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Columbus Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbus, Ohio Area

Columbus's diversified economy primarily consists of government, trade, banking, insurance, research, data processing, manufacturing telecommunications, education and healthcare. The city is home to more than 70 insurance companies. The city is among the major insurance centers in the nation. Large financial intuitions also significantly contribute to the economy.

Columbus is the corporate headquarters for nationwide companies including Banc One Corporation, Nationwide Insurance, American Electric Power, The Limited, Inc., Consolidated Stores Corporation, Wendy's International, Borden Inc and Ashland Chemicals.

Although manufacturing has declined in Columbus it still contributes to the economy. The primary manufacturing industries are fabricated metal, machinery, food processing, auto parts, telephone components, appliances, coated fabrics and glass.

Due to Columbus being the capital of Ohio, the state of Ohio is the largest employer in the city. The Ohio State University is the second largest employer. The U.S. Government is the city's third largest job provider. The U.S. Government operates the Defense Supply Center that ships a vast number of items on a daily basis to military facilities located all over the world.

The largest job providers in Columbus:

  • State of Ohio
  • The Ohio State University
  • The U.S. Government
  • Limited Brands
  • Banc One Corporation
  • Ohio Health
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Safelite Solutions, Inc
  • Chase Manhattan Mortgage Company
  • Defense Finance & Accounting Service
  • Abbot Laboratories
  • MWH Americas, Inc
  • Mount Carmel Health System Foundation
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Expesite
  • American Electric Power
  • National City Bank
  • Citigroup
  • Columbus Steel Castings
  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals
  • Ashland Inc

Noteworthy details regarding Columbus, Ohio: In 2007 the estimated median household income in the city was $42,000. Regarding the adult population, 29% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index in Columbus was at 82.1 (national average: 100).

Columbus's significant nonagricultural job providing sectors:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance

Helpful associations providing assistance to local companies include:

People interested in what is taking place in the Columbus business community may want to read the daily newspaper the Columbus Dispatch.

