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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations551620$44,770$21.53100
2Production Occupations81480$34,780$16.725.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations77250$36,570$17.5814.35
4Sales and Related Occupations51580$41,250$19.839.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations45460$33,300$16.016.55
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations43650$23,870$11.488.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations33120$74,190$35.675.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations28100$50,430$24.256.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations24890$63,410$30.495.25
10Management Occupations24250$111,230$53.486.15
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations22470$45,360$21.813.8
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations18480$26,770$12.873.65
13Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers17530$29,680$14.270
14Construction and Extraction Occupations17300$45,560$21.94.45
15Retail Salespersons17240$26,600$12.792.85
16Healthcare Support Occupations15120$30,680$14.753
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations14590$71,000$34.131.7
18Personal Care and Service Occupations14270$26,870$12.924.3
19Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand13140$28,300$13.611.7
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food13100$21,210$10.22.3
21Office Clerks, General12060$36,520$17.561.9
22Customer Service Representatives12020$36,140$17.381.75
23Registered Nurses11450$64,030$30.781.95
24Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners10690$24,780$11.921.55
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations9770$66,190$31.822.9
26Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers9560$43,350$20.841.2
27Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations9090$40,820$19.621.8
28Cashiers8980$22,500$10.822.2
29Waiters and Waitresses8920$23,460$11.281.7
30Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products8570$72,960$35.080.9
31Community and Social Service Occupations7670$46,710$22.461.65
32Protective Service Occupations7330$41,140$19.782.2
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers7260$27,930$13.431.3
34Nursing Assistants6770$28,710$13.81
35General and Operations Managers6720$127,020$61.071.5
36Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive6270$35,630$17.131.5
37Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders5940$30,470$14.650.2
38Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers5540$31,160$14.980.3
39Packers and Packagers, Hand5430$24,000$11.540.45
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General5400$38,400$18.460.9
41Personal Care Aides5190$23,540$11.321.5
42Cooks, Restaurant5030$23,900$11.490.8
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers4780$34,870$16.760.6
44Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4650$31,980$15.370.4
45Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4440$37,290$17.931.05
46Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers4430$31,350$15.070
47First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4400$61,370$29.50.4
48Accountants and Auditors4260$67,390$32.40.9
49First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers4100$55,070$26.470.95
50Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators3930$32,850$15.790.35
51Helpers--Production Workers3840$25,360$12.190.3
52Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers3840$29,290$14.080.8
53Mechanical Engineers3750$72,920$35.060.2
54First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3690$35,180$16.910.6
55First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3660$43,350$20.841
56Substitute Teachers3600$25,870$12.440
57Medical Secretaries3500$34,130$16.410.4
58Industrial Engineers3380$75,250$36.180.2
59Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic3370$31,260$15.030.1
60Industrial Machinery Mechanics3250$47,890$23.020.2
61Receptionists and Information Clerks3250$29,130$14.010.7
62Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic3220$31,410$15.10.1
63Machinists3210$43,770$21.040.25
64Security Guards2930$26,420$12.70.7
65Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2830$24,120$11.60.9
66Business Operations Specialists, All Other2810$62,280$29.940.7
67Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists2740$62,500$30.050.4
68Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2740$54,290$26.10.6
69Construction Laborers2590$37,220$17.90.8
70Carpenters2580$39,920$19.190.7
71Medical Assistants2500$33,240$15.980.45
72Legal Occupations2440$76,980$37.010.8
73Bartenders2370$24,590$11.820.4
74Electricians2350$50,290$24.180.4
75Tellers2340$29,320$14.10.3
76Computer User Support Specialists2330$47,070$22.630.4
77Tool and Die Makers2320$50,160$24.120
78Human Resources Specialists2290$54,130$26.020.35
79Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2270$41,450$19.930.5
80First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers2170$65,090$31.30.3
81Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2110$37,560$18.060.3
82Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2080$30,520$14.680.1
83Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses2060$41,900$20.140.5
84First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1970$62,950$30.260.4
85Production Workers, All Other1970$42,140$20.260.2
86Insurance Sales Agents1950$55,720$26.790.3
87Child, Family, and School Social Workers1910$47,620$22.90.2
88Financial Managers1910$120,100$57.740.4
89Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1910$43,400$20.870.2
90Dishwashers1890$20,540$9.880.3
91Parts Salespersons1870$31,030$14.920.2
92Industrial Production Managers1840$108,490$52.160.1
93Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic1760$42,370$20.370.1
94Food Preparation Workers1760$26,160$12.580.6
95Home Health Aides1710$23,810$11.450.7
96Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1710$50,540$24.30.3
97Software Developers, Applications1710$75,820$36.450.55
98Childcare Workers1680$25,030$12.040.8
99Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1550$21,040$10.120.3
100First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1520$53,250$25.60
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Rapids Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,770551,620
Production Occupations$34,78081,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,57077,250
Sales and Related Occupations$41,25051,580
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,30045,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,87043,650
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,19033,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,43028,100
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,41024,890
Management Occupations$111,23024,250
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,36022,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,77018,480
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,68017,530
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,56017,300
Retail Salespersons$26,60017,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,68015,120
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,00014,590
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,87014,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,30013,140
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,21013,100
Office Clerks, General$36,52012,060
Customer Service Representatives$36,14012,020
Registered Nurses$64,03011,450
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,78010,690
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,1909,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3509,560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$40,8209,090
Cashiers$22,5008,980
Waiters and Waitresses$23,4608,920
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,9608,570
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7107,670
Protective Service Occupations$41,1407,330
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,9307,260
Nursing Assistants$28,7106,770
General and Operations Managers$127,0206,720
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6306,270
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$30,4705,940
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$31,1605,540
Packers and Packagers, Hand$24,0005,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4005,400
Personal Care Aides$23,5405,190
Cooks, Restaurant$23,9005,030
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,8704,780
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,9804,650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,2904,440
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$31,3504,430
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$61,3704,400
Accountants and Auditors$67,3904,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,0704,100
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,8503,930

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,770551,620
Production Occupations$34,78081,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,57077,250
Sales and Related Occupations$41,25051,580
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,30045,460
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,19033,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,43028,100
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,41024,890
Management Occupations$111,23024,250
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,36022,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,77018,480
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,68017,530
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,56017,300
Retail Salespersons$26,60017,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,68015,120
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,00014,590
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,87014,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,30013,140
Office Clerks, General$36,52012,060
Customer Service Representatives$36,14012,020
Registered Nurses$64,03011,450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,1909,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3509,560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$40,8209,090
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,9608,570
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7107,670
Protective Service Occupations$41,1407,330
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,9307,260
Nursing Assistants$28,7106,770
General and Operations Managers$127,0206,720
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6306,270
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$30,4705,940
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$31,1605,540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4005,400
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,8704,780
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,9804,650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,2904,440
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$31,3504,430
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$61,3704,400
Accountants and Auditors$67,3904,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,0704,100
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,8503,930
Helpers--Production Workers$25,3603,840
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,2903,840
Mechanical Engineers$72,9203,750
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,1803,690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,3503,660
Substitute Teachers$25,8703,600
Medical Secretaries$34,1303,500
Industrial Engineers$75,2503,380

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