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Ithaca Employment

Employment and Industries in the Ithaca, New York Area

Cornell University is Ithaca's largest employer. The local economy is powered by education and manufacturing. Tourism and high-tech also have significant roles in the economy. Other industries include dairy farming, agriculture and business machine manufacturing. Electronics, biotechnology and high-technology companies are becoming a bigger part of the economy. Tourism also adds to the economy.

Cornell University's Center for Manufacturing Enterprise and the National Nanofabrication Facility at the university help local companies grow. New companies are attracted to the area due to agriculture research, plant science and other research facilities.

Details regarding Ithaca, New York: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $25,000. The cost of living index in 2008 in Ithaca was near the nation's average. Regarding the adult residents, 58% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better.

Ithaca's top job providers:

  • Cornell University
  • Borg-Warner Automotive
  • Ithaca City School District
  • Ithaca College
  • Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca
  • Tompkins County
  • Emerson Power Transmission
  • Wegman's Food Markets
  • TPG Printers, Inc
  • Lakeside Nursing Home Inc
  • The Cbord Group Inc
  • Target Corporation
  • NCR Corporation
  • Therm, Incorporated
  • Stork H&E Turbo Blading
  • United States Postal Service
  • Tompkins County Trust Company
  • Tetra Tech, Inc
  • Borg Warner Automotive
  • Ithaca Space Systems
  • Ithaca Peripherals

Ithaca's primary nonagricultural employment segments:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Leisure and hospitality

Organizations that provide information and assistance to businesses located in Ithaca include:

News regarding the local business community is provided by the Ithaca Journal.

