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Rockford Employment

Employment and Industries in the Rockford, Illinois Area

Manufacturing, including environmental controls, machine tools and hardware are important factors for the economy. The area also has a large number of chemical manufacturing firms which provide numerous jobs. The county includes first-tier suppliers in the aerospace industry. In addition, Rockford is also regarded as a prominent distribution center. An important objective of the city of Rockford is to bring more high-technology firms to the city.

The largest employers in Rockford are shown below:

  • Rockford School District 205
  • Rockford Health System
  • Hamilton Sunstrand Corp
  • Swedish American Health System
  • St. Anthony's Medical Center
  • United Parcel Service
  • County of Winnebago
  • Anderson Packaging
  • Woodward Governor
  • NCO

Some of the most popular jobs in Rockford where the majority of the workers are college graduates are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, sales and related workers, mechanical engineers, managers, medical and clinical laboratory technicians; and social and human service assistants.

The major sectors for employment in Rockford are:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Metal and metal products
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Government
  • Finance and insurance
  • Manufacturing

Notable data about Rockford: Regarding the adult population, about 20% hold a bachelor's degree or better. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $39,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was 78 which is low when compared to the nation's average of 100.

Rockford companies have access to helpful business organizations such as:

The Rockford Register Star offers current information about the business endeavors in Rockford.

