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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 174300 $50360 $24.21 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 24780 $35200 $16.92 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 16300 $37240 $17.91 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 16180 $21730 $10.45 8.3
5 Management Occupations 12430 $113200 $54.42 6.05
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 12340 $69120 $33.23 5.75
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 10850 $34890 $16.78 6.45
8 Production Occupations 10840 $41040 $19.73 5.85
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 10350 $46540 $22.37 6.15
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8560 $77330 $37.18 5.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7670 $47250 $22.72 3.8
12 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7120 $90320 $43.42 1.65
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6320 $58540 $28.15 4.4
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 6140 $28160 $13.54 3.7
15 Retail Salespersons 5520 $31120 $14.96 3.1
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 5350 $30500 $14.66 3.05
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5090 $84270 $40.52 2.8
18 Registered Nurses 4620 $60870 $29.27 1.9
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4510 $20350 $9.78 2.15
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4410 $25620 $12.32 4.1
21 Cashiers 4110 $21070 $10.13 2.25
22 Customer Service Representatives 3860 $31560 $15.17 1.75
23 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3740 $28250 $13.58 1.6
24 Office Clerks, General 3570 $31450 $15.12 2
25 General and Operations Managers 3380 $116290 $55.91 1.4
26 Waiters and Waitresses 2960 $19910 $9.57 1.6
27 Community and Social Service Occupations 2950 $38180 $18.36 1.65
28 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2880 $30530 $14.68 1.6
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2880 $33290 $16 1.6
30 Protective Service Occupations 2810 $44980 $21.63 2.25
31 Nursing Assistants 2250 $24660 $11.86 1.05
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2070 $31040 $14.92 1.2
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1940 $44930 $21.6 1.7
34 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1800 $39830 $19.15 0.9
35 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1760 $35170 $16.91 0.35
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1740 $38250 $18.39 1.1
37 Cooks, Restaurant 1700 $25070 $12.05 0.75
38 Computer Systems Analysts 1610 $94050 $45.22 0.4
39 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1560 $84700 $40.72 0.7
40 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1520 $42050 $20.22 1.2
41 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1510 $55550 $26.71 1
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1460 $39890 $19.18 1
43 Team Assemblers 1450 $37660 $18.11 0.75
44 Accountants and Auditors 1360 $75460 $36.28 0.9
45 Food Preparation Workers 1360 $21750 $10.46 0.6
46 Industrial Engineers 1310 $90290 $43.41 0.2
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1250 $36090 $17.35 0.6
48 Construction Laborers 1170 $44450 $21.37 0.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1140 $27740 $13.34 0.7
50 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1040 $21400 $10.29 1
51 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1010 $55420 $26.64 1
52 Production Workers, All Other 980 $36470 $17.53 0.2
53 Personal Care Aides 940 $21560 $10.37 1.3
54 Substitute Teachers 930 $30470 $14.65 0
55 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 920 $43710 $21.01 0.6
56 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 910 $47860 $23.01 0.5
57 Financial Managers 910 $120970 $58.16 0.4
58 Legal Occupations 900 $84860 $40.8 0.8
59 Logisticians 880 $78340 $37.67 0.1
60 Carpenters 860 $55110 $26.49 0.6
61 Electricians 850 $62760 $30.17 0.4
62 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 830 $44030 $21.17 0.5
63 Medical Assistants 830 $27940 $13.43 0.45
64 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 820 $28890 $13.89 0.8
65 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 820 $36690 $17.64 0.4
66 Social and Human Service Assistants 810 $24810 $11.93 0.3
67 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 770 $69900 $33.61 0.9
68 Dishwashers 750 $20060 $9.64 0.3
69 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 750 $30430 $14.63 0.6
70 Pharmacy Technicians 740 $29990 $14.42 0.25
71 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 730 $44680 $21.48 0.2
72 Childcare Workers 730 $22500 $10.82 0.8
73 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 720 $38290 $18.41 0.5
74 Medical Secretaries 720 $34090 $16.39 0.4
75 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 710 $63320 $30.44 0.4
76 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 690 $46290 $22.26 0.3
77 Bartenders 690 $20470 $9.84 0.4
78 Machinists 670 $42800 $20.58 0.3
79 Cooks, Fast Food 670 $20090 $9.66 0.3
80 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 670 $24340 $11.7 0.3
81 Home Health Aides 660 $25110 $12.07 0.7
82 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 640 $56120 $26.98 0.45
83 Packers and Packagers, Hand 630 $25470 $12.24 0.45
84 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 630 $33850 $16.28 0.3
85 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 620 $29500 $14.18 0.2
86 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 600 $80420 $38.66 0.2
87 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 600 $64460 $30.99 0.3
88 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 590 $72090 $34.66 0.3
89 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 590 $20140 $9.68 0.3
90 Sales Managers 580 $112620 $54.14 0.2
91 Medical and Health Services Managers 560 $86650 $41.66 0.2
92 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 560 $82290 $39.56 0.35
