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Springfield Employment

Employment and Industries in the Springfield, Illinois Area

Due to Springfield being the capital of Illinois, a large number of the jobs in Springfield are centered around the state government. Trade transportation and warehousing; and healthcare are other major employment sectors. Memorial Health Systems is one of the largest private sector employers. The area also includes over 130 manufacturing companies. The city is also home to several back office operations of national companies in the fields of telecommunications, insurance and technology. Tourism, affiliated with President Lincoln, significantly contributes to the Springfield economy.

Accolades for Springfield: Business Development Outlook magazine placed Springfield in the top 25 cities in the nation for doing business. Rated as a five star location for medium-sized business expansion and relocation by Expansion Management magazine. The Center for Governmental Studies audit showed that the overall labor quality in Springfield is among the best in the nation, based on information provided by local employers.

A list of the largest employers in the Springfield region is provided below:

  • State of Illinois
  • Memorial Health System
  • St. John's Hospital
  • Illinois National Guard
  • Springfield public schools
  • City of Springfield
  • SIU School of Medicine
  • Horace Mann Insurance Company
  • SBC/Ameritech
  • Springfield Clinic, LLP
  • U.S. Postal Office
  • United Contractors
  • Cingular Wireless SBC
  • Freeman United Mining
  • AIG American General
  • Express Personnel Services

The primary employment sectors in Springfield are shown below:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation & warehousing
  • Healthcare
  • Accommodations, food & entertainment
  • Education
  • Finance, insurance, real estate & management
  • Information, professional & technical
  • Manufacturing

Noteworthy information about Springfield: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $42,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 77 which is low when compared to the nation's average of 100. About 31% of the adult population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

Springfield companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

The State Journal-Register offers current information regarding the business activities in Springfield.

