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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Michigan Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Michigan, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Mathematical scientists$56,99093017.1
2Commercial and industrial designers$64,3834,9906.9
3Tool and die makers$47,78313,9206.3
4Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,1752,5705.1
5Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$32,9313,3204.5
7First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers$52,7561,6804.0
8Engine and other machine assemblers$42,5301,2403.9
9Plant and system operators$47,4037003.8
10Mechanical drafters$47,2206,1303.6
11Industrial engineers$66,89116,0503.4
12Assemblers and fabricators$34,37315,3403.4
13Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$40,9004,4703.3
14Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$28,7379,6103.2
15Industrial engineering technicians$47,5654,5003.1
16Mechanical engineers$64,62517,0803.0
17Production workers$30,85318,3703.0
18Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$31,42317,7503.0
19Numerical tool and process control programmers$46,4479202.9
20Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic$33,0108,4302.9
21Religious workers$25,0901902.9
22Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$30,4951,2402.8
23Metal workers and plastic workers$43,3401,4602.8
24Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$37,0286,0702.8
26Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders$36,8431,5102.6
28Health technologists and technicians$40,1643,7302.3
30Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$28,4913,5502.3
31Grinding and polishing workers, hand$26,8781,9702.3
33Internists, general$145,7161,7502.2
34Computer specialists$50,6226,8602.2
35Directors, religious activities and education$33,4065002.2
36Artists and related workers$38,7031002.2
37Physicians and surgeons$135,8589,2302.1
38Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$34,5023,2002.1
39Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers$39,7255202.1
40Model makers, metal and plastic$42,7051102.1
41Media and communication workers$48,3051,1702.1
43Education, training, and library workers$34,4492,5002.0
44Installation, maintenance, and repair workers$38,7706,5102.0
45Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers$37,40324,6802.0
46Sales engineers$72,4293,5202.0
47Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners$36,8954902.0
48Pourers and casters, metal$26,9553102.0
49Financial specialists$53,7525,8402.0
50Food preparation and serving related workers$21,1072,1902.0
51Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$30,3381,5201.9
52Dentists, general$147,2303,7101.9
53Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$36,2429001.9
55Nuclear medicine technologists$58,9847001.8
56Court, municipal, and license clerks$35,0233,2001.8
57Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants$16,8767301.8
58Industrial production managers$83,7797,0201.8
59Power plant operators$47,3105801.8
60Mechanical engineering technicians$45,2801,7401.8
61Chief executives$131,05114,8501.7
62Instructional coordinators$59,0654,6601.7
63Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$52,4498,0201.7
64Office and administrative support workers$31,74011,8901.7
65Maintenance workers, machinery$40,1502,7701.7
66Dental hygienists$55,0136,3701.6
67Lay-out workers, metal and plastic$48,1052001.6
68Pharmacy aides$18,3021,6701.6
69Life, physical, and social science technicians$46,2381,9001.6
70Engineering managers$95,4518,0101.6
71Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$33,5209301.6
72Sales and related workers$37,6967,2001.6
73Automotive body and related repairers$41,8766,2701.6
74Food servers, nonrestaurant$18,6597,2601.5
75Cooks, short order$17,2846,7501.5
76Electrical engineers$67,0605,6101.5
77Conveyor operators and tenders$29,8909501.5
78Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders$24,4552301.5
79Bus drivers, transit and intercity$28,2354,1601.4
80First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers$56,19023,8301.4
81Building cleaning workers$28,5401101.4
82Physical therapist assistants$35,3801,9601.4
83Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$29,4212,9601.4
84Public address system and other announcers$36,4501801.4
85Recreational vehicle service technicians$32,9551501.4
87Education teachers, postsecondary$45,9321,0101.3
88Occupational therapists$57,2692,9901.3
89Electromechanical equipment assemblers$26,3801,5601.3
90Medical secretaries$28,66010,8901.3
91Home health aides$19,19521,2801.3
92Packers and packagers, hand$18,69827,6901.3
93Coaches and scouts$29,5094,3901.3
94Team assemblers$29,20035,4601.3
95Education administrators, elementary and secondary school$84,8905,8901.3
96Health diagnosing and treating practitioners$89,7461,3601.3
97Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics$29,3933501.3
98Driver/sales workers$25,39312,8201.3
99Bus drivers, school$30,00712,6701.3
100Machine feeders and offbearers$26,2813,3201.3


