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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 109920 $43010 $20.68 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 18480 $34240 $16.46 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 8980 $32460 $15.61 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 8730 $21410 $10.29 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7350 $67830 $32.61 5.75
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6880 $45690 $21.97 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6770 $33450 $16.08 6.45
8 Production Occupations 6280 $39320 $18.9 5.85
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6110 $60570 $29.12 5.05
10 Management Occupations 5610 $94020 $45.2 6.05
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4980 $44300 $21.3 4.4
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 4880 $28590 $13.74 3.05
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4610 $46120 $22.17 3.8
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3930 $24200 $11.64 3.7
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3470 $24140 $11.61 4.1
16 Protective Service Occupations 3170 $37560 $18.06 2.25
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2980 $67200 $32.31 2.8
18 Retail Salespersons 2980 $24780 $11.92 3.1
19 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2860 $31780 $15.28 1.6
20 Cashiers 2770 $19860 $9.55 2.25
21 Registered Nurses 2620 $62410 $30 1.9
22 Nursing Assistants 2330 $25570 $12.29 1.05
23 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2250 $23150 $11.13 1.6
24 Customer Service Representatives 2040 $32600 $15.67 1.75
25 Office Clerks, General 2020 $30300 $14.57 2
26 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1920 $32490 $15.62 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 1920 $88220 $42.41 1.4
28 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1870 $20010 $9.62 2.15
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 1830 $41970 $20.18 1.65
30 Personal Care Aides 1560 $20950 $10.07 1.3
31 Waiters and Waitresses 1480 $21880 $10.52 1.6
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1470 $63140 $30.35 1.65
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1310 $26620 $12.8 1.2
34 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1260 $49840 $23.96 1
35 Accountants and Auditors 1240 $59520 $28.61 0.9
36 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1230 $38530 $18.52 0.9
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1160 $34730 $16.7 1.1
38 Legal Occupations 1150 $67540 $32.47 0.8
39 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1130 $45330 $21.79 1.7
40 Construction Laborers 1060 $32520 $15.63 0.8
41 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1050 $39120 $18.81 1.2
42 Food Preparation Workers 1010 $19660 $9.45 0.6
43 Security Guards 980 $23850 $11.47 0.7
44 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 950 $43830 $21.07 0.5
45 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 940 $40710 $19.57 1
46 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 920 $42740 $20.55 0.5
47 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 860 $60240 $28.96 0.9
48 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 800 $62470 $30.04 0.7
49 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 780 $24910 $11.98 0.8
50 Packers and Packagers, Hand 730 $27620 $13.28 0.45
51 Computer User Support Specialists 710 $46000 $22.12 0.4
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 690 $28530 $13.71 0.6
53 Receptionists and Information Clerks 640 $27160 $13.06 0.7
54 Cooks, Restaurant 620 $22180 $10.66 0.75
55 Lawyers 620 $79990 $38.46 0.5
56 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 590 $39120 $18.81 0.1
57 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 590 $43820 $21.07 0.45
58 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 590 $43280 $20.81 0.3
59 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 580 $28700 $13.8 0.3
60 Social and Human Service Assistants 570 $34170 $16.43 0.3
61 Software Developers, Applications 560 $73410 $35.29 0.5
62 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 550 $42320 $20.35 0.2
63 Electricians 550 $63030 $30.3 0.4
64 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 540 $56990 $27.4 1
65 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 510 $24300 $11.68 0.3
66 Correctional Officers and Jailers 510 $32450 $15.6 0.3
67 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 500 $19500 $9.38 1
68 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 500 $39650 $19.06 0.5
69 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 490 $18630 $8.96 0.3
70 Tellers 490 $25700 $12.36 0.3
71 Carpenters 470 $40010 $19.23 0.6
72 Driver/Sales Workers 460 $30200 $14.52 0.3
73 Human Resources Specialists 450 $56720 $27.27 0.3
74 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 450 $61620 $29.62 0.4
75 Chief Executives 430 $122330 $58.81 0.2
76 Computer Systems Analysts 420 $68210 $32.8 0.4
77 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 410 $57470 $27.63 0.3
78 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 410 $58000 $27.88 0.6
79 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 400 $40160 $19.31 0.4
80 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 390 $38010 $18.27 0.25
81 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 390 $33870 $16.29 0.6
82 Substitute Teachers 390 $25740 $12.38 0
83 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 380 $31720 $15.25 0.1
84 Managers, All Other 370 $96170 $46.24 0.65
85 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 360 $51470 $24.75 0.2
86 Loan Officers 350 $65900 $31.68 0.2
87 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 330 $42390 $20.38 0.3
88 Financial Managers 330 $104100 $50.05 0.4
89 Medical Assistants 330 $28900 $13.9 0.45
90 Legal Secretaries 320 $30220 $14.53 0.1
91 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 320 $63150 $30.36 0.35
