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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations99030$48,440$23.29100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations15960$36,910$17.7514.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10180$22,970$11.048.55
4Education, Training, and Library Occupations9810$66,260$31.866.05
5Sales and Related Occupations8090$33,260$15.999.9
6Management Occupations7050$90,620$43.576.15
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6760$71,030$34.155.8
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5920$34,620$16.646.55
9Production Occupations5610$37,250$17.915.7
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3940$43,880$21.13.8
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations3640$62,460$30.035.25
12Office Clerks, General3600$35,370$17.011.9
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations3060$75,650$36.372.9
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3050$28,410$13.663.65
15Construction and Extraction Occupations3040$60,880$29.274.45
16Healthcare Support Occupations2720$29,930$14.393
17Retail Salespersons2670$27,920$13.422.85
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2640$20,860$10.032.3
19Cashiers2440$21,890$10.522.2
20Registered Nurses2280$69,000$33.171.95
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2050$28,380$13.651.7
22Personal Care and Service Occupations2000$28,670$13.784.3
23Customer Service Representatives1870$32,730$15.741.75
24Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1870$41,340$19.870.9
25Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1700$59,930$28.810.8
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1660$26,500$12.741.55
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1660$30,420$14.631.3
28Protective Service Occupations1640$49,510$23.82.2
29Community and Social Service Occupations1610$45,030$21.651.65
30General and Operations Managers1570$96,780$46.531.5
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations1320$71,990$34.611.7
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1300$52,090$25.041.8
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1230$36,810$17.71.5
34Waiters and Waitresses1230$22,060$10.611.7
35Nursing Assistants1160$26,000$12.51
36Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1100$57,320$27.560.35
37Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers890$45,880$22.061.2
38Cooks, Restaurant880$24,190$11.630.8
39Business Operations Specialists, All Other830$57,400$27.60.7
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks810$37,540$18.051.05
41Bartenders800$24,860$11.950.4
42Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products800$49,970$24.020.9
43Receptionists and Information Clerks780$27,440$13.190.7
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers750$40,130$19.291
45Food Preparation Workers710$22,490$10.810.6
46Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers660$36,880$17.730
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers620$31,350$15.070.6
48Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners600$23,590$11.340.9
49Cooks, Fast Food590$20,880$10.040.3
50Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks590$30,820$14.820.4
51Computer User Support Specialists550$48,720$23.420.4
52Financial Managers550$98,350$47.290.4
53First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers550$51,600$24.810.95
54Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics500$41,300$19.860.5
55Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop490$22,090$10.620.3
56Software Developers, Applications490$83,390$40.090.55
57Accountants and Auditors480$59,180$28.450.9
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers470$33,190$15.960.8
59Medical Assistants470$31,550$15.170.45
60Human Resources Specialists460$53,260$25.610.35
61Childcare Workers450$24,580$11.820.8
62Construction Laborers450$40,360$19.40.8
63Tellers450$25,510$12.260.3
64Computer Occupations, All Other440$84,080$40.420.2
65Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses430$43,270$20.80.5
66Recreation Workers420$24,630$11.840.25
67Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria410$29,240$14.060.3
68Carpenters400$59,180$28.450.7
69Dishwashers400$20,430$9.820.3
70Driver/Sales Workers400$28,130$13.520.3
71Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education400$29,770$14.310.3
72Sales Representatives, Services, All Other400$50,790$24.420.6
73Food Servers, Nonrestaurant390$20,790$100.2
74Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters390$70,930$34.10.3
75Electricians370$66,650$32.040.4
76Bus Drivers, School or Special Client350$26,530$12.760.3
77Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors350$51,650$24.830.2
78Pharmacy Technicians350$33,040$15.880.3
79Administrative Services Managers340$89,240$42.910.2
80First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers340$56,810$27.310.4
81Production Workers, All Other340$46,280$22.250.2
82Computer Programmers330$75,250$36.180.2
83Medical and Health Services Managers330$91,650$44.060.25
84Firefighters310$43,420$20.880.2
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers310$59,920$28.810.3
86Security Guards310$33,300$16.010.7
87Library Technicians300$37,640$18.10.1
88Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers290$35,680$17.150.3
89Software Developers, Systems Software280$103,720$49.870.3
90Computer and Information Systems Managers270$112,170$53.930.2
91Postal Service Mail Carriers270$48,470$23.310.2
92Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers270$51,940$24.970.2
93Home Health Aides260$24,180$11.630.7
94Loan Officers260$65,330$31.410.2
95Chief Executives250$178,840$85.980.2
96Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop250$21,560$10.360.3
97Management Analysts250$97,980$47.110.5
98Medical Records and Health Information Technicians250$35,150$16.90.1
99Network and Computer Systems Administrators250$73,690$35.430.25
100Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators240$28,510$13.710.35
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Jobs More Common Near Champaign Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,44099,030
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,91015,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,97010,180
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$66,2609,810
Sales and Related Occupations$33,2608,090
Management Occupations$90,6207,050
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,0306,760
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,6205,920
Production Occupations$37,2505,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,8803,940
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,4603,640
Office Clerks, General$35,3703,600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,6503,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,4103,050
Construction and Extraction Occupations$60,8803,040
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,9302,720
Retail Salespersons$27,9202,670
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,8602,640
Cashiers$21,8902,440
Registered Nurses$69,0002,280
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,3802,050
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,6702,000
Customer Service Representatives$32,7301,870
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,3401,870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$59,9301,700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,5001,660
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,4201,660
Protective Service Occupations$49,5101,640
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,0301,610
General and Operations Managers$96,7801,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,9901,320
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,0901,300
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,8101,230
Waiters and Waitresses$22,0601,230
Nursing Assistants$26,0001,160
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$57,3201,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,880890
Cooks, Restaurant$24,190880
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$57,400830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,540810
Bartenders$24,860800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$49,970800
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,440780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,130750
Food Preparation Workers$22,490710
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$36,880660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,350620
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,590600
Cooks, Fast Food$20,880590
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,820590

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,44099,030
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,91015,960
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$66,2609,810
Sales and Related Occupations$33,2608,090
Management Occupations$90,6207,050
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,0306,760
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,6205,920
Production Occupations$37,2505,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,8803,940
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,4603,640
Office Clerks, General$35,3703,600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,6503,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,4103,050
Construction and Extraction Occupations$60,8803,040
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,9302,720
Retail Salespersons$27,9202,670
Registered Nurses$69,0002,280
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,3802,050
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,6702,000
Customer Service Representatives$32,7301,870
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,3401,870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$59,9301,700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,5001,660
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,4201,660
Protective Service Occupations$49,5101,640
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,0301,610
General and Operations Managers$96,7801,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,9901,320
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,0901,300
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,8101,230
Nursing Assistants$26,0001,160
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$57,3201,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,880890
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$57,400830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,540810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$49,970800
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,440780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,130750
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$36,880660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,350620
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,820590
Computer User Support Specialists$48,720550
Financial Managers$98,350550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,600550
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,300500
Software Developers, Applications$83,390490
Accountants and Auditors$59,180480
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,190470
Medical Assistants$31,550470
Human Resources Specialists$53,260460

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