Jackson Employment

Employment and Industries in the Jackson, Michigan Area

Jackson's leading employment segments are trade, transportation and utilities; the government, manufacturing, education, healthcare, and leisure and hospitality. About 23% of the labor force is comprised of production, transportation and material moving workers. Approximately 21% of the workforce is found in management, professional and related occupations. The city also has numerous plastics workers and metal and metal products workers.

Notable industries in the region include imaging and optics, telecommunications, high-technology, medical manufacturing, and printing and publishing. In addition, research is done by companies as well as medical facilities and educational institutions in fields such as digital imaging, fuel cells, biotech and health imaging.

The significant employers in the Jackson region are provided below:

  • CMS Energy Corporation - Energy provider
  • Allegiance Health - Healthcare
  • Foote Health System - Healthcare/hospice
  • Michigan Department of Corrections - Correctional institutions
  • Consumers Energy - Utilities
  • Michigan Automotive Compressor - Automotive parts
  • City of Jackson - Government
  • Meijer, Inc - Department store
  • Jackson Public Schools - Education
  • Eaton Corp - Aircraft parts and equipment
  • Walmart - Department store
  • TAC Manufacturing - Steering wheel assemblies
  • Jackson Community College - Education
  • Jackson County Intermediate School Dist - Education
  • Michigan Seat Co/Jackson Canvas - Seats (Agri./ind.)
  • TRW Inc - Disc Brakes
  • Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice - Home Health/Hospice
  • Mac Steel Div. of Quanex - Alloy steel
  • Melling Tool Company - Tools
  • CertainTeed Corp/Wolverine Vinyl Siding - Vynl siding
  • Alro Steel Corp - Steel Service Center
  • Dawn Food Products - Flour mixes/equipment

The following is a list of high-tech employers located in the Jackson Michigan region:

  • US Com Inc - Telecommunications
  • Sparton - Electronic manufacturing
  • Eagle Communications - Satellite Antenna Systems
  • Tenneco Automotive - Engineering and research
  • McGilvra Engineering Inc - Electronics
  • Commonwealth Associates, Inc - Electrical Engineering

Some of the most popular jobs in Jackson filled by college graduates are teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, electrical engineers, coaches and scouts, mechanical engineers; child, family and school social workers; financial managers, network and computer systems administrators; and medical and health services managers.

Pertinent information about Jackson, Michigan: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $31,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 79.2 which is lower than the nation's average of 100. About 14% of the adult population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

Local companies have opportunities to team up with helpful organizations such as:

Those interested in staying current with Jackson Michigan business activities may want to read the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Jobs in Jackson

