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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations103540$50,560$24.31100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations17740$37,830$18.1913.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10320$23,470$11.288.7
4Sales and Related Occupations9330$37,120$17.859.5
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations9010$70,810$34.045.35
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations8590$79,520$38.235.85
7Management Occupations6500$98,700$47.456.35
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations6360$48,440$23.296
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5140$32,660$15.76.7
10Production Occupations3850$35,230$16.945.6
11Office Clerks, General3710$37,840$18.191.9
12Retail Salespersons3690$27,890$13.412.7
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3650$46,710$22.463.75
14Construction and Extraction Occupations3600$55,700$26.784.6
15Business Operations Specialists, All Other3430$70,830$34.050.7
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations3130$82,520$39.673
17Registered Nurses3090$68,310$32.841.95
18Healthcare Support Occupations3050$31,600$15.192.85
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3010$21,140$10.162.45
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2940$29,960$14.43.6
21Personal Care and Service Occupations2330$30,650$14.744.65
22Customer Service Representatives2250$33,200$15.961.75
23General and Operations Managers1980$94,460$45.421.5
24Protective Service Occupations1980$60,970$29.312.2
25Cashiers1970$22,100$10.622.2
26Waiters and Waitresses1960$21,730$10.451.65
27Community and Social Service Occupations1870$48,150$23.151.75
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1610$28,040$13.481.25
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1400$36,180$17.391.4
30Accountants and Auditors1350$75,960$36.520.9
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations1340$82,850$39.831.7
32Cooks, Restaurant1320$25,500$12.260.9
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1150$31,700$15.241.5
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1040$40,420$19.431.05
35Legal Occupations1040$88,640$42.620.8
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1020$48,380$23.261.8
37Computer Systems Analysts990$90,350$43.440.4
38Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants980$59,580$28.650.35
39Nursing Assistants910$29,340$14.110.95
40Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners900$23,360$11.230.9
41Receptionists and Information Clerks820$25,200$12.120.7
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers800$40,840$19.640.95
43Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics770$39,090$18.790.5
44Bartenders760$23,520$11.310.4
45Maintenance and Repair Workers, General760$39,300$18.890.9
46Construction Laborers740$49,570$23.830.9
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers730$32,100$15.430.6
48Food Preparation Workers720$23,190$11.150.5
49Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers710$46,450$22.331.2
50First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers670$54,560$26.230.95
51Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products660$56,580$27.20.85
52Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education650$28,460$13.690.3
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers640$32,320$15.540.6
54Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses630$44,120$21.210.5
55Managers, All Other620$78,670$37.820.7
56Sales Representatives, Services, All Other620$61,530$29.580.7
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers610$30,290$14.560.75
58Medical Assistants590$32,660$15.70.45
59Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations580$72,580$34.890.8
60Home Health Aides570$23,990$11.530.6
61Medical Secretaries540$33,580$16.140.4
62Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers530$65,730$31.60.4
63Human Resources Specialists520$60,460$29.070.4
64Financial Managers510$127,270$61.190.4
65Lawyers490$117,660$56.570.5
66Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria480$25,510$12.260.3
67Carpenters460$50,780$24.410.6
68Management Analysts460$75,010$36.060.55
69Substitute Teachers450$27,450$13.20.4
70Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists430$62,610$30.10.45
71Security Guards420$48,520$23.330.7
72Tellers420$28,780$13.840.25
73Civil Engineers400$93,090$44.760.2
74Child, Family, and School Social Workers380$60,960$29.310.2
75Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists380$39,550$19.010.4
76Loan Officers380$81,410$39.140.2
77Network and Computer Systems Administrators380$74,610$35.870.2
78Bus Drivers, School or Special Client360$36,150$17.380.3
79Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians360$54,280$26.090.2
80Counter and Rental Clerks360$23,590$11.340.3
81Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents360$70,760$34.020
82Billing and Posting Clerks350$42,290$20.330.3
83Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators340$60,420$29.050.25
84Physicians and Surgeons, All Other340$195,930$94.20.3
85Software Developers, Applications340$88,470$42.530.65
86Administrative Services Managers330$87,760$42.190.2
87Computer User Support Specialists320$46,290$22.260.4
88Electricians320$67,050$32.240.45
89Loan Interviewers and Clerks320$38,640$18.580.1
90Postal Service Mail Carriers320$51,750$24.880.2
91Food Service Managers310$45,900$22.070.2
92Medical Records and Health Information Technicians310$45,500$21.880.1
93Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other310$37,320$17.940.1
94Pharmacy Technicians310$30,200$14.520.3
95Childcare Workers300$23,310$11.210.7
96Insurance Sales Agents300$83,020$39.910.3
97Dishwashers280$21,880$10.520.3
98Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters280$81,490$39.180.3
99Data Entry Keyers270$33,070$15.90.1
100Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks270$31,980$15.380.4
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Springfield Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,560103,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,83017,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,47010,320
Sales and Related Occupations$37,1209,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,8109,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,5208,590
Management Occupations$98,7006,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,4406,360
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,6605,140
Production Occupations$35,2303,850
Office Clerks, General$37,8403,710
Retail Salespersons$27,8903,690
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,7103,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,7003,600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$70,8303,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,5203,130
Registered Nurses$68,3103,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,6003,050
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,1403,010
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,9602,940
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,6502,330
Customer Service Representatives$33,2002,250
General and Operations Managers$94,4601,980
Protective Service Occupations$60,9701,980
Cashiers$22,1001,970
Waiters and Waitresses$21,7301,960
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,1501,870
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,0401,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,1801,400
Accountants and Auditors$75,9601,350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,8501,340
Cooks, Restaurant$25,5001,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,7001,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,4201,040
Legal Occupations$88,6401,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,3801,020
Computer Systems Analysts$90,350990
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$59,580980
Nursing Assistants$29,340910
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,360900
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,200820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,840800
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,090770
Bartenders$23,520760
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,300760
Construction Laborers$49,570740
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,100730
Food Preparation Workers$23,190720
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,450710
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,560670

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,560103,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,83017,740
Sales and Related Occupations$37,1209,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,8109,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,5208,590
Management Occupations$98,7006,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,4406,360
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,6605,140
Production Occupations$35,2303,850
Office Clerks, General$37,8403,710
Retail Salespersons$27,8903,690
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,7103,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,7003,600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$70,8303,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,5203,130
Registered Nurses$68,3103,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,6003,050
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,9602,940
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,6502,330
Customer Service Representatives$33,2002,250
General and Operations Managers$94,4601,980
Protective Service Occupations$60,9701,980
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,1501,870
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,0401,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,1801,400
Accountants and Auditors$75,9601,350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,8501,340
Cooks, Restaurant$25,5001,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,7001,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,4201,040
Legal Occupations$88,6401,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,3801,020
Computer Systems Analysts$90,350990
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$59,580980
Nursing Assistants$29,340910
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,200820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,840800
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,090770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,300760
Construction Laborers$49,570740
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,100730
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,450710
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,560670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,580660
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$28,460650
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,320640
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,120630
Managers, All Other$78,670620
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$61,530620
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,290610

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