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Kankakee Employment

Employment and Industries in the Kankakee, Illinois Area

Kankakee is a regional center for agricultural trade such as soybeans, corn, vegetables and flowers. The city also manufactures a variety of items including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, flooring products, metal products and processed foods. The major sectors for employment in Kankakee are healthcare, education, government, accommodation and food services, manufacturing, social assistance, finance and insurance and construction.

Some of the popular jobs in Kankakee primarily filled by college graduates are teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, managers, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants, librarians, financial managers and pharmacists.

The major employers in Kankakee are:

  • Riverside Healthcare
  • Shapiro Developmental Center
  • Provena St. Mary's Hospital
  • CIGNA Healthcare
  • Baker & Taylor Co
  • Sears Logistics Services
  • CSL Behring
  • K-Mart Distribution Center
  • Cognic Corp
  • Bunge Edible Oils
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Esselte
  • Nucor Steel
  • Merisant
  • Flanders-Precisionaire
  • Peddinghaus Corp
  • Valspar
  • American Springwire
  • Micro Inks Corp

Notable data about Kankakee: In 2008 the cost of living index was 97.7 which is near the nation's average of 100. About 13% of the adult population has a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2007 the estimated median household income in Kankakee was $34,000.

Kankakee companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

The Daily Journal offers current information about the business activities in Kankakee.

