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Muskegon Employment

Employment and Industries in the Muskegon, Michigan Area

The Muskegon region's economy is bolstered by numerous advanced manufacturing companies, specializing in plastics, metals and alternative energy. Jobs are also provided by other manufacturing industries including automotive, aerospace, defense and related industries, and office furniture.

A large number of the jobs in Muskegon, Michigan are found in the fields of healthcare, metal and metal products, transportation equipment, education, accommodation and food services, social services, and furniture and related products. About 27% of the labor force is employed in production, transportation and material moving occupations. Sales and office workers comprise about 22% of the workforce.

Facts regarding Muskegon Michigan: In 2008 the cost of living in Muskegon was 77.9 which is low when compared to the national average of 100. In 2009 the average earnings in the city was $26,000. About 9% of the residents over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

The leading employers in the Muskegon area are provided below:

  • Alcoa-Howmet - Aerospace components manufacturing
  • L3 Communications - Armored vehicle manufacturing
  • Johnson Technologies - Turbine engine components manufacturing
  • Kaydon Corp - Precision bearings
  • Consumers Energy - Power plant
  • Mahle - Piston rings - aerospace
  • West Michigan Steel
  • Brunswick - Bowling products
  • Cannon-Muskegon Corporation - Specialty alloys
  • Wesco, Inc
  • Nugent Sand
  • Cole's Foods - Frozen Foods
  • Reid Supply Company
  • Michigan's Adventure - Amusement Park
  • Anderson Global
  • Mercy Health Partners - Healthcare
  • Knoll Inc
  • PrimeStar Solar

Some of the most common jobs held by college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and social workers; industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, pharmacists, sales managers, coaches and scouts, and computer programmers.

Some of the organizations that offer information and help to Muskegon businesses are:

The Muskegon Chronicle is read by those that want to stay up-to-date with the local business community.

