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Columbia Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbia, South Carolina Area

Columbia has a diversified economy. Some of the major employers are state government, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, the University of South Carolina and the Palmetto Health hospital system. In addition, Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's second largest training facility, is located in Columbia.

Columbia also includes the headquarters of the Fortune 500 company SCANA. Other companies with headquarters in Columbia include Colonial Supplemental Insurance, a major supplemental insurance company, Collexis Holdings Inc, a software development firm, Spectrum Medical, an international medical software company, Nelson Mullins a major national law firm and First Citizens bank, one of the largest state-based banks.

Major manufacturers with facilities in Columbia include CMC Steel, Square D, Michelin, Spirax Sacro, Honeywell, Westinghouse Electric, International Paper, Trane, Bose Corporation Technology, Pirelli Cables, Harsco Track Tech and Solectron. The region also includes more than 70 foreign affiliated firms.

Accolades for Columbia, South Carolina: Forbes named Columbia as a "Best Small Place to do Business". Entrepreneur.com, Inc., ranked Columbia #8 for midsize metropolitan areas in its hot cities for entrepreneurs list. Columbia was named as one of America's 50 hottest cities for corporate expansion and relocation by Expansion Management.

The following is a list of the major employers in the greater Columbia area:

  • Palmetto Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Richland School System
  • SCE&G
  • UPS
  • Wachovia Bank, N.A.
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company
  • City of Columbia
  • Santee Cooper
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Bank of America
  • Richland County
  • Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals
  • Michelin North America
  • Bell South
  • Babcock Center, Inc
  • Piggly Wiggly, Inc
  • SC State Dept., of Education
  • Bose Corporation

The major job providing segments in Columbia, South Carolina:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Social assistance
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Financial activities
  • Government

Notable details regarding Columbia, South Carolina: Estimated median household income in 2007: $35,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 87.5. Population 25 years and older holding a bachelor's degree or better: 36%.

Columbia businesses can contact the following helpful associations:

TheState.com provides readers with details about local business and industry.

