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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 122800 $44070 $21.19 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 16970 $35240 $16.94 14.8
3 Production Occupations 16480 $38850 $18.68 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 14970 $40160 $19.31 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10420 $21860 $10.51 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 8820 $32780 $15.76 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6400 $45760 $22 6.15
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6130 $49210 $23.66 4.4
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5920 $61520 $29.58 5.05
10 Management Occupations 5570 $97660 $46.95 6.05
11 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5370 $80950 $38.92 5.75
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5130 $46290 $22.25 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 4830 $27040 $13 3.1
14 Office Clerks, General 3400 $33280 $16 2
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3290 $25340 $12.18 4.1
16 Customer Service Representatives 3110 $36480 $17.54 1.75
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3070 $27310 $13.13 3.7
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2690 $19620 $9.44 2.15
19 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2680 $68520 $32.94 2.8
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 2630 $31780 $15.28 3.05
21 Cashiers 2630 $20790 $10 2.25
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2540 $71300 $34.28 1.65
23 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2440 $30460 $14.65 1.6
24 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2350 $72050 $34.64 1
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 2310 $34500 $16.59 1.65
26 Waiters and Waitresses 1940 $22800 $10.96 1.6
27 Team Assemblers 1760 $33320 $16.02 0.75
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1740 $25590 $12.3 1.6
29 Protective Service Occupations 1700 $39560 $19.02 2.25
30 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1650 $41850 $20.12 1.2
31 Bartenders 1570 $21870 $10.52 0.4
32 Registered Nurses 1560 $61860 $29.74 1.9
33 General and Operations Managers 1550 $104150 $50.07 1.4
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1520 $22400 $10.77 1.2
35 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1340 $39060 $18.78 1.7
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1200 $36800 $17.69 1.1
37 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1180 $56000 $26.92 0.4
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1180 $42470 $20.42 0.9
39 Personal Care Aides 1140 $23470 $11.28 1.3
40 Nursing Assistants 1130 $28530 $13.71 1.05
41 Cooks, Restaurant 1060 $23530 $11.31 0.75
42 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1040 $54210 $26.06 1
43 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1030 $24530 $11.8 0.45
44 Accountants and Auditors 980 $64830 $31.17 0.9
45 Food Batchmakers 940 $37740 $18.15 0.1
46 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 940 $29420 $14.15 0.6
47 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 940 $34270 $16.48 1.6
48 Carpenters 910 $45310 $21.79 0.6
49 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 900 $46930 $22.56 1
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 820 $26290 $12.64 0.7
51 Electricians 820 $51260 $24.65 0.4
52 Construction Laborers 800 $35810 $17.22 0.8
53 Machinists 790 $41650 $20.03 0.3
54 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 780 $36280 $17.44 0.25
55 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 770 $62660 $30.12 0.3
56 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 760 $43240 $20.79 0.3
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 710 $57000 $27.41 0.6
58 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 700 $43140 $20.74 0.3
59 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 700 $40830 $19.63 0.1
60 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 680 $36180 $17.39 0.4
61 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 640 $33240 $15.98 0.35
62 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 630 $30510 $14.67 0.8
63 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 620 $48440 $23.29 0.2
64 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 610 $28460 $13.69 0.2
65 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 590 $27560 $13.25 0.3
66 Computer User Support Specialists 570 $47370 $22.77 0.4
67 Helpers--Production Workers 560 $33760 $16.23 0.3
68 Tellers 560 $26390 $12.69 0.3
69 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 520 $32130 $15.45 0.1
70 Mechanical Engineers 510 $76330 $36.7 0.2
71 Computer Systems Analysts 510 $69670 $33.5 0.4
72 Printing Press Operators 500 $30030 $14.44 0.1
73 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 490 $52640 $25.31 0.9
74 Human Resources Specialists 490 $54230 $26.07 0.3
75 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 480 $45660 $21.95 0.35
76 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 470 $33050 $15.89 0.6
77 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 470 $39990 $19.23 0.5
78 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 460 $30420 $14.63 0.2
79 Industrial Engineers 450 $80470 $38.69 0.2
80 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 450 $47750 $22.96 0.2
81 Security Guards 450 $22260 $10.7 0.7
82 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 450 $18690 $8.98 0.3
83 Mental Health Counselors 430 $27910 $13.42 0.1
84 Insurance Sales Agents 430 $63580 $30.57 0.3
85 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 420 $24080 $11.58 0.4
86 Legal Occupations 410 $87390 $42.01 0.8
87 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 410 $20230 $9.73 1
88 Driver/Sales Workers 410 $26840 $12.9 0.3
89 Dishwashers 410 $19290 $9.27 0.3
90 Software Developers, Applications 410 $87970 $42.29 0.5
