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Sumter Employment

Employment and Industries in the Sumter, South Carolina Area

The Sumter region includes over 50 diversified industries. Some of the sectors with a significant presence in Sumter are fabric printing, food processing, hand tools, furniture, electrical equipment, clothing, chemicals and medical apparatuses. The employees of the manufacturing companies earn on average 20% more than the service-sector employees.

Healthcare, education services and social services also have important roles in the economy. In addition, Shaw Air Force Base is nearby and is a major employer. Also, Forbes named Sumter the 44th best small metropolitan area in the country to do business and to advance a career.

The leading job providing segments in Sumter are educational services, healthcare, government, accommodation and food services, construction, textile mills and textile products, and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (28% of the jobs). Sales and office occupations (24% of the labor force). Production, transportation and material moving occupations (17% of the workforce).

Notable details about Sumter, South Carolina: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree: 23%. The cost of living index in 2008: 81.1. Average earnings in Sumter: $25,000.

The largest employers in the Sumter region:

  • Shaw Air Force Base - Military
  • Pilgrims Pride Poultry processing
  • Tuomey Healthcare System - Hospital
  • Sumter School Districts
  • Becton Dickinson - Medical supplies manufacturer
  • Santee Print Works - Textiles manufacturers
  • Sumter County Government - Government
  • City of Sumter - Government
  • Eaton Electrical (Cutler-Hammer) - Electrical manufacturer
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Cooper Hand Tools - Tools manufacturer
  • Security Management of SC - Personal services
  • Central Carolina Tech. College - Education
  • SAFE Federal Credit Union - Credit union
  • SC Dept. of Disb., & Special Needs - Government
  • Color-Fi, Inc - Plastics manufacturer
  • Interlake Material Handling - Pallet rack manufacturer

In Sumter, there are numerous jobs where the majority of the workers have college degrees including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and school social workers; pharmacists, electrical engineers, network systems and data communications analysts, and medical and health services managers.

