
90 Food batchmakers 820 $31,990 $16,750 - 61,920 11% 5%
91 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 810 $37,160 $15,900 - 55,420 12% 3%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 800 $75,740 $42,430 - 128,010 4% 38%
93 Dental hygienists 800 $56,650 $43,400 - 66,240 30% 33%
94 Cost estimators 800 $55,260 $30,820 - 79,610 19% 32%
95 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 790 $19,980 $15,500 - 28,470 12% 6%
96 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 760 $35,560 $25,060 - 49,020 5% 2%
97 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 760 $0 $ - -8% 12%
98 Administrative services managers 750 $66,410 $35,640 - 103,350 12% 40%
99 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 750 $40,680 $22,400 - 66,500 9% 3%
100 Pharmacy technicians 750 $28,580 $21,010 - 37,600 32% 16%
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Rapids Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Grounds maintenance workers, all other 29,060 410 29.8
Tool and die makers 54,580 2,180 10.4
Numerical tool and process control programmers 44,770 290 8.6
Furniture finishers 31,180 310 7.8
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,660 1,530 7.8
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 37,620 720 7.4
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 20,160 100 6.6
Foundry mold and coremakers 38,070 110 6.3
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 28,940 440 6
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 32,540 450 5.9
Commercial and industrial designers 63,720 490 5.8
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 39,310 210 5.6
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,730 250 5.4
Millwrights 72,100 440 5.2
Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders 23,230 130 5.1
Engine and other machine assemblers 29,530 220 5
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 30,790 740 4.9
Demonstrators and product promoters 23,220 980 4.9
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 37,430 2,900 4.8
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,160 1,500 4.6
Telephone operators 38,570 100 4.1
Industrial engineering technicians 55,600 700 4
Carpet installers 39,290 270 3.9
Construction and related workers, all other 46,160 410 3.8
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 35,740 1,290 3.8
Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 38,100 190 3.8
Production workers, all other 30,840 2,340 3.8
Food batchmakers 31,990 820 3.7
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 35,580 720 3.7
Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 38,220 270 3.7
Directors, religious activities and education 44,910 120 3.6
Proofreaders and copy markers 31,730 130 3.6
Postsecondary teachers, all other 0 1,670 3.5
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,740 3,890 3.1
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,470 290 3.1
Helpers--production workers 23,650 3,770 3.1
Teachers and instructors, all other 43,820 4,180 3.1
Team assemblers 29,890 8,510 3
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 28,860 1,930 2.7
Industrial machinery mechanics 44,580 1,950 2.7
Mechanical engineers 63,940 1,750 2.7
Grinding and polishing workers, hand 30,790 220 2.7
Material moving workers, all other 32,850 230 2.7
Funeral attendants 25,100 160 2.6
Industrial engineers 68,140 1,510 2.6
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,450 590 2.5
Mechanical drafters 52,420 490 2.5
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 36,250 150 2.4
Occupational therapist assistants 41,230 140 2.4
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 38,130 870 2.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Grand Rapids, Michigan Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Construction managers 132,610 1.57 510
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 43,560 1.53 140
Millwrights 72,100 1.44 440
Health educators 64,030 1.4 280
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 84,600 1.39 110
Reporters and correspondents 56,780 1.39 130
Network systems and data communications analysts 86,740 1.34 430
Real estate brokers 95,120 1.34 120
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 40,630 1.34 300
Preschool teachers, except special education 33,920 1.33 620
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 57,680 1.33 210
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 40,320 1.33 320
Order clerks 37,090 1.32 500
Paralegals and legal assistants 56,240 1.31 470
Foundry mold and coremakers 38,070 1.29 110
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 37,430 1.29 2,900
Social and human service assistants 35,940 1.27 550
Social and community service managers 72,090 1.26 290
Construction and related workers, all other 46,160 1.26 410
Bus drivers, school 32,820 1.26 1,790
Painters, construction and maintenance 42,760 1.25 620
Food batchmakers 31,990 1.25 820
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 42,630 1.23 370
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 52,750 1.23 590
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 44,310 1.22 2,500
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 38,860 1.22 290
Court, municipal, and license clerks 40,160 1.21 470
Tool and die makers 54,580 1.2 2,180
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 41,740 1.2 410
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 36,660 1.2 280
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 60,310 1.19 520
First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 50,050 1.19 200
Printing machine operators 38,770 1.18 650
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 66,700 1.18 6,650
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 40,810 1.18 170
Industrial truck and tractor operators 35,330 1.18 2,780
Child care workers 22,630 1.17 950
Office clerks, general 29,840 1.17 9,100
Personal care and service workers, all other 26,770 1.17 330
Legal secretaries 41,960 1.17 670
Managers, all other 96,310 1.16 1,040
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 30,790 1.16 740
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 58,000 1.16 490
Bill and account collectors 35,730 1.16 910
Property, real estate, and community association managers 61,960 1.16 270
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 34,960 1.16 190
Sheet metal workers 48,150 1.15 600
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 27,260 1.15 1,080
Teachers and instructors, all other 43,820 1.15 4,180
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 41,070 1.15 290

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