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Appleton Employment

Employment and Industries in the Appleton, Wisconsin Area

The paper industry and related sectors are major forces in Appleton's economy. They also provide a large number of jobs. The region's Fox River Valley has one of the world's highest concentrations of paper-making facilities. The valley is home to about 80 paper manufacturing facilities and about 90 publishing firms.

The metals-machinery sector is also vital to the region's economy. The sector produces fire and utility trucks, welders, iron and brass castings, farm machinery, and crushing and screening equipment. The region is also home to the headquarters of insurance companies and financial institutions.

The Wisconsin Technology Council's objective is to create, develop and keep science and technology companies in Wisconsin. The Division of Business Development of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce offers technical help and financial incentives to companies.

Details about Appleton, Wisconsin: Estimated household income in 2007: $51,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 78.4 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 30%.

The following is a list of the largest employers in the Appleton area:

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Theda Care Health System
  • Affinity Health System
  • City of Appleton
  • Banta Corp & Affiliates
  • Plexus Corp & Affiliates
  • Appleton Area School District
  • Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp
  • Pierce Manufacturing Inc
  • Appleton Papers Inc
  • Miller Electric Mfg Co
  • Appleton Medical Center, Inc
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc
  • SMTC, Inc
  • Reynolds Consumer Products Inc
  • Jansport Inc
  • Secura Insurance, A Mutual Company
  • YMCA of the Fox Cities
  • Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
  • Walmart

The leading nonagricultural employment providing segments in Appleton, Wisconsin:

  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Educational and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Government
  • Leisure and hospitality

Associations offering assistance to Appleton businesses include:

The Appleton Post-Crescent is a good resource regarding local business and industry news.