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 400 $63420 $30.49 0.4
92 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 400 $47750 $22.95 0.1
93 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 400 $68510 $32.94 0.3
94 Industrial Production Managers 390 $101410 $48.76 0.1
95 Financial Managers 390 $113540 $54.59 0.4
96 Managers, All Other 380 $73600 $35.39 0.65
97 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 380 $61000 $29.33 0.7
98 Medical Assistants 380 $32110 $15.44 0.45
99 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 380 $37290 $17.93 0.1
100 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 370 $48220 $23.18 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Appleton Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,070 122,800
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,240 16,970
Production Occupations 38,850 16,480
Sales and Related Occupations 40,160 14,970
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,860 10,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,780 8,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,760 6,400
Construction and Extraction Occupations 49,210 6,130
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,520 5,920
Management Occupations 97,660 5,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,950 5,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,290 5,130
Retail Salespersons 27,040 4,830
Office Clerks, General 33,280 3,400
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,340 3,290
Customer Service Representatives 36,480 3,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,310 3,070
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,620 2,690
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,520 2,680
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,780 2,630
Cashiers 20,790 2,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,300 2,540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,460 2,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,050 2,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 34,500 2,310
Waiters and Waitresses 22,800 1,940
Team Assemblers 33,320 1,760
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,590 1,740
Protective Service Occupations 39,560 1,700
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,850 1,650
Bartenders 21,870 1,570
Registered Nurses 61,860 1,560
General and Operations Managers 104,150 1,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 22,400 1,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 39,060 1,340
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,800 1,200
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,000 1,180
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,470 1,180
Personal Care Aides 23,470 1,140
Nursing Assistants 28,530 1,130
Cooks, Restaurant 23,530 1,060
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,210 1,040
Packers and Packagers, Hand 24,530 1,030
Accountants and Auditors 64,830 980
Food Batchmakers 37,740 940
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,420 940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,270 940
Carpenters 45,310 910
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,930 900
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,290 820

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,070 122,800
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,240 16,970
Production Occupations 38,850 16,480
Sales and Related Occupations 40,160 14,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,780 8,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,760 6,400
Construction and Extraction Occupations 49,210 6,130
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,520 5,920
Management Occupations 97,660 5,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,950 5,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,290 5,130
Retail Salespersons 27,040 4,830
Office Clerks, General 33,280 3,400
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,340 3,290
Customer Service Representatives 36,480 3,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,310 3,070
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,520 2,680
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,780 2,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,300 2,540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,460 2,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,050 2,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 34,500 2,310
Team Assemblers 33,320 1,760
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,590 1,740
Protective Service Occupations 39,560 1,700
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,850 1,650
Registered Nurses 61,860 1,560
General and Operations Managers 104,150 1,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 39,060 1,340
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,800 1,200
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,000 1,180
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,470 1,180
Nursing Assistants 28,530 1,130
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,210 1,040
Accountants and Auditors 64,830 980
Food Batchmakers 37,740 940
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,420 940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,270 940
Carpenters 45,310 910
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,930 900
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,290 820
Electricians 51,260 820
Construction Laborers 35,810 800
Machinists 41,650 790
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 36,280 780
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 62,660 770
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 43,240 760
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,000 710
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 43,140 700
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 40,830 700

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