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Niles Employment

Employment and Industries in the Niles, Michigan Area

Niles, Michigan includes over 100 industrial companies which produce a variety of products. The leading fields of employment in Niles, Michigan are healthcare, manufacturing, educational services, construction, transportation equipment, metal and metal products, machinery, and professional, scientific and technical services. Workers in production, transportation and material moving jobs comprise 25% of the labor force. Those in management, professional and related occupations have a combined 22% of the jobs.

Details regarding Niles, Michigan: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 78.9. The national average is 100. Approximately 14% of the residents 25 years of age and older have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009 the average salary in Niles was $27,000.

The leading job providers in Niles are:

  • Niles Community Schools
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center
  • Tyler Refrigeration Corporation - Commercial refrigeration
  • Simplicity Pattern Company - Paper patterns
  • United Fixtures - Pallet rack & cantilever rack systems
  • National-Standard Company - Specialty wire, wire products
  • Brandywine Public Schools
  • Hess Engineering, Inc - Designs and builds process lines
  • French Paper Company
  • ABB Flakt Garden City Fan - Industrial fans and blowers

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Niles than most other cities are mechanical engineering technicians, commercial and industrial designers, art directors, computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic; mechanical engineers, personal care and service workers; tool and die makers; purchasing managers, and assemblers and fabricators.

Local companies are invited to work with helpful associations such as:

Niles Star is a good source for those interested in learning about the activities of local businesses and industries.

