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Wausau Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wausau, Wisconsin Area

Wausau is the economic hub of north central Wisconsin. Manufacturing is a major asset to the Wausau area's economy. Some of the integral economic sectors are healthcare, tourism, banking, insurance and professional services. Food processing, especially cheese, also adds to the economy.

Some of the region's largest manufacturing employers are Greenheck Fan Corp, Kolbe & Kolbe Millworks Inc and Wausau Paper Corp. Employment is provided by businesses that produce items such as electric motors, wood and paper products, scissors, windows and doors, home manufacturing and ventilation equipment.

The top fields of employment in Wausau, Wisconsin are healthcare, manufacturing, finance and insurance, metal and metal products, paper, educational services, wood products and accommodation and food services.

Management, professional and related occupations (29% of the labor force). Sales and office occupations (27% of the jobs). Production, transportation and material moving occupations (18% of the workforce).

The Wausau region's major manufacturing employers:

  • Greenheck Fan Corp - Industrial commercial fans
  • Kolbe & Kolbe Millworks Inc - Wood windows and doors
  • Wausau Paper Corp - Pulp, paper & specialties
  • Marathon Cheese Corp - Cheese packaging
  • Marathon Electric Manufacturing Corp - Electric AC motors & generators
  • SNE/Peachtree - Wood & vinyl windows & doors
  • County Materials Corp - Concrete and architectural block
  • Wausau Window & Wall Systems - Aluminum widows, curtain wall systems
  • Land O'Lakes Inc - Cheese Division - Cheese packaging
  • Abbyland Foods Inc - Meat packaging

The Wausau region's major non-manufacturing employers:

  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital - Healthcare
  • Wausau School District - Education
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Footlocker.com/Eastbay - Retail/mail order
  • Northcentral Health Care - Healthcare
  • Marathon County Government - Government
  • UMR/Fiserv Health/Wausau Benefits Inc - Benefits administration
  • Marshfield Clinic - Wausau Center - Healthcare
  • DC Everest School District - Education
  • St. Clare's Hospital/Ministry Health - Healthcare

Facts regarding Wausau, Wisconsin: Average earnings in 2009: $29,000. Cost of living in 2008: 79.0 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or better: 22%

Businesses located in Wausau have access to helpful associations such as:

The Wausau Daily Herald provides current information about local business activities.