Jobs in Columbus

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1038240$50,020$24.05100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations173570$37,480$18.0214.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations94040$23,550$11.328.55
4Sales and Related Occupations92240$40,350$19.49.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations83050$33,550$16.136.55
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations68950$70,810$34.045.25
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations63440$82,560$39.695.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations63050$56,480$27.166.05
9Production Occupations57220$39,050$18.775.7
10Management Occupations50900$115,940$55.746.15
11Computer and Mathematical Occupations44000$91,110$43.82.9
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations37530$46,770$22.483.8
13Healthcare Support Occupations36350$28,220$13.573
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food30770$20,320$9.772.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations30180$28,580$13.743.65
16Construction and Extraction Occupations29800$46,930$22.564.45
17Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand29290$28,250$13.581.7
18Personal Care and Service Occupations27340$25,790$12.44.3
19Retail Salespersons27100$26,930$12.952.85
20Customer Service Representatives26120$34,680$16.671.75
21Protective Service Occupations22750$49,450$23.782.2
22Registered Nurses22070$67,080$32.251.95
23Cashiers20710$21,230$10.212.2
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations19500$76,090$36.581.7
25Waiters and Waitresses18970$22,830$10.981.7
26Office Clerks, General18680$34,990$16.821.9
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers17150$27,360$13.161.3
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners14810$27,670$13.31.55
29Home Health Aides14800$22,210$10.680.7
30Community and Social Service Occupations14250$47,070$22.631.65
31Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers14050$46,190$22.211.2
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations13720$52,470$25.231.8
33Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers12470$35,480$17.060
34Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive12260$37,560$18.061.5
35Software Developers, Applications12000$107,770$51.810.55
36General and Operations Managers11410$123,010$59.141.5
37Accountants and Auditors10860$74,630$35.880.9
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks10820$41,000$19.711.05
39Business Operations Specialists, All Other9680$70,690$33.990.7
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers9530$57,440$27.610.95
41Nursing Assistants9500$26,400$12.691
42Computer Systems Analysts9430$97,930$47.080.4
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General8940$39,910$19.190.9
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products8540$64,860$31.180.9
45Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8210$60,560$29.120.8
46Packers and Packagers, Hand8200$23,990$11.530.45
47Sales Representatives, Services, All Other8170$62,990$30.290.6
48Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks7350$31,490$15.140.4
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers7250$28,760$13.830.8
50Legal Occupations7140$86,930$41.790.8
51Personal Care Aides7070$24,040$11.561.5
52First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers6910$37,870$18.210.6
53Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6900$34,980$16.820.6
54Medical Secretaries6900$34,480$16.580.4
55Cooks, Restaurant6870$27,050$13.010.8
56First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers6650$43,600$20.961
57Construction Laborers6510$39,820$19.150.8
58Security Guards6510$31,830$15.30.7
59Food Preparation Workers6240$22,220$10.680.6
60Receptionists and Information Clerks6090$27,690$13.310.7
61Management Analysts6050$77,970$37.490.5
62Substitute Teachers5850$34,190$16.440
63Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5830$42,010$20.20.5
64Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants5550$57,830$27.80.35
65Childcare Workers5340$21,850$10.50.8
66Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5310$70,180$33.740.4
67Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5290$31,730$15.250.35
68Human Resources Specialists5050$63,140$30.350.35
69Financial Managers5000$138,550$66.610.4
70Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5000$22,130$10.640.9
71Computer User Support Specialists4970$51,980$24.990.4
72Mechanical Engineers4870$83,690$40.230.2
73Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks4750$40,750$19.590.2
74Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4750$70,330$33.810.4
75Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers4680$41,110$19.770.3
76Billing and Posting Clerks4540$38,840$18.670.3
77Electricians4430$46,030$22.130.4
78Medical Assistants4230$34,080$16.390.45
79Computer and Information Systems Managers4150$147,380$70.860.2
80Bill and Account Collectors3930$35,090$16.870.2
81Firefighters3910$56,390$27.110.2
82Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks3870$53,430$25.690.2
83Bartenders3830$23,370$11.240.4
84First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers3760$60,800$29.230.4
85Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products3730$77,870$37.440.2
86Lawyers3690$115,560$55.560.5
87Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3590$41,610$200.5
88Insurance Sales Agents3500$60,120$28.910.3
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3350$62,840$30.210.3
90Network and Computer Systems Administrators3310$81,620$39.240.25
91Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators3300$66,210$31.830.2
92Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3280$20,960$10.080.3
93Driver/Sales Workers3200$23,990$11.530.3
94Loan Interviewers and Clerks3150$40,780$19.60.15
95Loan Officers3120$72,040$34.630.2
96Recreation Workers3060$25,000$12.020.25
97Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3050$25,260$12.140.3
98First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors3030$53,060$25.510
99Medical and Health Services Managers3030$103,580$49.80.25
100Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators2980$56,580$27.20.2
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Jobs More Common Near Columbus Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,0201,038,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,480173,570
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,55094,040
Sales and Related Occupations$40,35092,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,55083,050
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,81068,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,56063,440
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,48063,050
Production Occupations$39,05057,220
Management Occupations$115,94050,900
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$91,11044,000
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,77037,530
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,22036,350
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,32030,770
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,58030,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,93029,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,25029,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,79027,340
Retail Salespersons$26,93027,100
Customer Service Representatives$34,68026,120
Protective Service Occupations$49,45022,750
Registered Nurses$67,08022,070
Cashiers$21,23020,710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,09019,500
Waiters and Waitresses$22,83018,970
Office Clerks, General$34,99018,680
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,36017,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,67014,810
Home Health Aides$22,21014,800
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,07014,250
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,19014,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,47013,720
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,48012,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,56012,260
Software Developers, Applications$107,77012,000
General and Operations Managers$123,01011,410
Accountants and Auditors$74,63010,860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,00010,820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$70,6909,680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,4409,530
Nursing Assistants$26,4009,500
Computer Systems Analysts$97,9309,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,9108,940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,8608,540
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,5608,210
Packers and Packagers, Hand$23,9908,200
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$62,9908,170
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,4907,350
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,7607,250
Legal Occupations$86,9307,140

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Columbus, Ohio Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,0201,038,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,480173,570
Sales and Related Occupations$40,35092,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,55083,050
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,81068,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,56063,440
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,48063,050
Production Occupations$39,05057,220
Management Occupations$115,94050,900
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$91,11044,000
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,77037,530
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,22036,350
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,58030,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,93029,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,25029,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,79027,340
Retail Salespersons$26,93027,100
Customer Service Representatives$34,68026,120
Protective Service Occupations$49,45022,750
Registered Nurses$67,08022,070
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,09019,500
Office Clerks, General$34,99018,680
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,36017,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,67014,810
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,07014,250
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,19014,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,47013,720
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,48012,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,56012,260
Software Developers, Applications$107,77012,000
General and Operations Managers$123,01011,410
Accountants and Auditors$74,63010,860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,00010,820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$70,6909,680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,4409,530
Nursing Assistants$26,4009,500
Computer Systems Analysts$97,9309,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,9108,940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,8608,540
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,5608,210
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$62,9908,170
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,4907,350
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,7607,250
Legal Occupations$86,9307,140
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,8706,910
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,9806,900
Medical Secretaries$34,4806,900
Cooks, Restaurant$27,0506,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,6006,650
Construction Laborers$39,8206,510

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