Most Popular Jobs in Niles, 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 1,310 $58,230 $40,400 - 78,680 24% 56%
2 Mechanical engineers 740 $73,100 $54,190 - 99,610 4% 78%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 710 $53,370 $35,070 - 71,640 14% 95%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 600 $58,220 $27,850 - 95,000 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 370 $58,540 $34,120 - 88,660 18% 79%
6 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 340 $49,670 $33,800 - 64,920 6% 96%
7 Teachers and instructors, all other 330 $47,480 $20,670 - 68,990 9% 54%
8 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 270 $48,950 $35,050 - 67,780 11% 95%
9 Network systems and data communications analysts 250 $79,130 $58,120 - 105,880 53% 57%
10 Sales managers 220 $100,940 $55,510 - 154,890 10% 69%
11 Financial managers 220 $85,720 $43,850 - 135,460 13% 60%
12 Training and development specialists 210 $59,460 $21,600 - 97,140 18% 56%
13 Engineering managers 190 $105,690 $77,570 - 142,290 7% 84%
14 Industrial engineers 190 $63,980 $44,070 - 89,140 20% 74%
15 Marketing managers 180 $111,300 $60,610 - 162,470 14% 69%
16 Public relations specialists 180 $44,880 $31,040 - 62,830 18% 81%
17 Lawyers 170 $81,640 $37,800 - 134,650 11% 99%
18 Coaches and scouts 170 $27,650 $15,290 - 52,310 15% 60%
19 Chief executives 160 $137,210 $62,080 - 2% 65%
20 Managers, all other 160 $107,880 $60,650 - 7% 55%
21 Market research analysts 160 $73,460 $46,470 - 103,760 20% 82%
22 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 160 $52,250 $37,090 - 66,560 20% 87%
23 Child, family, and school social workers 150 $44,720 $25,840 - 61,290 19% 77%
24 Computer and information systems managers 140 $96,410 $55,830 - 138,420 16% 73%
25 Medical and health services managers 140 $73,860 $39,390 - 105,560 16% 57%
26 Purchasing managers 130 $99,560 $70,020 - 137,860 3% 57%
27 Financial analysts 130 $79,900 $55,820 - 106,190 34% 87%
28 Art directors 120 $68,810 $24,460 - 127,710 9% 58%
29 Commercial and industrial designers 120 $63,360 $52,010 - 79,470 7% 55%
30 Social and human service assistants 120 $31,250 $20,820 - 41,660 34% 58%
31 Pharmacists 110 $105,170 $89,510 - 128,860 22% 97%
32 Physician assistants 110 $86,330 $60,980 - 108,600 27% 67%
33 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 100 $76,650 $65,820 - 95,070 8% 78%
34 Physical therapists 100 $71,130 $46,020 - 113,290 27% 89%
35 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $49,630 $21,870 - 79,880 17% 56%
36 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 100 $47,130 $33,930 - 61,890 5% 58%
37 Librarians 100 $41,900 $28,880 - 62,760 4% 85%
38 Network and computer systems administrators 90 $57,420 $36,140 - 81,160 27% 50%
39 Legislators 80 $55,220 $15,440 - 130,630 1% 65%
40 Engineers, all other 70 $118,900 $56,180 - 6% 82%
41 Computer systems analysts 70 $67,510 $49,440 - 93,180 29% 68%
42 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $52,000 $33,570 - 72,600 13% 73%
43 Self-enrichment education teachers 70 $46,550 $26,640 - 73,410 23% 54%
44 Advertising sales agents 70 $46,420 $26,950 - 78,480 20% 56%
45 Financial specialists, all other 70 $44,590 $22,740 - 75,700 12% 50%
46 Graphic designers 70 $34,390 $23,530 - 52,220 10% 55%
47 Speech-language pathologists 60 $67,760 $45,660 - 98,760 11% 98%
48 Community and social service specialists, all other 60 $34,640 $17,530 - 56,680 25% 58%
49 Management analysts 50 $115,450 $55,700 - 22% 78%
50 Electrical engineers 50 $66,540 $45,440 - 101,410 6% 81%
51 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $64,330 $28,380 - 123,350 12% 51%
52 Technical writers 50 $58,910 $38,830 - 84,040 20% 74%
53 Chemists 50 $58,000 $34,480 - 93,900 9% 93%
54 Computer programmers 50 $53,050 $22,540 - 80,200 -4% 73%
55 Computer specialists, all other 50 $50,050 $16,180 - 86,380 15% 68%
56 Medical and public health social workers 50 $42,320 $33,930 - 52,010 24% 77%
57 Sales and related workers, all other 50 $39,090 $16,610 - 69,100 14% 62%
58 Human resources managers, all other 40 $108,280 $53,180 - 11% 58%
59 Sales engineers 40 $78,600 $41,720 - 145,280 9% 79%
60 Occupational therapists 40 $59,540 $44,510 - 77,550 23% 90%
61 Detectives and criminal investigators 40 $52,210 $36,300 - 65,940 17% 54%
62 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $49,670 $35,580 - 67,800 16% 87%
63 Education, training, and library workers, all other 40 $28,890 $15,590 - 54,050 11% 79%
64 Personal financial advisors 30 $105,470 $32,740 - 41% 81%
65 Social and community service managers 30 $72,140 $42,940 - 106,980 25% 72%
66 Special education teachers, secondary school 30 $50,690 $27,470 - 73,130 9% 87%
67 Dietitians and nutritionists 30 $44,820 $34,750 - 56,130 9% 72%
68 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 30 $35,130 $19,870 - 63,690 11% 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 Retail salespersons 2,160 $24,420 $15,470 - 36,700 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,430 $18,390 $15,310 - 23,890 -3% 10%
3 Customer service representatives 1,360 $33,800 $21,950 - 46,560 25% 22%
4 Waiters and waitresses 1,360 $17,930 $15,330 - 24,320 11% 14%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,210 $17,680 $15,380 - 23,160 18% 5%
6 Office clerks, general 1,140 $27,970 $15,970 - 40,170 13% 19%
7 Team assemblers 1,080 $29,760 $18,670 - 39,710 0% 5%
8 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,060 $25,700 $21,130 - 31,640 18% 7%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,000 $25,980 $15,720 - 37,530 15% 4%
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 960 $27,360 $17,040 - 38,190 1% 18%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 920 $31,570 $19,960 - 41,670 13% 16%
12 Security guards 840 $25,910 $15,610 - 34,340 17% 13%
13 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 760 $36,570 $24,490 - 50,090 15% 18%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 750 $23,830 $15,550 - 34,200 -8% 8%
15 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 710 $22,040 $15,810 - 31,190 2% 5%
16 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 690 $30,870 $18,230 - 44,350 10% 4%
17 General and operations managers 600 $79,110 $31,050 - 149,160 2% 48%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 580 $32,690 $19,470 - 47,600 10% 6%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 520 $56,630 $28,150 - 87,950 -5% 15%
20 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 520 $36,710 $27,450 - 49,250 14% 7%
21 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 520 $25,090 $16,580 - 36,080 18% 6%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 510 $42,440 $20,510 - 65,120 4% 25%
23 Food preparation workers 480 $19,480 $15,470 - 28,490 15% 7%
24 Bartenders 470 $17,730 $15,420 - 20,550 11% 17%
25 Teacher assistants 460 $24,850 $15,800 - 35,950 10% 18%
26 Receptionists and information clerks 460 $24,520 $17,060 - 32,820 17% 13%
27 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 440 $32,900 $19,140 - 50,970 -3% 6%
28 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 430 $28,790 $18,620 - 37,710 -9% 5%
29 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 420 $44,240 $28,990 - 59,790 11% 33%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 420 $29,930 $18,290 - 45,050 11% 14%
31 Business operations specialists, all other 410 $73,940 $35,720 - 126,920 21% 49%
32 Helpers--production workers 410 $22,310 $16,560 - 31,000 -1% 4%
33 Construction laborers 400 $36,860 $25,370 - 50,890 11% 5%
