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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 132670 $42660 $20.51 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 19190 $33330 $16.02 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12920 $21530 $10.35 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 12760 $37490 $18.02 10.15
5 Production Occupations 12300 $35470 $17.06 5.85
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 12230 $57270 $27.53 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 9190 $32810 $15.78 6.45
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8230 $73160 $35.17 5.75
9 Management Occupations 6630 $85780 $41.24 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6320 $40060 $19.26 3.8
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4680 $60360 $29.02 5.05
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4560 $45820 $22.03 4.4
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4430 $27500 $13.22 3.7
14 Retail Salespersons 4410 $25040 $12.04 3.1
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 4340 $28820 $13.85 3.05
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3670 $19050 $9.16 2.15
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3640 $22540 $10.84 4.1
18 Registered Nurses 2910 $59920 $28.81 1.9
19 General and Operations Managers 2880 $86330 $41.51 1.4
20 Cashiers 2800 $20900 $10.05 2.25
21 Protective Service Occupations 2730 $39660 $19.07 2.25
22 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2700 $25390 $12.21 1.6
23 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2530 $29940 $14.4 1.6
24 Customer Service Representatives 2510 $35420 $17.03 1.75
25 Office Clerks, General 2510 $32240 $15.5 2
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2360 $26860 $12.91 1.6
27 Waiters and Waitresses 2220 $21360 $10.27 1.6
28 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2190 $59290 $28.51 2.8
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2020 $23770 $11.43 1.2
30 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2010 $44890 $21.58 1.2
31 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1840 $34570 $16.62 0.9
32 Community and Social Service Occupations 1830 $42630 $20.5 1.65
33 Team Assemblers 1810 $30820 $14.82 0.75
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1660 $67380 $32.4 1
35 Personal Care Aides 1640 $20830 $10.01 1.3
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1580 $40260 $19.35 1.7
37 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1470 $76250 $36.66 1.65
38 Cooks, Restaurant 1450 $24060 $11.57 0.75
39 Nursing Assistants 1410 $26650 $12.81 1.05
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1380 $35560 $17.1 1.1
41 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1350 $33280 $16 0.5
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1140 $40140 $19.3 1
43 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1100 $48910 $23.52 1
44 Accountants and Auditors 1100 $65520 $31.5 0.9
45 Food Preparation Workers 990 $21760 $10.46 0.6
46 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 990 $33610 $16.16 0.6
47 Security Guards 940 $23590 $11.34 0.7
48 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 930 $28550 $13.73 0.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 910 $28090 $13.5 0.7
50 Home Health Aides 900 $21870 $10.51 0.7
51 Machinists 870 $39690 $19.08 0.3
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 870 $30570 $14.7 0.6
53 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 850 $29700 $14.28 0.4
54 Substitute Teachers 820 $26580 $12.78 0
55 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 820 $57300 $27.55 0.4
56 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 790 $54460 $26.19 0.45
57 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 790 $23470 $11.28 1
58 Medical Assistants 770 $31620 $15.2 0.45
59 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 730 $29700 $14.28 0.1
60 Bartenders 720 $21980 $10.57 0.4
61 Construction Laborers 700 $35720 $17.17 0.8
62 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 670 $53780 $25.85 0.9
63 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 660 $38570 $18.55 0.3
64 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 660 $41560 $19.98 0.5
65 Electricians 640 $50440 $24.25 0.4
66 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 610 $34290 $16.49 0.35
67 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 590 $28910 $13.9 0.1
68 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 580 $24490 $11.78 0.3
69 Human Resources Specialists 550 $53630 $25.78 0.3
70 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 550 $54080 $26 0.3
71 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 520 $18520 $8.9 0.25
72 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 510 $25260 $12.15 0.3
73 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 490 $66890 $32.16 0.6
74 Computer User Support Specialists 490 $37020 $17.8 0.4
75 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 490 $55960 $26.91 0.3
76 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 490 $49320 $23.71 0.5
77 Firefighters 480 $51890 $24.95 0.2
78 Driver/Sales Workers 480 $22290 $10.72 0.3
79 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 480 $32300 $15.53 0
80 Counter and Rental Clerks 470 $24750 $11.9 0.3
81 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 470 $22130 $10.64 0.4
82 Carpenters 450 $42680 $20.52 0.6
83 Helpers--Production Workers 440 $31260 $15.03 0.3
84 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 440 $21550 $10.36 0.3
85 Tellers 440 $26150 $12.57 0.3
86 Dishwashers 420 $19150 $9.2 0.3
87 Packers and Packagers, Hand 420 $23330 $11.21 0.45
88 Social and Human Service Assistants 410 $31430 $15.11 0.3
89 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 400 $47140 $22.66 0.2
90 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 390 $51900 $24.95 0.35
