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Sumter Employment

Employment and Industries in the Sumter, South Carolina Area

The Sumter region includes over 50 diversified industries. Some of the sectors with a significant presence in Sumter are fabric printing, food processing, hand tools, furniture, electrical equipment, clothing, chemicals and medical apparatuses. The employees of the manufacturing companies earn on average 20% more than the service-sector employees.

Healthcare, education services and social services also have important roles in the economy. In addition, Shaw Air Force Base is nearby and is a major employer. Also, Forbes named Sumter the 44th best small metropolitan area in the country to do business and to advance a career.

The leading job providing segments in Sumter are educational services, healthcare, government, accommodation and food services, construction, textile mills and textile products, and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (28% of the jobs). Sales and office occupations (24% of the labor force). Production, transportation and material moving occupations (17% of the workforce).

Notable details about Sumter, South Carolina: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree: 23%. The cost of living index in 2008: 81.1. Average earnings in Sumter: $25,000.

The largest employers in the Sumter region:

  • Shaw Air Force Base - Military
  • Pilgrims Pride Poultry processing
  • Tuomey Healthcare System - Hospital
  • Sumter School Districts
  • Becton Dickinson - Medical supplies manufacturer
  • Santee Print Works - Textiles manufacturers
  • Sumter County Government - Government
  • City of Sumter - Government
  • Eaton Electrical (Cutler-Hammer) - Electrical manufacturer
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Cooper Hand Tools - Tools manufacturer
  • Security Management of SC - Personal services
  • Central Carolina Tech. College - Education
  • SAFE Federal Credit Union - Credit union
  • SC Dept. of Disb., & Special Needs - Government
  • Color-Fi, Inc - Plastics manufacturer
  • Interlake Material Handling - Pallet rack manufacturer

In Sumter, there are numerous jobs where the majority of the workers have college degrees including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and school social workers; pharmacists, electrical engineers, network systems and data communications analysts, and medical and health services managers.

Some of the helpful organizations that provide assistance to local businesses are:

The The Item provides news regarding business and the economy in Sumter, South Carolina.