Jobs in Columbia

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 373700 $43220 $20.78 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 62940 $34780 $16.72 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 39670 $33860 $16.28 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 31210 $19930 $9.58 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28490 $31670 $15.23 6.45
6 Production Occupations 24840 $38290 $18.41 5.85
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 23820 $70260 $33.78 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 22020 $47310 $22.75 6.15
9 Management Occupations 17920 $103240 $49.63 6.05
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 17500 $60700 $29.18 5.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 16040 $44050 $21.18 3.8
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 13300 $41340 $19.87 4.4
13 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 11900 $28040 $13.48 1.6
14 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 11710 $17710 $8.52 2.15
15 Protective Service Occupations 11470 $37910 $18.22 2.25
16 Retail Salespersons 11190 $24180 $11.62 3.1
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 10830 $68990 $33.17 2.8
18 Cashiers 10730 $18660 $8.97 2.25
19 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 10660 $24710 $11.88 3.7
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 9880 $27790 $13.36 3.05
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 9750 $23520 $11.31 4.1
22 Customer Service Representatives 9450 $33550 $16.13 1.75
23 Registered Nurses 8140 $61010 $29.33 1.9
24 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7910 $32960 $15.84 1.6
25 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 6870 $50460 $24.26 1
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 6330 $69340 $33.34 1.65
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6300 $23150 $11.13 1.6
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 6180 $40710 $19.57 1.65
29 Office Clerks, General 5470 $27410 $13.18 2
30 Team Assemblers 4690 $33810 $16.25 0.75
31 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4570 $41530 $19.97 1.2
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4510 $36190 $17.4 1.1
33 Security Guards 4360 $30890 $14.85 0.7
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4320 $23710 $11.4 1.2
35 Waiters and Waitresses 4180 $19520 $9.38 1.6
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4070 $46310 $22.26 1.7
37 Legal Occupations 4020 $70290 $33.8 0.8
38 Accountants and Auditors 3880 $57510 $27.65 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3850 $39740 $19.1 1
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3780 $36160 $17.38 0.9
41 Nursing Assistants 3750 $24650 $11.85 1.05
42 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3450 $61470 $29.55 1
43 Construction Laborers 3200 $30220 $14.53 0.8
44 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2990 $31320 $15.06 0.6
45 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 2920 $46260 $22.24 0.45
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2720 $28910 $13.9 0.6
47 Cooks, Fast Food 2350 $17840 $8.58 0.3
48 Cooks, Restaurant 2340 $20700 $9.95 0.75
49 Computer User Support Specialists 2230 $47690 $22.93 0.4
50 Personal Care Aides 2200 $21250 $10.22 1.3
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2100 $26660 $12.82 0.7
52 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2070 $58000 $27.89 0.4
53 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2000 $28980 $13.93 0.4
54 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2000 $62400 $30 0.9
55 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1940 $40800 $19.61 0.6
56 Insurance Sales Agents 1930 $54670 $26.29 0.3
57 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1830 $61730 $29.68 0.4
58 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1820 $43760 $21.04 0.2
59 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1810 $31520 $15.16 0.3
60 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1810 $57130 $27.47 0.3
61 Lawyers 1800 $99430 $47.8 0.5
62 Medical Secretaries 1790 $33320 $16.02 0.4
63 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1780 $42470 $20.42 0.5
64 Medical Assistants 1720 $29990 $14.42 0.45
65 Home Health Aides 1670 $19920 $9.58 0.7
66 Carpenters 1650 $42690 $20.52 0.6
67 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1640 $39720 $19.09 0.5
68 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1590 $22280 $10.71 0.3
69 Driver/Sales Workers 1580 $26930 $12.95 0.3
70 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1580 $39820 $19.15 0.3
71 Billing and Posting Clerks 1570 $34230 $16.46 0.35
72 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1520 $20370 $9.8 1
73 Substitute Teachers 1520 $23080 $11.1 0
74 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1500 $24430 $11.74 0.8
75 Human Resources Specialists 1490 $56800 $27.31 0.3
76 Computer Systems Analysts 1460 $69580 $33.45 0.4
77 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 1450 $32480 $15.62 0.2
78 Civil Engineers 1430 $70130 $33.72 0.2
79 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1410 $74490 $35.81 0.3
80 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1390 $56860 $27.34 0.2
81 Financial Managers 1360 $120340 $57.86 0.4
82 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 1310 $42110 $20.24 0.2
83 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1280 $60360 $29.02 0.7
84 Food Preparation Workers 1240 $20860 $10.03 0.6
85 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1220 $21610 $10.39 0.45
86 Social and Human Service Assistants 1220 $32240 $15.5 0.3
87 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1220 $33380 $16.05 0.35
88 Computer Programmers 1210 $78940 $37.95 0.2
89 Training and Development Specialists 1200 $54460 $26.18 0.2
90 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1170 $43980 $21.14 0.3
91 Bill and Account Collectors 1160 $33490 $16.1 0.2
92 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1150 $51180 $24.6 0.2
93 Pharmacy Technicians 1130 $31160 $14.98 0.25
94 Computer and Information Systems Managers 1120 $112420 $54.05 0.25
95 Childcare Workers 1110 $18830 $9.05 0.8
96 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 1110 $34830 $16.75 0.2
97 Tellers 1100 $28290 $13.6 0.3
98 Medical and Health Services Managers 1090 $98000 $47.12 0.2
99 Recreation Workers 1080 $25360 $12.19 0.3
100 Counter and Rental Clerks 1080 $28270 $13.59 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Columbia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,220 373,700
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,780 62,940
Sales and Related Occupations 33,860 39,670
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19,930 31,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,670 28,490
Production Occupations 38,290 24,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,260 23,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,310 22,020
Management Occupations 103,240 17,920
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,700 17,500
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,050 16,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,340 13,300
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,040 11,900
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,710 11,710
Protective Service Occupations 37,910 11,470
Retail Salespersons 24,180 11,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,990 10,830
Cashiers 18,660 10,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,710 10,660
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,790 9,880
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,520 9,750
Customer Service Representatives 33,550 9,450
Registered Nurses 61,010 8,140
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,960 7,910
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,460 6,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,340 6,330
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,150 6,300
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,710 6,180
Office Clerks, General 27,410 5,470
Team Assemblers 33,810 4,690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,530 4,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,190 4,510
Security Guards 30,890 4,360
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,710 4,320
Waiters and Waitresses 19,520 4,180
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,310 4,070
Legal Occupations 70,290 4,020
Accountants and Auditors 57,510 3,880
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,740 3,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,160 3,780
Nursing Assistants 24,650 3,750
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,470 3,450
Construction Laborers 30,220 3,200
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,320 2,990
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 46,260 2,920
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,910 2,720
Cooks, Fast Food 17,840 2,350
Cooks, Restaurant 20,700 2,340
Computer User Support Specialists 47,690 2,230
Personal Care Aides 21,250 2,200

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Columbia, South Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,220 373,700
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,780 62,940
Sales and Related Occupations 33,860 39,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,670 28,490
Production Occupations 38,290 24,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,260 23,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,310 22,020
Management Occupations 103,240 17,920
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,700 17,500
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,050 16,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,340 13,300
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,040 11,900
Protective Service Occupations 37,910 11,470
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,990 10,830
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,790 9,880
Customer Service Representatives 33,550 9,450
Registered Nurses 61,010 8,140
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,960 7,910
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,460 6,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,340 6,330
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,710 6,180
Office Clerks, General 27,410 5,470
Team Assemblers 33,810 4,690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,530 4,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,190 4,510
Security Guards 30,890 4,360
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,310 4,070
Legal Occupations 70,290 4,020
Accountants and Auditors 57,510 3,880
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,740 3,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,160 3,780
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,470 3,450
Construction Laborers 30,220 3,200
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,320 2,990
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 46,260 2,920
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,910 2,720
Computer User Support Specialists 47,690 2,230
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,660 2,100
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 58,000 2,070
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 28,980 2,000
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 62,400 2,000
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 40,800 1,940
Insurance Sales Agents 54,670 1,930
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 61,730 1,830
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 43,760 1,820
Correctional Officers and Jailers 31,520 1,810
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 57,130 1,810
Lawyers 99,430 1,800
Medical Secretaries 33,320 1,790
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,470 1,780

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