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations56020$50,840$24.44100
2Production Occupations7680$40,820$19.635.6
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations6880$37,990$18.2713.75
4Sales and Related Occupations4780$39,450$18.979.5
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4620$25,570$12.298.7
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3880$34,680$16.676.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3820$89,790$43.175.85
8Educational Instruction and Library Occupations3320$56,760$27.296
9Architecture and Engineering Occupations3130$81,950$39.41.7
10Management Occupations2780$108,890$52.356.35
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations2440$70,340$33.825.35
12Healthcare Support Occupations2360$31,570$15.182.85
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2280$47,840$233.75
14Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators1730$39,250$18.870.8
15Construction and Extraction Occupations1630$47,740$22.954.6
16Protective Service Occupations1570$52,180$25.092.2
17Office Clerks, General1530$34,410$16.551.9
18Retail Salespersons1510$28,380$13.642.7
19Stockers and Order Fillers1500$30,150$14.51.25
20Cashiers1400$23,280$11.192.2
21Fast Food and Counter Workers1370$22,300$10.722.45
22Machinists1130$39,820$19.150.2
23Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1090$29,730$14.293.6
24Personal Care and Service Occupations1070$28,740$13.824.65
25Community and Social Service Occupations970$50,870$24.461.75
26Home Health and Personal Care Aides930$24,520$11.790
27General and Operations Managers870$111,680$53.691.5
28Customer Service Representatives860$36,680$17.631.75
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers820$44,160$21.231.2
30Mechanical Engineers760$81,410$39.140.2
31Computer and Mathematical Occupations750$76,240$36.663
32Waiters and Waitresses740$27,820$13.371.65
33Maintenance and Repair Workers, General730$37,320$17.940.9
34First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers710$58,350$28.050.4
35Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand700$32,920$15.831.8
36Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive640$36,210$17.411.4
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks630$39,470$18.981.05
38Cooks, Restaurant600$24,890$11.970.9
39Nursing Assistants580$34,140$16.410.95
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products540$68,120$32.750.85
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations530$43,570$20.951.8
42Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers500$39,290$18.890.35
43Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners470$28,530$13.721.5
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers440$53,230$25.590.95
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers430$41,100$19.760.95
46Tool and Die Makers410$51,120$24.580
47Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel390$73,550$35.360.7
48Accountants and Auditors380$65,970$31.720.9
49Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants380$36,310$17.460.4
50Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric380$192,300$92.450.3
51Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other360$67,060$32.240.7
52Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks360$36,570$17.580.4
53Construction Laborers340$35,680$17.160.9
54First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers340$33,090$15.910.6
55Food Preparation Workers340$22,870$110.5
56Industrial Machinery Mechanics320$53,510$25.730.2
57Medical Assistants320$35,960$17.290.45
58Industrial Engineers290$80,190$38.550.2
59Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers270$29,610$14.240.75
60Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses270$51,730$24.870.5
61Bartenders260$26,390$12.690.4
62Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations260$72,300$34.760.8
63Receptionists and Information Clerks260$31,030$14.920.7
64First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers250$58,780$28.260.3
65Human Resources Specialists230$57,300$27.550.4
66Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners230$26,670$12.820.9
67Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers230$41,000$19.710.3
68Child, Family, and School Social Workers220$54,720$26.310.2
69Tellers220$28,680$13.790.25
70Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers210$92,380$44.410.65
71Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics190$44,090$21.20.5
72Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria190$32,500$15.630.3
73Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic190$42,390$20.380.1
74Postal Service Mail Carriers190$52,030$25.010.2
75Computer User Support Specialists180$53,150$25.550.4
76Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers180$24,720$11.890.3
77Electricians180$55,780$26.820.45
78Food Servers, Nonrestaurant180$27,410$13.180.2
79Industrial Production Managers180$118,550$56.990.1
80Light Truck Drivers180$34,950$16.80.6
81Medical and Health Services Managers180$100,890$48.50.3
82Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic180$31,260$15.030
83Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators170$33,680$16.190.1
84Amusement and Recreation Attendants160$22,870$10.990.2
85Buyers and Purchasing Agents160$66,870$32.150.25
86First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers160$75,120$36.120.4
87Library Technicians160$31,330$15.060.1
88Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers160$60,960$29.310.4
89Court, Municipal, and License Clerks150$37,090$17.830.1
90Dental Assistants150$40,260$19.360.2
91Financial Managers150$112,290$53.990.4
92Legal Occupations150$73,730$35.450.8
93Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other150$48,340$23.240
94Pharmacy Technicians150$33,130$15.930.3
95Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists140$26,280$12.630.4
96Carpenters130$44,870$21.570.6
97Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors130$55,870$26.860.2
98Firefighters130$38,380$18.450.2
99Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators130$55,500$26.680.25
100Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity130$34,290$16.480.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Jackson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,84056,020
Production Occupations$40,8207,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,9906,880
Sales and Related Occupations$39,4504,780
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,5704,620
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,6803,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,7903,820
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$56,7603,320
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,9503,130
Management Occupations$108,8902,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,3402,440
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,5702,360
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,8402,280
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators$39,2501,730
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,7401,630
Protective Service Occupations$52,1801,570
Office Clerks, General$34,4101,530
Retail Salespersons$28,3801,510
Stockers and Order Fillers$30,1501,500
Cashiers$23,2801,400
Fast Food and Counter Workers$22,3001,370
Machinists$39,8201,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,7301,090
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,7401,070
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,870970
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$24,520930
General and Operations Managers$111,680870
Customer Service Representatives$36,680860
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,160820
Mechanical Engineers$81,410760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,240750
Waiters and Waitresses$27,820740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,320730
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$58,350710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,920700
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,210640
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,470630
Cooks, Restaurant$24,890600
Nursing Assistants$34,140580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$68,120540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,570530
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$39,290500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,530470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,230440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,100430
Tool and Die Makers$51,120410
Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel$73,550390
Accountants and Auditors$65,970380
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$36,310380
Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric$192,300380

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,84056,020
Production Occupations$40,8207,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,9906,880
Sales and Related Occupations$39,4504,780
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,5704,620
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,6803,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,7903,820
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$56,7603,320
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,9503,130
Management Occupations$108,8902,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,3402,440
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,5702,360
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,8402,280
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators$39,2501,730
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,7401,630
Protective Service Occupations$52,1801,570
Office Clerks, General$34,4101,530
Retail Salespersons$28,3801,510
Stockers and Order Fillers$30,1501,500
Machinists$39,8201,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,7301,090
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,7401,070
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,870970
General and Operations Managers$111,680870
Customer Service Representatives$36,680860
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,160820
Mechanical Engineers$81,410760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,240750
Waiters and Waitresses$27,820740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,320730
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$58,350710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,920700
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,210640
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,470630
Nursing Assistants$34,140580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$68,120540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,570530
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$39,290500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,530470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,230440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,100430
Tool and Die Makers$51,120410
Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel$73,550390
Accountants and Auditors$65,970380
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$36,310380
Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric$192,300380
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,060360
Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks$36,570360
Construction Laborers$35,680340
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,090340

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