Jobs in Ithaca

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 50590 $56660 $27.24 100
2 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8320 $91410 $43.95 6.15
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7660 $40270 $19.36 14.8
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4790 $24860 $11.95 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 3740 $35630 $17.13 10.15
6 Management Occupations 2490 $111690 $53.7 6.05
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2260 $69920 $33.62 5.75
8 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2230 $29960 $14.41 3.7
9 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2140 $44150 $21.23 1.6
10 Production Occupations 2020 $42330 $20.35 5.85
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1950 $75130 $36.12 5.05
12 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1910 $60560 $29.12 0.9
13 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1720 $82350 $39.59 2.8
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1690 $28520 $13.71 4.1
15 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 1660 $48960 $23.54 3.8
16 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1540 $33550 $16.13 6.45
17 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1430 $29440 $14.15 1.6
18 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1330 $50070 $24.07 4.4
19 Community and Social Service Occupations 1330 $57320 $27.56 1.65
20 Retail Salespersons 1330 $27510 $13.23 3.1
21 Cashiers 1100 $22220 $10.68 2.25
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1080 $21720 $10.44 2.15
23 Waiters and Waitresses 960 $21900 $10.53 1.6
24 General and Operations Managers 960 $98070 $47.15 1.4
25 Healthcare Support Occupations 950 $31120 $14.96 3.05
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 920 $78750 $37.86 1.65
27 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 860 $56410 $27.12 1.7
28 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 860 $41300 $19.86 1.1
29 Office Clerks, General 810 $33550 $16.13 2
30 Registered Nurses 710 $59700 $28.7 1.9
31 Protective Service Occupations 710 $53040 $25.5 2.25
32 Personal Care Aides 650 $27540 $13.24 1.3
33 Instructional Coordinators 630 $73030 $35.11 0.1
34 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 570 $70870 $34.07 0.2
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 570 $26840 $12.91 1.2
36 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 560 $53640 $25.79 0
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 540 $39990 $19.23 0.9
38 Food Preparation Workers 490 $31130 $14.96 0.6
39 Receptionists and Information Clerks 480 $29910 $14.38 0.7
40 Customer Service Representatives 470 $38170 $18.35 1.75
41 Dishwashers 470 $22910 $11.02 0.3
42 Childcare Workers 440 $23450 $11.27 0.8
43 Cooks, Restaurant 430 $24350 $11.71 0.75
44 Accountants and Auditors 400 $67000 $32.21 0.9
45 Computer User Support Specialists 390 $58310 $28.03 0.4
46 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 390 $32330 $15.55 0.8
47 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 390 $56650 $27.24 1
48 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 350 $41070 $19.74 1
49 Nursing Assistants 340 $29620 $14.24 1.05
50 Carpenters 330 $46630 $22.42 0.6
51 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 310 $57390 $27.59 0.5
52 Substitute Teachers 310 $32950 $15.84 0
53 Legal Occupations 310 $83110 $39.96 0.8
54 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 290 $32030 $15.4 1.6
55 Computer Programmers 280 $78380 $37.68 0.2
56 Bartenders 280 $22840 $10.98 0.4
57 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 270 $32590 $15.67 0.6
58 Software Developers, Applications 270 $99280 $47.73 0.5
59 Fundraisers 270 $81170 $39.03 0.05
60 Home Health Aides 260 $26960 $12.96 0.7
61 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 260 $22260 $10.7 1
62 Social and Human Service Assistants 250 $41080 $19.75 0.3
63 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 250 $44910 $21.59 0.25
64 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 240 $92910 $44.67 0.3
65 Biological Technicians 230 $43620 $20.97 0.1
66 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 230 $69900 $33.6 0.3
67 Librarians 220 $73570 $35.37 0.1
68 Electricians 200 $58980 $28.36 0.4
69 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 200 $39990 $19.23 0.5
70 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 200 $63570 $30.56 1
71 Security Guards 200 $37350 $17.96 0.7
72 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 200 $30520 $14.67 0.6
73 Human Resources Specialists 190 $70980 $34.13 0.3
74 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 190 $42560 $20.46 0.6
75 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 190 $36930 $17.75 0.5
76 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 190 $43750 $21.03 0.1
77 Machinists 180 $43920 $21.11 0.3
78 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 180 $56420 $27.13 0.6
79 Library Technicians 180 $45110 $21.69 0.1
80 Driver/Sales Workers 170 $21080 $10.13 0.3
81 Public Relations Specialists 170 $59420 $28.57 0.2
82 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 160 $31080 $14.94 0.3
83 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 160 $34130 $16.41 1.2
84 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 160 $39650 $19.06 0.3
85 Cooks, Short Order 150 $30860 $14.83 0.1
86 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 150 $68790 $33.07 0.4
87 Mechanical Engineers 150 $92740 $44.59 0.2
88 Animal Scientists 150 $62270 $29.94 0
89 Computer Systems Analysts 140 $79650 $38.29 0.4
90 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 140 $39870 $19.17 0.1
91 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 140 $19750 $9.49 0.3
92 Counter and Rental Clerks 130 $31110 $14.96 0.3
93 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 130 $67410 $32.41 0.4
94 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 130 $110900 $53.32 0.2
95 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 130 $29150 $14.01 0.4
96 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 130 $34230 $16.46 0.3
97 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 130 $38760 $18.64 0
98 Highway Maintenance Workers 130 $42140 $20.26 0.1
99 Library Assistants, Clerical 130 $41290 $19.85 0.1
100 Tellers 130 $27080 $13.02 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Ithaca Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 56,660 50,590
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 91,410 8,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,270 7,660
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,860 4,790
Sales and Related Occupations 35,630 3,740
Management Occupations 111,690 2,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,920 2,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,960 2,230
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 44,150 2,140
Production Occupations 42,330 2,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,130 1,950
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,560 1,910
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82,350 1,720
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,520 1,690
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,960 1,660
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,550 1,540
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,440 1,430
Construction and Extraction Occupations 50,070 1,330
Community and Social Service Occupations 57,320 1,330
Retail Salespersons 27,510 1,330
Cashiers 22,220 1,100
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,720 1,080
Waiters and Waitresses 21,900 960
General and Operations Managers 98,070 960
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,120 950
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,750 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,410 860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,300 860
Office Clerks, General 33,550 810
Registered Nurses 59,700 710
Protective Service Occupations 53,040 710
Personal Care Aides 27,540 650
Instructional Coordinators 73,030 630
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 70,870 570
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,840 570
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 53,640 560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,990 540
Food Preparation Workers 31,130 490
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,910 480
Customer Service Representatives 38,170 470
Dishwashers 22,910 470
Childcare Workers 23,450 440
Cooks, Restaurant 24,350 430
Accountants and Auditors 67,000 400
Computer User Support Specialists 58,310 390
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,330 390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,650 390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,070 350
Nursing Assistants 29,620 340
Carpenters 46,630 330

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Ithaca, New York Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 56,660 50,590
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 91,410 8,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,270 7,660
Sales and Related Occupations 35,630 3,740
Management Occupations 111,690 2,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,920 2,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,960 2,230
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 44,150 2,140
Production Occupations 42,330 2,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,130 1,950
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,560 1,910
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82,350 1,720
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,520 1,690
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,960 1,660
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,550 1,540
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,440 1,430
Construction and Extraction Occupations 50,070 1,330
Community and Social Service Occupations 57,320 1,330
Retail Salespersons 27,510 1,330
General and Operations Managers 98,070 960
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,120 950
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,750 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,410 860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,300 860
Office Clerks, General 33,550 810
Registered Nurses 59,700 710
Protective Service Occupations 53,040 710
Personal Care Aides 27,540 650
Instructional Coordinators 73,030 630
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 70,870 570
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,840 570
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 53,640 560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,990 540
Food Preparation Workers 31,130 490
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,910 480
Customer Service Representatives 38,170 470
Accountants and Auditors 67,000 400
Computer User Support Specialists 58,310 390
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,330 390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,650 390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,070 350
Nursing Assistants 29,620 340
Carpenters 46,630 330
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 57,390 310
Substitute Teachers 32,950 310
Legal Occupations 83,110 310
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,030 290
Computer Programmers 78,380 280
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,590 270
Software Developers, Applications 99,280 270

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