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La Crosse Employment

Employment and Industries in the La Crosse, Wisconsin Area

La Crosse is the international headquarters of notable companies including Kwik Trip, Badger Corrugating Company, Trane, City Brewing Company, La Cross Technology and Michaels Engineering.

The major industries in La Crosse are manufacturing, educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. La Crosse includes industries such as heating and air conditioning systems, textiles and lumber processing. Trane produces water chillers for commercial air conditioning products at the La Crosse facility and is a major employer. In addition, La Crosse is a regional commercial center.

The major fields of employment in La Crosse, Wisconsin are healthcare, accommodation and food services, educational services, machinery, construction and the government. Sales and office occupations (28% of the jobs). Management, professional and related occupations (27% of the labor force).

Noteworthy information about La Crosse, Wisconsin: La Crosse has been ranked as the fourth best small city for doing business by Inc magazine. Cost of living index in 2008: 80.3 (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 24%. Estimated median household income in 2007: $38,000.

The Lacrosse region's major job providers:

  • Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center
  • Franciscan Skemp Medical Center
  • Trane
  • School District of La Crosse
  • La Crosse County
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Kwik Trip
  • CenturyTel
  • Walmart
  • City of La Crosse
  • Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc
  • Logistics Health Incorporated
  • Dairlyland Power Cooperative
  • Bethany-St. Joseph Corp
  • Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc
  • WalzCraft Industries, Inc
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Fort McCoy
  • La Crosse County
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Some of the occupations that are more prevalent in La Crosse when compared to most other cities are biological scientists, cutting and slicing machine setters, pre-press technicians and workers, mechanical drafters, tool and die makers, medical and public health social workers, printing machine operators and surgical technologists.

Associations offering assistance to local businesses include:

The La Crosse Tribune offers details about local business and industry.

