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Grand Rapids Employment

Employment and Industries in the Grand Rapids, Michigan Area

Grand Rapids' manufacturing sector has experienced a significant decline, however manufacturing still significantly contributes to the economy, especially the office furniture industry. Some of the notable office furniture manufactures in the region are Steelcase, Haworth, American Seating, Knoll and Herman Miller. Several companies also manufacture residential furniture. Jobs are also provided by businesses in industries such as industrial machinery, plastics, chemicals, automotive parts, food processing, graphic arts and printing.

The "Medical Mile" includes numerous health science related businesses and numerous jobs. In addition, Grand Rapids is also known as a Christian publishing center and is home to Baker Books, Zonervan, Eerdmans Publishing and Kregel Publications. Also, the tourism industry is becoming more important to the city due to the region becoming increasingly popular as a vacation and convention destination. The region is also known for its fruit production.

The significant job providers in the Grand Rapids region are:

  • Spectrum Health - Hospital and medical care
  • Meijer Inc - Groceries and general merchandise
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Spartan Stores Inc - Groceries
  • Steelcase Inc - Furniture, modular space systems
  • Johnson Controls
  • Herman Miller
  • Alticore
  • Farmers Insurance Group - Insurance
  • Axious Incorporated - Human resource and employment services
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools - Education
  • St Mary's Health Care - Hospital and medical care
  • City of Grand Rapids - Government
  • Roskam Baking Co - Commercial bakery, manufactures cereals; provides packaging and labeling services
  • Kent County - Government
  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc - Manufacturer of automotive, telecommunications and consumer electronics
  • U.S. Postal Service - Government
  • Calvin College - Education
  • Gordon Food Service Inc - Food services wholesaler
  • GE Aviation Systems LLC - Military and commercial avionics systems
  • Michigan Medical PC - Multi-specialty physician group
  • Consumers Energy - Public utility
  • Sara Lee Corporation - Baked goods
  • Forest Hills Public Schools - Education
  • Knoll Inc - Wood and metal office systems
  • United Parcel Service - Parcel delivery
  • Dematic Corp - Material handling systems, management information and control systems
  • Avionics Systems
  • Kellogg Co - Cookies and crackers

The significant nonagricultural employment segments are shown below:

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

Notable data about Grand Rapids, Michigan: The estimated median household income in Grand Rapids in 2007 was $38,000. Approximately 24% of the adult residents have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index in the city in 2008 was 81.3. The nation's average is 100.

Grand Rapids' businesses have opportunities to team up with useful organizations such as:

The Grand Rapids Business Journal includes information regarding the local economy and the business community.

