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Milwaukee Employment

Employment and Industries in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area

Historically known as a beer town because of the location of four of the world's largest breweries within the city (Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst, and Miller, of which only Miller remains in Milwaukee), Milwaukee is a major manufacturing community with over 20% of the population engaged in manufacturing occupations (well above the national average). Major industry segments in Milwaukee include:

  • Healthcare
  • Financial services
  • High technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Printing and publishing
  • Services
  • Tourism

The Milwaukee area is home to ten Fortune 1000 companies. The largest company in the area is Johnson Controls. The most famous is the motorcycle company Harley Davidson. Fortune 1000 companies in the Milwaukee metropolitan area include:

  • A.O. Smith
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Johnson Controls
  • Joy Global
  • Manpower
  • Marshall & Ilsley Corp.
  • MGIC Investment
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Wisconsin Energy

Other significant companies in the Milwaukee area include:

  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Kohl's
  • Koss Corporation
  • Master Lock
  • Metavante
  • Quad/Graphics
  • Roundy's Supermarkets

Business awards awarded to the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area include:

  • The Milwaukee area was ranked 18th among the top fifty "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs" among large cities and metropolitan areas in the U.S. according to a 2005 Entrepreneur magazine survey.
  • The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area ranked 52nd among large U.S. Cities on Inc. magazine's 2006 survey of the "Best Cities for Doing Business" (out of 393 metropolitan areas across the United States). The Milwaukee area ranked in the top ten for "Most Balanced Economy and Growth" in the 2004 and 2005 editions of the survey.
  • In 2006, SustainLane ranked Milwaukee 16th among fifty major U.S. cities for sustainable services and economics.

For the business commuter, the Milwaukee area is served by four interstate highways, three US highways, the Milwaukee County Transit System, and the Hiawatha Amtrak express service between Milwaukee and Chicago. For air travel, the Milwaukee area is served by the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). General Mitchell International is served by at least ten major airlines and fifteen commuter airlines.

Business and economic development organizations in the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area include:

The Business Journal of Milwaukee, and the "Business Section" of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are all good sources of information on the economy and business community in the Milwaukee area.

