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Columbus Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbus, Indiana Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Columbus than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Columbus.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Columbus.
  • A list of any large public companies in Columbus.

Jobs in Columbus

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations48960$43,380$20.85100
2Production Occupations12130$34,860$16.765.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations6240$35,890$17.2614.35
4Sales and Related Occupations4020$35,940$17.289.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations3440$21,480$10.328.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations2980$32,580$15.676.55
7Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2950$31,160$14.980
8Management Occupations2670$100,500$48.326.15
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations2320$41,140$19.786.05
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2180$77,010$37.035.8
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations1750$58,660$28.25.25
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1720$41,950$20.173.8
13Retail Salespersons1570$26,100$12.552.85
14Construction and Extraction Occupations1350$48,200$23.174.45
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1180$19,770$9.512.3
16Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic1050$34,090$16.390.1
17Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1050$36,040$17.330.3
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1020$24,910$11.983.65
19Helpers--Production Workers1020$27,010$12.990.3
20Computer and Mathematical Occupations920$73,640$35.412.9
21Healthcare Support Occupations920$28,710$13.83
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand880$28,020$13.471.7
23Office Clerks, General880$32,370$15.561.9
24First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers860$59,300$28.510.4
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers850$31,400$15.11.3
26Cashiers840$21,190$10.192.2
27Registered Nurses780$58,470$28.111.95
28General and Operations Managers740$108,590$52.211.5
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers730$42,940$20.651.2
30Community and Social Service Occupations630$43,500$20.921.65
31Waiters and Waitresses580$20,490$9.851.7
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers540$53,300$25.620.95
33Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products540$64,230$30.880.9
34Personal Care Aides530$20,600$9.911.5
35Maintenance and Repair Workers, General510$39,760$19.110.9
36Customer Service Representatives500$39,890$19.181.75
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers500$37,620$18.091
38Mechanical Engineers480$69,280$33.310.2
39Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive440$31,320$15.061.5
40Protective Service Occupations420$42,520$20.442.2
41Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks400$33,600$16.160.4
42Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners370$26,500$12.741.55
43Accountants and Auditors360$62,320$29.960.9
44Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks360$37,600$18.081.05
45Cooks, Restaurant360$23,760$11.430.8
46Nursing Assistants360$26,180$12.591
47Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks360$45,400$21.830.2
48Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners350$18,600$8.940.9
49Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic350$30,030$14.440.1
50Industrial Machinery Mechanics340$48,100$23.130.2
51Software Developers, Applications330$84,370$40.560.55
52Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders320$26,040$12.520.1
53Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic320$34,510$16.590
54Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations310$35,360$171.8
55Driver/Sales Workers290$19,650$9.450.3
56Electricians280$51,090$24.560.4
57Receptionists and Information Clerks270$26,900$12.930.7
58Cooks, Fast Food250$19,950$9.590.3
59Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic250$30,050$14.450.1
60First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers250$32,800$15.770.6
61Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers230$37,120$17.850.6
62Medical Secretaries230$34,630$16.650.4
63Tool and Die Makers230$42,770$20.560
64Construction Laborers220$39,750$19.110.8
65Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop220$18,760$9.020.3
66Management Analysts220$64,660$31.090.5
67Computer Systems Analysts210$80,500$38.70.4
68Medical Assistants210$28,260$13.590.45
69Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers200$26,410$12.70.8
70Tellers180$28,970$13.930.3
71Human Resources Specialists170$52,840$25.40.35
72Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic160$34,400$16.540
73Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses160$43,260$20.80.5
74Business Operations Specialists, All Other150$50,700$24.380.7
75Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics140$34,750$16.710.5
76Billing and Posting Clerks140$35,660$17.140.3
77Bus Drivers, School or Special Client130$33,320$16.020.3
78Child, Family, and School Social Workers130$39,760$19.120.2
79Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers130$20,690$9.950.3
80Home Health Aides130$25,680$12.350.7
81Insurance Sales Agents130$48,300$23.220.3
82Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists120$38,560$18.540.2
83Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks120$18,690$8.990.2
84Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators120$37,020$17.80.35
85Medical and Health Services Managers120$96,980$46.630.25
86Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment110$22,750$10.940.2
87Construction Managers110$81,270$39.070.3
88First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers110$62,950$30.260.4
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers110$61,200$29.420.3
90Sales Representatives, Services, All Other110$46,860$22.530.6
91Self-Enrichment Education Teachers110$30,910$14.860.2
92Training and Development Specialists110$43,450$20.890.2
93Computer User Support Specialists100$38,940$18.720.4
94Food Preparation Workers100$21,140$10.160.6
95Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic100$30,610$14.720
96Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists100$62,950$30.260.4
97Pharmacy Technicians100$29,470$14.170.3
98Postal Service Mail Carriers100$48,850$23.480.2
99Bartenders90$19,750$9.490.4
100Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other90$38,610$18.560.1
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Jobs More Common Near Columbus Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,38048,960
Production Occupations$34,86012,130
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,8906,240
Sales and Related Occupations$35,9404,020
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,4803,440
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,5802,980
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,1602,950
Management Occupations$100,5002,670
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,1402,320
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,0102,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,6601,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,9501,720
Retail Salespersons$26,1001,570
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,2001,350
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,7701,180
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic$34,0901,050
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$36,0401,050
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,9101,020
Helpers--Production Workers$27,0101,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,640920
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,710920
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,020880
Office Clerks, General$32,370880
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,300860
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,400850
Cashiers$21,190840
Registered Nurses$58,470780
General and Operations Managers$108,590740
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,940730
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,500630
Waiters and Waitresses$20,490580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,300540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,230540
Personal Care Aides$20,600530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,760510
Customer Service Representatives$39,890500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,620500
Mechanical Engineers$69,280480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,320440
Protective Service Occupations$42,520420
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$33,600400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,500370
Accountants and Auditors$62,320360
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,600360
Cooks, Restaurant$23,760360
Nursing Assistants$26,180360
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks$45,400360
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$18,600350
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$30,030350
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$48,100340

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Columbus, Indiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,38048,960
Production Occupations$34,86012,130
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,8906,240
Sales and Related Occupations$35,9404,020
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,5802,980
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,1602,950
Management Occupations$100,5002,670
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,1402,320
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,0102,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,6601,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,9501,720
Retail Salespersons$26,1001,570
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,2001,350
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic$34,0901,050
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$36,0401,050
Helpers--Production Workers$27,0101,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,640920
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,710920
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,020880
Office Clerks, General$32,370880
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,300860
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,400850
Registered Nurses$58,470780
General and Operations Managers$108,590740
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,940730
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,500630
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,300540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,230540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,760510
Customer Service Representatives$39,890500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,620500
Mechanical Engineers$69,280480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,320440
Protective Service Occupations$42,520420
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$33,600400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,500370
Accountants and Auditors$62,320360
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,600360
Nursing Assistants$26,180360
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks$45,400360
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$30,030350
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$48,100340
Software Developers, Applications$84,370330
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$26,040320
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$34,510320
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$35,360310
Electricians$51,090280
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,900270
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$30,050250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,800250

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