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Madison Employment

Employment and Industries in the Madison, Wisconsin Area

Due to being the state capital of Wisconsin, government is a significant economic force and a major employer. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is also a major job provider. Manufacturing also has an important economic role. Consumer services and high-tech industries are becoming more important to Madison especially, biotech, health and advertising. In addition, The region is a prominent farming area and has a prominent meat packing industry.

Madison is a banking and finance hub. Madison has the home offices of over 30 insurance companies. Madison is also the world headquarters for Oscar Meyer, Rayovac and Promega Corporation.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has an important role in the growth of the local high-tech industries. Some of the research performed at the university has been transferred to businesses, especially those involved with bio-tech applications. Madison had over 450 companies classified as high-tech.

Noteworthy technology companies located in the area are Tomo Therapy, Sonic Foundry, Telephone and Data Systems, Netconcepts, Raven Software, Berbee Information Networks and Epic Systems Corporation. Prominent biotech companies exist in Madison including Promega, Pan Vera (part of Invitrogen) and Nimblegen.

Jobs are provided by companies that produce items such as food packaging products, farm machinery, hospital equipment, fabricated structural steel, optical instruments, lenses and dry cell batteries.

Madison has been ranked by Forbes magazine as having the highest percentage of people holding Ph.D's in the nation. Madison was also ranked 31st out of the top 200 metro areas for "Best Places for Business and Careers." Madison has been ranked as one of the top five cities to start a business by Entrepreneur.

Noteworthy information regarding Madison, Wisconsin: Estimated median household income in 2007: $51,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 85.6 (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher: 48%.

The largest employers in the Madison area:

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Government
  • American Family Insurance
  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • WPS Insurance
  • UW Health Hospitals/Clinics
  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • Alliant Energy Corp
  • American Girl
  • Covance
  • Dean Health System
  • Epic System
  • Kraft/Oscar Mayer Foods
  • Meriter Health Services
  • Springs Window Fashions
  • Stoughton Trailers
  • TDS Telecom
  • Walmart

The top nonagricultural job providing sectors in Madison, Wisconsin:

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

Madison businesses are invited to collaborate with the following associations:

Current news about Madison business and industry is provided by Madison.com.

