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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations143470$44,650$21.47100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations21330$33,770$16.2414.35
3Production Occupations20150$39,550$19.015.7
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations13000$23,400$11.258.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations12890$33,020$15.886.55
6Sales and Related Occupations12840$35,800$17.219.9
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9940$78,900$37.935.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations9240$55,980$26.916.05
9Management Occupations7370$94,530$45.456.15
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5410$45,310$21.783.8
11Healthcare Support Occupations5030$30,970$14.893
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations4760$58,950$28.345.25
13Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4720$29,940$14.391.7
14Retail Salespersons4070$26,990$12.982.85
15Customer Service Representatives4020$30,390$14.611.75
16Construction and Extraction Occupations3930$56,840$27.334.45
17Personal Care and Service Occupations3840$26,220$12.64.3
18Registered Nurses3670$65,550$31.511.95
19Cashiers3530$21,500$10.342.2
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3530$20,880$10.042.3
21Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3380$28,110$13.523.65
22Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3180$26,490$12.741.3
23Office Clerks, General3170$33,910$16.31.9
24Machinists2770$39,520$190.25
25Waiters and Waitresses2610$23,340$11.221.7
26General and Operations Managers2330$103,330$49.681.5
27Protective Service Occupations2310$45,460$21.862.2
28Architecture and Engineering Occupations2300$74,090$35.621.7
29Nursing Assistants2170$28,170$13.551
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2070$33,790$16.251.5
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1800$27,520$13.231.55
32Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1800$37,200$17.890.9
33Computer and Mathematical Occupations1740$69,150$33.242.9
34Packers and Packagers, Hand1710$24,960$120.45
35Community and Social Service Occupations1670$46,700$22.451.65
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1510$44,220$21.261.2
37Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1510$35,540$17.090.6
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1440$62,260$29.930.9
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1310$37,750$18.151.8
40Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1270$36,750$17.670.3
41Production Workers, All Other1210$33,540$16.130.2
42Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1200$40,710$19.570.1
43Receptionists and Information Clerks1130$27,530$13.240.7
44Cooks, Restaurant1110$26,260$12.630.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1070$41,370$19.891
46Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1030$36,880$17.731.05
47First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1010$62,060$29.840.4
48Personal Care Aides970$23,050$11.081.5
49Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators950$35,720$17.170.35
50Carpenters890$46,640$22.420.7
51Medical Assistants870$33,200$15.960.45
52Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers850$28,370$13.640.8
53Sales Representatives, Services, All Other850$55,500$26.690.6
54First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers820$52,320$25.160.95
55Home Health Aides810$27,670$13.30.7
56Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks800$34,250$16.470.4
57Cooks, Fast Food790$22,360$10.750.3
58Bus Drivers, School or Special Client730$32,540$15.640.3
59First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers720$33,980$16.330.6
60Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers710$37,960$18.250.3
61Business Operations Specialists, All Other680$54,500$26.20.7
62Food Preparation Workers670$23,520$11.310.6
63Recreation Workers670$22,230$10.690.25
64Mechanical Engineers650$79,210$38.080.2
65Accountants and Auditors640$61,160$29.410.9
66Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics640$44,860$21.570.5
67Bartenders620$25,760$12.380.4
68Security Guards600$27,560$13.250.7
69Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop570$22,150$10.650.3
70Construction Laborers560$43,550$20.940.8
71Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses540$49,970$24.020.5
72Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment520$26,690$12.830.2
73Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations520$66,990$32.210.8
74Medical Secretaries510$35,620$17.130.4
75Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners500$24,450$11.760.9
76Legal Occupations490$93,870$45.130.8
77Pharmacy Technicians490$29,800$14.330.3
78Financial Managers480$107,110$51.50.4
79Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education480$43,490$20.910.3
80Substitute Teachers480$27,260$13.110
81Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic470$38,540$18.530.1
82Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks460$45,030$21.650.2
83Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers450$65,450$31.460.4
84Tool and Die Makers450$49,260$23.680
85Tellers440$26,500$12.740.3
86Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants430$46,450$22.330.35
87Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters430$79,070$38.010.3
88Industrial Engineers420$75,370$36.230.2
89Self-Enrichment Education Teachers420$27,650$13.30.2
90Dental Assistants410$34,720$16.690.2
91Firefighters410$40,400$19.420.2
92Human Resources Specialists410$52,810$25.390.35
93Food Service Managers400$44,060$21.180.2
94Postal Service Mail Carriers400$51,020$24.530.2
95First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers390$63,250$30.410.3
96Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other390$41,460$19.930.1
97Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors380$37,490$18.020.2
98Industrial Production Managers380$96,970$46.620.1
99Sales Managers380$99,840$480.2
100Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders370$34,900$16.780.2
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Jobs More Common Near Rockford Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,650143,470
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,77021,330
Production Occupations$39,55020,150
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,40013,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,02012,890
Sales and Related Occupations$35,80012,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,9009,940
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,9809,240
Management Occupations$94,5307,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,3105,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,9705,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,9504,760
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,9404,720
Retail Salespersons$26,9904,070
Customer Service Representatives$30,3904,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations$56,8403,930
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,2203,840
Registered Nurses$65,5503,670
Cashiers$21,5003,530
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,8803,530
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,1103,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,4903,180
Office Clerks, General$33,9103,170
Machinists$39,5202,770
Waiters and Waitresses$23,3402,610
General and Operations Managers$103,3302,330
Protective Service Occupations$45,4602,310
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,0902,300
Nursing Assistants$28,1702,170
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,7902,070
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,5201,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2001,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,1501,740
Packers and Packagers, Hand$24,9601,710
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7001,670
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,2201,510
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,5401,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,2601,440
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$37,7501,310
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$36,7501,270
Production Workers, All Other$33,5401,210
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$40,7101,200
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,5301,130
Cooks, Restaurant$26,2601,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,3701,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,8801,030
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$62,0601,010
Personal Care Aides$23,050970
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,720950
Carpenters$46,640890

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,650143,470
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,77021,330
Production Occupations$39,55020,150
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,02012,890
Sales and Related Occupations$35,80012,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,9009,940
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,9809,240
Management Occupations$94,5307,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,3105,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,9705,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,9504,760
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,9404,720
Retail Salespersons$26,9904,070
Customer Service Representatives$30,3904,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations$56,8403,930
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,2203,840
Registered Nurses$65,5503,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,1103,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,4903,180
Office Clerks, General$33,9103,170
Machinists$39,5202,770
General and Operations Managers$103,3302,330
Protective Service Occupations$45,4602,310
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,0902,300
Nursing Assistants$28,1702,170
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,7902,070
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,5201,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2001,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,1501,740
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7001,670
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,2201,510
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,5401,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,2601,440
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$37,7501,310
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$36,7501,270
Production Workers, All Other$33,5401,210
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$40,7101,200
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,5301,130
Cooks, Restaurant$26,2601,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,3701,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,8801,030
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$62,0601,010
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,720950
Carpenters$46,640890
Medical Assistants$33,200870
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,370850
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,500850
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,320820
Home Health Aides$27,670810
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,250800

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