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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 35830 $37120 $17.85 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 4920 $30570 $14.7 14.8
3 Production Occupations 4080 $35280 $16.96 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 3670 $29540 $14.2 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 3410 $18540 $8.92 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 2850 $30330 $14.58 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2050 $72380 $34.8 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 1970 $42030 $20.21 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 1710 $39440 $18.96 3.8
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1580 $35660 $17.15 4.4
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1460 $24080 $11.58 3.7
12 Team Assemblers 1460 $34670 $16.67 0.75
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 1440 $24170 $11.62 3.05
14 Cashiers 1430 $19430 $9.34 2.25
15 Management Occupations 1390 $88500 $42.55 6.05
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1160 $17950 $8.63 2.15
17 Protective Service Occupations 1140 $28360 $13.64 2.25
18 Retail Salespersons 1080 $25060 $12.05 3.1
19 Customer Service Representatives 1010 $24570 $11.81 1.75
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 990 $27220 $13.09 1.6
21 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 980 $65480 $31.48 5.05
22 Office Clerks, General 900 $25060 $12.05 2
23 Personal Care and Service Occupations 880 $21320 $10.25 4.1
24 Registered Nurses 620 $55970 $26.91 1.9
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 610 $20510 $9.86 1.6
26 Security Guards 550 $22470 $10.8 0.7
27 General and Operations Managers 520 $85240 $40.98 1.4
28 Waiters and Waitresses 500 $17700 $8.51 1.6
29 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 500 $38710 $18.61 1.2
30 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 460 $43110 $20.73 0.1
31 Nursing Assistants 440 $21160 $10.17 1.05
32 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 430 $66280 $31.87 2.8
33 Social and Human Service Assistants 430 $21610 $10.39 0.3
34 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 430 $32870 $15.81 0.9
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 420 $39610 $19.05 1
36 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 420 $36650 $17.62 1.6
37 Home Health Aides 410 $19650 $9.45 0.7
38 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 380 $63150 $30.36 1.65
39 Cooks, Fast Food 350 $17620 $8.47 0.3
40 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 350 $48820 $23.47 1
41 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 340 $32370 $15.56 1.1
42 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 330 $22700 $10.91 1.2
43 Personal Care Aides 310 $19970 $9.6 1.3
44 Construction Laborers 290 $28830 $13.86 0.8
45 Cooks, Restaurant 280 $18880 $9.08 0.75
46 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 270 $26110 $12.55 0.8
47 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 270 $57450 $27.62 1
48 Medical Assistants 270 $27390 $13.17 0.45
49 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 260 $46600 $22.4 0.1
50 Machinists 260 $37480 $18.02 0.3
51 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 250 $29980 $14.41 0.6
52 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 250 $18080 $8.69 1
53 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 250 $26130 $12.56 0.6
54 Receptionists and Information Clerks 250 $24530 $11.79 0.7
55 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 230 $56180 $27.01 0.9
56 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 220 $18090 $8.7 0.3
57 Correctional Officers and Jailers 210 $31170 $14.99 0.3
58 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 200 $33830 $16.27 0.2
59 Childcare Workers 200 $18020 $8.66 0.8
60 Tellers 200 $27930 $13.43 0.3
61 Accountants and Auditors 200 $67400 $32.4 0.9
62 Food Preparation Workers 190 $18150 $8.73 0.6
63 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 190 $17600 $8.46 0.25
64 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 190 $35800 $17.21 0.5
65 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 180 $39970 $19.22 0.3
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 180 $35830 $17.23 0.45
67 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 180 $58210 $27.99 0.4
68 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 170 $56070 $26.96 0.4
69 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 160 $42490 $20.43 0.5
70 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 150 $37230 $17.9 0.2
71 Legal Occupations 150 $75780 $36.43 0.8
72 Computer Systems Analysts 140 $73620 $35.39 0.4
73 Family and General Practitioners 140 $238200 $114.52 0.1
74 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 140 $66480 $31.96 0.7
75 Pharmacy Technicians 130 $28690 $13.79 0.25
76 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 130 $43360 $20.85 0.3
77 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 120 $40220 $19.33 1.7
78 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 120 $55910 $26.88 0.3
79 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 120 $25150 $12.09 0.3
80 Electricians 120 $43080 $20.71 0.4
81 Postal Service Mail Carriers 110 $49980 $24.03 0.15
82 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 110 $27690 $13.31 0.2
83 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 110 $35790 $17.21 0.3
84 Medical and Health Services Managers 100 $90670 $43.59 0.2
85 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 100 $57610 $27.7 0.2
86 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 100 $42160 $20.27 0.1
87 Dental Assistants 100 $32630 $15.69 0.2
88 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 100 $46690 $22.45 0.2
89 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 100 $47990 $23.07 0.6
