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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations387300$52,190$25.09100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations56450$38,170$18.3514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations34330$41,030$19.739.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations31310$24,780$11.918.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations27190$66,480$31.965.25
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations26310$56,910$27.366.05
7Production Occupations25480$37,740$18.155.7
8Computer and Mathematical Occupations24030$78,670$37.822.9
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations23410$88,670$42.635.8
10Transportation and Material Moving Occupations21400$36,880$17.736.55
11Management Occupations19870$110,940$53.346.15
12Construction and Extraction Occupations14010$54,920$26.44.45
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations12660$47,230$22.713.8
14Personal Care and Service Occupations11970$27,760$13.354.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11570$28,870$13.883.65
16Customer Service Representatives10500$37,680$18.121.75
17Retail Salespersons10320$25,340$12.182.85
18Office Clerks, General10070$36,430$17.521.9
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food9150$20,600$9.912.3
20Healthcare Support Occupations8800$34,120$16.43
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations8020$74,400$35.771.7
22Registered Nurses7570$78,910$37.941.95
23Cashiers7350$21,430$10.32.2
24Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations6900$64,850$31.180.8
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6740$27,850$13.391.55
26Protective Service Occupations6730$46,750$22.482.2
27Community and Social Service Occupations6400$46,710$22.461.65
28Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations6170$53,790$25.861.8
29Personal Care Aides5680$24,200$11.641.5
30Waiters and Waitresses5630$29,280$14.071.7
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand5430$32,460$15.611.7
32General and Operations Managers4940$125,630$60.41.5
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4570$27,030$131.3
34Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products4420$67,600$32.50.9
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4400$39,610$19.051.05
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General4260$41,330$19.870.9
37Accountants and Auditors4150$68,030$32.710.9
38Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4010$32,260$15.510
39Computer Systems Analysts3990$88,000$42.310.4
40Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3910$48,020$23.091.2
41Management Analysts3670$78,110$37.550.5
42Bartenders3650$22,530$10.830.4
43Nursing Assistants3610$31,860$15.321
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers3540$59,190$28.460.95
45Business Operations Specialists, All Other3460$64,370$30.950.7
46Cooks, Restaurant3110$26,320$12.650.8
47Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3090$38,880$18.691.5
48Receptionists and Information Clerks2940$29,200$14.040.7
49Legal Occupations2860$97,430$46.840.8
50Computer User Support Specialists2670$54,840$26.360.4
51Packers and Packagers, Hand2580$34,200$16.440.45
52Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists2550$59,310$28.510.4
53Construction Laborers2430$43,030$20.690.8
54Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2200$31,200$150.8
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2160$34,580$16.630.6
56Carpenters2140$57,400$27.590.7
57Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2080$38,310$18.420.6
58Human Resources Specialists2070$61,420$29.530.35
59First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2020$58,670$28.210.4
60First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2000$43,650$20.991
61Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1960$60,810$29.240.6
62Managers, All Other1870$92,520$44.480.6
63Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1780$23,100$11.110.9
64Security Guards1750$29,550$14.210.7
65Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1740$33,200$15.960.2
66Social and Human Service Assistants1740$35,860$17.240.25
67Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1720$64,760$31.130.4
68Lawyers1710$125,450$60.310.5
69Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1700$255,030$122.610.25
70Medical Assistants1630$36,700$17.650.45
71Civil Engineers1550$82,170$39.510.2
72Insurance Sales Agents1550$78,430$37.710.3
73Electricians1470$54,930$26.410.4
74Computer and Information Systems Managers1460$120,180$57.780.2
75Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1450$38,020$18.280.3
76Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1450$35,100$16.880.4
77Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators1440$61,960$29.790.2
78Food Preparation Workers1420$23,870$11.480.6
79Counter and Rental Clerks1400$28,700$13.80.3
80Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1400$31,530$15.160.65
81First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1390$72,910$35.050.4
82Network and Computer Systems Administrators1390$80,490$38.70.25
83Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1380$27,760$13.350.3
84Financial Managers1290$130,620$62.80.4
85Order Clerks1290$37,350$17.950.1
86Tellers1280$28,250$13.580.3
87Administrative Services Managers1270$106,240$51.080.2
88Driver/Sales Workers1250$28,520$13.710.3
89Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers1210$37,340$17.950
90Mechanical Engineers1210$78,870$37.920.2
91Software Developers, Systems Software1210$82,390$39.610.3
92Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1200$31,060$14.930.3
93Computer Network Support Specialists1190$73,390$35.280.1
94Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1170$42,480$20.420.5
95Public Relations Specialists1130$71,050$34.160.2
96Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1110$19,490$9.370.3
97First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1100$69,390$33.360.3
98Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1090$30,950$14.880.3
99Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists1090$35,700$17.160.4
100Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1090$72,500$34.860.3
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Jobs More Common Near Madison Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,190387,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,17056,450
Sales and Related Occupations$41,03034,330
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,78031,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,48027,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,91026,310
Production Occupations$37,74025,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,67024,030
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,67023,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,88021,400
Management Occupations$110,94019,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,92014,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,23012,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,76011,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,87011,570
Customer Service Representatives$37,68010,500
Retail Salespersons$25,34010,320
Office Clerks, General$36,43010,070
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,6009,150
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,1208,800
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,4008,020
Registered Nurses$78,9107,570
Cashiers$21,4307,350
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,8506,900
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,8506,740
Protective Service Occupations$46,7506,730
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7106,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,7906,170
Personal Care Aides$24,2005,680
Waiters and Waitresses$29,2805,630
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,4605,430
General and Operations Managers$125,6304,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,0304,570
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,6004,420
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,6104,400
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,3304,260
Accountants and Auditors$68,0304,150
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,2604,010
Computer Systems Analysts$88,0003,990
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,0203,910
Management Analysts$78,1103,670
Bartenders$22,5303,650
Nursing Assistants$31,8603,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,1903,540
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$64,3703,460
Cooks, Restaurant$26,3203,110
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,8803,090
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,2002,940
Legal Occupations$97,4302,860
Computer User Support Specialists$54,8402,670

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,190387,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,17056,450
Sales and Related Occupations$41,03034,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,48027,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,91026,310
Production Occupations$37,74025,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,67024,030
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,67023,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,88021,400
Management Occupations$110,94019,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,92014,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,23012,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,76011,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,87011,570
Customer Service Representatives$37,68010,500
Retail Salespersons$25,34010,320
Office Clerks, General$36,43010,070
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,1208,800
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,4008,020
Registered Nurses$78,9107,570
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,8506,900
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,8506,740
Protective Service Occupations$46,7506,730
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7106,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,7906,170
Waiters and Waitresses$29,2805,630
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,4605,430
General and Operations Managers$125,6304,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,0304,570
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,6004,420
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,6104,400
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,3304,260
Accountants and Auditors$68,0304,150
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,2604,010
Computer Systems Analysts$88,0003,990
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,0203,910
Management Analysts$78,1103,670
Nursing Assistants$31,8603,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,1903,540
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$64,3703,460
Cooks, Restaurant$26,3203,110
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,8803,090
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,2002,940
Legal Occupations$97,4302,860
Computer User Support Specialists$54,8402,670
Packers and Packagers, Hand$34,2002,580
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$59,3102,550
Construction Laborers$43,0302,430
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,2002,200
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,5802,160

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