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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%

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

Jobs in Wausau

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations70020$43,810$21.06100
2Production Occupations11760$38,030$18.285.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations10420$34,830$16.7414.35
4Sales and Related Occupations6150$37,400$17.989.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5820$37,170$17.876.55
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4750$21,790$10.488.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations4140$69,380$33.365.8
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations3840$60,690$29.185.25
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3160$44,090$21.23.8
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations3130$49,860$23.976.05
11Management Occupations2780$101,140$48.636.15
12Construction and Extraction Occupations2240$48,220$23.184.45
13Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2000$33,330$16.021.7
14Personal Care and Service Occupations1970$23,670$11.384.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1910$25,640$12.333.65
16Office Clerks, General1890$32,040$15.411.9
17Healthcare Support Occupations1820$31,900$15.343
18Retail Salespersons1820$27,130$13.042.85
19Cashiers1620$20,890$10.042.2
20Computer and Mathematical Occupations1620$71,230$34.252.9
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1540$19,340$9.32.3
22Registered Nurses1420$64,290$30.911.95
23Customer Service Representatives1410$31,990$15.381.75
24Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1280$44,700$21.491.2
25Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1190$32,110$15.440
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1130$25,600$12.311.55
27Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1100$37,680$18.120.2
28Protective Service Occupations1080$40,690$19.562.2
29Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1050$34,870$16.761.05
30Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1030$60,630$29.150.9
31Personal Care Aides1010$23,350$11.231.5
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations1000$66,720$32.081.7
33Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations940$41,530$19.971.8
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers860$27,060$13.011.3
35Maintenance and Repair Workers, General850$41,020$19.720.9
36Community and Social Service Occupations840$46,530$22.371.65
37First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers830$55,140$26.510.4
38Nursing Assistants760$27,670$13.31
39General and Operations Managers750$110,170$52.971.5
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers700$53,260$25.610.95
41Waiters and Waitresses700$20,430$9.821.7
42Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers650$34,180$16.430.6
43Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers640$41,280$19.850.3
44Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic580$37,630$18.090.1
45Cooks, Restaurant570$23,370$11.240.8
46Receptionists and Information Clerks520$27,300$13.120.7
47Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators510$69,710$33.510.2
48Bartenders490$21,760$10.460.4
49Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers490$43,240$20.790.3
50First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers480$59,770$28.741
51Accountants and Auditors470$68,860$33.110.9
52Medical Assistants470$36,330$17.470.45
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers440$27,710$13.320.6
54Substitute Teachers440$27,990$13.460
55Helpers--Production Workers430$29,400$14.140.3
56Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists420$52,220$25.110.4
57Computer Systems Analysts410$69,150$33.240.4
58Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks410$34,550$16.610.4
59Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive400$33,840$16.271.5
60Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers390$27,300$13.120.8
61Packers and Packagers, Hand380$33,710$16.210.45
62Tellers380$27,930$13.430.3
63Food Batchmakers370$38,810$18.660.1
64Industrial Machinery Mechanics370$50,690$24.370.2
65Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators360$41,630$20.010.35
66Software Developers, Applications350$87,800$42.210.55
67Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic340$43,800$21.060.1
68Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners340$20,870$10.030.9
69Carpenters320$41,890$20.140.7
70Human Resources Specialists320$55,460$26.660.35
71Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics310$38,230$18.380.5
72Legal Occupations310$92,620$44.530.8
73Sales Representatives, Services, All Other310$43,610$20.970.6
74Electricians300$56,340$27.090.4
75Bus Drivers, School or Special Client270$31,140$14.970.3
76Construction Laborers270$35,570$17.10.8
77Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations270$58,480$28.120.8
78Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers260$44,060$21.180.2
79Loan Officers260$63,760$30.650.2
80Managers, All Other260$80,240$38.580.6
81Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders260$47,070$22.630.1
82Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks260$47,060$22.630.2
83Social and Human Service Assistants260$38,000$18.270.25
84Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists250$43,020$20.680.2
85Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers250$60,370$29.020.4
86Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing250$31,790$15.290
87Childcare Workers240$20,390$9.80.8
88Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders240$36,780$17.680.1
89Computer User Support Specialists230$51,150$24.590.4
90Financial Managers230$118,230$56.840.4
91Machinists230$42,550$20.460.25
92Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters230$43,880$21.10
93Firefighters220$35,940$17.280.2
94Medical and Health Services Managers220$97,560$46.90.25
95Parts Salespersons220$36,390$17.490.2
96Billing and Posting Clerks210$39,590$19.030.3
97Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics210$37,550$18.050.2
98Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders210$45,720$21.980.1
99Dental Hygienists200$63,730$30.640.1
100First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers200$66,040$31.750.3
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Jobs More Common Near Wausau Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,81070,020
Production Occupations$38,03011,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,83010,420
Sales and Related Occupations$37,4006,150
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,1705,820
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,7904,750
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,3804,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$60,6903,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,0903,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,8603,130
Management Occupations$101,1402,780
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,2202,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,3302,000
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,6701,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,6401,910
Office Clerks, General$32,0401,890
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,9001,820
Retail Salespersons$27,1301,820
Cashiers$20,8901,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,2301,620
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,3401,540
Registered Nurses$64,2901,420
Customer Service Representatives$31,9901,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,7001,280
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,1101,190
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,6001,130
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$37,6801,100
Protective Service Occupations$40,6901,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,8701,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,6301,030
Personal Care Aides$23,3501,010
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,7201,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,530940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,060860
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,020850
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,530840
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,140830
Nursing Assistants$27,670760
General and Operations Managers$110,170750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,260700
Waiters and Waitresses$20,430700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,180650
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$41,280640
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$37,630580
Cooks, Restaurant$23,370570
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,300520
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$69,710510
Bartenders$21,760490
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$43,240490
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$59,770480

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,81070,020
Production Occupations$38,03011,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,83010,420
Sales and Related Occupations$37,4006,150
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,1705,820
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,3804,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$60,6903,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,0903,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,8603,130
Management Occupations$101,1402,780
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,2202,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,3302,000
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,6401,910
Office Clerks, General$32,0401,890
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,9001,820
Retail Salespersons$27,1301,820
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,2301,620
Registered Nurses$64,2901,420
Customer Service Representatives$31,9901,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,7001,280
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,1101,190
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,6001,130
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$37,6801,100
Protective Service Occupations$40,6901,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,8701,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,6301,030
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,7201,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,530940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,060860
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,020850
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,530840
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,140830
Nursing Assistants$27,670760
General and Operations Managers$110,170750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,260700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,180650
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$41,280640
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$37,630580
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,300520
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$69,710510
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$43,240490
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$59,770480
Accountants and Auditors$68,860470
Medical Assistants$36,330470
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$27,710440
Substitute Teachers$27,990440
Helpers--Production Workers$29,400430
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$52,220420
Computer Systems Analysts$69,150410
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,550410

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