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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations370160$43,840$21.08100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations61300$35,280$16.9614.35
3Sales and Related Occupations39650$35,140$16.899.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations32580$20,510$9.868.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations26500$31,310$15.056.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations22870$70,700$33.995.8
7Production Occupations22860$39,600$19.045.7
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations22160$47,350$22.766.05
9Management Occupations17750$106,870$51.386.15
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations17540$61,930$29.775.25
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations16870$45,680$21.963.8
12Construction and Extraction Occupations14360$41,480$19.944.45
13Protective Service Occupations13210$37,180$17.872.2
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food12900$17,780$8.552.3
15Retail Salespersons11300$25,790$12.42.85
16Cashiers11280$18,740$9.012.2
17Customer Service Representatives10760$32,510$15.631.75
18Computer and Mathematical Occupations10550$70,680$33.982.9
19Personal Care and Service Occupations10480$23,950$11.524.3
20Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand10190$27,340$13.141.7
21Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations9950$25,670$12.343.65
22Healthcare Support Occupations9640$27,950$13.443
23Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive7780$34,300$16.491.5
24Registered Nurses7730$62,160$29.881.95
25First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers6910$50,950$24.50.95
26General and Operations Managers6390$106,660$51.281.5
27Security Guards5820$30,340$14.590.7
28Community and Social Service Occupations5760$42,070$20.221.65
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations5500$72,440$34.831.7
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5480$23,820$11.451.55
31Office Clerks, General5360$26,590$12.781.9
32Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4590$42,190$20.281.2
33Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4170$33,050$15.890
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4170$37,980$18.261.05
35Waiters and Waitresses4130$19,750$9.51.7
36Legal Occupations3990$70,160$33.730.8
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3960$36,130$17.370.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3950$40,290$19.371
39Nursing Assistants3850$25,150$12.091
40Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3790$24,850$11.951.3
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3670$45,050$21.661.8
42Accountants and Auditors3640$60,060$28.880.9
43Construction Laborers3540$30,750$14.780.8
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3460$65,880$31.670.9
45Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers3260$44,510$21.40.4
46Cooks, Restaurant3130$22,080$10.620.8
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2700$31,130$14.960.6
48Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2650$31,480$15.140.6
49Personal Care Aides2630$20,600$9.91.5
50Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2240$62,650$30.120.8
51First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2190$58,210$27.980.4
52Management Analysts2160$73,960$35.560.5
53Medical Assistants1960$30,530$14.680.45
54Insurance Sales Agents1950$60,180$28.930.3
55Cooks, Fast Food1940$18,670$8.980.3
56First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1920$63,720$30.640.3
57Paralegals and Legal Assistants1890$44,600$21.440.2
58Receptionists and Information Clerks1840$26,500$12.740.7
59Computer User Support Specialists1830$47,350$22.760.4
60Correctional Officers and Jailers1810$33,250$15.990.25
61Carpenters1750$43,330$20.830.7
62Medical Secretaries1730$34,400$16.540.4
63Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1730$44,180$21.240.6
64Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1710$24,890$11.970.8
65First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1700$66,980$32.20.4
66Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1690$23,000$11.060.3
67Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1680$43,460$20.890.5
68Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1660$41,720$20.060.5
69Billing and Posting Clerks1630$34,710$16.690.3
70Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1630$29,800$14.330.4
71Home Health Aides1610$20,230$9.730.7
72Lawyers1610$102,390$49.230.5
73Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1550$39,130$18.810.3
74Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1480$20,980$10.090.9
75Substitute Teachers1480$23,320$11.210
76Computer Systems Analysts1470$71,520$34.390.4
77Human Resources Specialists1460$57,660$27.720.35
78Food Preparation Workers1440$21,310$10.240.6
79Industrial Machinery Mechanics1420$56,880$27.350.2
80Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks1410$33,400$16.060.2
81Network and Computer Systems Administrators1410$75,990$36.530.25
82Packers and Packagers, Hand1350$20,830$10.020.45
83Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1280$40,460$19.450.2
84Recreation Workers1280$25,060$12.050.25
85Computer Programmers1270$79,170$38.060.2
86Pharmacy Technicians1270$31,220$15.010.3
87Electricians1250$45,990$22.110.4
88First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1250$52,240$25.120
89Training and Development Specialists1240$56,550$27.190.2
90Driver/Sales Workers1230$25,740$12.380.3
91Financial Managers1220$125,500$60.330.4
92Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1220$31,350$15.070.35
93Business Operations Specialists, All Other1150$60,640$29.150.7
94Counter and Rental Clerks1140$26,840$12.90.3
95Medical and Health Services Managers1140$99,330$47.750.25
96Tellers1130$29,250$14.060.3
97Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1100$45,030$21.650.2
98Civil Engineers1100$76,400$36.730.2
99Computer and Information Systems Managers1090$115,230$55.40.2
100Compliance Officers1070$56,800$27.310.2
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Jobs More Common Near Columbia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,840370,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,28061,300
Sales and Related Occupations$35,14039,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,51032,580
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,31026,500
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$70,70022,870
Production Occupations$39,60022,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,35022,160
Management Occupations$106,87017,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,93017,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,68016,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,48014,360
Protective Service Occupations$37,18013,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$17,78012,900
Retail Salespersons$25,79011,300
Cashiers$18,74011,280
Customer Service Representatives$32,51010,760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$70,68010,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,95010,480
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,34010,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,6709,950
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,9509,640
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,3007,780
Registered Nurses$62,1607,730
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,9506,910
General and Operations Managers$106,6606,390
Security Guards$30,3405,820
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,0705,760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,4405,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,8205,480
Office Clerks, General$26,5905,360
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,1904,590
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,0504,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,9804,170
Waiters and Waitresses$19,7504,130
Legal Occupations$70,1603,990
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,1303,960
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,2903,950
Nursing Assistants$25,1503,850
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,8503,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,0503,670
Accountants and Auditors$60,0603,640
Construction Laborers$30,7503,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,8803,460
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$44,5103,260
Cooks, Restaurant$22,0803,130
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,1302,700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,4802,650
Personal Care Aides$20,6002,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,6502,240

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,840370,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,28061,300
Sales and Related Occupations$35,14039,650
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,31026,500
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$70,70022,870
Production Occupations$39,60022,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,35022,160
Management Occupations$106,87017,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,93017,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,68016,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,48014,360
Protective Service Occupations$37,18013,210
Retail Salespersons$25,79011,300
Customer Service Representatives$32,51010,760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$70,68010,550
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,34010,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,6709,950
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,9509,640
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,3007,780
Registered Nurses$62,1607,730
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,9506,910
General and Operations Managers$106,6606,390
Security Guards$30,3405,820
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,0705,760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,4405,500
Office Clerks, General$26,5905,360
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,1904,590
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,0504,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,9804,170
Legal Occupations$70,1603,990
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,1303,960
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,2903,950
Nursing Assistants$25,1503,850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,0503,670
Accountants and Auditors$60,0603,640
Construction Laborers$30,7503,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,8803,460
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$44,5103,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,1302,700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,4802,650
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,6502,240
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$58,2102,190
Management Analysts$73,9602,160
Medical Assistants$30,5301,960
Insurance Sales Agents$60,1801,950
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$63,7201,920
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$44,6001,890
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,5001,840
Computer User Support Specialists$47,3501,830
Correctional Officers and Jailers$33,2501,810

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