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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations841550$50,070$24.07100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations122310$38,660$18.5914.35
3Production Occupations84780$39,150$18.825.7
4Sales and Related Occupations79920$45,490$21.879.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations69490$22,140$10.658.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations53570$83,250$40.035.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations51690$35,770$17.26.55
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations48910$71,080$34.175.25
9Personal Care and Service Occupations45370$25,020$12.034.3
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations45280$53,040$25.56.05
11Management Occupations44010$119,380$57.396.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations29290$48,710$23.423.8
13Personal Care Aides27230$23,090$11.11.5
14Construction and Extraction Occupations26880$57,770$27.784.45
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations26160$76,710$36.882.9
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations24420$28,010$13.473.65
17Retail Salespersons24400$25,550$12.282.85
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food21990$19,250$9.262.3
19Customer Service Representatives21330$39,700$19.091.75
20Healthcare Support Occupations21250$32,040$15.43
21Office Clerks, General20490$36,470$17.541.9
22Registered Nurses18910$69,880$33.61.95
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations16560$72,830$35.011.7
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand16330$32,670$15.711.7
25Protective Service Occupations15710$46,470$22.342.2
26Cashiers15180$21,170$10.182.2
27Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products14220$77,760$37.380.9
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners13210$26,170$12.581.55
29Community and Social Service Occupations12900$43,790$21.051.65
30Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations12260$47,870$23.011.8
31Waiters and Waitresses11990$20,670$9.941.7
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers11170$25,800$12.41.3
33Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers11120$32,470$15.610
34General and Operations Managers10790$141,150$67.861.5
35Nursing Assistants9950$28,450$13.681
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks9420$38,630$18.571.05
37Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers8830$46,030$22.131.2
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers8540$59,240$28.480.95
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General8310$41,490$19.950.9
40Accountants and Auditors7870$69,810$33.560.9
41Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive6700$38,280$18.41.5
42Bartenders6370$21,930$10.540.4
43Legal Occupations6350$100,190$48.170.8
44Receptionists and Information Clerks6300$28,710$13.80.7
45Sales Representatives, Services, All Other6130$60,790$29.220.6
46First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers6010$63,160$30.370.4
47Cooks, Restaurant5880$26,250$12.620.8
48Computer Systems Analysts5510$79,060$38.010.4
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers5430$30,140$14.490.8
50Machinists5200$42,820$20.590.25
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers5120$31,470$15.130.6
52Security Guards5080$27,350$13.150.7
53Software Developers, Applications4720$90,450$43.490.55
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers4610$35,240$16.940.6
55Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders4490$27,200$13.080.2
56First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers4390$41,170$19.791
57Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers4360$40,590$19.520
58Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic4330$45,170$21.720.1
59Packers and Packagers, Hand4290$26,860$12.910.45
60Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers4280$41,320$19.860.3
61Human Resources Specialists4230$63,140$30.350.35
62Mechanical Engineers4160$80,750$38.820.2
63Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists4130$59,570$28.640.4
64Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4060$23,360$11.230.9
65Social and Human Service Assistants4040$33,290$160.25
66Carpenters4030$53,360$25.650.7
67Computer User Support Specialists3900$52,850$25.410.4
68Management Analysts3890$84,500$40.630.5
69Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3880$67,650$32.520.8
70Substitute Teachers3800$33,020$15.880
71Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks3730$38,070$18.30.4
72Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3660$42,840$20.60.5
73Managers, All Other3520$101,760$48.920.6
74Medical Assistants3510$34,160$16.420.45
75Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers3510$69,590$33.460.4
76Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3260$27,020$12.990.3
77Business Operations Specialists, All Other3190$68,120$32.750.7
78Financial Managers3140$146,340$70.360.4
79Construction Laborers3060$48,850$23.490.8
80Tellers3020$27,750$13.340.3
81Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers3010$45,260$21.760.3
82Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic3000$38,380$18.450.1
83Electricians2920$61,830$29.730.4
84Bus Drivers, School or Special Client2900$31,640$15.210.3
85Personal Financial Advisors2890$114,900$55.240.2
86Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria2850$27,050$130.3
87Helpers--Production Workers2850$25,520$12.270.3
88Dishwashers2780$19,110$9.190.3
89Recreation Workers2770$25,210$12.120.25
90Pharmacy Technicians2760$32,850$15.790.3
91First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2710$76,960$370.4
92Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2690$19,520$9.380.3
93Printing Press Operators2670$39,000$18.750.1
94Loan Officers2650$82,820$39.820.2
95Computer and Information Systems Managers2640$125,270$60.220.2
96Industrial Engineers2570$78,160$37.580.2
97Network and Computer Systems Administrators2540$77,170$37.10.25
98Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators2530$35,290$16.970.35
99Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents2530$75,840$36.460.2
100Medical and Health Services Managers2510$105,500$50.720.25
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Jobs More Common Near Milwaukee Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,070841,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,660122,310
Production Occupations$39,15084,780
Sales and Related Occupations$45,49079,920
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,14069,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,25053,570
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,77051,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,08048,910
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,02045,370
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,04045,280
Management Occupations$119,38044,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,71029,290
Personal Care Aides$23,09027,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations$57,77026,880
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,71026,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,01024,420
Retail Salespersons$25,55024,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,25021,990
Customer Service Representatives$39,70021,330
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,04021,250
Office Clerks, General$36,47020,490
Registered Nurses$69,88018,910
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,83016,560
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,67016,330
Protective Service Occupations$46,47015,710
Cashiers$21,17015,180
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$77,76014,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,17013,210
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,79012,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,87012,260
Waiters and Waitresses$20,67011,990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,80011,170
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,47011,120
General and Operations Managers$141,15010,790
Nursing Assistants$28,4509,950
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,6309,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,0308,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,2408,540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,4908,310
Accountants and Auditors$69,8107,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,2806,700
Bartenders$21,9306,370
Legal Occupations$100,1906,350
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,7106,300
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,7906,130
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,1606,010
Cooks, Restaurant$26,2505,880
Computer Systems Analysts$79,0605,510
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,1405,430
Machinists$42,8205,200

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,070841,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,660122,310
Production Occupations$39,15084,780
Sales and Related Occupations$45,49079,920
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,25053,570
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,77051,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,08048,910
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,02045,370
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,04045,280
Management Occupations$119,38044,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,71029,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations$57,77026,880
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,71026,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,01024,420
Retail Salespersons$25,55024,400
Customer Service Representatives$39,70021,330
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,04021,250
Office Clerks, General$36,47020,490
Registered Nurses$69,88018,910
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,83016,560
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,67016,330
Protective Service Occupations$46,47015,710
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$77,76014,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,17013,210
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,79012,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,87012,260
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,80011,170
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,47011,120
General and Operations Managers$141,15010,790
Nursing Assistants$28,4509,950
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,6309,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,0308,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,2408,540
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,4908,310
Accountants and Auditors$69,8107,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,2806,700
Legal Occupations$100,1906,350
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,7106,300
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,7906,130
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,1606,010
Cooks, Restaurant$26,2505,880
Computer Systems Analysts$79,0605,510
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,1405,430
Machinists$42,8205,200
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,4705,120
Security Guards$27,3505,080
Software Developers, Applications$90,4504,720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,2404,610
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$27,2004,490
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,1704,390

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