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 Occupations104580$51,020$24.53100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations16230$39,550$19.0113.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10070$22,940$11.038.7
4Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9330$80,660$38.785.85
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations9170$73,910$35.545.35
6Sales and Related Occupations8720$36,680$17.639.5
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7450$31,310$15.056.7
8Educational Instruction and Library Occupations6970$45,970$22.16
9Management Occupations6080$99,180$47.686.35
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3880$48,610$23.373.75
11Registered Nurses3790$70,090$33.71.95
12Healthcare Support Occupations3780$30,680$14.752.85
13Office Clerks, General3780$38,060$18.31.9
14Production Occupations3630$35,800$17.215.6
15Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other3600$83,460$40.130.7
16Construction and Extraction Occupations3370$57,120$27.464.6
17Retail Salespersons3150$28,520$13.712.7
18Computer and Mathematical Occupations3040$83,650$40.213
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2970$32,280$15.523.6
20Fast Food and Counter Workers2800$21,080$10.132.45
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2430$27,070$13.021.8
22Cashiers2260$22,450$10.792.2
23Waiters and Waitresses2240$20,830$10.021.65
24General and Operations Managers2150$94,160$45.271.5
25Customer Service Representatives2100$35,190$16.921.75
26Protective Service Occupations1940$62,560$30.082.2
27Community and Social Service Occupations1840$50,140$24.111.75
28Personal Care and Service Occupations1790$32,950$15.844.65
29Stockers and Order Fillers1490$27,870$13.41.25
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1410$31,070$14.941.5
31Accountants and Auditors1350$76,890$36.960.9
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations1350$79,690$38.311.7
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1250$35,870$17.251.4
34Home Health and Personal Care Aides1150$24,950$11.990
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1130$40,060$19.261.05
36Nursing Assistants1130$29,100$13.990.95
37Legal Occupations1060$81,930$39.390.8
38Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1050$50,330$24.21.8
39Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1020$59,930$28.810.35
40Computer Systems Analysts1010$90,310$43.420.4
41Cooks, Restaurant990$24,440$11.750.9
42Light Truck Drivers880$33,930$16.310.6
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General830$40,720$19.580.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers790$28,500$13.70.6
45Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics780$44,610$21.450.5
46Receptionists and Information Clerks770$27,020$12.990.7
47Construction Laborers740$52,520$25.250.9
48First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers740$57,190$27.490.95
49Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products740$54,030$25.980.85
50Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses710$44,940$21.610.5
51Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations710$71,920$34.580.8
52Medical Assistants700$33,940$16.320.45
53Substitute Teachers, Short-Term700$30,200$14.520.4
54Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers680$43,000$20.671.2
55First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers670$43,600$20.960.95
56Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers660$90,910$43.710.65
57Bartenders620$23,150$11.130.4
58Food Preparation Workers610$23,130$11.120.5
59Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants610$33,110$15.920.4
60Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners600$25,270$12.150.9
61Human Resources Specialists580$60,730$29.20.4
62Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers580$31,240$15.020.75
63Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education560$29,210$14.040.3
64Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel510$64,290$30.910.7
65Management Analysts500$73,650$35.410.55
66Carpenters460$56,440$27.130.6
67Lawyers460$106,280$51.10.5
68Child, Family, and School Social Workers450$57,910$27.840.2
69Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria450$25,760$12.390.3
70Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other450$78,180$37.590.7
71Civil Engineers440$89,900$43.220.2
72Tellers440$29,540$14.20.25
73Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians430$47,410$22.790.2
74Financial Managers430$122,360$58.820.4
75Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers420$71,510$34.380.4
76Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents420$51,950$24.980
77Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity400$37,450$180.3
78Security Guards400$46,250$22.230.7
79Social and Human Service Assistants390$41,350$19.880.3
80Billing and Posting Clerks380$44,280$21.290.3
81Insurance Sales Agents380$69,380$33.360.3
82Data Entry Keyers370$36,890$17.730.1
83Network and Computer Systems Administrators360$76,620$36.840.2
84Administrative Services and Facilities Managers350$87,170$41.910
85Food Servers, Nonrestaurant350$25,860$12.430.2
86Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists350$61,720$29.680.45
87Loan Interviewers and Clerks340$38,350$18.440.1
88Loan Officers340$73,160$35.170.2
89Pharmacy Technicians340$30,830$14.820.3
90Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric330$264,760$127.290.3
91Food Service Managers320$44,750$21.510.2
92Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists320$42,300$20.340.4
93Postal Service Mail Carriers320$52,510$25.240.2
94Electricians310$67,680$32.540.45
95Firefighters310$56,590$27.210.2
96Dishwashers300$22,530$10.830.3
97Driver/Sales Workers300$27,170$13.060.3
98Paralegals and Legal Assistants300$59,900$28.80.2
99Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks300$33,340$16.030.4
100Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other290$67,200$32.310.2
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$51,020104,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,55016,230
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,94010,070
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,6609,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$73,9109,170
Sales and Related Occupations$36,6808,720
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,3107,450
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$45,9706,970
Management Occupations$99,1806,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,6103,880
Registered Nurses$70,0903,790
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,6803,780
Office Clerks, General$38,0603,780
Production Occupations$35,8003,630
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$83,4603,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations$57,1203,370
Retail Salespersons$28,5203,150
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,6503,040
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,2802,970
Fast Food and Counter Workers$21,0802,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,0702,430
Cashiers$22,4502,260
Waiters and Waitresses$20,8302,240
General and Operations Managers$94,1602,150
Customer Service Representatives$35,1902,100
Protective Service Occupations$62,5601,940
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,1401,840
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,9501,790
Stockers and Order Fillers$27,8701,490
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,0701,410
Accountants and Auditors$76,8901,350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,6901,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,8701,250
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$24,9501,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,0601,130
Nursing Assistants$29,1001,130
Legal Occupations$81,9301,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,3301,050
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$59,9301,020
Computer Systems Analysts$90,3101,010
Cooks, Restaurant$24,440990
Light Truck Drivers$33,930880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,720830
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,500790
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$44,610780
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,020770
Construction Laborers$52,520740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,190740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,030740
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,940710

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$51,020104,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,55016,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,6609,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$73,9109,170
Sales and Related Occupations$36,6808,720
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,3107,450
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$45,9706,970
Management Occupations$99,1806,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,6103,880
Registered Nurses$70,0903,790
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,6803,780
Office Clerks, General$38,0603,780
Production Occupations$35,8003,630
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$83,4603,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations$57,1203,370
Retail Salespersons$28,5203,150
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,6503,040
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,2802,970
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,0702,430
General and Operations Managers$94,1602,150
Customer Service Representatives$35,1902,100
Protective Service Occupations$62,5601,940
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,1401,840
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,9501,790
Stockers and Order Fillers$27,8701,490
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,0701,410
Accountants and Auditors$76,8901,350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,6901,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,8701,250
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,0601,130
Nursing Assistants$29,1001,130
Legal Occupations$81,9301,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,3301,050
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$59,9301,020
Computer Systems Analysts$90,3101,010
Light Truck Drivers$33,930880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,720830
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,500790
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$44,610780
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,020770
Construction Laborers$52,520740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,190740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,030740
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,940710
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$71,920710
Medical Assistants$33,940700
Substitute Teachers, Short-Term$30,200700
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,000680
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,600670
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$90,910660

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