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Champaign Employment

Employment and Industries in the Champaign, Illinois Area

Champaign is the economic center of East Central Illinois. Also, due to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and numerous well known technology startup firms, Champaign is recognized as a significant part of the Silicon Prairie. Champaign is also home to numerous Fortune 500 companies.

The city includes a prominent technology and software sector. The Research Park includes numerous prominent companies such as iCyt, Illinois State Geological Survey, Yahoo!, Science Applications International Corporation, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Riverglass Inc, State Farm Research Center and Tekion. Some of the notable technology and software firms with offices in Champaign are AMD, IBM, Intel, Wolfram Research, Power World, Phonak, the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The city is also home to nationally known record labels, recording studios, booking agencies and artist management firms such as Undertow Music, Polyvinyl Records, Pogo Studios, Parasol Records and Nocodemus Booking Agency.

Shown below is a list of the major employers in the Champaign area:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Carle Clinic Association
  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Champaign School Districts
  • Kraft Foods
  • Parkland College
  • Provena Covenant Medical Center
  • Christie Clinic P.C.
  • Kirby Foods Inc
  • Jeld-Wen
  • Devonshire Group LLC
  • Bartlett Management Services Inc
  • City of Champaign
  • Health Alliance Medical Plans
  • Tri Star Marketing
  • Walmart
  • Health Alliance Medical Plans
  • Horizon Hobby Inc
  • News-Gazette
  • Human Kinetics
  • Conair
  • Hobbico

Some of the jobs more prevalent in Champaign than most of the nation's other cities include cooks, physical scientists; education, training and library workers; machinery maintenance workers, managers, community and social service specialists, editors; and medical and clinical laboratory technicians.

A list of the major employment sectors is shown below:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Technology and software
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Government
  • Construction
  • Finance and insurance

Noteworthy information about Champaign: In 2008 the cost of living index was 84 which is less than the national average of 100. The estimated median household income in Champaign in 2007 was $35,000. Regarding the population over the age of 25, approximately 44% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Champaign companies are provided assistance by business organizations including:

The News-Gazette offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Champaign.