92 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 320 $19130 $9.2 0.3
93 Public Relations Specialists 320 $52570 $25.27 0.2
94 Childcare Workers 320 $19370 $9.31 0.8
95 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 310 $64020 $30.78 0.3
96 Civil Engineers 300 $71150 $34.21 0.2
97 Compliance Officers 300 $52010 $25 0.2
98 Counter and Rental Clerks 290 $32550 $15.65 0.3
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 290 $48700 $23.42 0.15
100 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 290 $29620 $14.24 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Topeka Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,010 109,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,240 18,480
Sales and Related Occupations 32,460 8,980
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,410 8,730
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 67,830 7,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,690 6,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,450 6,770
Production Occupations 39,320 6,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,570 6,110
Management Occupations 94,020 5,610
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,300 4,980
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,590 4,880
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,120 4,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,200 3,930
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,140 3,470
Protective Service Occupations 37,560 3,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,200 2,980
Retail Salespersons 24,780 2,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,780 2,860
Cashiers 19,860 2,770
Registered Nurses 62,410 2,620
Nursing Assistants 25,570 2,330
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,150 2,250
Customer Service Representatives 32,600 2,040
Office Clerks, General 30,300 2,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,490 1,920
General and Operations Managers 88,220 1,920
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,010 1,870
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,970 1,830
Personal Care Aides 20,950 1,560
Waiters and Waitresses 21,880 1,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,140 1,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,620 1,310
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,840 1,260
Accountants and Auditors 59,520 1,240
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,530 1,230
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,730 1,160
Legal Occupations 67,540 1,150
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,330 1,130
Construction Laborers 32,520 1,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,120 1,050
Food Preparation Workers 19,660 1,010
Security Guards 23,850 980
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 43,830 950
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,710 940
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,740 920
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,240 860
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,470 800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,910 780
Packers and Packagers, Hand 27,620 730

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,010 109,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,240 18,480
Sales and Related Occupations 32,460 8,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 67,830 7,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,690 6,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,450 6,770
Production Occupations 39,320 6,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,570 6,110
Management Occupations 94,020 5,610
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,300 4,980
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,590 4,880
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,120 4,610
Protective Service Occupations 37,560 3,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,200 2,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,780 2,860
Registered Nurses 62,410 2,620
Nursing Assistants 25,570 2,330
Customer Service Representatives 32,600 2,040
Office Clerks, General 30,300 2,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,490 1,920
General and Operations Managers 88,220 1,920
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,970 1,830
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,140 1,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,620 1,310
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,840 1,260
Accountants and Auditors 59,520 1,240
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,530 1,230
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,730 1,160
Legal Occupations 67,540 1,150
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,330 1,130
Construction Laborers 32,520 1,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,120 1,050
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 43,830 950
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,710 940
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,740 920
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,240 860
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,470 800
Packers and Packagers, Hand 27,620 730
Computer User Support Specialists 46,000 710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,530 690
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,160 640
Lawyers 79,990 620
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 39,120 590
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 43,820 590
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 43,280 590
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 28,700 580
Social and Human Service Assistants 34,170 570
Software Developers, Applications 73,410 560
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 42,320 550
Electricians 63,030 550

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