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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations50120$58,020$27.9100
2Education, Training, and Library Occupations8220$93,370$44.896.05
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations7460$41,060$19.7414.35
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4890$26,610$12.798.55
5Sales and Related Occupations3820$35,600$17.119.9
6Management Occupations2580$111,840$53.776.15
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2240$74,620$35.885.8
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations2140$75,050$36.085.25
9Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2130$30,520$14.673.65
10Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2130$43,550$20.941.5
11Computer and Mathematical Occupations1840$85,740$41.222.9
12Production Occupations1790$41,950$20.175.7
13Personal Care and Service Occupations1740$29,040$13.964.3
14Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1700$62,100$29.860.8
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1620$49,800$23.943.8
16Retail Salespersons1490$26,590$12.782.85
17Construction and Extraction Occupations1360$48,370$23.264.45
18Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1320$30,480$14.651.55
19Community and Social Service Occupations1290$55,590$26.731.65
20Transportation and Material Moving Occupations1290$35,850$17.246.55
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1170$23,160$11.132.3
22Waiters and Waitresses1010$25,070$12.051.7
23Healthcare Support Occupations990$33,570$16.143
24Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations960$60,710$29.191.8
25Cashiers960$22,770$10.952.2
26General and Operations Managers930$99,090$47.641.5
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations850$79,160$38.061.7
28Protective Service Occupations750$51,830$24.922.2
29Office Clerks, General730$34,090$16.391.9
30Agricultural and Food Science Technicians720$55,530$26.70
31Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks720$42,560$20.461.05
32Registered Nurses700$60,770$29.221.95
33Personal Care Aides670$27,670$13.311.5
34Instructional Coordinators660$74,550$35.840.1
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers630$28,530$13.721.3
36Food Preparation Workers600$31,010$14.910.6
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General560$40,410$19.430.9
38Cooks, Restaurant540$24,930$11.990.8
39Customer Service Representatives530$41,400$19.91.75
40Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors480$70,240$33.770.2
41Childcare Workers450$24,450$11.760.8
42Receptionists and Information Clerks440$31,490$15.140.7
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers430$57,220$27.510.95
44Dishwashers380$24,940$11.990.3
45Accountants and Auditors370$67,600$32.50.9
46Software Developers, Applications370$98,260$47.240.55
47Computer User Support Specialists360$58,160$27.960.4
48First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers360$42,950$20.651
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers350$32,850$15.790.8
50Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants330$59,190$28.460.35
51Substitute Teachers320$26,220$12.610
52Carpenters310$46,870$22.530.7
53Home Health Aides310$28,110$13.520.7
54Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners300$23,280$11.190.9
55Computer Programmers280$92,660$44.550.2
56Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand280$31,840$15.311.7
57Social and Human Service Assistants280$41,370$19.890.25
58Bartenders270$26,830$12.90.4
59Fundraisers270$84,390$40.570.1
60Self-Enrichment Education Teachers250$45,560$21.90.2
61Network and Computer Systems Administrators240$94,810$45.580.25
62First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers230$35,360$170.6
63Librarians230$71,980$34.610.1
64First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers220$71,070$34.170.3
65Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers200$35,730$17.180.6
66Human Resources Specialists190$69,380$33.360.35
67Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products190$55,410$26.640.9
68Sales Representatives, Services, All Other180$51,300$24.660.6
69Veterinary Technologists and Technicians180$44,160$21.230.1
70Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics170$36,830$17.710.5
71Library Technicians170$45,650$21.950.1
72Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers170$66,600$32.020.4
73Public Relations Specialists170$61,200$29.420.2
74Security Guards170$38,890$18.70.7
75Computer Systems Analysts160$79,440$38.190.4
76Construction Laborers160$34,500$16.590.8
77Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers160$21,310$10.240.3
78Electricians160$58,830$28.280.4
79Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses160$40,790$19.610.5
80Counter and Rental Clerks150$34,130$16.410.3
81Highway Maintenance Workers150$42,750$20.550.1
82Administrative Services Managers140$120,460$57.920.2
83Budget Analysts140$68,610$32.990
84Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop140$25,090$12.060.3
85Bakers130$28,970$13.930.1
86Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria130$34,380$16.530.3
87First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers130$66,440$31.940.4
88Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers130$35,730$17.181.2
89Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers130$44,750$21.510.3
90Software Developers, Systems Software130$87,280$41.960.3
91Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers130$37,330$17.950.1
92Animal Scientists120$62,580$30.090
93Biological Technicians120$47,200$22.690.1
94Computer and Information Systems Managers120$121,080$58.210.2
95Financial Managers120$155,250$74.640.4
96First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers120$65,310$31.40.4
97Social and Community Service Managers120$65,820$31.640.1
98Business Operations Specialists, All Other110$71,980$34.610.7
99Cooks, Short Order110$30,890$14.850.1
100Graphic Designers110$64,920$31.210.2
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Jobs More Common Near Ithaca Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$58,02050,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$93,3708,220
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,0607,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,6104,890
Sales and Related Occupations$35,6003,820
Management Occupations$111,8402,580
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,6202,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,0502,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,5202,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,5502,130
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,7401,840
Production Occupations$41,9501,790
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,0401,740
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,1001,700
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,8001,620
Retail Salespersons$26,5901,490
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,3701,360
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,4801,320
Community and Social Service Occupations$55,5901,290
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,8501,290
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,1601,170
Waiters and Waitresses$25,0701,010
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,570990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$60,710960
Cashiers$22,770960
General and Operations Managers$99,090930
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,160850
Protective Service Occupations$51,830750
Office Clerks, General$34,090730
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians$55,530720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,560720
Registered Nurses$60,770700
Personal Care Aides$27,670670
Instructional Coordinators$74,550660
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,530630
Food Preparation Workers$31,010600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,410560
Cooks, Restaurant$24,930540
Customer Service Representatives$41,400530
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$70,240480
Childcare Workers$24,450450
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,490440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,220430
Dishwashers$24,940380
Accountants and Auditors$67,600370
Software Developers, Applications$98,260370
Computer User Support Specialists$58,160360
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,950360
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$32,850350
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$59,190330

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$58,02050,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$93,3708,220
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,0607,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,6104,890
Sales and Related Occupations$35,6003,820
Management Occupations$111,8402,580
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,6202,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,0502,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,5202,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,5502,130
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,7401,840
Production Occupations$41,9501,790
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,0401,740
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,1001,700
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,8001,620
Retail Salespersons$26,5901,490
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,3701,360
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,4801,320
Community and Social Service Occupations$55,5901,290
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,8501,290
Waiters and Waitresses$25,0701,010
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,570990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$60,710960
General and Operations Managers$99,090930
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,160850
Protective Service Occupations$51,830750
Office Clerks, General$34,090730
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians$55,530720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,560720
Registered Nurses$60,770700
Personal Care Aides$27,670670
Instructional Coordinators$74,550660
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,530630
Food Preparation Workers$31,010600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,410560
Customer Service Representatives$41,400530
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$70,240480
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,490440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,220430
Accountants and Auditors$67,600370
Software Developers, Applications$98,260370
Computer User Support Specialists$58,160360
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,950360
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$32,850350
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$59,190330
Substitute Teachers$26,220320
Carpenters$46,870310
Home Health Aides$28,110310
Computer Programmers$92,660280
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,840280

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