34 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 390 $18,970 $15,480 - 24,530 13% 5%
35 Cooks, fast food 390 $16,870 $15,250 - 19,770 8% 5%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 370 $47,630 $23,970 - 74,910 6% 29%
37 Machinists 360 $38,240 $29,280 - 49,790 -3% 3%
38 Production workers, all other 330 $0 $ - 2% 5%
39 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 320 $25,780 $15,360 - 38,690 4% 6%
40 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 320 $24,850 $17,040 - 36,020 -15% 0%
41 Highway maintenance workers 310 $38,450 $33,980 - 45,770 9% 5%
42 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 290 $39,950 $16,230 - 62,460 14% 4%
43 Tellers 290 $30,470 $18,230 - 58,610 14% 16%
44 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 290 $25,120 $17,500 - 34,270 -13% 0%
45 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 280 $25,240 $15,580 - 36,030 8% 4%
46 Counter and rental clerks 280 $19,870 $15,540 - 24,020 23% 16%
47 Dishwashers 270 $17,740 $15,380 - 23,770 10% 3%
48 Mechanical engineering technicians 260 $50,580 $37,170 - 66,150 6% 18%
49 Bus drivers, school 250 $29,450 $25,750 - 34,350 9% 4%
50 Library technicians 250 $21,400 $15,600 - 31,790 9% 27%
51 Medical assistants 240 $29,550 $21,240 - 40,300 35% 10%
52 Recreation workers 240 $18,610 $15,500 - 25,100 13% 47%
53 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 230 $53,720 $27,270 - 84,490 0% 42%
54 Cooks, restaurant 230 $22,400 $16,310 - 31,810 12% 5%
55 Library assistants, clerical 230 $20,810 $16,000 - 25,350 8% 37%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 220 $59,210 $40,070 - 90,730 7% 13%
57 Carpenters 210 $38,810 $27,270 - 51,650 10% 6%
58 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 210 $37,420 $27,080 - 49,100 5% 2%
59 Postal service mail carriers 210 $0 $ - 1% 11%
60 Insurance sales agents 190 $62,870 $22,960 - 101,400 13% 45%
61 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 190 $30,500 $22,080 - 40,100 4% 15%
62 Industrial production managers 180 $80,760 $42,940 - 138,220 -6% 43%
63 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 180 $33,800 $19,750 - 47,590 -7% 14%
64 Industrial truck and tractor operators 180 $25,650 $18,450 - 32,880 -2% 2%
65 Packers and packagers, hand 180 $21,220 $15,470 - 31,220 -12% 3%
66 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 170 $57,000 $23,590 - 130,600 8% 9%
67 Court, municipal, and license clerks 170 $33,530 $23,000 - 47,280 9% 24%
68 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 170 $27,470 $21,130 - 36,060 10% 24%
69 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $25,070 $20,680 - 31,330 11% 5%
70 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 170 $18,970 $15,520 - 24,620 14% 3%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 160 $58,330 $41,110 - 86,640 9% 10%
72 Electricians 160 $54,910 $35,550 - 77,920 7% 7%
73 Computer support specialists 160 $47,980 $27,350 - 92,370 13% 43%
74 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 160 $44,740 $26,770 - 78,380 8% 3%
75 Tool and die makers 160 $41,180 $26,890 - 51,570 -10% 5%
76 Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 160 $29,400 $23,420 - 36,660 -15% 0%
77 Personal and home care aides 160 $22,200 $16,610 - 29,850 51% 10%
78 Child care workers 160 $18,590 $15,280 - 25,910 18% 15%
79 Industrial machinery mechanics 150 $53,050 $24,880 - 81,230 9% 5%
80 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 150 $40,580 $23,430 - 65,190 11% 4%
81 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 150 $17,810 $14,990 - 26,930 -3% 4%
82 Logisticians 140 $55,520 $35,570 - 79,380 17% 43%
83 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 140 $48,840 $22,910 - 83,960 4% 30%
84 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 140 $20,950 $15,370 - 30,540 27% 47%
85 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 140 $20,230 $16,240 - 25,650 10% 5%
86 Medical secretaries 130 $34,540 $23,350 - 41,940 17% 18%
87 Personal care and service workers, all other 130 $22,940 $15,310 - 35,140 -13% 21%
88 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $19,670 $16,120 - 24,370 17% 14%
89 Physicians and surgeons, all other 120 $173,600 $90,930 - 0% 0%
90 Mechanical drafters 120 $46,210 $31,920 - 63,750 5% 25%
91 Fire fighters 120 $34,450 $26,730 - 47,560 12% 18%
92 Printing machine operators 120 $31,800 $18,710 - 47,680 -6% 6%
93 Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 120 $23,670 $16,710 - 32,310 -12% 0%
94 Cooks, short order 120 $21,600 $16,480 - 25,730 5% 5%
95 Dental assistants 110 $34,210 $28,410 - 41,340 29% 9%
96 Pharmacy technicians 110 $27,310 $20,740 - 35,380 32% 16%
97 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 110 $17,420 $15,220 - 20,810 10% 17%
98 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 100 $98,500 $62,840 - 137,550 8% 25%
99 Preschool teachers, except special education 100 $30,900 $16,170 - 62,700 26% 43%
100 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 100 $27,130 $18,880 - 39,220 -5% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Niles Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,400 160 23.6
Mechanical engineering technicians 50,580 260 16.1
Commercial and industrial designers 63,360 120 9.7
Art directors 68,810 120 9.4
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 32,900 440 8.8
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 23,670 120 8.6
Highway maintenance workers 38,450 310 8.4
Mechanical engineers 73,100 740 7.9
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,120 290 6.1
Library technicians 21,400 250 5.9
Personal care and service workers, all other 22,940 130 5.7
Library assistants, clerical 20,810 230 5.3
Tool and die makers 41,180 160 5.2
Purchasing managers 99,560 130 4.7
Court, municipal, and license clerks 33,530 170 4.6
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 28,790 430 4.2
Mechanical drafters 46,210 120 4.2
Physician assistants 86,330 110 3.8
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 24,850 320 3.6
Production workers, all other 0 330 3.6
Logisticians 55,520 140 3.3
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 57,000 170 3.1
Industrial production managers 80,760 180 2.9
Team assemblers 29,760 1,080 2.6
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 98,500 100 2.6
Coaches and scouts 27,650 170 2.5
Marketing managers 111,300 180 2.4
Engineering managers 105,690 190 2.4
Network systems and data communications analysts 79,130 250 2.4
Training and development specialists 59,460 210 2.3
Bartenders 17,730 470 2.3
Helpers--production workers 22,310 410 2.3
Industrial engineers 63,980 190 2.3
Machinists 38,240 360 2.3
Recreation workers 18,610 240 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,630 520 2
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,130 100 2
Cooks, short order 21,600 120 1.9
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 52,250 160 1.9
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 27,470 170 1.9
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,700 1,060 1.9
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 53,720 230 1.9
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 36,710 520 1.8
Security guards 25,910 840 1.8
Cooks, fast food 16,870 390 1.8
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 44,240 420 1.7
Public relations specialists 44,880 180 1.7
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,480 330 1.6
Librarians 41,900 100 1.6
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 20,230 140 1.6