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Most Popular Jobs in Sumter, South Carolina 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 590 $58,470 $49,610 - 66,850 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 440 $41,630 $29,600 - 52,990 14% 95%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 310 $41,100 $29,320 - 54,490 11% 95%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 230 $36,760 $19,030 - 52,730 6% 96%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 220 $48,900 $23,910 - 89,270 8% 51%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 180 $17,010 $12,890 - 19,310 9% 54%
7 Accountants and auditors 140 $51,760 $31,940 - 73,870 18% 79%
8 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $41,340 $19,380 - 61,170 13% 73%
9 Child, family, and school social workers 110 $34,100 $19,160 - 50,680 19% 77%
10 Pharmacists 90 $92,240 $59,510 - 145,620 22% 97%
11 Medical and health services managers 90 $66,980 $39,400 - 84,050 16% 57%
12 Electrical engineers 90 $62,790 $37,900 - 93,470 6% 81%
13 Network systems and data communications analysts 90 $62,400 $52,820 - 78,860 53% 57%
14 Instructional coordinators 90 $57,220 $43,100 - 77,760 23% 79%
15 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $65,620 $42,480 - 84,370 8% 78%
16 Mechanical engineers 80 $59,100 $36,670 - 89,570 4% 78%
17 Lawyers 60 $95,060 $33,120 - 11% 99%
18 Industrial engineers 60 $63,680 $40,850 - 84,830 20% 74%
19 Social and human service assistants 60 $22,690 $13,050 - 43,600 34% 58%
20 Financial managers 50 $79,690 $47,540 - 117,890 13% 60%
21 Management analysts 50 $66,650 $47,790 - 89,090 22% 78%
22 Librarians 50 $45,450 $29,380 - 62,180 4% 85%
23 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 50 $30,990 $22,700 - 39,930 15% 51%
24 Chief executives 40 $155,200 $87,690 - 2% 65%
25 Engineering managers 40 $95,520 $63,120 - 129,700 7% 84%
26 Sales managers 40 $81,620 $29,840 - 131,510 10% 69%
27 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $44,260 $27,380 - 74,140 12% 51%
28 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 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,760 $20,890 $16,170 - 25,270 2% 5%
2 Cashiers 1,420 $16,030 $12,880 - 20,150 -3% 10%
3 Retail salespersons 1,240 $21,620 $13,540 - 32,250 12% 25%
4 Office clerks, general 980 $20,540 $13,770 - 28,090 13% 19%
5 Maintenance and repair workers, general 670 $30,230 $19,370 - 41,460 10% 6%
6 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 620 $17,410 $13,160 - 23,160 15% 4%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 590 $26,530 $14,740 - 39,100 1% 18%
8 Cooks, fast food 590 $14,920 $12,700 - 18,850 8% 5%
9 Team assemblers 550 $29,810 $20,360 - 40,090 0% 5%
10 Construction laborers 520 $23,150 $17,780 - 29,710 11% 5%
11 General and operations managers 470 $88,280 $44,640 - 2% 48%
12 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 460 $16,030 $13,000 - 20,140 18% 5%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 450 $34,650 $22,880 - 49,160 10% 4%
14 Waiters and waitresses 410 $15,190 $12,830 - 18,890 11% 14%
15 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 390 $29,060 $17,630 - 42,270 13% 16%
16 Stock clerks and order fillers 380 $19,460 $13,270 - 30,100 -8% 8%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 370 $34,380 $19,620 - 50,190 4% 25%
18 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 360 $24,720 $18,880 - 33,140 -7% 14%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 350 $50,800 $35,490 - 66,680 7% 13%
20 Teacher assistants 350 $17,200 $13,140 - 23,020 10% 18%
21 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 340 $19,840 $15,880 - 26,440 18% 7%
22 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 340 $16,960 $13,160 - 22,700 10% 8%
23 Food preparation workers 340 $16,640 $13,110 - 21,810 15% 7%
24 Home health aides 330 $16,450 $13,160 - 19,660 49% 7%
25 Child care workers 330 $14,900 $12,820 - 18,210 18% 15%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 320 $43,250 $26,410 - 63,050 6% 29%
27 Industrial truck and tractor operators 320 $26,600 $20,880 - 36,670 -2% 2%
28 Customer service representatives 290 $25,160 $14,140 - 37,150 25% 22%
29 Receptionists and information clerks 290 $20,960 $15,390 - 27,610 17% 13%
30 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 280 $41,950 $29,280 - 53,630 7% 6%
31 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 270 $31,620 $22,690 - 40,260 -15% 0%
32 Packers and packagers, hand 270 $24,000 $13,790 - 35,230 -12% 3%
33 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 260 $24,750 $14,720 - 32,250 8% 4%
34 Tellers 260 $21,730 $16,440 - 28,380 14% 16%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 250 $28,150 $20,770 - 37,750 11% 14%
36 Correctional officers and jailers 220 $30,210 $24,530 - 38,290 17% 11%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 210 $43,700 $23,420 - 63,850 -5% 15%
38 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 210 $34,880 $24,750 - 41,890 14% 7%
39 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 210 $28,930 $22,720 - 34,380 8% 3%
40 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 210 $28,480 $14,220 - 48,240 14% 4%