91 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 390 $66690 $32.06 0.3
92 Insurance Sales Agents 380 $59690 $28.7 0.3
93 Pharmacy Technicians 380 $27490 $13.21 0.25
94 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 380 $35860 $17.24 0.3
95 Cooks, Fast Food 370 $18580 $8.93 0.3
96 Billing and Posting Clerks 360 $34980 $16.82 0.35
97 Recreation Workers 360 $19120 $9.19 0.3
98 Lawyers 360 $101620 $48.86 0.5
99 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 350 $20250 $9.74 0.3
100 Dental Hygienists 340 $67420 $32.42 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near South Bend Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,660 132,670
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,330 19,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,530 12,920
Sales and Related Occupations 37,490 12,760
Production Occupations 35,470 12,300
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,270 12,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,810 9,190
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,160 8,230
Management Occupations 85,780 6,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,060 6,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,360 4,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,820 4,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,500 4,430
Retail Salespersons 25,040 4,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,820 4,340
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,050 3,670
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,540 3,640
Registered Nurses 59,920 2,910
General and Operations Managers 86,330 2,880
Cashiers 20,900 2,800
Protective Service Occupations 39,660 2,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,390 2,700
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,940 2,530
Customer Service Representatives 35,420 2,510
Office Clerks, General 32,240 2,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,860 2,360
Waiters and Waitresses 21,360 2,220
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,290 2,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,770 2,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,890 2,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,570 1,840
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,630 1,830
Team Assemblers 30,820 1,810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,380 1,660
Personal Care Aides 20,830 1,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,260 1,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,250 1,470
Cooks, Restaurant 24,060 1,450
Nursing Assistants 26,650 1,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,560 1,380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 33,280 1,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,140 1,140
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,910 1,100
Accountants and Auditors 65,520 1,100
Food Preparation Workers 21,760 990
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,610 990
Security Guards 23,590 940
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,550 930
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,090 910
Home Health Aides 21,870 900

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,660 132,670
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,330 19,190
Sales and Related Occupations 37,490 12,760
Production Occupations 35,470 12,300
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,270 12,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,810 9,190
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,160 8,230
Management Occupations 85,780 6,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,060 6,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,360 4,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,820 4,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,500 4,430
Retail Salespersons 25,040 4,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,820 4,340
Registered Nurses 59,920 2,910
General and Operations Managers 86,330 2,880
Protective Service Occupations 39,660 2,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,390 2,700
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,940 2,530
Customer Service Representatives 35,420 2,510
Office Clerks, General 32,240 2,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,860 2,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,290 2,190
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,890 2,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,570 1,840
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,630 1,830
Team Assemblers 30,820 1,810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,380 1,660
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,260 1,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,250 1,470
Nursing Assistants 26,650 1,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,560 1,380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 33,280 1,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,140 1,140
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,910 1,100
Accountants and Auditors 65,520 1,100
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,610 990
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,550 930
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,090 910
Machinists 39,690 870
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,570 870
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,700 850
Substitute Teachers 26,580 820
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 57,300 820
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 54,460 790
Medical Assistants 31,620 770
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 29,700 730
Construction Laborers 35,720 700
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 53,780 670
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 38,570 660

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