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Peoria Employment

Employment and Industries in the Peoria, Illinois Area

Manufacturing is a major industry in Peoria. Over 200 companies produce more than 1,000 different types of products. Companies located in Peoria produce a large number of the nation's internal combustion engines and construction machinery for North America. Caterpillar Inc is a well known heavy equipment and engine manufacturer and is the city's largest employer. In addition, distilleries and breweries contribute to the economy. Peoria is also a prominent livestock and grain exporting center.

Several national consumer research companies are located in Peoria. The city is also developing a technology industry. The region also includes an emerging biotech industry. In addition, the Peoria Next is a collaboration of several organizations promoting material and engineering sciences and technology and life.

Accolades for Peoria:

  • Ranked #47 out of the largest 150 metropolitan areas in Forbes "Best Places for Business and Careers" list
  • Ranked #51 among 331 metropolitan areas in Sperling and Sanders "Best Places to Live" list.
  • Expansion Management Magazine named Peoria a 5 star logistics city
  • Peoria was ranked by Next Generation Consulting as the 16th best city in the "U.S. Next Cities" list, which includes municipalities with a population between 100,000 and 200,000

A list of the largest employers in Peoria is shown below:

  • Caterpillar Inc
  • OSF Healthcare
  • Central Illinois Light Company
  • St. Francis Medical Center
  • School District 150
  • Methodist Medical Center
  • Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • RLI Insurance Company
  • Keystone Steel and Wire
  • Bradley University
  • AES Great Plains-CILCO
  • Argonaut Great Central Insurance Company
  • MH Logistics Corp
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Komatsu America International
  • CEFCU
  • Proctor Healthcare Incorporated

Peoria's major employment sectors are provided below:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Insurance
  • Government
  • Finance
  • Leisure and hospitality

Notable information regarding Peoria: The productivity of the Peoria workforce is higher than state and national averages. Over half of the workforce is employed in white-collar occupations in professional services, government and retail trade. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $43,000. Regarding the residents over the age of 25, about 28% hold a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 77.6 which is low when compared to the national average of 100.

Peoria companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

pjstar.com offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Peoria.