Jobs in Milwaukee

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 840850 $49350 $23.73 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 125240 $38220 $18.37 14.8
3 Production Occupations 84500 $39330 $18.91 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 80590 $45580 $21.91 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 70390 $21370 $10.27 8.3
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 52620 $82240 $39.54 5.75
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 51900 $35030 $16.84 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47280 $55710 $26.78 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 47260 $70010 $33.66 5.05
10 Personal Care and Service Occupations 44550 $24740 $11.89 4.1
11 Management Occupations 44370 $116570 $56.05 6.05
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 27420 $47310 $22.75 3.8
13 Personal Care Aides 26210 $22460 $10.8 1.3
14 Retail Salespersons 26040 $25230 $12.13 3.1
15 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 25930 $75110 $36.11 2.8
16 Construction and Extraction Occupations 24930 $56670 $27.25 4.4
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24580 $26210 $12.6 3.7
18 Office Clerks, General 24520 $35020 $16.84 2
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22600 $18750 $9.02 2.15
20 Customer Service Representatives 20990 $39090 $18.79 1.75
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 20420 $31460 $15.13 3.05
22 Registered Nurses 18690 $69760 $33.54 1.9
23 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 16790 $71420 $34.34 1.65
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 15930 $32160 $15.46 1.6
25 Protective Service Occupations 15430 $45080 $21.67 2.25
26 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 14140 $77830 $37.42 1
27 Cashiers 13290 $20950 $10.07 2.25
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 13250 $24430 $11.74 1.6
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 13050 $43310 $20.82 1.65
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 12430 $48120 $23.13 1.7
31 Waiters and Waitresses 12150 $20560 $9.89 1.6
32 Team Assemblers 11510 $34320 $16.5 0.75
33 General and Operations Managers 10520 $137920 $66.31 1.4
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 9850 $25010 $12.02 1.2
35 Nursing Assistants 9560 $27720 $13.33 1.05
36 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 9150 $44640 $21.46 1.2
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 8880 $58330 $28.04 1
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 8540 $38460 $18.49 1.1
39 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 7950 $40680 $19.56 0.9
40 Accountants and Auditors 7660 $70120 $33.71 0.9
41 Bartenders 6860 $20990 $10.09 0.4
42 Legal Occupations 6370 $86660 $41.66 0.8
43 Substitute Teachers 6190 $31400 $15.1 0
44 Machinists 6010 $41890 $20.14 0.3
45 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 5880 $40110 $19.29 1.6
46 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 5760 $63380 $30.47 0.6
47 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5660 $62690 $30.14 0.4
48 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 5440 $27980 $13.45 0.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 5340 $28410 $13.66 0.7
50 Cooks, Restaurant 5030 $25990 $12.49 0.75
51 Security Guards 4890 $26990 $12.98 0.7
52 Computer Systems Analysts 4830 $79640 $38.29 0.4
53 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4720 $26210 $12.6 0.45
54 Software Developers, Applications 4680 $85840 $41.27 0.5
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4560 $33750 $16.22 0.6
56 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 4500 $41380 $19.89 1
57 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4320 $22500 $10.82 1
58 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 4220 $30790 $14.81 0.6
59 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 4210 $41460 $19.94 0.3
60 Social and Human Service Assistants 4160 $32480 $15.62 0.3
61 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 4140 $44580 $21.43 0.1
62 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 4070 $64510 $31.02 0.9
63 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 4070 $37320 $17.94 0.4
64 Computer User Support Specialists 4040 $54020 $25.97 0.4
65 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 4000 $62390 $29.99 0.35
66 Human Resources Specialists 3790 $60620 $29.15 0.3
67 Mechanical Engineers 3770 $77060 $37.05 0.2
68 Carpenters 3630 $53670 $25.8 0.6
69 Medical Assistants 3620 $33910 $16.3 0.45
70 Management Analysts 3620 $84440 $40.6 0.5
71 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3530 $41680 $20.04 0.5
72 Financial Managers 3510 $136820 $65.78 0.4
73 Lawyers 3500 $113520 $54.58 0.5
74 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 3500 $37100 $17.84 0.1
75 Managers, All Other 3470 $106370 $51.14 0.65
76 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 3440 $67710 $32.55 0.45
77 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 3420 $26990 $12.98 0.3
78 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 3330 $43840 $21.08 0.3
79 Helpers--Production Workers 3150 $26220 $12.61 0.3
80 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 3120 $70160 $33.73 0.2
81 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 3120 $26200 $12.6 0.3
82 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3100 $67080 $32.25 0.7
83 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3090 $37470 $18.01 0.1
84 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 3090 $32060 $15.41 0.3
85 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 2940 $33580 $16.14 0.25
86 Construction Laborers 2920 $48250 $23.2 0.8
87 Tellers 2870 $27830 $13.38 0.3
88 Dishwashers 2850 $18720 $9 0.3
89 Food Preparation Workers 2820 $20810 $10 0.6
90 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 2740 $27640 $13.29 0.4
91 Pharmacy Technicians 2680 $32330 $15.55 0.25
92 Medical and Health Services Managers 2650 $100760 $48.44 0.2
93 Electricians 2610 $61960 $29.79 0.4
94 Recreation Workers 2610 $24140 $11.61 0.3
95 Computer and Information Systems Managers 2590 $124270 $59.75 0.25
96 Industrial Engineers 2570 $77590 $37.3 0.2
97 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 2520 $74600 $35.87 0.3
98 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 2490 $34090 $16.39 0.35
99 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2470 $78100 $37.55 0.4
100 Childcare Workers 2460 $22310 $10.73 0.8
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Jobs More Common Near Milwaukee Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 49,350 840,850
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,220 125,240
Production Occupations 39,330 84,500
Sales and Related Occupations 45,580 80,590
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,370 70,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 82,240 52,620
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,030 51,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,710 47,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,010 47,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,740 44,550
Management Occupations 116,570 44,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,310 27,420
Personal Care Aides 22,460 26,210
Retail Salespersons 25,230 26,040
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 75,110 25,930
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,670 24,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,210 24,580
Office Clerks, General 35,020 24,520
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,750 22,600
Customer Service Representatives 39,090 20,990
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,460 20,420
Registered Nurses 69,760 18,690
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,420 16,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,160 15,930
Protective Service Occupations 45,080 15,430
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 77,830 14,140
Cashiers 20,950 13,290
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,430 13,250
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,310 13,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,120 12,430
Waiters and Waitresses 20,560 12,150
Team Assemblers 34,320 11,510
General and Operations Managers 137,920 10,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,010 9,850
Nursing Assistants 27,720 9,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,640 9,150
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,330 8,880
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,460 8,540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,680 7,950
Accountants and Auditors 70,120 7,660
Bartenders 20,990 6,860
Legal Occupations 86,660 6,370
Substitute Teachers 31,400 6,190
Machinists 41,890 6,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,110 5,880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 63,380 5,760
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 62,690 5,660
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,980 5,440
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,410 5,340
Cooks, Restaurant 25,990 5,030

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 49,350 840,850
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,220 125,240
Production Occupations 39,330 84,500
Sales and Related Occupations 45,580 80,590
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 82,240 52,620
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,030 51,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,710 47,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,010 47,260
Management Occupations 116,570 44,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,310 27,420
Retail Salespersons 25,230 26,040
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 75,110 25,930
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,670 24,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,210 24,580
Office Clerks, General 35,020 24,520
Customer Service Representatives 39,090 20,990
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,460 20,420
Registered Nurses 69,760 18,690
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,420 16,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,160 15,930
Protective Service Occupations 45,080 15,430
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 77,830 14,140
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,310 13,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,120 12,430
Team Assemblers 34,320 11,510
General and Operations Managers 137,920 10,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,010 9,850
Nursing Assistants 27,720 9,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,640 9,150
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,330 8,880
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,460 8,540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,680 7,950
Accountants and Auditors 70,120 7,660
Legal Occupations 86,660 6,370
Substitute Teachers 31,400 6,190
Machinists 41,890 6,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,110 5,880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 63,380 5,760
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 62,690 5,660
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,980 5,440
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,410 5,340
Cooks, Restaurant 25,990 5,030
Security Guards 26,990 4,890
Computer Systems Analysts 79,640 4,830
Packers and Packagers, Hand 26,210 4,720
Software Developers, Applications 85,840 4,680
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,750 4,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,380 4,500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,790 4,220
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 41,460 4,210

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