Jobs in Wausau

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 69570 $42380 $20.38 100
2 Production Occupations 11220 $37100 $17.84 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 10690 $33840 $16.27 14.8
4 Sales and Related Occupations 6340 $36580 $17.59 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6200 $35260 $16.95 6.45
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4830 $20990 $10.09 8.3
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4360 $69200 $33.27 5.75
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3140 $59650 $28.68 5.05
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3130 $50220 $24.15 6.15
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2960 $43170 $20.75 3.8
11 Management Occupations 2640 $95140 $45.74 6.05
12 Office Clerks, General 2290 $30790 $14.8 2
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2140 $48720 $23.43 4.4
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2070 $22930 $11.02 4.1
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2030 $25190 $12.11 3.7
16 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1910 $32590 $15.67 1.6
17 Cashiers 1850 $20340 $9.78 2.25
18 Retail Salespersons 1820 $25450 $12.24 3.1
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 1820 $31280 $15.04 3.05
20 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1570 $69360 $33.34 2.8
21 Registered Nurses 1490 $62910 $30.25 1.9
22 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1490 $40610 $19.52 1.2
23 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1440 $18400 $8.85 2.15
24 Customer Service Representatives 1350 $32370 $15.56 1.75
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1230 $25610 $12.31 1.6
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1190 $64330 $30.93 1.65
27 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1130 $34570 $16.62 1.1
28 Team Assemblers 1120 $32750 $15.75 0.75
29 Protective Service Occupations 1110 $38000 $18.27 2.25
30 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1090 $60600 $29.14 1
31 Personal Care Aides 1090 $22420 $10.78 1.3
32 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 820 $53040 $25.5 0.4
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 820 $26020 $12.51 1.2
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 810 $45820 $22.03 1.65
35 Waiters and Waitresses 810 $19830 $9.53 1.6
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 800 $51550 $24.78 1
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 790 $41800 $20.1 0.9
38 Helpers--Production Workers 740 $31080 $14.94 0.3
39 Bartenders 740 $21600 $10.38 0.4
40 General and Operations Managers 730 $107190 $51.53 1.4
41 Nursing Assistants 720 $27350 $13.15 1.05
42 Packers and Packagers, Hand 670 $33550 $16.13 0.45
43 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 590 $41510 $19.96 1.7
44 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 590 $31370 $15.08 0.6
45 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 570 $37340 $17.95 0.1
46 Cooks, Restaurant 560 $23690 $11.39 0.75
47 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 560 $41510 $19.96 0.3
48 Medical Assistants 520 $34810 $16.73 0.45
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 520 $28020 $13.47 0.7
50 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 510 $40440 $19.44 0.3
51 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 490 $35520 $17.08 0.2
52 Food Batchmakers 490 $35110 $16.88 0.1
53 Accountants and Auditors 470 $64760 $31.13 0.9
54 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 460 $35410 $17.02 0.25
55 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 440 $20690 $9.95 1
56 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 440 $33870 $16.29 0.4
57 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 430 $38290 $18.41 0.35
58 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 420 $57610 $27.7 1
59 Substitute Teachers 400 $27970 $13.45 0
60 Software Developers, Applications 370 $85850 $41.28 0.5
61 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 360 $32560 $15.65 1.6
62 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 350 $26530 $12.75 0.6
63 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 350 $69810 $33.56 0.2
64 Tellers 340 $27790 $13.36 0.3
65 Electricians 330 $55600 $26.73 0.4
66 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 330 $43630 $20.97 0.1
67 Legal Occupations 330 $78900 $37.93 0.8
68 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 320 $35750 $17.19 0.5
69 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 310 $48940 $23.53 0.2
70 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 300 $33820 $16.26 0.1
71 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 290 $25900 $12.45 0.8
72 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 280 $43080 $20.71 0.2
73 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 280 $44910 $21.59 0.1
74 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 280 $57540 $27.66 0.9
75 Computer Systems Analysts 280 $71470 $34.36 0.4
76 Construction Laborers 270 $40130 $19.29 0.8
77 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 270 $49320 $23.71 0.1
78 Loan Officers 260 $64390 $30.96 0.2
79 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 260 $48900 $23.51 0.6
80 Firefighters 260 $34470 $16.57 0.2
81 Medical and Health Services Managers 260 $91890 $44.18 0.2
82 Financial Managers 250 $117790 $56.63 0.4
83 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 240 $54340 $26.13 0.35
84 Childcare Workers 240 $19710 $9.48 0.8
85 Computer User Support Specialists 240 $47760 $22.96 0.4
86 Carpenters 240 $39450 $18.97 0.6
87 Production Workers, All Other 230 $31270 $15.03 0.2
88 Industrial Engineers 230 $69650 $33.49 0.2
89 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 230 $35680 $17.15 0.2
90 Human Resources Specialists 230 $55010 $26.45 0.3
91 Security Guards 220 $23120 $11.12 0.7
92 Parts Salespersons 220 $32320 $15.54 0.2
93 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 220 $54230 $26.07 0.45
94 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 220 $31350 $15.07 0.3
95 Billing and Posting Clerks 210 $36800 $17.69 0.35
96 Mechanical Engineers 210 $61980 $29.8 0.2
97 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 210 $27020 $12.99 0.4
98 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 210 $46510 $22.36 0.2
99 Radiologic Technologists 200 $53820 $25.88 0.1
100 Cost Estimators 200 $55030 $26.46 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Wausau Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,380 69,570
Production Occupations 37,100 11,220
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,840 10,690
Sales and Related Occupations 36,580 6,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,260 6,200
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,990 4,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,200 4,360
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,650 3,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,220 3,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,170 2,960
Management Occupations 95,140 2,640
Office Clerks, General 30,790 2,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,720 2,140
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,930 2,070
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,190 2,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,590 1,910
Cashiers 20,340 1,850
Retail Salespersons 25,450 1,820
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,280 1,820
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,360 1,570
Registered Nurses 62,910 1,490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,610 1,490
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,400 1,440
Customer Service Representatives 32,370 1,350
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,610 1,230
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 64,330 1,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,570 1,130
Team Assemblers 32,750 1,120
Protective Service Occupations 38,000 1,110
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,600 1,090
Personal Care Aides 22,420 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,040 820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,020 820
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,820 810
Waiters and Waitresses 19,830 810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,550 800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,800 790
Helpers--Production Workers 31,080 740
Bartenders 21,600 740
General and Operations Managers 107,190 730
Nursing Assistants 27,350 720
Packers and Packagers, Hand 33,550 670
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,510 590
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,370 590
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 37,340 570
Cooks, Restaurant 23,690 560
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 41,510 560
Medical Assistants 34,810 520
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,020 520
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 40,440 510

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,380 69,570
Production Occupations 37,100 11,220
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,840 10,690
Sales and Related Occupations 36,580 6,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,260 6,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,200 4,360
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,650 3,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,220 3,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,170 2,960
Management Occupations 95,140 2,640
Office Clerks, General 30,790 2,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,720 2,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,190 2,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,590 1,910
Retail Salespersons 25,450 1,820
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,280 1,820
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,360 1,570
Registered Nurses 62,910 1,490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,610 1,490
Customer Service Representatives 32,370 1,350
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,610 1,230
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 64,330 1,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,570 1,130
Team Assemblers 32,750 1,120
Protective Service Occupations 38,000 1,110
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,600 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,040 820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,020 820
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,820 810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,550 800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,800 790
Helpers--Production Workers 31,080 740
General and Operations Managers 107,190 730
Nursing Assistants 27,350 720
Packers and Packagers, Hand 33,550 670
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,510 590
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,370 590
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 37,340 570
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 41,510 560
Medical Assistants 34,810 520
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,020 520
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 40,440 510
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 35,520 490
Food Batchmakers 35,110 490
Accountants and Auditors 64,760 470
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 35,410 460
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 33,870 440
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 38,290 430
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 57,610 420
Substitute Teachers 27,970 400

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