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South Bend Employment

Employment and Industries in the South Bend, Indiana Area

South Bend's diversified economy primarily consists of education, wholesale and retail trade, healthcare and government. Notre Dame University is the city's largest employer and has a significant impact on the local economy. The university also adds to the economy by partnering with local companies for research and development projects. Memorial Health Systems is the South Bend area's second largest employer. The city also includes numerous medical related businesses.

Manufacturing sectors include transportation equipment, non-electrical machinery, rubber products and plastic products. In addition, South Bend is home to the headquarters of AM General, the producer of Hummer military and special purpose vehicles. AM General is one of the major employers in the area.

The tourism industry provides a large number of jobs. Notre Dame University is a prominent tourist attraction in the area. Also, the football games played at the university significantly contribute to the economy.

The top job providing companies in the South Bend region are:

  • University of Notre Dame
  • South Bend Community School Corporation
  • Memorial Health System
  • AM General
  • Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Inc
  • The Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend
  • City of South Bend
  • Martin's Supermarkets
  • Walmart
  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
  • St. Joseph County
  • Madison Center
  • Honeywell
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • South Bend Medical Foundation
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Meijer, Inc
  • Robert Bosch Corporation
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Steel Warehouse Company, Inc
  • Kroger
  • South Bend Clinic
  • Press Ganey Associates, Inc
  • I/N Tek - I/N Kote

South Bend's top employment sectors are:

  • Educational and health services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Finance

Pertinent information about South Bend Indiana: The city has been ranked among the 40 hottest real estate markets for business by Expansion Management magazine. In 2008 the cost of living index in South Bend Indiana was at 78.2. The country's average is 100. Regarding the adult population in South Bend Indiana, about 20% earned a bachelor's degree or better. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $35,000.

Organizations offering help to South Bend businesses include:

The newspaper South Bend Tribune is an excellent resource for local business and industry news.