Jobs in Rockford

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 148300 $44060 $21.18 100
2 Production Occupations 22730 $38800 $18.65 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22160 $33700 $16.2 14.8
4 Sales and Related Occupations 13730 $35340 $16.99 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 13450 $33140 $15.93 6.45
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12210 $22590 $10.86 8.3
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10060 $75820 $36.45 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9140 $55710 $26.78 6.15
9 Management Occupations 7430 $93800 $45.09 6.05
10 Team Assemblers 6410 $39340 $18.92 0.75
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5400 $45790 $22.01 3.8
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 5320 $30590 $14.71 3.05
13 Retail Salespersons 4840 $25270 $12.15 3.1
14 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4800 $29730 $14.29 1.6
15 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4570 $60850 $29.25 5.05
16 Customer Service Representatives 4220 $29120 $14 1.75
17 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3980 $59300 $28.51 4.4
18 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3900 $25730 $12.37 4.1
19 Registered Nurses 3690 $63300 $30.43 1.9
20 Cashiers 3570 $21590 $10.38 2.25
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3480 $20250 $9.74 2.15
22 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3450 $27210 $13.08 3.7
23 Office Clerks, General 3080 $32470 $15.61 2
24 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2770 $72420 $34.82 1.65
25 Machinists 2740 $38020 $18.28 0.3
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2710 $26660 $12.82 1.2
27 Protective Service Occupations 2630 $45500 $21.87 2.25
28 General and Operations Managers 2520 $98770 $47.48 1.4
29 Waiters and Waitresses 2460 $22870 $10.99 1.6
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2390 $33340 $16.03 1.6
31 Nursing Assistants 2240 $27730 $13.33 1.05
32 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 2080 $32610 $15.68 0.35
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1900 $26060 $12.53 1.6
34 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1660 $35380 $17.01 0.6
35 Community and Social Service Occupations 1650 $46070 $22.15 1.65
36 Production Workers, All Other 1510 $33210 $15.97 0.2
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1500 $40680 $19.56 0.9
38 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1460 $37480 $18.02 1.7
39 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1400 $66250 $31.85 1
40 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1320 $66880 $32.15 2.8
41 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1310 $47360 $22.77 1.2
42 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1210 $39770 $19.12 0.3
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1180 $40000 $19.23 1
44 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1150 $36410 $17.5 1.1
45 Personal Care Aides 1100 $21960 $10.56 1.3
46 Medical Assistants 1080 $31320 $15.06 0.45
47 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1070 $61440 $29.54 0.4
48 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1030 $28070 $13.5 0.7
49 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1000 $51490 $24.75 1
50 Packers and Packagers, Hand 990 $25670 $12.34 0.45
51 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 930 $33770 $16.24 0.4
52 Cooks, Restaurant 860 $24920 $11.98 0.75
53 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 800 $29180 $14.03 0.8
54 Home Health Aides 800 $26760 $12.87 0.7
55 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 770 $31040 $14.93 0.3
56 Carpenters 750 $50430 $24.24 0.6
57 Mechanical Engineers 740 $77130 $37.08 0.2
58 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 730 $56150 $26.99 0.6
59 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 720 $38190 $18.36 0.3
60 Accountants and Auditors 710 $63270 $30.42 0.9
61 Cooks, Fast Food 700 $22110 $10.63 0.3
62 Bartenders 700 $24640 $11.85 0.4
63 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 690 $30790 $14.8 0.6
64 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 680 $38200 $18.36 0.5
65 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 640 $55800 $26.83 0.7
66 Construction Laborers 630 $43710 $21.02 0.8
67 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 600 $61220 $29.43 0.45
68 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 590 $22260 $10.7 0.3
69 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 580 $48680 $23.41 0.5
70 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 580 $37200 $17.88 0.1
71 Tool and Die Makers 570 $51110 $24.57 0.05
72 Security Guards 570 $24330 $11.7 0.7
73 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 550 $46220 $22.22 0.5
74 Electricians 550 $77090 $37.06 0.4
75 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 540 $23780 $11.43 1
76 Medical Secretaries 530 $38220 $18.37 0.4
77 Food Preparation Workers 510 $22250 $10.7 0.6
78 Financial Managers 500 $103330 $49.68 0.4
79 Pharmacy Technicians 500 $28820 $13.86 0.25
80 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 480 $44890 $21.58 0.3
81 Industrial Engineers 470 $75610 $36.35 0.2
82 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 470 $19960 $9.6 0.25
83 Firefighters 470 $43380 $20.86 0.2
84 Recreation Workers 450 $25460 $12.24 0.3
85 Dishwashers 450 $20300 $9.76 0.3
86 Legal Occupations 440 $90050 $43.3 0.8
87 Helpers--Production Workers 440 $29790 $14.32 0.3
88 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 430 $31820 $15.3 0.2
89 Telemarketers 430 $22000 $10.58 0.15
90 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 430 $58840 $28.29 0.3
91 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 430 $70200 $33.75 0.9
92 Tellers 420 $25210 $12.12 0.3
93 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 420 $46230 $22.23 0.2
94 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 410 $42450 $20.41 0.1
95 Industrial Production Managers 410 $90790 $43.65 0.1
96 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 410 $33860 $16.28 0
97 Residential Advisors 380 $24640 $11.85 0.1
98 Substitute Teachers 380 $27390 $13.17 0
99 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 380 $36720 $17.65 0.2
100 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 370 $75000 $36.06 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Rockford Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,060 148,300
Production Occupations 38,800 22,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,700 22,160
Sales and Related Occupations 35,340 13,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,140 13,450
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,590 12,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,820 10,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,710 9,140
Management Occupations 93,800 7,430
Team Assemblers 39,340 6,410
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,790 5,400
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,590 5,320
Retail Salespersons 25,270 4,840
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,730 4,800
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,850 4,570
Customer Service Representatives 29,120 4,220
Construction and Extraction Occupations 59,300 3,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,730 3,900
Registered Nurses 63,300 3,690
Cashiers 21,590 3,570
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,250 3,480
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,210 3,450
Office Clerks, General 32,470 3,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,420 2,770
Machinists 38,020 2,740
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,660 2,710
Protective Service Occupations 45,500 2,630
General and Operations Managers 98,770 2,520
Waiters and Waitresses 22,870 2,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,340 2,390
Nursing Assistants 27,730 2,240
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 32,610 2,080
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,060 1,900
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,380 1,660
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,070 1,650
Production Workers, All Other 33,210 1,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,680 1,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 37,480 1,460
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,250 1,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,880 1,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,360 1,310
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 39,770 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,000 1,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,410 1,150
Personal Care Aides 21,960 1,100
Medical Assistants 31,320 1,080
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 61,440 1,070
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,070 1,030
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,490 1,000
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,670 990

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,060 148,300
Production Occupations 38,800 22,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,700 22,160
Sales and Related Occupations 35,340 13,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,140 13,450
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,820 10,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,710 9,140
Management Occupations 93,800 7,430
Team Assemblers 39,340 6,410
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,790 5,400
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,590 5,320
Retail Salespersons 25,270 4,840
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,730 4,800
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,850 4,570
Customer Service Representatives 29,120 4,220
Construction and Extraction Occupations 59,300 3,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,730 3,900
Registered Nurses 63,300 3,690
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,210 3,450
Office Clerks, General 32,470 3,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,420 2,770
Machinists 38,020 2,740
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,660 2,710
Protective Service Occupations 45,500 2,630
General and Operations Managers 98,770 2,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,340 2,390
Nursing Assistants 27,730 2,240
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 32,610 2,080
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,060 1,900
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,380 1,660
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,070 1,650
Production Workers, All Other 33,210 1,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,680 1,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 37,480 1,460
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,250 1,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,880 1,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,360 1,310
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 39,770 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,000 1,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,410 1,150
Medical Assistants 31,320 1,080
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 61,440 1,070
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,070 1,030
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,490 1,000
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,670 990
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 33,770 930
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 29,180 800
Home Health Aides 26,760 800
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 31,040 770
Carpenters 50,430 750

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