Jobs in Peoria

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations170630$50,750$24.4100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations23930$35,190$16.9214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations16380$37,050$17.819.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations16020$22,020$10.598.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations12430$71,700$34.475.8
6Management Occupations11720$112,600$54.146.15
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11020$34,590$16.636.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations10850$46,500$22.366.05
9Production Occupations10440$43,120$20.735.7
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations8930$78,800$37.885.25
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations7920$49,830$23.963.8
12Architecture and Engineering Occupations6470$92,890$44.661.7
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5870$28,350$13.633.65
14Construction and Extraction Occupations5660$58,940$28.344.45
15Retail Salespersons5550$30,680$14.752.85
16Healthcare Support Occupations5240$30,780$14.83
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4760$20,490$9.852.3
18Registered Nurses4520$62,250$29.931.95
19Cashiers4410$21,380$10.282.2
20Computer and Mathematical Occupations4340$89,080$42.832.9
21Personal Care and Service Occupations4320$26,120$12.564.3
22Office Clerks, General3930$33,020$15.881.9
23Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3610$28,520$13.711.55
24Customer Service Representatives3590$29,800$14.331.75
25General and Operations Managers3220$121,690$58.511.5
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3040$30,480$14.651.7
27Waiters and Waitresses2730$20,160$9.691.7
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2690$33,650$16.181.5
29Protective Service Occupations2650$43,480$20.92.2
30Community and Social Service Occupations2530$41,520$19.961.65
31Nursing Assistants2270$25,430$12.221
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2080$31,460$15.121.3
33Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2020$41,470$19.941.8
34Cooks, Restaurant1940$24,840$11.940.8
35Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1900$35,980$17.30.35
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1840$41,040$19.730.9
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1560$39,070$18.781.05
38Business Operations Specialists, All Other1540$86,000$41.350.7
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1520$54,870$26.380.9
40Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1380$39,730$19.11.2
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1360$40,580$19.511
42Receptionists and Information Clerks1320$26,480$12.730.7
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1290$36,040$17.330.6
44Accountants and Auditors1260$78,230$37.610.9
45Industrial Engineers1240$93,550$44.970.2
46Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1150$40,330$19.390
47Production Workers, All Other1150$37,080$17.830.2
48Substitute Teachers1110$30,670$14.740
49Food Preparation Workers1040$22,310$10.730.6
50Personal Care Aides980$22,240$10.691.5
51Construction Laborers970$46,160$22.190.8
52Legal Occupations970$94,450$45.410.8
53Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses970$45,650$21.950.5
54Sales Representatives, Services, All Other970$48,190$23.170.6
55First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers950$55,140$26.510.95
56Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners940$22,450$10.80.9
57Financial Managers910$123,220$59.240.4
58First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers890$31,280$15.040.6
59Bartenders870$19,680$9.460.4
60Logisticians870$80,450$38.680.1
61Cooks, Fast Food860$19,920$9.580.3
62Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers860$26,830$12.90.8
63Carpenters840$55,050$26.470.7
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics830$43,370$20.850.5
65Medical Assistants820$28,370$13.640.45
66Packers and Packagers, Hand800$26,180$12.590.45
67Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations770$67,510$32.450.8
68Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks770$35,670$17.150.4
69Electricians750$62,510$30.050.4
70Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants740$47,750$22.950.35
71Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers740$43,790$21.050.3
72Medical Secretaries740$34,020$16.350.4
73Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks740$45,500$21.870.2
74Management Analysts720$94,630$45.50.5
75Pharmacy Technicians700$31,510$15.150.3
76Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers690$42,910$20.630.3
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria680$25,210$12.120.3
78First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers660$65,340$31.410.4
79Childcare Workers650$23,370$11.240.8
80Child, Family, and School Social Workers610$38,360$18.440.2
81Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education610$35,000$16.830.3
82Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists590$77,250$37.140.4
83Recreation Workers590$24,380$11.720.25
84Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers570$56,090$26.970.4
85Tellers570$28,310$13.610.3
86Bus Drivers, School or Special Client560$35,570$17.10.3
87Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters560$72,400$34.810.3
88Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics550$31,450$15.120.2
89Firefighters550$28,090$13.50.2
90Lawyers540$114,910$55.240.5
91Physicians and Surgeons, All Other540$234,930$112.950.25
92First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors530$49,660$23.870
93Human Resources Specialists530$62,340$29.970.35
94First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers520$64,300$30.910.3
95Medical and Health Services Managers520$95,480$45.90.25
96Computer User Support Specialists510$44,100$21.20.4
97Counter and Rental Clerks490$35,370$170.3
98Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other490$43,860$21.090.1
99Sales Managers490$119,240$57.330.2
100Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment480$23,110$11.110.2
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Jobs More Common Near Peoria Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,750170,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,19023,930
Sales and Related Occupations$37,05016,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,02016,020
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,70012,430
Management Occupations$112,60011,720
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,59011,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$46,50010,850
Production Occupations$43,12010,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$78,8008,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,8307,920
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,8906,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,3505,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,9405,660
Retail Salespersons$30,6805,550
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,7805,240
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,4904,760
Registered Nurses$62,2504,520
Cashiers$21,3804,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$89,0804,340
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,1204,320
Office Clerks, General$33,0203,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,5203,610
Customer Service Representatives$29,8003,590
General and Operations Managers$121,6903,220
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,4803,040
Waiters and Waitresses$20,1602,730
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,6502,690
Protective Service Occupations$43,4802,650
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,5202,530
Nursing Assistants$25,4302,270
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,4602,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,4702,020
Cooks, Restaurant$24,8401,940
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,9801,900
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,0401,840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0701,560
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$86,0001,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,8701,520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,7301,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,5801,360
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,4801,320
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,0401,290
Accountants and Auditors$78,2301,260
Industrial Engineers$93,5501,240
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$40,3301,150
Production Workers, All Other$37,0801,150
Substitute Teachers$30,6701,110
Food Preparation Workers$22,3101,040
Personal Care Aides$22,240980

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,750170,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,19023,930
Sales and Related Occupations$37,05016,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,70012,430
Management Occupations$112,60011,720
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,59011,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$46,50010,850
Production Occupations$43,12010,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$78,8008,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,8307,920
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,8906,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,3505,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,9405,660
Retail Salespersons$30,6805,550
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,7805,240
Registered Nurses$62,2504,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$89,0804,340
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,1204,320
Office Clerks, General$33,0203,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,5203,610
Customer Service Representatives$29,8003,590
General and Operations Managers$121,6903,220
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,4803,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,6502,690
Protective Service Occupations$43,4802,650
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,5202,530
Nursing Assistants$25,4302,270
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,4602,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,4702,020
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,9801,900
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,0401,840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0701,560
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$86,0001,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,8701,520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,7301,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,5801,360
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,4801,320
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,0401,290
Accountants and Auditors$78,2301,260
Industrial Engineers$93,5501,240
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$40,3301,150
Production Workers, All Other$37,0801,150
Substitute Teachers$30,6701,110
Construction Laborers$46,160970
Legal Occupations$94,450970
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$45,650970
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$48,190970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,140950
Financial Managers$123,220910
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,280890

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