Jobs in La Crosse

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 72500 $42090 $20.24 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11060 $33470 $16.09 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 7880 $33860 $16.28 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7330 $20550 $9.88 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6790 $78590 $37.78 5.75
6 Production Occupations 5510 $34780 $16.72 5.85
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5440 $35290 $16.97 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4430 $46480 $22.35 6.15
9 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2980 $23250 $11.18 4.1
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2960 $42360 $20.37 3.8
11 Registered Nurses 2840 $67950 $32.67 1.9
12 Retail Salespersons 2700 $24740 $11.9 3.1
13 Management Occupations 2660 $91880 $44.18 6.05
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2530 $59130 $28.43 5.05
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 2450 $30910 $14.86 3.05
16 Office Clerks, General 2210 $33080 $15.91 2
17 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2180 $48370 $23.25 4.4
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2150 $27820 $13.37 3.7
19 Cashiers 1890 $20810 $10 2.25
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1780 $18520 $8.91 2.15
21 Customer Service Representatives 1540 $30200 $14.52 1.75
22 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1540 $44540 $21.41 1.2
23 Waiters and Waitresses 1540 $19700 $9.47 1.6
24 Community and Social Service Occupations 1450 $44010 $21.16 1.65
25 Personal Care Aides 1380 $22620 $10.88 1.3
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1240 $62460 $30.03 2.8
27 Nursing Assistants 1190 $29360 $14.12 1.05
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1130 $29040 $13.96 1.6
29 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1100 $29200 $14.04 1.6
30 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 960 $34190 $16.44 1.1
31 Bartenders 960 $19060 $9.16 0.4
32 Protective Service Occupations 940 $38960 $18.73 2.25
33 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 920 $60580 $29.13 1
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 910 $24520 $11.79 1.2
35 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 880 $36360 $17.48 1.7
36 General and Operations Managers 770 $98160 $47.19 1.4
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 740 $37970 $18.25 0.9
38 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 700 $65550 $31.52 1.65
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 680 $50290 $24.18 1
40 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 650 $32120 $15.44 0.25
41 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 630 $32710 $15.73 0.2
42 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 630 $29560 $14.21 0.6
43 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 620 $59410 $28.56 0.9
44 Cooks, Restaurant 610 $22300 $10.72 0.75
45 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 530 $22070 $10.61 1
46 Team Assemblers 520 $33600 $16.15 0.75
47 Accountants and Auditors 470 $60190 $28.94 0.9
48 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 470 $36000 $17.31 1.6
49 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 470 $40830 $19.63 1
50 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 460 $46260 $22.24 0.6
51 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 450 $40410 $19.43 0.35
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 440 $28650 $13.77 0.6
53 Tellers 430 $26760 $12.87 0.3
54 Packers and Packagers, Hand 410 $23820 $11.45 0.45
55 Social and Human Service Assistants 400 $45180 $21.72 0.3
56 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 390 $33310 $16.02 0.5
57 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 370 $22880 $11 0.2
58 Counter and Rental Clerks 370 $26960 $12.96 0.3
59 Construction Laborers 360 $37140 $17.86 0.8
60 Food Preparation Workers 350 $20800 $10 0.6
61 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 350 $27780 $13.35 0.8
62 Medical Assistants 340 $32110 $15.44 0.45
63 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 340 $52000 $25 0.4
64 Carpenters 330 $46490 $22.35 0.6
65 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 320 $41720 $20.06 0.3
66 Food Batchmakers 320 $31110 $14.96 0.1
67 Receptionists and Information Clerks 320 $27050 $13 0.7
68 Dishwashers 310 $17890 $8.6 0.3
69 Printing Press Operators 310 $38010 $18.27 0.1
70 Human Resources Specialists 300 $52160 $25.08 0.3
71 Legal Occupations 290 $61170 $29.41 0.8
72 Medical Secretaries 290 $33570 $16.14 0.4
73 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 280 $33270 $16 0.3
74 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 280 $43310 $20.82 0.2
75 Driver/Sales Workers 270 $32460 $15.61 0.3
76 Substitute Teachers 260 $31030 $14.92 0
77 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 260 $31900 $15.34 0.4
78 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 250 $31090 $14.95 0.25
79 Home Health Aides 250 $23340 $11.22 0.7
80 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 250 $28430 $13.67 0.3
81 Pharmacy Technicians 250 $29720 $14.29 0.25
82 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 250 $26260 $12.63 0.2
83 Electricians 250 $51380 $24.7 0.4
84 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 240 $18270 $8.79 0.25
85 Managers, All Other 240 $93340 $44.88 0.65
86 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 230 $25270 $12.15 0.3
87 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 230 $31830 $15.3 0.2
88 Computer User Support Specialists 230 $45540 $21.89 0.4
89 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 220 $65790 $31.63 0.3
90 Medical and Health Services Managers 220 $90800 $43.65 0.2
91 Security Guards 210 $24130 $11.6 0.7
92 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 210 $44150 $21.22 0.2
93 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 210 $46720 $22.46 0.2
94 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 210 $20140 $9.69 0.2
95 Order Clerks 210 $35100 $16.87 0.1
96 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 200 $57990 $27.88 0.7
97 Firefighters 200 $26410 $12.7 0.2
98 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 200 $61160 $29.4 0.3
99 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 190 $51760 $24.88 0.45
100 Computer Systems Analysts 190 $71640 $34.44 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near La Crosse Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,090 72,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,470 11,060
Sales and Related Occupations 33,860 7,880
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,550 7,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,590 6,790
Production Occupations 34,780 5,510
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,290 5,440
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,480 4,430
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,250 2,980
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,360 2,960
Registered Nurses 67,950 2,840
Retail Salespersons 24,740 2,700
Management Occupations 91,880 2,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,130 2,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,910 2,450
Office Clerks, General 33,080 2,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,370 2,180
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,820 2,150
Cashiers 20,810 1,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,520 1,780
Customer Service Representatives 30,200 1,540
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,540 1,540
Waiters and Waitresses 19,700 1,540
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,010 1,450
Personal Care Aides 22,620 1,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62,460 1,240
Nursing Assistants 29,360 1,190
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,040 1,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,200 1,100
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,190 960
Bartenders 19,060 960
Protective Service Occupations 38,960 940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,580 920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,520 910
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,360 880
General and Operations Managers 98,160 770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,970 740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,550 700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,290 680
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 32,120 650
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 32,710 630
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,560 630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,410 620
Cooks, Restaurant 22,300 610
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,070 530
Team Assemblers 33,600 520
Accountants and Auditors 60,190 470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,000 470
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,830 470
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,260 460

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,090 72,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,470 11,060
Sales and Related Occupations 33,860 7,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,590 6,790
Production Occupations 34,780 5,510
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,290 5,440
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,480 4,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,360 2,960
Registered Nurses 67,950 2,840
Management Occupations 91,880 2,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,130 2,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,910 2,450
Office Clerks, General 33,080 2,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,370 2,180
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,820 2,150
Customer Service Representatives 30,200 1,540
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,540 1,540
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,010 1,450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62,460 1,240
Nursing Assistants 29,360 1,190
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,040 1,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,200 1,100
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,190 960
Protective Service Occupations 38,960 940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,580 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,360 880
General and Operations Managers 98,160 770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,970 740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,550 700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,290 680
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 32,120 650
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 32,710 630
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,560 630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,410 620
Team Assemblers 33,600 520
Accountants and Auditors 60,190 470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,000 470
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,830 470
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,260 460
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 40,410 450
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,650 440
Tellers 26,760 430
Social and Human Service Assistants 45,180 400
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 33,310 390
Counter and Rental Clerks 26,960 370
Construction Laborers 37,140 360
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,780 350
Medical Assistants 32,110 340
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 52,000 340
Carpenters 46,490 330

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