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Indianapolis Employment

Employment and Industries in the Indianapolis, Indiana Area

As might be expected of a city that is both the capital of the State of Indiana, as well as the county seat for Marion County, government plays a very large role in the economy of the Indianapolis area. While government is a large employer in the Indianapolis area, and manufacturing was historically another major driver of the Indianapolis economy, the economy is much more diverse and includes:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Information technology
  • Insurance and financial services
  • Life sciences
  • Retailing
  • Services
  • Sports/motor sports
  • Tourism
  • Transportation

The Indianapolis-Carmel metropolitan area is home to many Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company based in the area is Wellpoint. The most famous based in the area is Eli Lilly. All Fortune 1000 companies in the area include:

  • Conseco
  • Eli Lilly
  • Guidant
  • Marsh Supermarkets
  • Simon Property Group
  • Wellpoint

Other notable companies with a presence in the area include:

  • The world headquarters of Dow AgroSciences
  • The US headquarters of Roche Diagnostics
  • The US headquarters of Thomson SA

Providing an impetus behind the Indianapolis economy is a well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, over 27% of the Indianapolis population has a bachelor degree or higher. According to a 2005 Central Connecticut State University study, Indianapolis was ranked as the 23rd most literate city in the U.S.

Business honors awarded to the Indianapolis-Carmel metropolitan area include:

  • The Indianapolis area was ranked sixteenth among the top 50 large cities/metropolitan areas in the United States on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • Forbes magazine ranked Indianapolis as the tenth "Best Place For Business And Careers" on its 2006 survey among the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
  • The Indianapolis metropolitan area ranked 32nd among large U.S. Cities on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" (out of 393 population centers across the United States). The 2004 and 2005 editions of the Inc. survey ranked Indianapolis number one for the "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • The Indianapolis metropolitan area was ranked the 104th best performing city in the United States on the Milken Institute's "2005 Best Performing Cities" report studying the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

For business commuters, four interstate highways intersect in Indianapolis. For air travel, Indianapolis is served by the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) which provides service from 10 major and 19 national passenger airlines.

Business and economic development organizations in the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area include:

The Indianapolis Business Journal, Indiana Business Review, Inside Indiana Business, and the "Business Section" of the Indianapolis Star are all excellent sources of information on the Indianapolis area economy and business community.

