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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations106710$49,230$23.67100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations18710$36,950$17.7614.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations9730$22,990$11.068.55
4Business and Financial Operations Occupations9620$66,760$32.15.25
5Sales and Related Occupations9620$34,820$16.749.9
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9420$72,620$34.915.8
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations6370$51,760$24.896.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5090$29,800$14.326.55
9Construction and Extraction Occupations3760$59,710$28.714.45
10Production Occupations3690$35,040$16.855.7
11Business Operations Specialists, All Other3650$56,960$27.380.7
12Healthcare Support Occupations3510$30,820$14.823
13Retail Salespersons3490$27,270$13.112.85
14Registered Nurses3340$64,810$31.161.95
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3290$44,870$21.573.8
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations3220$82,230$39.532.9
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3070$20,920$10.062.3
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3020$28,800$13.853.65
19Personal Care and Service Occupations2530$29,740$14.34.3
20Protective Service Occupations2450$60,430$29.052.2
21Customer Service Representatives2060$32,690$15.721.75
22Cashiers2050$21,070$10.132.2
23Community and Social Service Occupations2040$48,690$23.411.65
24Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1780$27,700$13.321.3
25Accountants and Auditors1750$80,110$38.520.9
26Waiters and Waitresses1700$23,400$11.251.7
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1600$35,670$17.151.5
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1570$26,370$12.681.7
29Cooks, Restaurant1350$24,080$11.580.8
30Architecture and Engineering Occupations1280$81,610$39.241.7
31Nursing Assistants1250$27,490$13.221
32Receptionists and Information Clerks1150$27,550$13.250.7
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1150$31,290$15.041.55
34Computer Systems Analysts1140$93,180$44.80.4
35Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1100$23,350$11.230
36Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1090$58,540$28.150.35
37Legal Occupations1060$83,510$40.150.8
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1030$38,600$18.561.05
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations980$42,200$20.291.8
40Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners930$22,390$10.760.9
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General870$40,810$19.620.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers820$41,840$20.121
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers780$55,020$26.450.95
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products780$46,300$22.260.9
45Managers, All Other780$79,890$38.410.6
46Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers720$29,230$14.050.8
47Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers720$39,640$19.061.2
48Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics690$39,810$19.140.5
49Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses680$42,610$20.490.5
50Bartenders670$21,840$10.50.4
51Home Health Aides650$22,910$11.010.7
52Firefighters640$56,300$27.070.2
53Carpenters640$52,860$25.410.7
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers600$25,830$12.420.6
55Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education570$29,420$14.140.3
56Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations540$75,810$36.450.8
57Construction Laborers540$45,110$21.690.8
58Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers530$65,140$31.320.4
59Lawyers530$103,310$49.670.5
60Financial Managers530$125,080$60.130.4
61Food Preparation Workers520$22,710$10.920.6
62First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers520$32,290$15.520.6
63Loan Officers490$85,780$41.240.2
64Sales Representatives, Services, All Other480$48,870$23.490.6
65Medical Secretaries480$33,860$16.280.4
66Human Resources Specialists470$61,660$29.640.35
67Packers and Packagers, Hand460$23,010$11.060.45
68Management Analysts450$69,340$33.330.5
69Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists450$39,560$19.020.4
70Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists420$62,670$30.130.4
71Medical Assistants420$31,440$15.120.45
72Counter and Rental Clerks410$22,260$10.70.3
73Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators410$76,830$36.940.2
74Child, Family, and School Social Workers410$67,130$32.270.2
75Pharmacy Technicians400$29,510$14.190.3
76Security Guards400$44,660$21.470.7
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria390$24,810$11.930.3
78Tellers390$27,670$13.30.3
79Dishwashers390$20,860$10.030.3
80Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other370$40,250$19.350.2
81Physicians and Surgeons, All Other370$152,020$73.090.25
82Network and Computer Systems Administrators360$77,220$37.120.25
83Substitute Teachers360$33,410$16.060
84Computer Occupations, All Other350$80,830$38.860.2
85Medical Records and Health Information Technicians350$42,850$20.60.1
86Childcare Workers340$23,670$11.380.8
87Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks320$31,770$15.270.4
88Electricians320$67,170$32.290.4
89Driver/Sales Workers310$23,550$11.320.3
90Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers310$23,940$11.510.1
91Civil Engineers310$94,580$45.470.2
92Social and Human Service Assistants310$27,580$13.260.25
93Postal Service Mail Carriers310$50,430$24.250.2
94Insurance Sales Agents300$61,640$29.630.3
95First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers290$75,550$36.320.4
96Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment280$22,660$10.890.2
97Medical and Health Services Managers270$108,290$52.060.25
98First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers270$62,540$30.070.3
99Physical Therapists270$95,720$46.020.2
100Marketing Managers270$114,850$55.220.1
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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$49,230106,710
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,95018,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,9909,730
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7609,620
Sales and Related Occupations$34,8209,620
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,6209,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,7606,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,8005,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$59,7103,760
Production Occupations$35,0403,690
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$56,9603,650
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,8203,510
Retail Salespersons$27,2703,490
Registered Nurses$64,8103,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,8703,290
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,2303,220
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,9203,070
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,8003,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,7402,530
Protective Service Occupations$60,4302,450
Customer Service Representatives$32,6902,060
Cashiers$21,0702,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,6902,040
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,7001,780
Accountants and Auditors$80,1101,750
Waiters and Waitresses$23,4001,700
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6701,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,3701,570
Cooks, Restaurant$24,0801,350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,6101,280
Nursing Assistants$27,4901,250
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,5501,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,2901,150
Computer Systems Analysts$93,1801,140
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$23,3501,100
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$58,5401,090
Legal Occupations$83,5101,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,6001,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,200980
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,390930
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,810870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,840820
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,020780
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$46,300780
Managers, All Other$79,890780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,230720
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,640720
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,810690
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,610680
Bartenders$21,840670

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$49,230106,710
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,95018,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7609,620
Sales and Related Occupations$34,8209,620
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,6209,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,7606,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,8005,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$59,7103,760
Production Occupations$35,0403,690
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$56,9603,650
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,8203,510
Retail Salespersons$27,2703,490
Registered Nurses$64,8103,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,8703,290
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,2303,220
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,8003,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,7402,530
Protective Service Occupations$60,4302,450
Customer Service Representatives$32,6902,060
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,6902,040
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,7001,780
Accountants and Auditors$80,1101,750
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6701,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,3701,570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,6101,280
Nursing Assistants$27,4901,250
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,5501,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,2901,150
Computer Systems Analysts$93,1801,140
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$58,5401,090
Legal Occupations$83,5101,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,6001,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,200980
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,810870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,840820
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,020780
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$46,300780
Managers, All Other$79,890780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,230720
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,640720
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,810690
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,610680
Firefighters$56,300640
Carpenters$52,860640
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$25,830600
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$29,420570
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,810540
Construction Laborers$45,110540
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$65,140530
Lawyers$103,310530

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