Jobs in Springfield

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 106420 $49430 $23.76 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21100 $38050 $18.3 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10210 $22560 $10.85 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 9690 $34570 $16.62 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9550 $70080 $33.69 5.75
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6870 $66270 $31.86 5.05
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6240 $51370 $24.7 6.15
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4360 $34020 $16.35 6.45
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3770 $60030 $28.86 4.4
10 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3610 $20470 $9.84 2.15
11 Healthcare Support Occupations 3570 $29900 $14.38 3.05
12 Retail Salespersons 3520 $27360 $13.15 3.1
13 Registered Nurses 3380 $63340 $30.45 1.9
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3280 $45990 $22.11 3.8
15 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3080 $83350 $40.07 2.8
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2980 $27910 $13.42 3.7
17 Production Occupations 2890 $39080 $18.79 5.85
18 Protective Service Occupations 2610 $55920 $26.88 2.25
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2450 $28700 $13.8 4.1
20 Cashiers 2360 $20930 $10.06 2.25
21 Customer Service Representatives 2200 $32430 $15.59 1.75
22 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2180 $64960 $31.23 0.7
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 1940 $48540 $23.34 1.65
24 Waiters and Waitresses 1740 $22050 $10.6 1.6
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1710 $34830 $16.74 1.6
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1690 $29010 $13.95 1.2
27 Nursing Assistants 1400 $26410 $12.7 1.05
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1380 $28290 $13.6 1.6
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1340 $81400 $39.14 1.65
30 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1260 $54070 $25.99 0.5
31 Computer Systems Analysts 1120 $98820 $47.51 0.4
32 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1080 $27580 $13.26 0.7
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1060 $40980 $19.7 1.7
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1060 $38600 $18.56 1.1
35 Cooks, Restaurant 1040 $23260 $11.18 0.75
36 Legal Occupations 990 $80800 $38.85 0.8
37 Accountants and Auditors 980 $65360 $31.42 0.9
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 930 $42920 $20.64 1
39 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 880 $31900 $15.34 1.6
40 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 860 $28370 $13.64 0.6
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 810 $42870 $20.61 0.9
42 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 770 $53250 $25.6 1
43 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 770 $21410 $10.29 1
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 710 $34950 $16.8 0.6
45 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 680 $42080 $20.23 0.5
46 Managers, All Other 670 $87420 $42.03 0.65
47 Carpenters 660 $50040 $24.06 0.6
48 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 650 $49410 $23.75 1
49 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 620 $38430 $18.48 0.5
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 610 $30350 $14.59 0.8
51 Food Preparation Workers 600 $22430 $10.79 0.6
52 Bartenders 600 $21290 $10.23 0.4
53 Construction Laborers 600 $47150 $22.67 0.8
54 Home Health Aides 600 $23030 $11.07 0.7
55 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 580 $57800 $27.79 0.45
56 Security Guards 580 $42350 $20.36 0.7
57 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 560 $76890 $36.97 0.9
58 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 550 $28390 $13.65 0.3
59 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 550 $41110 $19.77 1.2
60 Tellers 530 $26620 $12.8 0.3
61 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 500 $45730 $21.98 0.2
62 Lawyers 500 $103600 $49.81 0.5
63 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 490 $39220 $18.85 0.3
64 Financial Managers 480 $114100 $54.86 0.4
65 Human Resources Specialists 480 $61050 $29.35 0.3
66 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 470 $41410 $19.91 0.4
67 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 450 $85100 $40.92 0.3
68 Medical Secretaries 440 $33440 $16.08 0.4
69 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 440 $40320 $19.38 0.2
70 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 420 $78480 $37.73 0.2
71 Pharmacy Technicians 420 $31310 $15.06 0.25
72 Pharmacists 420 $127640 $61.37 0.2
73 Dishwashers 390 $20580 $9.89 0.3
74 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 390 $23950 $11.51 0.3
75 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 380 $49390 $23.74 0.6
76 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 380 $67610 $32.5 0.2
77 Counter and Rental Clerks 380 $22760 $10.94 0.3
78 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 370 $156080 $75.04 0.2
79 Production Workers, All Other 370 $28470 $13.69 0.2
80 Chief Executives 370 $160980 $77.4 0.2
81 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 370 $75700 $36.4 0.3
82 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 350 $33120 $15.93 0.4
83 Personal Care Aides 350 $22790 $10.96 1.3
84 Medical Assistants 350 $29810 $14.33 0.45
85 Loan Officers 350 $76880 $36.96 0.2
86 Management Analysts 350 $78400 $37.69 0.5
87 Childcare Workers 340 $22580 $10.86 0.8
88 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 330 $42060 $20.22 0.1
89 Civil Engineers 310 $96820 $46.55 0.2
90 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 310 $28890 $13.89 0.2
91 Postal Service Mail Carriers 300 $50860 $24.45 0.15
92 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 300 $63720 $30.63 0.35
93 Substitute Teachers 290 $32150 $15.46 0
94 Insurance Sales Agents 290 $63710 $30.63 0.3
95 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 280 $58640 $28.19 0.1
96 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 280 $20630 $9.92 0.3
97 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 280 $58180 $27.97 0.3
98 Driver/Sales Workers 270 $22660 $10.9 0.3
99 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 270 $72360 $34.79 0.4
100 Sales Managers 260 $121710 $58.52 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Springfield Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 49,430 106,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,050 21,100
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,560 10,210
Sales and Related Occupations 34,570 9,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,080 9,550
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,270 6,870
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,370 6,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,020 4,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations 60,030 3,770
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,470 3,610
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,900 3,570
Retail Salespersons 27,360 3,520
Registered Nurses 63,340 3,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,990 3,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 83,350 3,080
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,910 2,980
Production Occupations 39,080 2,890
Protective Service Occupations 55,920 2,610
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,700 2,450
Cashiers 20,930 2,360
Customer Service Representatives 32,430 2,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 64,960 2,180
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,540 1,940
Waiters and Waitresses 22,050 1,740
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,830 1,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 29,010 1,690
Nursing Assistants 26,410 1,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,290 1,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,400 1,340
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 54,070 1,260
Computer Systems Analysts 98,820 1,120
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,580 1,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,980 1,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,600 1,060
Cooks, Restaurant 23,260 1,040
Legal Occupations 80,800 990
Accountants and Auditors 65,360 980
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,920 930
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,900 880
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 28,370 860
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,870 810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,250 770
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,410 770
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,950 710
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,080 680
Managers, All Other 87,420 670
Carpenters 50,040 660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 49,410 650
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 38,430 620
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,350 610

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 49,430 106,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,050 21,100
Sales and Related Occupations 34,570 9,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,080 9,550
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,270 6,870
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,370 6,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,020 4,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations 60,030 3,770
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,900 3,570
Retail Salespersons 27,360 3,520
Registered Nurses 63,340 3,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,990 3,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 83,350 3,080
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,910 2,980
Production Occupations 39,080 2,890
Protective Service Occupations 55,920 2,610
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,700 2,450
Customer Service Representatives 32,430 2,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 64,960 2,180
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,540 1,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,830 1,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 29,010 1,690
Nursing Assistants 26,410 1,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,290 1,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,400 1,340
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 54,070 1,260
Computer Systems Analysts 98,820 1,120
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,580 1,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,980 1,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,600 1,060
Legal Occupations 80,800 990
Accountants and Auditors 65,360 980
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,920 930
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,900 880
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 28,370 860
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,870 810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,250 770
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,950 710
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,080 680
Managers, All Other 87,420 670
Carpenters 50,040 660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 49,410 650
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 38,430 620
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,350 610
Construction Laborers 47,150 600
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 57,800 580
Security Guards 42,350 580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 76,890 560
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 28,390 550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,110 550

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