Jobs in Madison

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 381890 $50830 $24.44 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 56150 $37400 $17.98 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 33240 $40340 $19.39 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 30880 $24040 $11.56 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 26840 $64810 $31.16 5.05
6 Production Occupations 26830 $36850 $17.72 5.85
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 25520 $55270 $26.57 6.15
8 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 23750 $74850 $35.98 2.8
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 22700 $86110 $41.4 5.75
10 Management Occupations 20700 $107490 $51.68 6.05
11 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 20240 $35360 $17 6.45
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 13510 $55030 $26.46 4.4
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 12270 $46680 $22.44 3.8
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 11870 $26300 $12.65 4.1
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 11410 $26850 $12.91 3.7
16 Office Clerks, General 10810 $36040 $17.33 2
17 Retail Salespersons 10550 $25460 $12.24 3.1
18 Customer Service Representatives 9680 $36810 $17.7 1.75
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8590 $19370 $9.31 2.15
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 8580 $33570 $16.14 3.05
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7750 $72660 $34.93 1.65
22 Software Developers, Applications 7540 $82160 $39.5 0.5
23 Registered Nurses 7260 $75990 $36.53 1.9
24 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 7180 $64180 $30.86 0.9
25 Cashiers 6840 $20430 $9.82 2.25
26 Protective Service Occupations 6720 $40530 $19.48 2.25
27 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 6460 $50210 $24.14 1.7
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6420 $25380 $12.2 1.6
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 6090 $45440 $21.85 1.65
30 Personal Care Aides 5570 $22730 $10.93 1.3
31 Waiters and Waitresses 5470 $28610 $13.76 1.6
32 General and Operations Managers 4890 $121340 $58.34 1.4
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4560 $30530 $14.68 1.6
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 4330 $67050 $32.24 1
35 Accountants and Auditors 4150 $66690 $32.06 0.9
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4010 $38870 $18.69 1.1
37 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3980 $26310 $12.65 1.2
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3770 $57320 $27.56 1
39 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3730 $45760 $22 1.2
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3730 $39640 $19.06 0.9
41 Computer Systems Analysts 3630 $76770 $36.91 0.4
42 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3500 $62540 $30.07 0.7
43 Cooks, Restaurant 3490 $25010 $12.02 0.75
44 Bartenders 3440 $23710 $11.4 0.4
45 Nursing Assistants 3120 $31250 $15.02 1.05
46 Team Assemblers 3070 $31610 $15.2 0.75
47 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2740 $38300 $18.41 1.6
48 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2730 $32440 $15.6 0.45
49 Legal Occupations 2680 $97150 $46.71 0.8
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2670 $28510 $13.71 0.7
51 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 2610 $59570 $28.64 0.35
52 Computer User Support Specialists 2440 $49860 $23.97 0.4
53 Carpenters 2390 $60980 $29.32 0.6
54 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2080 $65380 $31.44 0.6
55 Construction Laborers 2070 $42170 $20.27 0.8
56 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2060 $34450 $16.56 0.6
57 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2020 $29010 $13.95 0.8
58 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1990 $22890 $11 1
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1950 $33180 $15.95 0.6
60 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1930 $30740 $14.78 0.25
61 Security Guards 1910 $25530 $12.27 0.7
62 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1900 $57750 $27.76 0.4
63 Managers, All Other 1830 $90750 $43.63 0.65
64 Human Resources Specialists 1810 $58740 $28.24 0.3
65 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1770 $48090 $23.12 0.5
66 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1730 $40100 $19.28 1
67 Social and Human Service Assistants 1710 $33060 $15.9 0.3
68 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1640 $28260 $13.59 0.3
69 Lawyers 1620 $126250 $60.7 0.5
70 Computer and Information Systems Managers 1600 $117370 $56.43 0.25
71 Medical Assistants 1540 $35550 $17.09 0.45
72 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1510 $262330 $126.12 0.2
73 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1510 $57730 $27.76 0.45
74 Order Clerks 1470 $33310 $16.01 0.1
75 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1450 $35900 $17.26 0.1
76 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 1440 $61580 $29.61 0.2
77 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1420 $33710 $16.21 0.4
78 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1410 $42300 $20.34 0.5
79 Electricians 1390 $56780 $27.3 0.4
80 Insurance Sales Agents 1380 $71060 $34.16 0.3
81 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1370 $76080 $36.58 0.3
82 Counter and Rental Clerks 1370 $27930 $13.43 0.3
83 Dishwashers 1370 $20520 $9.86 0.3
84 Administrative Services Managers 1320 $103150 $49.59 0.2
85 Financial Managers 1300 $125840 $60.5 0.4
86 Computer Network Support Specialists 1290 $69520 $33.42 0.1
87 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1280 $36580 $17.59 0.3
88 Food Preparation Workers 1270 $22870 $10.99 0.6
89 Mechanical Engineers 1250 $76960 $37 0.2
90 Firefighters 1240 $35210 $16.93 0.2
91 Substitute Teachers 1230 $28490 $13.7 0
92 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1230 $31040 $14.93 0.4
93 Tellers 1220 $26940 $12.95 0.3
94 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1200 $19740 $9.49 0.3
95 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1190 $31550 $15.17 0.3
96 Training and Development Specialists 1180 $51510 $24.77 0.2
97 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1180 $70900 $34.09 0.4
98 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 1170 $39040 $18.77 0.2
99 Driver/Sales Workers 1150 $30310 $14.57 0.3
100 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 1130 $35720 $17.17 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Madison Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,830 381,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,400 56,150
Sales and Related Occupations 40,340 33,240
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,040 30,880
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,810 26,840
Production Occupations 36,850 26,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,270 25,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,850 23,750
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 86,110 22,700
Management Occupations 107,490 20,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,360 20,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,030 13,510
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,680 12,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,300 11,870
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,850 11,410
Office Clerks, General 36,040 10,810
Retail Salespersons 25,460 10,550
Customer Service Representatives 36,810 9,680
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,370 8,590
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,570 8,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,660 7,750
Software Developers, Applications 82,160 7,540
Registered Nurses 75,990 7,260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,180 7,180
Cashiers 20,430 6,840
Protective Service Occupations 40,530 6,720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,210 6,460
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,380 6,420
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,440 6,090
Personal Care Aides 22,730 5,570
Waiters and Waitresses 28,610 5,470
General and Operations Managers 121,340 4,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,530 4,560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,050 4,330
Accountants and Auditors 66,690 4,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,870 4,010
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,310 3,980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,320 3,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,760 3,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,640 3,730
Computer Systems Analysts 76,770 3,630
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,540 3,500
Cooks, Restaurant 25,010 3,490
Bartenders 23,710 3,440
Nursing Assistants 31,250 3,120
Team Assemblers 31,610 3,070
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,300 2,740
Packers and Packagers, Hand 32,440 2,730
Legal Occupations 97,150 2,680
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,510 2,670

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,830 381,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,400 56,150
Sales and Related Occupations 40,340 33,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,810 26,840
Production Occupations 36,850 26,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,270 25,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,850 23,750
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 86,110 22,700
Management Occupations 107,490 20,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,360 20,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,030 13,510
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,680 12,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,300 11,870
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,850 11,410
Office Clerks, General 36,040 10,810
Retail Salespersons 25,460 10,550
Customer Service Representatives 36,810 9,680
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,570 8,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,660 7,750
Software Developers, Applications 82,160 7,540
Registered Nurses 75,990 7,260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,180 7,180
Protective Service Occupations 40,530 6,720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,210 6,460
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,380 6,420
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,440 6,090
Waiters and Waitresses 28,610 5,470
General and Operations Managers 121,340 4,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,530 4,560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,050 4,330
Accountants and Auditors 66,690 4,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,870 4,010
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,310 3,980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,320 3,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,760 3,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,640 3,730
Computer Systems Analysts 76,770 3,630
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,540 3,500
Cooks, Restaurant 25,010 3,490
Nursing Assistants 31,250 3,120
Team Assemblers 31,610 3,070
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,300 2,740
Packers and Packagers, Hand 32,440 2,730
Legal Occupations 97,150 2,680
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,510 2,670
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 59,570 2,610
Computer User Support Specialists 49,860 2,440
Carpenters 60,980 2,390
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 65,380 2,080
Construction Laborers 42,170 2,070

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