41 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 200 $18,260 $14,030 - 22,930 13% 5%
42 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 180 $25,850 $18,140 - 32,000 5% 2%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 160 $49,440 $35,930 - 63,590 9% 10%
44 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 160 $31,390 $19,890 - 45,410 11% 4%
45 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 160 $23,200 $14,510 - 32,130 18% 6%
46 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 160 $17,330 $13,230 - 22,120 11% 5%
47 Dishwashers 160 $15,290 $12,830 - 20,010 10% 3%
48 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 150 $33,200 $25,750 - 45,190 15% 18%
49 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 150 $18,770 $14,020 - 24,220 10% 5%
50 Cooks, restaurant 150 $18,030 $13,330 - 24,400 12% 5%
51 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 140 $23,690 $13,490 - 37,120 4% 6%
52 Construction managers 130 $86,180 $44,770 - 162,840 16% 29%
53 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 130 $28,320 $21,750 - 38,480 4% 15%
54 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 120 $32,240 $20,890 - 46,190 9% 3%
55 Medical assistants 120 $23,360 $18,160 - 29,680 35% 10%
56 Parts salespersons 120 $22,670 $15,540 - 34,890 -2% 6%
57 Postal service mail carriers 120 $0 $ - 1% 11%
58 Counter and rental clerks 110 $20,790 $15,400 - 31,160 23% 16%
59 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 110 $16,030 $12,980 - 20,130 10% 17%
60 Business operations specialists, all other 100 $58,910 $37,570 - 80,480 21% 49%
61 Electricians 100 $36,320 $25,090 - 51,090 7% 7%
62 Cement masons and concrete finishers 100 $31,310 $23,550 - 40,930 11% 2%
63 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 100 $26,430 $18,920 - 32,030 -13% 4%
64 Bill and account collectors 100 $23,940 $15,880 - 31,560 23% 13%
65 Paralegals and legal assistants 90 $31,290 $22,440 - 43,250 22% 45%
66 Pharmacy technicians 90 $26,230 $20,520 - 43,200 32% 16%
67 Cost estimators 80 $49,140 $30,720 - 71,530 19% 32%
68 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 80 $31,830 $25,700 - 40,030 12% 3%
69 Fire fighters 80 $26,420 $17,090 - 44,110 12% 18%
70 Bartenders 80 $16,490 $13,030 - 20,780 11% 17%
71 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 70 $51,510 $31,670 - 67,570 0% 42%
72 Insurance sales agents 70 $51,330 $27,730 - 81,690 13% 45%
73 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 70 $42,960 $29,660 - 56,870 16% 43%
74 Industrial machinery mechanics 70 $36,360 $23,270 - 50,460 9% 5%
75 Dental assistants 70 $31,720 $21,950 - 48,110 29% 9%
76 Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 70 $31,070 $22,120 - 42,250 9% 0%
77 Medical records and health information technicians 70 $24,160 $17,390 - 32,440 18% 12%
78 Roofers 70 $23,870 $20,740 - 27,010 14% 3%
79 Medical secretaries 70 $23,870 $21,310 - 26,640 17% 18%
80 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 70 $23,490 $21,210 - 25,960 -5% 4%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 70 $23,290 $18,770 - 26,630 13% 11%
82 Recreation workers 70 $22,960 $13,730 - 40,190 13% 47%
83 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 70 $22,400 $17,040 - 30,480 12% 3%
84 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 70 $14,930 $12,820 - 18,440 12% 6%
85 Dental hygienists 60 $48,580 $23,830 - 64,060 30% 33%
86 Machinists 60 $33,000 $22,930 - 49,210 -3% 3%
87 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 60 $29,020 $18,670 - 42,510 3% 18%
88 Loan interviewers and clerks 60 $27,810 $18,900 - 34,140 -1% 24%
89 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 60 $23,730 $21,310 - 25,990 10% 24%
90 Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 60 $22,450 $17,600 - 28,020 6% 0%
91 Physicians and surgeons, all other 50 $179,800 $122,950 - 0% 0%
92 Logisticians 50 $64,740 $44,430 - 87,210 17% 43%
93 Loan officers 50 $49,970 $27,800 - 79,560 12% 49%
94 Industrial engineering technicians 50 $47,240 $36,800 - 60,110 10% 18%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 50 $41,710 $27,450 - 64,120 13% 17%
96 Sales representatives, services, all other 50 $40,290 $21,470 - 74,550 28% 48%
97 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 50 $37,690 $21,790 - 55,230 4% 30%
98 Automotive body and related repairers 50 $36,940 $15,030 - 61,630 12% 3%
99 Radiologic technologists and technicians 50 $34,850 $22,060 - 52,970 15% 25%
100 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 50 $31,130 $21,640 - 46,640 11% 29%
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Jobs More Common Near Sumter Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 41,950 280 16.5
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,620 270 5.8
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,430 100 5.5
Cooks, fast food 14,920 590 5.2
Correctional officers and jailers 30,210 220 5.1
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 24,720 360 3.7
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 50,800 350 3.6
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,890 1,760 3.5
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,770 150 3.2