Jobs in Appleton

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations123460$45,620$21.93100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations17540$35,940$17.2814.35
3Production Occupations16910$39,090$18.795.7
4Sales and Related Occupations13440$40,470$19.469.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10180$23,160$11.148.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations8800$34,210$16.456.55
7Construction and Extraction Occupations6420$50,450$24.264.45
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations6190$52,060$25.036.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations6160$63,830$30.695.25
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5730$81,220$39.055.8
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5500$45,790$22.013.8
12Management Occupations5150$105,070$50.516.15
13Retail Salespersons4500$27,280$13.122.85
14Customer Service Representatives4300$34,830$16.741.75
15Personal Care and Service Occupations3860$25,370$12.24.3
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3140$29,170$14.023.65
17Office Clerks, General3090$34,450$16.561.9
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2910$19,500$9.372.3
19Computer and Mathematical Occupations2860$72,780$34.992.9
20Architecture and Engineering Occupations2790$73,600$35.391.7
21Cashiers2640$20,030$9.632.2
22Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2530$33,450$16.080
23Healthcare Support Occupations2450$32,910$15.823
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2440$31,300$15.051.7
25Community and Social Service Occupations2410$36,570$17.581.65
26Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2230$70,470$33.880.9
27Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1970$41,860$20.131.2
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1860$27,680$13.311.55
29Registered Nurses1800$64,400$30.961.95
30Protective Service Occupations1780$41,950$20.172.2
31Waiters and Waitresses1590$26,870$12.921.7
32Personal Care Aides1540$25,340$12.181.5
33General and Operations Managers1460$112,720$54.191.5
34Bartenders1370$24,530$11.790.4
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1330$23,740$11.421.3
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1300$37,560$18.061.05
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1260$43,600$20.960.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1190$59,310$28.510.4
39Cooks, Restaurant1090$24,920$11.980.8
40Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1080$36,720$17.651.5
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1070$41,350$19.881.8
42Accountants and Auditors1010$65,300$31.390.9
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1010$55,950$26.90.95
44Nursing Assistants1000$30,400$14.611
45Construction Laborers950$35,910$17.260.8
46Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers900$31,400$15.10.6
47Electricians880$53,930$25.930.4
48Sales Representatives, Services, All Other870$53,920$25.920.6
49Carpenters860$47,700$22.930.7
50Packers and Packagers, Hand830$27,160$13.060.45
51First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers800$44,460$21.371
52Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters800$63,490$30.520.3
53Receptionists and Information Clerks790$26,740$12.860.7
54Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers760$43,020$20.680.3
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics740$40,180$19.320.5
56Industrial Machinery Mechanics730$49,640$23.870.2
57Printing Press Operators730$31,390$15.090.1
58Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders720$44,110$21.20.1
59Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers720$44,660$21.470.3
60Machinists690$42,650$20.50.25
61Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers680$31,700$15.240.8
62Human Resources Specialists660$55,170$26.520.35
63First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers620$32,230$15.50.6
64Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment610$29,170$14.020.2
65Computer Systems Analysts600$73,000$35.10.4
66Food Batchmakers590$38,750$18.630.1
67Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education590$28,790$13.840.3
68Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks590$37,460$18.010.4
69Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators580$34,170$16.430.35
70Mechanical Engineers580$80,730$38.810.2
71Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors570$31,220$15.010
72Management Analysts560$76,050$36.560.5
73Dishwashers540$19,000$9.140.3
74Computer User Support Specialists520$50,290$24.180.4
75Tellers520$27,030$130.3
76Industrial Engineers510$87,740$42.180.2
77Legal Occupations490$88,930$42.760.8
78Driver/Sales Workers470$30,690$14.750.3
79Insurance Sales Agents470$64,830$31.170.3
80Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists460$26,110$12.550.4
81Software Developers, Applications460$95,730$46.020.55
82First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers450$67,270$32.340.4
83Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators450$51,490$24.750.2
84Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors440$28,900$13.90.2
85Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists430$48,430$23.290.4
86Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders420$38,740$18.630.1
87Helpers--Production Workers420$34,660$16.660.3
88Business Operations Specialists, All Other410$62,120$29.870.7
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers410$68,420$32.90.3
90Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations410$58,650$28.20.8
91Managers, All Other410$75,100$36.10.6
92Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers390$44,610$21.450.1
93Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic380$48,510$23.320.1
94Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks380$44,760$21.520.2
95Industrial Production Managers370$114,130$54.870.1
96Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic370$31,290$15.040.1
97Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers360$19,610$9.430.3
98Financial Managers360$118,360$56.910.4
99Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders360$40,920$19.680.1
100Medical Assistants350$31,980$15.380.45
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Jobs More Common Near Appleton Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,620123,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,94017,540
Production Occupations$39,09016,910
Sales and Related Occupations$40,47013,440
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,16010,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,2108,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,4506,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,0606,190
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,8306,160
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$81,2205,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7905,500
Management Occupations$105,0705,150
Retail Salespersons$27,2804,500
Customer Service Representatives$34,8304,300
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,3703,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,1703,140
Office Clerks, General$34,4503,090
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,5002,910
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$72,7802,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,6002,790
Cashiers$20,0302,640
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,4502,530
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,9102,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,3002,440
Community and Social Service Occupations$36,5702,410
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,4702,230
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,8601,970
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,6801,860
Registered Nurses$64,4001,800
Protective Service Occupations$41,9501,780
Waiters and Waitresses$26,8701,590
Personal Care Aides$25,3401,540
General and Operations Managers$112,7201,460
Bartenders$24,5301,370
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,7401,330
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,5601,300
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,6001,260
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,3101,190
Cooks, Restaurant$24,9201,090
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,7201,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,3501,070
Accountants and Auditors$65,3001,010
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9501,010
Nursing Assistants$30,4001,000
Construction Laborers$35,910950
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,400900
Electricians$53,930880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,920870
Carpenters$47,700860
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,160830

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Appleton, Wisconsin Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,620123,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,94017,540
Production Occupations$39,09016,910
Sales and Related Occupations$40,47013,440
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,2108,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,4506,420
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,0606,190
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,8306,160
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$81,2205,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7905,500
Management Occupations$105,0705,150
Retail Salespersons$27,2804,500
Customer Service Representatives$34,8304,300
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,3703,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,1703,140
Office Clerks, General$34,4503,090
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$72,7802,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,6002,790
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,4502,530
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,9102,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,3002,440
Community and Social Service Occupations$36,5702,410
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,4702,230
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,8601,970
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,6801,860
Registered Nurses$64,4001,800
Protective Service Occupations$41,9501,780
Waiters and Waitresses$26,8701,590
Personal Care Aides$25,3401,540
General and Operations Managers$112,7201,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,5601,300
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,6001,260
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,3101,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,7201,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,3501,070
Accountants and Auditors$65,3001,010
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9501,010
Nursing Assistants$30,4001,000
Construction Laborers$35,910950
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,400900
Electricians$53,930880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,920870
Carpenters$47,700860
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,160830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,460800
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$63,490800
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,740790
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$43,020760
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,180740
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$49,640730

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