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Jobs in Indianapolis

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1014780 $46840 $22.52 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 152400 $36440 $17.52 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 103640 $42110 $20.25 10.15
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 102460 $34290 $16.48 6.45
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 93760 $21980 $10.57 8.3
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70170 $79190 $38.07 5.75
7 Production Occupations 66390 $35540 $17.09 5.85
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57580 $65860 $31.66 5.05
9 Management Occupations 56710 $99960 $48.06 6.05
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42100 $48150 $23.15 6.15
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40320 $45350 $21.8 3.8
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 37970 $48420 $23.28 4.4
13 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34190 $28630 $13.77 1.6
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 31540 $74930 $36.03 2.8
15 Retail Salespersons 30250 $24960 $12 3.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29070 $25760 $12.38 3.7
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 25210 $30550 $14.69 3.05
18 Personal Care and Service Occupations 25090 $23990 $11.53 4.1
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23890 $18530 $8.91 2.15
20 Registered Nurses 23640 $63340 $30.45 1.9
21 Protective Service Occupations 23290 $38160 $18.34 2.25
22 Cashiers 22760 $19670 $9.46 2.25
23 Customer Service Representatives 22470 $37350 $17.96 1.75
24 Waiters and Waitresses 18900 $22240 $10.69 1.6
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 18730 $48970 $23.54 1.2
26 Office Clerks, General 18490 $32770 $15.76 2
27 General and Operations Managers 17600 $107990 $51.92 1.4
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 14660 $24630 $11.84 1.6
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 14120 $72260 $34.74 1.65
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 13370 $47050 $22.62 1.7
31 Team Assemblers 13100 $27770 $13.35 0.75
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 12490 $35060 $16.86 1.6
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 12350 $26400 $12.69 1.2
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 11550 $44580 $21.43 1.65
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 11370 $72680 $34.94 1
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 10570 $40450 $19.45 1.1
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 10430 $56880 $27.35 1
38 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 10230 $77050 $37.05 0.9
39 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10000 $39200 $18.85 0.9
40 Packers and Packagers, Hand 9910 $22880 $11 0.45
41 Accountants and Auditors 9200 $69420 $33.37 0.9
42 Cooks, Restaurant 8820 $23590 $11.34 0.75
43 Nursing Assistants 8770 $26130 $12.56 1.05
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 8390 $43130 $20.73 1
45 Personal Care Aides 8250 $21210 $10.2 1.3
46 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 8120 $28700 $13.8 0.4
47 Food Preparation Workers 8100 $20540 $9.88 0.6
48 Security Guards 8060 $25200 $12.12 0.7
49 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 7240 $32790 $15.76 0.6
50 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 7230 $58450 $28.1 0.6
51 Legal Occupations 7080 $87600 $42.12 0.8
52 Management Analysts 6740 $76030 $36.55 0.5
53 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 6690 $64360 $30.94 0.7
54 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6550 $33410 $16.06 0.6
55 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 6090 $32740 $15.74 0.35
56 Receptionists and Information Clerks 6020 $29280 $14.08 0.7
57 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5760 $21410 $10.29 1
58 Managers, All Other 5690 $73400 $35.29 0.65
59 Software Developers, Applications 5470 $83530 $40.16 0.5
60 Driver/Sales Workers 5460 $23790 $11.44 0.3
61 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 5410 $25530 $12.27 0.3
62 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 5380 $26170 $12.58 0.8
63 Construction Laborers 5300 $38990 $18.75 0.8
64 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 5250 $215140 $103.43 0.2
65 Human Resources Specialists 5200 $57360 $27.58 0.3
66 Home Health Aides 5190 $23360 $11.23 0.7
67 Carpenters 4980 $44490 $21.39 0.6
68 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4880 $42690 $20.53 0.5
69 Computer User Support Specialists 4850 $54400 $26.16 0.4
70 Computer Systems Analysts 4600 $81850 $39.35 0.4
71 Electricians 4550 $53340 $25.64 0.4
72 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 4320 $45650 $21.95 0.5
73 Medical Assistants 4260 $32540 $15.64 0.45
74 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 4260 $58980 $28.36 0.35
75 Insurance Sales Agents 4200 $62150 $29.88 0.3
76 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 4160 $59460 $28.59 0.4
77 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 4090 $66760 $32.09 0.4
78 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 4050 $101790 $48.94 0.2
79 Bartenders 3940 $25130 $12.08 0.4
80 Medical Secretaries 3850 $34240 $16.46 0.4
81 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3760 $51350 $24.69 0.3
82 Childcare Workers 3760 $20980 $10.08 0.8
83 Lawyers 3750 $116900 $56.2 0.5
84 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 3710 $23690 $11.39 0.3
85 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 3660 $40960 $19.69 0.3
86 Counter and Rental Clerks 3600 $30330 $14.58 0.3
87 Pharmacy Technicians 3580 $31120 $14.96 0.25
88 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3560 $61200 $29.42 0.3
89 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 3560 $57420 $27.61 0.45
90 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 3550 $78530 $37.75 0.3
91 Billing and Posting Clerks 3430 $37430 $17.99 0.35
92 Machinists 3370 $43100 $20.72 0.3
93 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3350 $31250 $15.03 0.1
94 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 3350 $49840 $23.96 0.5
95 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 3330 $18120 $8.71 0.3
96 Financial Managers 3260 $127790 $61.44 0.4
97 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3070 $19320 $9.29 0.25
98 Firefighters 3070 $49610 $23.85 0.2
99 Cooks, Fast Food 3030 $19340 $9.3 0.3
100 Dishwashers 3000 $19590 $9.42 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Indianapolis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,840 1,014,780
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,440 152,400
Sales and Related Occupations 42,110 103,640
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,290 102,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,980 93,760
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,190 70,170
Production Occupations 35,540 66,390
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,860 57,580
Management Occupations 99,960 56,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,150 42,100
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,350 40,320
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,420 37,970
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,630 34,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,930 31,540
Retail Salespersons 24,960 30,250
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,760 29,070
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,550 25,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,990 25,090
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,530 23,890
Registered Nurses 63,340 23,640
Protective Service Occupations 38,160 23,290
Cashiers 19,670 22,760
Customer Service Representatives 37,350 22,470
Waiters and Waitresses 22,240 18,900
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,970 18,730
Office Clerks, General 32,770 18,490
General and Operations Managers 107,990 17,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,630 14,660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,260 14,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,050 13,370
Team Assemblers 27,770 13,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,060 12,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,400 12,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,580 11,550
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,680 11,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,450 10,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,880 10,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 77,050 10,230
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,200 10,000
Packers and Packagers, Hand 22,880 9,910
Accountants and Auditors 69,420 9,200
Cooks, Restaurant 23,590 8,820
Nursing Assistants 26,130 8,770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,130 8,390
Personal Care Aides 21,210 8,250
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 28,700 8,120
Food Preparation Workers 20,540 8,100
Security Guards 25,200 8,060
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,790 7,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 58,450 7,230

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,840 1,014,780
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,440 152,400
Sales and Related Occupations 42,110 103,640
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,290 102,460
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,190 70,170
Production Occupations 35,540 66,390
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,860 57,580
Management Occupations 99,960 56,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,150 42,100
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,350 40,320
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,420 37,970
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,630 34,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,930 31,540
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,760 29,070
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,550 25,210
Registered Nurses 63,340 23,640
Protective Service Occupations 38,160 23,290
Customer Service Representatives 37,350 22,470
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,970 18,730
Office Clerks, General 32,770 18,490
General and Operations Managers 107,990 17,600
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,260 14,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,050 13,370
Team Assemblers 27,770 13,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,060 12,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,400 12,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,580 11,550
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,680 11,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,450 10,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,880 10,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 77,050 10,230
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,200 10,000
Accountants and Auditors 69,420 9,200
Nursing Assistants 26,130 8,770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,130 8,390
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 28,700 8,120
Security Guards 25,200 8,060
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,790 7,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 58,450 7,230
Legal Occupations 87,600 7,080
Management Analysts 76,030 6,740
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 64,360 6,690
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,410 6,550
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 32,740 6,090
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,280 6,020
Managers, All Other 73,400 5,690
Software Developers, Applications 83,530 5,470
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 25,530 5,410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,170 5,380
Construction Laborers 38,990 5,300

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