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Topeka Employment

Employment and Industries in the Topeka, Kansas Area

Over 50% of Topeka's economy is based on government and services. About 25% of the workforce is employed by state, city and county governments. The state of Kansas is the city's largest employer. More than 30% of the labor force is working in services industries. Other significant industries that provide employment include printing and publishing, flour mills, food processing and iron foundries.

Fortune 500 companies which have manufacturing or distribution facilities in the city include Frito-Lay Inc, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Payless Shoe Source, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Hallmark Cards and Hill's Pet Nutrition.

The Kansas Industrial Training program, provides pre-employment training and on-the-job training for new and expanding companies. The Kansas Industrial Retraining Program works with companies that are restructuring where existing employees might be displaced due to obsolete job skills.

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Topeka than most other cities include first-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers; merchandise displayers and window trimmers; legislators, correctional officers and jailers; healthcare practitioners and technical workers; civil engineering technicians; environmental scientists and specialists, including health; and personal and home care aides.

The following is a list of Topeka's largest employers:

  • The state of Kansas
  • Stormont-Vail Health Care
  • Unified School District #501
  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas
  • St. Francis Hospital & Medical center
  • Payless Shoe Store
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
  • Washburn University
  • U.S. Government
  • Shawnee County
  • Jostens Printing and Publishing
  • Colmery-O'Neil VA Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition
  • Frito-Lay, Inc
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc
  • Reser's Fine Foods
  • Westar Energy
  • Midwest Health

Topeka's top non-agricultural employment sectors are shown below:

  • Government
  • Services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial activities
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation

Noteworthy data regarding Topeka Kansas: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $42,000. About 25% of the adult population has earned a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living index in Topeka in 2008 was 76.7 which is low when compared to the national average of 100.

Some of the helpful business organizations for local companies are:

Topeka's newspaper the Topeka Capital-Journal is a good resource for local business and industry news.