90 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 100 $44610 $21.45 0.1
91 Carpenters 100 $38510 $18.51 0.6
92 Pharmacists 90 $118150 $56.81 0.2
93 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 90 $33330 $16.02 0.4
94 Medical Secretaries 90 $31390 $15.09 0.4
95 Parts Salespersons 90 $26870 $12.92 0.2
96 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 90 $36890 $17.73 0.2
97 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 90 $32990 $15.86 0.2
98 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 80 $69600 $33.46 0.35
99 Human Resources Specialists 80 $59620 $28.66 0.3
100 Bartenders 80 $17030 $8.19 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Sumter Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 37,120 35,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,570 4,920
Production Occupations 35,280 4,080
Sales and Related Occupations 29,540 3,670
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 18,540 3,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,330 2,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,380 2,050
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,030 1,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,440 1,710
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,660 1,580
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,080 1,460
Team Assemblers 34,670 1,460
Healthcare Support Occupations 24,170 1,440
Cashiers 19,430 1,430
Management Occupations 88,500 1,390
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,950 1,160
Protective Service Occupations 28,360 1,140
Retail Salespersons 25,060 1,080
Customer Service Representatives 24,570 1,010
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,220 990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,480 980
Office Clerks, General 25,060 900
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,320 880
Registered Nurses 55,970 620
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,510 610
Security Guards 22,470 550
General and Operations Managers 85,240 520
Waiters and Waitresses 17,700 500
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,710 500
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 43,110 460
Nursing Assistants 21,160 440
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,280 430
Social and Human Service Assistants 21,610 430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,870 430
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,610 420
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,650 420
Home Health Aides 19,650 410
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,150 380
Cooks, Fast Food 17,620 350
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,820 350
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 32,370 340
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 22,700 330
Personal Care Aides 19,970 310
Construction Laborers 28,830 290
Cooks, Restaurant 18,880 280
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,110 270
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,450 270
Medical Assistants 27,390 270
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 46,600 260
Machinists 37,480 260

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 37,120 35,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,570 4,920
Production Occupations 35,280 4,080
Sales and Related Occupations 29,540 3,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,330 2,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,380 2,050
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,030 1,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,440 1,710
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,660 1,580
Team Assemblers 34,670 1,460
Management Occupations 88,500 1,390
Protective Service Occupations 28,360 1,140
Retail Salespersons 25,060 1,080
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,220 990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,480 980
Office Clerks, General 25,060 900
Registered Nurses 55,970 620
General and Operations Managers 85,240 520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,710 500
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 43,110 460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,280 430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,870 430
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,610 420
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,650 420
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,150 380
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,820 350
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 32,370 340
Construction Laborers 28,830 290
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,110 270
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,450 270
Medical Assistants 27,390 270
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 46,600 260
Machinists 37,480 260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,980 250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 26,130 250
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,180 230
Correctional Officers and Jailers 31,170 210
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 33,830 200
Tellers 27,930 200
Accountants and Auditors 67,400 200
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,800 190
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 39,970 180
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 35,830 180
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 58,210 180
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,070 170
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,490 160
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 37,230 150
Legal Occupations 75,780 150
Computer Systems Analysts 73,620 140
Family and General Practitioners 238,200 140

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