Jobs in Grand Rapids

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 552370 $43610 $20.97 100
2 Production Occupations 81820 $33880 $16.29 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 77070 $36450 $17.52 14.8
4 Sales and Related Occupations 51850 $41690 $20.04 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 51720 $30970 $14.89 6.45
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 43380 $22590 $10.86 8.3
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 32150 $73720 $35.44 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 28230 $49450 $23.77 6.15
9 Management Occupations 24970 $107760 $51.81 6.05
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 22240 $62190 $29.9 5.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 21510 $43970 $21.14 3.8
12 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 18270 $26470 $12.73 3.7
13 Team Assemblers 17210 $29710 $14.28 0.75
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 16770 $44620 $21.45 4.4
15 Retail Salespersons 16650 $27070 $13.02 3.1
16 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 15960 $25760 $12.39 1.6
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 15810 $30380 $14.61 3.05
18 Personal Care and Service Occupations 14200 $26090 $12.54 4.1
19 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 13480 $70110 $33.71 1.65
20 Customer Service Representatives 12740 $36210 $17.41 1.75
21 Office Clerks, General 12400 $36090 $17.35 2
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 12310 $20150 $9.69 2.15
23 Registered Nurses 11680 $61970 $29.79 1.9
24 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 10870 $24390 $11.73 1.6
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 10240 $42490 $20.43 1.2
26 Waiters and Waitresses 10050 $21690 $10.43 1.6
27 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 9690 $70230 $33.77 1
28 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 9590 $36510 $17.55 1.7
29 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 9430 $66550 $32 2.8
30 Cashiers 9070 $21600 $10.39 2.25
31 Community and Social Service Occupations 8030 $46780 $22.49 1.65
32 Packers and Packagers, Hand 7780 $22330 $10.74 0.45
33 General and Operations Managers 7280 $121450 $58.39 1.4
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 7250 $26500 $12.74 1.2
35 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7190 $34690 $16.68 1.6
36 Protective Service Occupations 7140 $41040 $19.73 2.25
37 Nursing Assistants 5970 $28370 $13.64 1.05
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 5580 $37780 $18.16 0.9
39 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 5120 $30990 $14.9 0.3
40 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 4920 $30470 $14.65 0.35
41 Cooks, Restaurant 4830 $22540 $10.84 0.75
42 Helpers--Production Workers 4560 $25660 $12.34 0.3
43 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4420 $38650 $18.58 1.1
44 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4290 $33510 $16.11 0.6
45 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 4280 $59790 $28.75 0.4
46 Personal Care Aides 4210 $22790 $10.96 1.3
47 Accountants and Auditors 3990 $66970 $32.2 0.9
48 Substitute Teachers 3910 $25560 $12.29 0
49 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 3870 $31590 $15.19 0.4
50 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3680 $54450 $26.18 1
51 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3660 $42160 $20.27 1
52 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 3620 $29570 $14.22 0.8
53 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3400 $32610 $15.68 0.6
54 Machinists 3340 $41710 $20.05 0.3
55 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3300 $59280 $28.5 0.7
56 Receptionists and Information Clerks 3270 $29140 $14.01 0.7
57 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3240 $31600 $15.19 0.1
58 Industrial Engineers 3230 $77930 $37.46 0.2
59 Security Guards 3000 $25560 $12.29 0.7
60 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2940 $30120 $14.48 0.1
61 Mechanical Engineers 2820 $71550 $34.4 0.2
62 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 2720 $46070 $22.15 0.2
63 Medical Secretaries 2560 $33190 $15.96 0.4
64 Computer User Support Specialists 2530 $50130 $24.1 0.4
65 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2500 $23190 $11.15 1
66 Construction Laborers 2500 $36490 $17.54 0.8
67 Carpenters 2480 $39610 $19.04 0.6
68 Home Health Aides 2480 $22790 $10.96 0.7
69 Tool and Die Makers 2410 $49690 $23.89 0.05
70 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2380 $57820 $27.8 0.6
71 Electricians 2350 $50820 $24.43 0.4
72 Medical Assistants 2330 $32910 $15.82 0.45
73 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2320 $40370 $19.41 0.5
74 Tellers 2220 $28370 $13.64 0.3
75 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 2190 $37970 $18.25 0.1
76 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2190 $42520 $20.44 0.5
77 Legal Occupations 2150 $78390 $37.69 0.8
78 Bartenders 2100 $24590 $11.82 0.4
79 Parts Salespersons 2050 $37390 $17.98 0.2
80 Insurance Sales Agents 2010 $55360 $26.62 0.3
81 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 2000 $64320 $30.92 0.3
82 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1970 $60380 $29.03 0.35
83 Childcare Workers 1940 $24180 $11.62 0.8
84 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1940 $36590 $17.59 0.3
85 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1880 $62340 $29.97 0.9
86 Driver/Sales Workers 1870 $26420 $12.7 0.3
87 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 1850 $45930 $22.08 0.2
88 Financial Managers 1830 $113350 $54.49 0.4
89 Human Resources Specialists 1810 $54840 $26.36 0.3
90 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1800 $20040 $9.64 0.25
91 Food Preparation Workers 1730 $25050 $12.04 0.6
92 Industrial Production Managers 1680 $101420 $48.76 0.1
93 Food Batchmakers 1660 $32540 $15.65 0.1
94 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1650 $65710 $31.59 0.4
95 Software Developers, Applications 1650 $78790 $37.88 0.5
96 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1630 $50780 $24.41 0.3
97 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1550 $28240 $13.58 0.1
98 Sales Managers 1530 $126660 $60.89 0.2
99 Medical and Health Services Managers 1510 $118030 $56.75 0.2
100 Dishwashers 1500 $19670 $9.46 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Rapids Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,610 552,370
Production Occupations 33,880 81,820
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,450 77,070
Sales and Related Occupations 41,690 51,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,970 51,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,590 43,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,720 32,150
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,450 28,230
Management Occupations 107,760 24,970
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,190 22,240
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,970 21,510
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,470 18,270
Team Assemblers 29,710 17,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,620 16,770
Retail Salespersons 27,070 16,650
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,760 15,960
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,380 15,810
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,090 14,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,110 13,480
Customer Service Representatives 36,210 12,740
Office Clerks, General 36,090 12,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,150 12,310
Registered Nurses 61,970 11,680
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,390 10,870
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,490 10,240
Waiters and Waitresses 21,690 10,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,230 9,690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,510 9,590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,550 9,430
Cashiers 21,600 9,070
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,780 8,030
Packers and Packagers, Hand 22,330 7,780
General and Operations Managers 121,450 7,280
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,500 7,250
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,690 7,190
Protective Service Occupations 41,040 7,140
Nursing Assistants 28,370 5,970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,780 5,580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 30,990 5,120
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,470 4,920
Cooks, Restaurant 22,540 4,830
Helpers--Production Workers 25,660 4,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,650 4,420
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,510 4,290
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 59,790 4,280
Personal Care Aides 22,790 4,210
Accountants and Auditors 66,970 3,990
Substitute Teachers 25,560 3,910
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,590 3,870
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,450 3,680

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Grand Rapids, Michigan Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,610 552,370
Production Occupations 33,880 81,820
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,450 77,070
Sales and Related Occupations 41,690 51,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,970 51,720
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,720 32,150
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,450 28,230
Management Occupations 107,760 24,970
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,190 22,240
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,970 21,510
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,470 18,270
Team Assemblers 29,710 17,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,620 16,770
Retail Salespersons 27,070 16,650
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,760 15,960
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,380 15,810
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,090 14,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,110 13,480
Customer Service Representatives 36,210 12,740
Office Clerks, General 36,090 12,400
Registered Nurses 61,970 11,680
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,490 10,240
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,230 9,690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,510 9,590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,550 9,430
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,780 8,030
General and Operations Managers 121,450 7,280
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,500 7,250
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,690 7,190
Protective Service Occupations 41,040 7,140
Nursing Assistants 28,370 5,970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,780 5,580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 30,990 5,120
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,470 4,920
Helpers--Production Workers 25,660 4,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,650 4,420
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,510 4,290
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 59,790 4,280
Accountants and Auditors 66,970 3,990
Substitute Teachers 25,560 3,910
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,590 3,870
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,450 3,680
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,160 3,660
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 29,570 3,620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,610 3,400
Machinists 41,710 3,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 59,280 3,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,140 3,270
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 31,600 3,240
Industrial Engineers 77,930 3,230

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