Jobs in Champaign

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 97970 $46220 $22.22 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 16020 $33920 $16.31 14.8
3 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 12260 $57240 $27.52 6.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9950 $22520 $10.83 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 8880 $34230 $16.46 10.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6390 $66860 $32.14 5.75
7 Management Occupations 5910 $91610 $44.05 6.05
8 Production Occupations 5230 $36090 $17.35 5.85
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5150 $33220 $15.97 6.45
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3830 $62910 $30.24 5.05
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3330 $28980 $13.93 3.7
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3280 $45320 $21.79 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 2980 $26420 $12.7 3.1
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2960 $60270 $28.97 4.4
15 Office Clerks, General 2810 $35580 $17.1 2
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 2780 $29410 $14.14 3.05
17 Cashiers 2640 $20690 $9.95 2.25
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2280 $20260 $9.74 2.15
19 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2280 $72600 $34.9 2.8
20 Registered Nurses 2210 $64790 $31.15 1.9
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2190 $28440 $13.67 4.1
22 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1960 $27520 $13.23 1.6
23 Customer Service Representatives 1920 $31510 $15.15 1.75
24 Protective Service Occupations 1850 $46570 $22.39 2.25
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1780 $27910 $13.42 1.6
26 General and Operations Managers 1540 $93840 $45.12 1.4
27 Community and Social Service Occupations 1470 $46300 $22.26 1.65
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1340 $34680 $16.67 1.6
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1310 $28850 $13.87 1.2
30 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1300 $72040 $34.64 1.65
31 Nursing Assistants 1100 $26760 $12.87 1.05
32 Bartenders 1100 $22170 $10.66 0.4
33 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1090 $38990 $18.75 0.9
34 Waiters and Waitresses 1080 $21230 $10.21 1.6
35 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1060 $69320 $33.33 0.9
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 970 $48370 $23.25 1.7
37 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 940 $57350 $27.57 0.7
38 Food Preparation Workers 880 $22340 $10.74 0.6
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 850 $36220 $17.41 1.1
40 Cooks, Fast Food 830 $20270 $9.75 0.3
41 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 820 $45670 $21.96 1.2
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 820 $39180 $18.84 1
43 Receptionists and Information Clerks 800 $25760 $12.39 0.7
44 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 730 $52170 $25.08 1
45 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 690 $48000 $23.08 0.5
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 660 $32300 $15.53 0.6
47 Cooks, Restaurant 640 $28600 $13.75 0.75
48 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 570 $53620 $25.78 1
49 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 570 $29850 $14.35 0.4
50 Medical Assistants 530 $32230 $15.5 0.45
51 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 530 $31280 $15.04 0.8
52 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 500 $24350 $11.71 1
53 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 490 $52790 $25.38 0.6
54 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 490 $20570 $9.89 0.3
55 Childcare Workers 470 $22620 $10.87 0.8
56 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 460 $40830 $19.63 0.5
57 Tellers 460 $24780 $11.91 0.3
58 Computer User Support Specialists 440 $46230 $22.23 0.4
59 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 430 $41020 $19.72 0.5
60 Financial Managers 420 $96800 $46.54 0.4
61 Accountants and Auditors 420 $60250 $28.96 0.9
62 Carpenters 400 $58750 $28.25 0.6
63 Home Health Aides 400 $24150 $11.61 0.7
64 Electricians 390 $65360 $31.42 0.4
65 Construction Laborers 390 $42800 $20.58 0.8
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 370 $64530 $31.02 0.45
67 Residential Advisors 370 $32050 $15.41 0.1
68 Pharmacy Technicians 350 $31810 $15.3 0.25
69 Driver/Sales Workers 350 $22300 $10.72 0.3
70 Firefighters 350 $46750 $22.48 0.2
71 Production Workers, All Other 350 $44750 $21.52 0.2
72 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 350 $57450 $27.62 0.4
73 Recreation Workers 330 $26450 $12.72 0.3
74 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 320 $34160 $16.42 0.3
75 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 320 $29480 $14.17 0.3
76 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 320 $36480 $17.54 0.2
77 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 310 $26800 $12.89 0.3
78 Chief Executives 310 $163230 $78.47 0.2
79 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 310 $25720 $12.37 0.3
80 Software Developers, Applications 310 $80500 $38.7 0.5
81 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 300 $70560 $33.93 0.3
82 Medical and Health Services Managers 290 $99400 $47.79 0.2
83 Security Guards 280 $31700 $15.24 0.7
84 Software Developers, Systems Software 270 $106430 $51.17 0.3
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 260 $60530 $29.1 0.3
86 Administrative Services Managers 260 $91950 $44.21 0.2
87 Postal Service Mail Carriers 260 $48950 $23.53 0.15
88 Loan Officers 260 $67140 $32.28 0.2
89 Packers and Packagers, Hand 260 $27230 $13.09 0.45
90 Library Technicians 250 $36310 $17.46 0.1
91 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 250 $35060 $16.85 0.1
92 Physical Therapists 250 $73810 $35.49 0.15
93 Computer Occupations, All Other 240 $71130 $34.2 0.2
94 Management Analysts 240 $89440 $43 0.5
95 Instructional Coordinators 240 $63610 $30.58 0.1
96 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 240 $35360 $17 0.6
97 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 230 $27580 $13.26 0.35
98 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 230 $80300 $38.61 0.2
99 Librarians 230 $53980 $25.95 0.1
100 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 220 $52810 $25.39 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Champaign Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,220 97,970
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,920 16,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,240 12,260
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,520 9,950
Sales and Related Occupations 34,230 8,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66,860 6,390
Management Occupations 91,610 5,910
Production Occupations 36,090 5,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,220 5,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,910 3,830
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,980 3,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,320 3,280
Retail Salespersons 26,420 2,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations 60,270 2,960
Office Clerks, General 35,580 2,810
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,410 2,780
Cashiers 20,690 2,640
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,260 2,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,600 2,280
Registered Nurses 64,790 2,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,440 2,190
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,520 1,960
Customer Service Representatives 31,510 1,920
Protective Service Occupations 46,570 1,850
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,910 1,780
General and Operations Managers 93,840 1,540
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,300 1,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,680 1,340
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,850 1,310
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,040 1,300
Nursing Assistants 26,760 1,100
Bartenders 22,170 1,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,990 1,090
Waiters and Waitresses 21,230 1,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 69,320 1,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,370 970
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 57,350 940
Food Preparation Workers 22,340 880
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,220 850
Cooks, Fast Food 20,270 830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,670 820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,180 820
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,760 800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 52,170 730
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 48,000 690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,300 660
Cooks, Restaurant 28,600 640
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,620 570
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,850 570
Medical Assistants 32,230 530

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,220 97,970
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,920 16,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,240 12,260
Sales and Related Occupations 34,230 8,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66,860 6,390
Management Occupations 91,610 5,910
Production Occupations 36,090 5,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,220 5,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,910 3,830
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,980 3,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,320 3,280
Retail Salespersons 26,420 2,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations 60,270 2,960
Office Clerks, General 35,580 2,810
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,410 2,780
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,600 2,280
Registered Nurses 64,790 2,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,440 2,190
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,520 1,960
Customer Service Representatives 31,510 1,920
Protective Service Occupations 46,570 1,850
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,910 1,780
General and Operations Managers 93,840 1,540
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,300 1,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,680 1,340
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,850 1,310
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,040 1,300
Nursing Assistants 26,760 1,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,990 1,090
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 69,320 1,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,370 970
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 57,350 940
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,220 850
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,670 820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,180 820
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,760 800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 52,170 730
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 48,000 690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,300 660
Cooks, Restaurant 28,600 640
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,620 570
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,850 570
Medical Assistants 32,230 530
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,280 530
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 52,790 490
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 40,830 460
Computer User Support Specialists 46,230 440
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,020 430
Financial Managers 96,800 420
Accountants and Auditors 60,250 420

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