Jobs in Sumter

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations37000$38,720$18.62100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations5250$31,690$15.2314.35
3Production Occupations4180$34,730$16.75.7
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations3480$19,030$9.158.55
5Sales and Related Occupations3440$31,670$15.239.9
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations2820$32,170$15.466.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations2290$40,920$19.676.05
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2160$74,400$35.775.8
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1800$40,160$19.313.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations1760$37,060$17.824.45
11Management Occupations1590$93,190$44.86.15
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1420$25,660$12.343.65
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1380$18,040$8.682.3
14Healthcare Support Occupations1340$24,960$123
15Cashiers1180$19,950$9.592.2
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations1110$64,740$31.125.25
17Customer Service Representatives1090$27,680$13.311.75
18Retail Salespersons1080$27,050$13.012.85
19Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1010$29,050$13.971.7
20Personal Care and Service Occupations940$22,400$10.774.3
21Office Clerks, General920$23,960$11.521.9
22Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers900$31,590$15.190
23Registered Nurses640$57,050$27.431.95
24General and Operations Managers580$91,050$43.781.5
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations570$68,540$32.952.9
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners570$19,380$9.321.55
27Machinists530$36,360$17.480.25
28Maintenance and Repair Workers, General500$34,290$16.490.9
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive500$36,640$17.621.5
30Nursing Assistants490$22,120$10.631
31Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers480$41,070$19.741.2
32Social and Human Service Assistants450$22,540$10.840.25
33Personal Care Aides430$21,200$10.191.5
34First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers410$40,000$19.231
35Waiters and Waitresses410$18,180$8.741.7
36Construction Laborers400$30,730$14.770.8
37Stock Clerks and Order Fillers400$24,000$11.541.3
38Architecture and Engineering Occupations390$67,030$32.221.7
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks390$34,300$16.491.05
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers390$50,760$24.40.95
41Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic370$45,300$21.780.1
42Cooks, Restaurant340$19,630$9.440.8
43Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria320$18,250$8.770.3
44Home Health Aides310$19,980$9.610.7
45Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products280$62,520$30.060.9
46Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers260$47,200$22.690.1
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers260$35,250$16.950.6
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers250$26,990$12.970.6
49Receptionists and Information Clerks250$23,540$11.320.7
50Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers240$28,040$13.480.8
51Medical Assistants240$28,760$13.830.45
52Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics230$37,700$18.120.5
53Accountants and Auditors220$69,780$33.550.9
54Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations220$56,140$26.990.8
55First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers210$57,240$27.520.4
56Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop210$18,440$8.860.3
57Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses210$41,640$20.020.5
58Correctional Officers and Jailers200$33,640$16.170.25
59Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers190$39,050$18.770.3
60Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners190$18,660$8.970.9
61First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers180$57,470$27.630.4
62Pharmacy Technicians180$29,090$13.990.3
63Childcare Workers170$18,630$8.960.8
64Computer Systems Analysts170$74,950$36.030.4
65Electricians170$44,410$21.350.4
66Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators170$36,820$17.70.2
67Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations160$37,680$18.121.8
68Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers160$37,210$17.890.4
69Business Operations Specialists, All Other150$68,750$33.050.7
70Industrial Machinery Mechanics150$40,900$19.660.2
71Legal Occupations150$58,810$28.270.8
72First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors140$63,800$30.670
73Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic130$42,940$20.640.1
74Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors130$54,880$26.380.2
75Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers130$38,700$18.610.2
76Tellers130$28,420$13.660.3
77Dental Assistants120$32,430$15.590.2
78First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers120$59,060$28.390.3
79Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters120$52,180$25.080.3
80Family and General Practitioners110$259,690$124.850.1
81Postal Service Mail Carriers110$49,890$23.980.2
82Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks110$46,330$22.270.2
83Carpenters100$38,180$18.360.7
84Human Resources Specialists100$60,850$29.260.35
85Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers100$22,310$10.720.1
86Sales Representatives, Services, All Other100$45,340$21.80.6
87Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks100$29,610$14.240.4
88Counter and Rental Clerks90$27,220$13.090.3
89Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants90$52,010$250.35
90Management Analysts90$76,160$36.610.5
91Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists90$64,110$30.820.4
92Medical and Health Services Managers90$95,300$45.820.25
93Pharmacists90$125,900$60.530.2
94Radiologic Technologists90$49,500$23.80.1
95Billing and Posting Clerks80$32,580$15.660.3
96Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment80$20,090$9.660.2
97Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations80$33,590$16.150.65
98First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers80$49,200$23.650.2
99Healthcare Social Workers80$48,660$23.390.1
100Industrial Engineers80$79,740$38.340.2
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Jobs More Common Near Sumter Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,72037,000
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,6905,250
Production Occupations$34,7304,180
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$19,0303,480
Sales and Related Occupations$31,6703,440
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,1702,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,9202,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,4002,160
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,1601,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,0601,760
Management Occupations$93,1901,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,6601,420
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,0401,380
Healthcare Support Occupations$24,9601,340
Cashiers$19,9501,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,7401,110
Customer Service Representatives$27,6801,090
Retail Salespersons$27,0501,080
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,0501,010
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,400940
Office Clerks, General$23,960920
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,590900
Registered Nurses$57,050640
General and Operations Managers$91,050580
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,540570
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$19,380570
Machinists$36,360530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,290500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,640500
Nursing Assistants$22,120490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,070480
Social and Human Service Assistants$22,540450
Personal Care Aides$21,200430
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,000410
Waiters and Waitresses$18,180410
Construction Laborers$30,730400
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,000400
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,030390
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,300390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,760390
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$45,300370
Cooks, Restaurant$19,630340
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$18,250320
Home Health Aides$19,980310
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,520280
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$47,200260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,250260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$26,990250
Receptionists and Information Clerks$23,540250
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,040240

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,72037,000
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,6905,250
Production Occupations$34,7304,180
Sales and Related Occupations$31,6703,440
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,1702,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,9202,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,4002,160
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,1601,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,0601,760
Management Occupations$93,1901,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,6601,420
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,7401,110
Customer Service Representatives$27,6801,090
Retail Salespersons$27,0501,080
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,0501,010
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,590900
Registered Nurses$57,050640
General and Operations Managers$91,050580
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,540570
Machinists$36,360530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,290500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,640500
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,070480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,000410
Construction Laborers$30,730400
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,030390
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,300390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,760390
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$45,300370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,520280
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$47,200260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,250260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$26,990250
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,040240
Medical Assistants$28,760240
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$37,700230
Accountants and Auditors$69,780220
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,140220
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,240210
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,640210
Correctional Officers and Jailers$33,640200
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$39,050190
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$57,470180
Pharmacy Technicians$29,090180
Computer Systems Analysts$74,950170
Electricians$44,410170
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$36,820170
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$37,680160
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$37,210160
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,750150

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