The Most Common Jobs in Michigan

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Michigan are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons128,920$21,9751.1
3Office clerks, general84,270$24,3951.1
4Waiters and waitresses65,490$14,6001.1
5Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food65,150$15,7481.1
6Registered nurses61,980$56,6621.0
7Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners59,060$23,6561.1
8Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand57,990$25,0840.9
9Customer service representatives56,950$30,9041.0
10Stock clerks and order fillers46,590$24,0521.1
11Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive45,090$28,5201.0
12Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks41,920$30,9560.9
13Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer38,990$36,8541.0
14Elementary school teachers, except special education38,360$56,9171.1
15Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products38,270$54,2721.0
16Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants37,590$23,3471.1
17Maintenance and repair workers, general37,130$35,8461.1
18Team assemblers35,460$29,2001.3
19Teacher assistants34,670$24,0191.2
20General and operations managers34,490$84,6560.8
21Executive secretaries and administrative assistants32,060$36,9960.8
22First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers29,870$45,1600.8
23First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers28,860$39,7261.0
24Packers and packagers, hand27,690$18,6981.3
25Business operations specialists27,030$58,2131.1
26Accountants and auditors26,920$54,4700.9
27Receptionists and information clerks26,700$23,3050.9
28Truck drivers, light or delivery services26,500$28,8201.1
29Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers24,680$37,4032.0
30Security guards24,220$23,4260.9
31First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers23,830$56,1901.4
32Food preparation workers23,630$18,7481.0
33Landscaping and groundskeeping workers23,010$22,2581.0
35Home health aides21,280$19,1951.3
36Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education21,170$54,9080.9
38First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers19,150$29,4491.0
40Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks18,830$27,8620.9
41Industrial truck and tractor operators18,530$34,7251.2
42Cooks, restaurant18,420$19,4680.9
43Production workers18,370$30,8533.0
44Automotive service technicians and mechanics17,930$37,4801.1
45Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic17,750$31,4233.0
46Child care workers17,190$18,7811.2
47Mechanical engineers17,080$64,6253.0
48Construction laborers16,920$32,7460.7
49Maids and housekeeping cleaners16,570$19,2490.7
50Industrial engineers16,050$66,8913.4
51Cooks, fast food16,030$15,1111.0
52Assemblers and fabricators15,340$34,3733.4
53Billing and posting clerks and machine operators14,980$29,7751.1
54Chief executives14,850$131,0511.7
55Tool and die makers13,920$47,7836.3
56Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education13,640$55,2241.0
57Police and sheriff's patrol officers13,620$47,2611.0
58Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses13,620$37,4570.8
59Helpers--production workers13,550$23,3201.1
61Computer support specialists13,160$40,1761.0
62Computer programmers13,150$58,0081.2
64Counter and rental clerks12,860$21,4141.1
65Driver/sales workers12,820$25,3931.3
66Bus drivers, school12,670$30,0071.3
67First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers12,520$57,6521.1
68Medical assistants12,160$25,7401.2
69Office and administrative support workers11,890$31,7401.7
70First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers11,680$59,7950.8
71Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters11,480$49,2881.0
72Teachers and instructors11,350$40,5971.0
75Medical secretaries10,890$28,6601.3
76Postal service mail carriers10,770$44,0481.2
77Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists10,600$23,7261.2
78Loan officers10,320$50,0151.2
79Computer systems analysts10,190$64,0940.7
80Financial managers9,960$84,4160.8
81Sales managers9,790$85,2771.1
82Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic9,610$28,7373.2
83Cleaners of vehicles and equipment9,490$23,1731.1
84Physicians and surgeons9,230$135,8582.1
85Production, planning, and expediting clerks9,200$41,1821.2
86Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop9,160$15,7291.0
87Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products9,140$62,5200.9
88Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop9,120$15,1850.7
89Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers9,090$14,7860.9
91First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers8,720$69,2951.1
92Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders8,710$27,6400.9
93Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers8,500$38,4461.1
94Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic8,430$33,0102.9
95Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products8,180$49,9501.1
96Personal and home care aides8,110$18,6380.6
97Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists8,020$52,4491.7
98Engineering managers8,010$95,4511.6
99Recreation workers7,820$22,2681.2
100Social and human service assistants7,770$34,0531.0

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