Jobs in Muskegon

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 61380 $41250 $19.83 100
2 Production Occupations 9210 $37000 $17.79 5.85
3 Sales and Related Occupations 8740 $31810 $15.29 10.15
4 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8130 $34810 $16.74 14.8
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6430 $22980 $11.05 8.3
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4180 $77710 $37.36 5.75
7 Retail Salespersons 3350 $23790 $11.44 3.1
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3270 $46350 $22.29 6.15
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3020 $33570 $16.14 6.45
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2460 $42830 $20.59 3.8
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2400 $20650 $9.93 2.15
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 2360 $28770 $13.83 3.05
13 Management Occupations 2200 $96660 $46.47 6.05
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1850 $45450 $21.85 4.4
15 Cashiers 1850 $21590 $10.38 2.25
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1620 $24740 $11.89 4.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1560 $25960 $12.48 3.7
18 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1490 $57840 $27.81 5.05
19 Registered Nurses 1430 $54240 $26.08 1.9
20 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1400 $66960 $32.19 1.65
21 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1310 $40160 $19.31 1
22 Protective Service Occupations 1230 $45470 $21.86 2.25
23 Nursing Assistants 1200 $26970 $12.97 1.05
24 Team Assemblers 1120 $32640 $15.69 0.75
25 Office Clerks, General 1060 $32440 $15.59 2
26 Waiters and Waitresses 1020 $24970 $12 1.6
27 Community and Social Service Occupations 1000 $45090 $21.68 1.65
28 Machinists 890 $28720 $13.81 0.3
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 840 $32240 $15.5 1.6
30 Customer Service Representatives 790 $35280 $16.96 1.75
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 740 $24420 $11.74 1.6
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 720 $26640 $12.81 1.2
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 690 $30590 $14.71 1.6
34 Personal Care Aides 670 $23920 $11.5 1.3
35 Receptionists and Information Clerks 660 $30140 $14.49 0.7
36 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 640 $31300 $15.05 0.6
37 General and Operations Managers 630 $103060 $49.55 1.4
38 Cooks, Fast Food 610 $19420 $9.34 0.3
39 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 590 $54660 $26.28 0.4
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 560 $68170 $32.78 1
41 Cooks, Restaurant 550 $24120 $11.6 0.75
42 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 540 $32490 $15.62 0.6
43 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 520 $37080 $17.83 0.9
44 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 520 $26950 $12.96 0.8
45 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 500 $38060 $18.3 1.2
46 Medical Assistants 480 $32430 $15.59 0.45
47 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 480 $41190 $19.8 0
48 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 470 $38400 $18.46 0.3
49 Industrial Engineers 450 $73550 $35.36 0.2
50 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 430 $48970 $23.55 1
51 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 420 $38700 $18.61 1.1
52 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 420 $30280 $14.56 0.5
53 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 400 $51160 $24.6 1.7
54 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 400 $36330 $17.47 0.3
55 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 390 $35360 $17 0.4
56 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 390 $71470 $34.36 2.8
57 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 370 $30850 $14.83 0.1
58 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 350 $43330 $20.83 0.2
59 Home Health Aides 330 $23630 $11.36 0.7
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 320 $41900 $20.14 0.5
61 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 310 $34170 $16.43 0.1
62 Bartenders 310 $24700 $11.87 0.4
63 Driver/Sales Workers 310 $24620 $11.84 0.3
64 Tellers 290 $25610 $12.32 0.3
65 Mechanical Engineers 280 $76910 $36.97 0.2
66 Billing and Posting Clerks 280 $34930 $16.79 0.35
67 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 270 $50120 $24.1 0.7
68 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 260 $45040 $21.66 0.2
69 Accountants and Auditors 260 $63830 $30.69 0.9
70 Carpenters 240 $36080 $17.35 0.6
71 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 230 $38130 $18.33 0.1
72 Construction Laborers 230 $33860 $16.28 0.8
73 Childcare Workers 230 $21860 $10.51 0.8
74 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 220 $37600 $18.08 0
75 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 210 $50670 $24.36 0.45
76 Pharmacists 210 $103700 $49.86 0.2
77 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 210 $48450 $23.29 0.6
78 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 210 $51740 $24.88 0.2
79 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 210 $41580 $19.99 0.1
80 Tool and Die Makers 200 $46870 $22.53 0.05
81 Food Preparation Workers 200 $23240 $11.17 0.6
82 Security Guards 190 $25480 $12.25 0.7
83 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 190 $21840 $10.5 1
84 Sheet Metal Workers 190 $50680 $24.37 0.1
85 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 190 $34200 $16.44 0.35
86 Pharmacy Technicians 190 $31830 $15.3 0.25
87 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 190 $41110 $19.76 0
88 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 180 $68180 $32.78 0.3
89 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 180 $60610 $29.14 0.9
90 Human Resources Specialists 180 $55790 $26.82 0.3
91 Postal Service Mail Carriers 180 $48890 $23.5 0.15
92 Legal Occupations 180 $67320 $32.36 0.8
93 Financial Managers 170 $103290 $49.66 0.4
94 Industrial Engineering Technicians 170 $43760 $21.04 0
95 Medical Secretaries 170 $34050 $16.37 0.4
96 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 160 $29300 $14.09 0.25
97 Firefighters 160 $40650 $19.54 0.2
98 Industrial Production Managers 160 $103080 $49.56 0.1
99 Packers and Packagers, Hand 150 $26180 $12.59 0.45
100 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 140 $192520 $92.56 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Muskegon Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,250 61,380
Production Occupations 37,000 9,210
Sales and Related Occupations 31,810 8,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,810 8,130
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,980 6,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,710 4,180
Retail Salespersons 23,790 3,350
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,350 3,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,570 3,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,830 2,460
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,650 2,400
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,770 2,360
Management Occupations 96,660 2,200
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,450 1,850
Cashiers 21,590 1,850
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,740 1,620
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,960 1,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,840 1,490
Registered Nurses 54,240 1,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 66,960 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,160 1,310
Protective Service Occupations 45,470 1,230
Nursing Assistants 26,970 1,200
Team Assemblers 32,640 1,120
Office Clerks, General 32,440 1,060
Waiters and Waitresses 24,970 1,020
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,090 1,000
Machinists 28,720 890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,240 840
Customer Service Representatives 35,280 790
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,420 740
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,640 720
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,590 690
Personal Care Aides 23,920 670
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,140 660
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,300 640
General and Operations Managers 103,060 630
Cooks, Fast Food 19,420 610
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 54,660 590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,170 560
Cooks, Restaurant 24,120 550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,490 540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,080 520
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,950 520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,060 500
Medical Assistants 32,430 480
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 41,190 480
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 38,400 470
Industrial Engineers 73,550 450
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,970 430

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,250 61,380
Production Occupations 37,000 9,210
Sales and Related Occupations 31,810 8,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,810 8,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,710 4,180
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,350 3,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,570 3,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,830 2,460
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,770 2,360
Management Occupations 96,660 2,200
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,450 1,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,960 1,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,840 1,490
Registered Nurses 54,240 1,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 66,960 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,160 1,310
Protective Service Occupations 45,470 1,230
Nursing Assistants 26,970 1,200
Team Assemblers 32,640 1,120
Office Clerks, General 32,440 1,060
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,090 1,000
Machinists 28,720 890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,240 840
Customer Service Representatives 35,280 790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,640 720
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,590 690
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,140 660
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,300 640
General and Operations Managers 103,060 630
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 54,660 590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,170 560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,490 540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,080 520
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,950 520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,060 500
Medical Assistants 32,430 480
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 41,190 480
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 38,400 470
Industrial Engineers 73,550 450
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,970 430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,700 420
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 30,280 420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 51,160 400
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 36,330 400
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 35,360 390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,470 390
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 30,850 370
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 43,330 350
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,900 320
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 34,170 310

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