Jobs in South Bend

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations134230$44,100$21.2100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations19350$34,300$16.4914.35
3Sales and Related Occupations12970$37,760$18.159.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations12870$22,310$10.728.55
5Production Occupations12090$36,190$17.45.7
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations9300$33,430$16.076.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations8370$73,700$35.435.8
8Management Occupations7180$91,050$43.776.15
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6130$41,730$20.063.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations4960$48,840$23.484.45
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations4860$59,870$28.795.25
12Healthcare Support Occupations4420$29,530$14.23
13Retail Salespersons4150$24,210$11.642.85
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4140$27,460$13.23.65
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3530$19,430$9.342.3
16Personal Care and Service Occupations3380$24,450$11.754.3
17General and Operations Managers3270$93,060$44.741.5
18Cashiers3160$20,680$9.942.2
19Registered Nurses2970$60,810$29.241.95
20Protective Service Occupations2750$40,640$19.542.2
21Office Clerks, General2680$33,680$16.191.9
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2530$26,430$12.711.7
23Customer Service Representatives2420$36,900$17.741.75
24Waiters and Waitresses2310$22,950$11.031.7
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations2290$61,900$29.762.9
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2290$24,200$11.641.3
27Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2230$31,000$14.90
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2230$27,060$13.011.55
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2200$29,940$14.391.5
30Community and Social Service Occupations1890$43,160$20.751.65
31Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1880$45,120$21.691.2
32Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1860$37,070$17.820.9
33Cooks, Restaurant1590$25,320$12.170.8
34Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1560$67,900$32.640.9
35Architecture and Engineering Occupations1530$71,270$34.261.7
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1520$42,640$20.51.8
37Nursing Assistants1460$27,650$13.291
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1380$35,400$17.021.05
39First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1270$50,560$24.310.95
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1200$35,270$16.961
41Accountants and Auditors1170$65,980$31.720.9
42Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1170$34,260$16.470.6
43Personal Care Aides1160$22,310$10.721.5
44Substitute Teachers1040$27,210$13.080
45Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1030$36,190$17.40.5
46Receptionists and Information Clerks1010$27,940$13.430.7
47Food Preparation Workers990$22,160$10.660.6
48Security Guards910$23,500$11.30.7
49First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers900$57,830$27.80.4
50Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers890$27,810$13.370.8
51Machinists860$39,310$18.90.25
52Home Health Aides850$22,630$10.880.7
53Medical Assistants840$31,510$15.150.45
54Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks840$32,630$15.690.4
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers790$31,860$15.320.6
56Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers790$55,290$26.580.4
57Construction Laborers760$36,000$17.310.8
58Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers730$37,790$18.170.3
59Electricians700$51,950$24.980.4
60Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters700$66,510$31.980.3
61Bartenders690$21,310$10.250.4
62Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses670$44,020$21.160.5
63Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations660$55,960$26.90.8
64Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic600$28,520$13.710.1
65Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners600$20,100$9.660.9
66Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education580$24,870$11.960.3
67Human Resources Specialists560$53,690$25.810.35
68Sales Representatives, Services, All Other560$62,000$29.810.6
69Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria550$24,730$11.890.3
70Computer User Support Specialists540$39,600$19.040.4
71Tellers540$27,610$13.280.3
72Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators530$35,500$17.070.35
73Legal Occupations530$88,460$42.530.8
74Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment520$23,440$11.270.2
75Driver/Sales Workers520$23,560$11.330.3
76Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants520$51,220$24.630.35
77Recreation Workers510$22,650$10.890.25
78First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers490$57,120$27.460.3
79Helpers--Production Workers490$32,570$15.660.3
80Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop490$18,540$8.910.3
81Dishwashers470$20,470$9.840.3
82Firefighters470$50,820$24.430.2
83Carpenters460$42,240$20.310.7
84Cooks, Fast Food440$19,610$9.430.3
85Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists440$22,700$10.920.4
86First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors420$57,930$27.850
87Pharmacy Technicians420$27,240$13.10.3
88Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products420$104,740$50.350.2
89Social and Human Service Assistants400$31,020$14.910.25
90Bus Drivers, School or Special Client390$27,080$13.020.3
91Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists390$53,730$25.830.4
92Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic390$28,720$13.810.1
93Network and Computer Systems Administrators380$68,460$32.910.25
94Packers and Packagers, Hand380$24,400$11.730.45
95Industrial Machinery Mechanics370$47,310$22.740.2
96Medical Secretaries370$36,230$17.420.4
97Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers370$35,440$17.040.3
98Insurance Sales Agents360$60,480$29.080.3
99Postal Service Mail Carriers360$48,180$23.170.2
100Business Operations Specialists, All Other350$53,260$25.610.7
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Jobs More Common Near South Bend Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,100134,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,30019,350
Sales and Related Occupations$37,76012,970
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,31012,870
Production Occupations$36,19012,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,4309,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,7008,370
Management Occupations$91,0507,180
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,7306,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,8404,960
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,8704,860
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,5304,420
Retail Salespersons$24,2104,150
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,4604,140
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,4303,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,4503,380
General and Operations Managers$93,0603,270
Cashiers$20,6803,160
Registered Nurses$60,8102,970
Protective Service Occupations$40,6402,750
Office Clerks, General$33,6802,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,4302,530
Customer Service Representatives$36,9002,420
Waiters and Waitresses$22,9502,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$61,9002,290
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,2002,290
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,0002,230
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,0602,230
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,9402,200
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,1601,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,1201,880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,0701,860
Cooks, Restaurant$25,3201,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,9001,560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,2701,530
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,6401,520
Nursing Assistants$27,6501,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,4001,380
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,5601,270
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,2701,200
Accountants and Auditors$65,9801,170
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,2601,170
Personal Care Aides$22,3101,160
Substitute Teachers$27,2101,040
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,1901,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,9401,010
Food Preparation Workers$22,160990
Security Guards$23,500910
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,830900
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,810890

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,100134,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,30019,350
Sales and Related Occupations$37,76012,970
Production Occupations$36,19012,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,4309,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,7008,370
Management Occupations$91,0507,180
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,7306,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,8404,960
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,8704,860
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,5304,420
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,4604,140
General and Operations Managers$93,0603,270
Registered Nurses$60,8102,970
Protective Service Occupations$40,6402,750
Office Clerks, General$33,6802,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,4302,530
Customer Service Representatives$36,9002,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$61,9002,290
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,0002,230
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,0602,230
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,9402,200
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,1601,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,1201,880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,0701,860
Cooks, Restaurant$25,3201,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,9001,560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,2701,530
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,6401,520
Nursing Assistants$27,6501,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,4001,380
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,5601,270
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,2701,200
Accountants and Auditors$65,9801,170
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,2601,170
Substitute Teachers$27,2101,040
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,1901,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,9401,010
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,830900
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,810890
Machinists$39,310860
Medical Assistants$31,510840
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$32,630840
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,860790
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$55,290790
Construction Laborers$36,000760
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$37,790730
Electricians$51,950700
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$66,510700
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,020670

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