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,960 340 2.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 28,930 210 2.7
Child care workers 14,900 330 2.6
Parts salespersons 22,670 120 2.5
Construction managers 86,180 130 2.5
Team assemblers 29,810 550 2.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,600 320 2.5
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 25,850 180 2.4
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,230 670 2.4
Construction laborers 23,150 520 2.4
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 41,100 310 2.3
Cement masons and concrete finishers 31,310 100 2.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,330 160 2.3
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 41,340 110 2.1
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 32,240 120 2.1
Tellers 21,730 260 2.1
Child, family, and school social workers 34,100 110 1.9
Cashiers 16,030 1,420 1.9
Food preparation workers 16,640 340 1.8
Home health aides 16,450 330 1.7
Teachers and instructors, all other 17,010 180 1.7
Packers and packagers, hand 24,000 270 1.7
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 31,390 160 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 120 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 43,700 210 1.6
Office clerks, general 20,540 980 1.5
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 28,480 210 1.5
Elementary school teachers, except special education 41,630 440 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,380 370 1.4
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,530 590 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,150 250 1.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,880 210 1.4
Dishwashers 15,290 160 1.4
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,030 110 1.4
Teacher assistants 17,200 350 1.3
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 34,650 450 1.3
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,410 620 1.3
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 24,750 260 1.3
General and operations managers 88,280 470 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 49,440 160 1.3
Retail salespersons 21,620 1,240 1.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Sumter, South Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Packers and packagers, hand 24,000 1.18 270
Team assemblers 29,810 1.09 550
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,620 1.09 270
Construction managers 86,180 1.02 130
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,250 0.96 320
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 23,200 0.96 160
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,260 0.95 200
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,960 0.95 340
Registered nurses 58,470 0.95 590
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,770 0.94 150
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,320 0.93 130
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,150 0.93 250
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,030 0.93 460
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 34,650 0.92 450
Tellers 21,730 0.92 260
General and operations managers 88,280 0.92 470
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,530 0.91 590
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,060 0.91 390
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,030 0.9 110
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 50,800 0.89 350
Counter and rental clerks 20,790 0.89 110
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,380 0.89 370
Dishwashers 15,290 0.89 160
Retail salespersons 21,620 0.89 1,240
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,600 0.89 320
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,880 0.88 210
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,230 0.88 670
Receptionists and information clerks 20,960 0.88 290
Accountants and auditors 51,760 0.87 140
Food preparation workers 16,640 0.87 340
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 48,900 0.87 220
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,890 0.87 1,760
Cashiers 16,030 0.86 1,420
Cooks, fast food 14,920 0.86 590
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 33,200 0.86 150
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 24,750 0.85 260
Stock clerks and order fillers 19,460 0.85 380
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 49,440 0.85 160
Customer service representatives 25,160 0.85 290
Child, family, and school social workers 34,100 0.84 110
Elementary school teachers, except special education 41,630 0.84 440
Medical assistants 23,360 0.83 120
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 23,690 0.83 140
Cooks, restaurant 18,030 0.83 150
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,840 0.83 340
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 43,700 0.83 210
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 41,100 0.82 310
Waiters and waitresses 15,190 0.81 410
Office clerks, general 20,540 0.81 980
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 41,340 0.8 110

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