Jobs in Kankakee

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 41210 $43550 $20.94 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 5810 $33350 $16.03 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 4110 $32310 $15.53 10.15
4 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3990 $69280 $33.31 5.75
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 3670 $21560 $10.36 8.3
6 Production Occupations 3520 $38530 $18.52 5.85
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3260 $33120 $15.92 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 2870 $51250 $24.64 6.15
9 Management Occupations 2310 $91210 $43.85 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2090 $48110 $23.13 3.8
11 Healthcare Support Occupations 1990 $27990 $13.46 3.05
12 Retail Salespersons 1510 $26600 $12.79 3.1
13 Registered Nurses 1380 $69160 $33.25 1.9
14 Cashiers 1300 $20460 $9.84 2.25
15 Protective Service Occupations 1250 $44700 $21.49 2.25
16 Nursing Assistants 1210 $27590 $13.26 1.05
17 Office Clerks, General 1150 $32580 $15.66 2
18 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1100 $56460 $27.15 5.05
19 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1030 $56960 $27.39 4.4
20 Production Workers, All Other 1020 $37790 $18.17 0.2
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 930 $19740 $9.49 2.15
22 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 920 $27050 $13 3.7
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 910 $44460 $21.37 1.65
24 Psychiatric Technicians 820 $52710 $25.34 0
25 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 820 $27350 $13.15 1.2
26 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 780 $43480 $20.9 1.2
27 Personal Care and Service Occupations 770 $25540 $12.28 4.1
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 600 $32860 $15.8 1.6
29 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 580 $30020 $14.43 1.6
30 General and Operations Managers 550 $83660 $40.22 1.4
31 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 500 $45840 $22.04 0.9
32 Waiters and Waitresses 480 $20070 $9.65 1.6
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 460 $27000 $12.98 1.6
34 Customer Service Representatives 450 $28540 $13.72 1.75
35 Security Guards 440 $28010 $13.47 0.7
36 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 420 $45660 $21.95 1
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 380 $59680 $28.69 1
38 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 370 $42770 $20.56 1.7
39 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 360 $63650 $30.6 2.8
40 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 350 $46000 $22.12 0.5
41 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 350 $71690 $34.47 1.65
42 Substitute Teachers 310 $28730 $13.81 0
43 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 310 $34030 $16.36 1.1
44 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 290 $30110 $14.48 0.4
45 Receptionists and Information Clerks 280 $25270 $12.15 0.7
46 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 270 $65390 $31.44 0.4
47 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 270 $62130 $29.87 0.45
48 Managers, All Other 260 $86340 $41.51 0.65
49 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 260 $65290 $31.39 0.9
50 Food Preparation Workers 260 $21210 $10.19 0.6
51 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 250 $49710 $23.9 0.5
52 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 250 $46320 $22.27 0.2
53 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 250 $51190 $24.61 1
54 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 240 $25960 $12.48 0.3
55 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 240 $39780 $19.12 0.25
56 Helpers--Production Workers 240 $23260 $11.18 0.3
57 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 230 $22390 $10.76 1
58 Bartenders 220 $23030 $11.07 0.4
59 Childcare Workers 210 $23270 $11.19 0.8
60 Social and Human Service Assistants 210 $41070 $19.74 0.3
61 Construction Laborers 200 $38940 $18.72 0.8
62 Cooks, Restaurant 200 $22560 $10.85 0.75
63 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 190 $57200 $27.5 0.2
64 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 190 $32270 $15.52 0.6
65 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 190 $65930 $31.7 0.7
66 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 180 $39280 $18.89 0.3
67 Medical Secretaries 180 $32530 $15.64 0.4
68 Rehabilitation Counselors 180 $27230 $13.09 0.1
69 Personal Care Aides 170 $23560 $11.33 1.3
70 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 170 $27980 $13.45 0.3
71 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 170 $26080 $12.54 0.6
72 Medical Assistants 170 $33280 $16 0.45
73 Pharmacy Technicians 160 $30080 $14.46 0.25
74 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 150 $60680 $29.18 0.3
75 Machinists 150 $40480 $19.46 0.3
76 Medical and Health Services Managers 150 $100330 $48.24 0.2
77 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 150 $26830 $12.9 0.8
78 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 150 $38220 $18.38 0.3
79 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 150 $33820 $16.26 0.2
80 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 140 $29950 $14.4 0.2
81 Accountants and Auditors 140 $59450 $28.58 0.9
82 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 140 $51870 $24.94 0.5
83 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 140 $19690 $9.47 0.2
84 Financial Managers 130 $81890 $39.37 0.4
85 Tellers 130 $25860 $12.43 0.3
86 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 130 $55970 $26.91 0.2
87 Carpenters 130 $62270 $29.94 0.6
88 Driver/Sales Workers 120 $26260 $12.62 0.3
89 Computer User Support Specialists 120 $53620 $25.78 0.4
90 Postal Service Mail Carriers 120 $49530 $23.81 0.15
91 Dishwashers 120 $19850 $9.54 0.3
92 Legal Occupations 110 $69400 $33.36 0.8
93 Billing and Posting Clerks 110 $35530 $17.08 0.35
94 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 100 $43920 $21.12 0.6
95 Recreation Workers 100 $24060 $11.57 0.3
96 Industrial Engineering Technicians 100 $58080 $27.93 0
97 Industrial Engineers 100 $89060 $42.82 0.2
98 Training and Development Specialists 100 $47780 $22.97 0.2
99 Electricians 100 $65860 $31.66 0.4
100 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 100 $45330 $21.79 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Kankakee Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,550 41,210
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,350 5,810
Sales and Related Occupations 32,310 4,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,280 3,990
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,560 3,670
Production Occupations 38,530 3,520
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,120 3,260
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,250 2,870
Management Occupations 91,210 2,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,110 2,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,990 1,990
Retail Salespersons 26,600 1,510
Registered Nurses 69,160 1,380
Cashiers 20,460 1,300
Protective Service Occupations 44,700 1,250
Nursing Assistants 27,590 1,210
Office Clerks, General 32,580 1,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 56,460 1,100
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,960 1,030
Production Workers, All Other 37,790 1,020
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,740 930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,050 920
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,460 910
Psychiatric Technicians 52,710 820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,350 820
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,480 780
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,540 770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,860 600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,020 580
General and Operations Managers 83,660 550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 45,840 500
Waiters and Waitresses 20,070 480
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,000 460
Customer Service Representatives 28,540 450
Security Guards 28,010 440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,660 420
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,680 380
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,770 370
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 63,650 360
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 46,000 350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,690 350
Substitute Teachers 28,730 310
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,030 310
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,110 290
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,270 280
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 65,390 270
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 62,130 270
Managers, All Other 86,340 260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,290 260
Food Preparation Workers 21,210 260

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,550 41,210
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,350 5,810
Sales and Related Occupations 32,310 4,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,280 3,990
Production Occupations 38,530 3,520
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,120 3,260
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,250 2,870
Management Occupations 91,210 2,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,110 2,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,990 1,990
Retail Salespersons 26,600 1,510
Registered Nurses 69,160 1,380
Protective Service Occupations 44,700 1,250
Nursing Assistants 27,590 1,210
Office Clerks, General 32,580 1,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 56,460 1,100
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,960 1,030
Production Workers, All Other 37,790 1,020
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,050 920
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,460 910
Psychiatric Technicians 52,710 820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,350 820
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,480 780
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,540 770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,860 600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,020 580
General and Operations Managers 83,660 550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 45,840 500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,000 460
Customer Service Representatives 28,540 450
Security Guards 28,010 440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,660 420
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,680 380
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,770 370
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 63,650 360
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 46,000 350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,690 350
Substitute Teachers 28,730 310
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,030 310
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,110 290
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,270 280
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 65,390 270
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 62,130 270
Managers, All Other 86,340 260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,290 260
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 49,710 250
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 46,320 250
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,190 250
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 25,960 240
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 39,780 240

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