93 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 560 $36460 $17.53 0.3
94 Management Analysts 560 $90720 $43.62 0.5
95 Computer User Support Specialists 550 $42970 $20.66 0.4
96 Human Resources Specialists 550 $60280 $28.98 0.3
97 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 540 $42060 $20.22 0.3
98 Tellers 530 $27080 $13.02 0.3
99 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 520 $227930 $109.58 0.2
100 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 500 $40120 $19.29 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Peoria Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,360 174,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,200 24,780
Sales and Related Occupations 37,240 16,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,730 16,180
Management Occupations 113,200 12,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,120 12,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,890 10,850
Production Occupations 41,040 10,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,540 10,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 77,330 8,560
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,250 7,670
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 90,320 7,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 58,540 6,320
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,160 6,140
Retail Salespersons 31,120 5,520
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,500 5,350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 84,270 5,090
Registered Nurses 60,870 4,620
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,350 4,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,620 4,410
Cashiers 21,070 4,110
Customer Service Representatives 31,560 3,860
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,250 3,740
Office Clerks, General 31,450 3,570
General and Operations Managers 116,290 3,380
Waiters and Waitresses 19,910 2,960
Community and Social Service Occupations 38,180 2,950
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,530 2,880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,290 2,880
Protective Service Occupations 44,980 2,810
Nursing Assistants 24,660 2,250
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,040 2,070
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,930 1,940
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,830 1,800
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 35,170 1,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,250 1,740
Cooks, Restaurant 25,070 1,700
Computer Systems Analysts 94,050 1,610
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 84,700 1,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,050 1,520
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 55,550 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,890 1,460
Team Assemblers 37,660 1,450
Accountants and Auditors 75,460 1,360
Food Preparation Workers 21,750 1,360
Industrial Engineers 90,290 1,310
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,090 1,250
Construction Laborers 44,450 1,170
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,740 1,140
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,400 1,040

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,360 174,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,200 24,780
Sales and Related Occupations 37,240 16,300
Management Occupations 113,200 12,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,120 12,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,890 10,850
Production Occupations 41,040 10,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,540 10,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 77,330 8,560
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,250 7,670
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 90,320 7,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 58,540 6,320
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,160 6,140
Retail Salespersons 31,120 5,520
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,500 5,350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 84,270 5,090
Registered Nurses 60,870 4,620
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,620 4,410
Customer Service Representatives 31,560 3,860
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,250 3,740
Office Clerks, General 31,450 3,570
General and Operations Managers 116,290 3,380
Community and Social Service Occupations 38,180 2,950
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,530 2,880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,290 2,880
Protective Service Occupations 44,980 2,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,040 2,070
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,930 1,940
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,830 1,800
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 35,170 1,760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,250 1,740
Cooks, Restaurant 25,070 1,700
Computer Systems Analysts 94,050 1,610
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 84,700 1,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,050 1,520
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 55,550 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,890 1,460
Team Assemblers 37,660 1,450
Accountants and Auditors 75,460 1,360
Industrial Engineers 90,290 1,310
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,090 1,250
Construction Laborers 44,450 1,170
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,740 1,140
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,420 1,010
Production Workers, All Other 36,470 980
Substitute Teachers 30,470 930
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 43,710 920
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 47,860 910
Financial Managers 120,970 910
Legal Occupations 84,860 900

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