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 57,000 1.58 170
Managers, all other 107,880 1.3 160
Tellers 30,470 1.29 290
Business operations specialists, all other 73,940 1.26 410
Market research analysts 73,460 1.25 160
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,480 1.25 330
Network systems and data communications analysts 79,130 1.23 250
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 48,840 1.19 140
Industrial machinery mechanics 53,050 1.19 150
Medical secretaries 34,540 1.19 130
Construction laborers 36,860 1.19 400
Training and development specialists 59,460 1.18 210
Electricians 54,910 1.17 160
Computer support specialists 47,980 1.14 160
Customer service representatives 33,800 1.14 1,360
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,980 1.13 1,000
Bus drivers, school 29,450 1.13 250
Financial analysts 79,900 1.12 130
Insurance sales agents 62,870 1.12 190
Purchasing managers 99,560 1.12 130
Teacher assistants 24,850 1.12 460
Personal and home care aides 22,200 1.11 160
Social and human service assistants 31,250 1.1 120
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 39,950 1.1 290
Child, family, and school social workers 44,720 1.1 150
Office clerks, general 27,970 1.1 1,140
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 42,440 1.1 510
Highway maintenance workers 38,450 1.09 310
Commercial and industrial designers 63,360 1.09 120
Marketing managers 111,300 1.09 180
Team assemblers 29,760 1.09 1,080
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 28,790 1.09 430
Cooks, short order 21,600 1.08 120
Elementary school teachers, except special education 53,370 1.07 710
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,700 1.07 1,060
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,630 1.07 520
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 37,420 1.06 210
Dental assistants 34,210 1.06 110
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 25,070 1.06 170
Physician assistants 86,330 1.06 110
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 47,630 1.06 370
Medical assistants 29,550 1.05 240
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 44,740 1.05 160
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 52,250 1.04 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,830 1.04 750
Packers and packagers, hand 21,220 1.04 180
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 59,210 1.04 220
Mechanical engineering technicians 50,580 1.04 260
Machinists 38,240 1.04 360
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,090 1.03 520

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