Jobs in Topeka

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations109400$43,650$20.98100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations18650$34,750$16.7114.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations9020$21,630$10.48.55
4Sales and Related Occupations8430$34,210$16.459.9
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations7780$69,400$33.375.8
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations6730$43,410$20.876.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6660$34,050$16.376.55
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations6390$61,270$29.465.25
9Production Occupations6320$39,140$18.825.7
10Management Occupations5430$94,850$45.66.15
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4850$45,750$223.8
12Construction and Extraction Occupations4800$44,410$21.354.45
13Healthcare Support Occupations4290$29,390$14.133
14Personal Care and Service Occupations3810$24,630$11.844.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3780$25,390$12.213.65
16Retail Salespersons2900$26,170$12.582.85
17Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2890$32,650$15.71.5
18Protective Service Occupations2840$41,370$19.892.2
19Computer and Mathematical Occupations2810$68,720$33.042.9
20Registered Nurses2690$63,210$30.391.95
21Nursing Assistants2310$25,980$12.491
22Cashiers2270$20,350$9.792.2
23Personal Care Aides2240$22,560$10.851.5
24Customer Service Representatives2160$33,800$16.251.75
25Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2140$20,150$9.692.3
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2070$24,340$11.71.55
27General and Operations Managers2000$87,910$42.261.5
28Office Clerks, General1820$29,280$14.081.9
29Community and Social Service Occupations1780$41,430$19.921.65
30Waiters and Waitresses1750$20,950$10.071.7
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1540$33,860$16.281.7
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1460$25,830$12.421.3
33Architecture and Engineering Occupations1360$63,540$30.551.7
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1340$48,380$23.260.95
35Accountants and Auditors1330$58,790$28.270.9
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1280$39,410$18.950.9
37Legal Occupations1260$73,100$35.150.8
38Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1240$47,660$22.921.8
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1240$35,100$16.871.05
40Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1110$38,490$18.51.2
41Construction Laborers1040$34,130$16.410.8
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1010$38,740$18.621
43Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants960$42,200$20.290.35
44Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations890$58,010$27.890.8
45Business Operations Specialists, All Other830$62,370$29.980.7
46Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses830$43,380$20.860.5
47Food Preparation Workers820$20,330$9.780.6
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers750$29,290$14.080.6
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers750$26,360$12.670.8
50Management Analysts720$54,740$26.320.5
51Security Guards700$26,650$12.810.7
52Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters680$22,130$10.640.1
53Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics650$37,320$17.940.5
54Computer User Support Specialists650$47,640$22.90.4
55Packers and Packagers, Hand650$28,040$13.480.45
56Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs630$40,070$19.270.1
57Lawyers630$92,280$44.360.5
58Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers600$46,960$22.580.4
59Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop590$18,960$9.120.3
60Cooks, Restaurant580$22,920$11.020.8
61Electricians580$60,580$29.130.4
62Receptionists and Information Clerks570$28,340$13.630.7
63Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products570$64,510$31.020.9
64Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics560$26,020$12.510.2
65Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners560$20,130$9.680.9
66Software Developers, Applications530$76,020$36.550.55
67Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria520$25,110$12.070.3
68Correctional Officers and Jailers510$33,350$16.040.25
69Human Resources Specialists510$58,100$27.930.35
70Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators510$34,410$16.540.35
71Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators510$41,820$20.110.2
72Sales Representatives, Services, All Other510$56,430$27.130.6
73Social and Human Service Assistants470$35,070$16.860.25
74Bus Drivers, School or Special Client460$29,090$13.990.3
75Carpenters450$40,570$19.510.7
76First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers440$63,020$30.30.3
77Tellers440$25,550$12.290.3
78First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers430$59,260$28.490.4
79Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers430$33,180$15.950.6
80Substitute Teachers430$25,750$12.380
81Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers390$44,430$21.360.3
82Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters390$48,020$23.090.3
83Computer Systems Analysts380$69,480$33.40.4
84Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks380$39,190$18.840.4
85Industrial Machinery Mechanics370$52,480$25.230.2
86Chief Executives360$140,090$67.350.2
87Medical Assistants360$30,370$14.60.45
88Network and Computer Systems Administrators360$72,790$350.25
89Physicians and Surgeons, All Other360$227,270$109.270.25
90Bill and Account Collectors350$28,960$13.920.2
91Childcare Workers340$19,990$9.610.8
92First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers340$60,100$28.890.4
93Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders340$41,880$20.130.2
94Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education340$28,180$13.550.3
95Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers340$40,070$19.270.3
96First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors330$53,750$25.840
97Pharmacy Technicians330$32,940$15.840.3
98Public Relations Specialists330$60,040$28.870.2
99Counter and Rental Clerks320$34,500$16.590.3
100Driver/Sales Workers320$31,680$15.230.3
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Jobs More Common Near Topeka Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,650109,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,75018,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,6309,020
Sales and Related Occupations$34,2108,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,4007,780
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,4106,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,0506,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,2706,390
Production Occupations$39,1406,320
Management Occupations$94,8505,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7504,850
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,4104,800
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,3904,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,6303,810
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,3903,780
Retail Salespersons$26,1702,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,6502,890
Protective Service Occupations$41,3702,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,7202,810
Registered Nurses$63,2102,690
Nursing Assistants$25,9802,310
Cashiers$20,3502,270
Personal Care Aides$22,5602,240
Customer Service Representatives$33,8002,160
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,1502,140
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,3402,070
General and Operations Managers$87,9102,000
Office Clerks, General$29,2801,820
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,4301,780
Waiters and Waitresses$20,9501,750
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,8601,540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,8301,460
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,5401,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,3801,340
Accountants and Auditors$58,7901,330
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,4101,280
Legal Occupations$73,1001,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,6601,240
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,1001,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,4901,110
Construction Laborers$34,1301,040
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,7401,010
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$42,200960
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$58,010890
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,370830
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,380830
Food Preparation Workers$20,330820
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,290750
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,360750
Management Analysts$54,740720

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Topeka, Kansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,650109,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,75018,650
Sales and Related Occupations$34,2108,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,4007,780
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,4106,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,0506,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,2706,390
Production Occupations$39,1406,320
Management Occupations$94,8505,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7504,850
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,4104,800
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,3904,290
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,3903,780
Retail Salespersons$26,1702,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,6502,890
Protective Service Occupations$41,3702,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,7202,810
Registered Nurses$63,2102,690
Nursing Assistants$25,9802,310
Customer Service Representatives$33,8002,160
General and Operations Managers$87,9102,000
Office Clerks, General$29,2801,820
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,4301,780
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,8601,540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,8301,460
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,5401,360
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,3801,340
Accountants and Auditors$58,7901,330
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,4101,280
Legal Occupations$73,1001,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,6601,240
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,1001,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,4901,110
Construction Laborers$34,1301,040
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,7401,010
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$42,200960
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$58,010890
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,370830
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,380830
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,290750
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,360750
Management Analysts$54,740720
Security Guards$26,650700
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$37,320650
Computer User Support Specialists$47,640650
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,040650
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs$40,070630
Lawyers$92,280630
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$46,960600
Electricians$60,580580

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