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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin, 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 2006Local Jobs 2006Local Popularity Index
1Farm and home management advisors$42,40064027.8
2Model makers, metal and plastic$45,7402608.6
3Foundry mold and coremakers$34,1506008.3
4Bicycle repairers$26,7901406.6
6Soil and plant scientists$48,7603106.4
7Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders$34,9415,8605.3
8Engine and other machine assemblers$42,6759405.3
9Pourers and casters, metal$29,2004304.9
10Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators$56,3701704.8
11Social science research assistants$31,8005004.5
12Coil winders, tapers, and finishers$25,9705704.4
13Atmospheric and space scientists$59,7401704.0
14Shoe and leather workers and repairers$21,9601404.0
15Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,3923,0703.8
17Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners$33,2964903.6
18Agricultural and food science technicians$28,4344003.6
19Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$33,2481,4603.5
20Bindery workers$28,3622,7503.5
21Conservation scientists$56,2003403.5
22Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic$35,0225,4903.3
23Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$33,1621,0903.2
25Farm equipment mechanics$31,2925003.0
26Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders$33,6009903.0
27Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles$38,8752703.0
29Materials scientists$65,0801102.8
30Mechanical drafters$42,6802,6602.8
31Biochemists and biophysicists$50,0303802.7
35Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$27,0834,4002.6
36Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$32,3343,1902.6
37Food scientists and technologists$57,8551502.5
38Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$26,8805902.5
40Medical transcriptionists$29,4462,7302.4
41Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$31,3562,8402.4
43Tool and die makers$42,2962,8302.3
44Tax preparers$30,6701,3002.3
45Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,4277,6202.3
46Power plant operators$52,0234102.2
48Athletic trainers$40,6202602.2
49Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$30,2865302.1
50Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$31,7921,6402.1
51Prepress technicians and workers$34,4681,9702.1
53Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers$30,04614,2402.1
54Printing machine operators$36,2605,7102.1
55Structural metal fabricators and fitters$36,4882,2702.0
56Food cooking machine operators and tenders$26,8977102.0
57Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$41,2021902.0
58Numerical tool and process control programmers$43,1123502.0
60Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$30,2335,1301.9
61Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics$28,5623001.9
62Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$33,2601,6501.9
63Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$25,8781,5601.9
64Education teachers, postsecondary$54,1058101.9
65Education administrators, postsecondary$67,6952,3101.9
66Painting, coating, and decorating workers$25,3534201.9
67Carpet installers$37,4526101.8
68Personal and home care aides$19,13613,2901.8
69Medical appliance technicians$33,5901001.8
70Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$35,5254801.8
71Vocational education teachers, middle school$49,4101801.8
72Occupational therapist assistants$36,6324601.8
73Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders$31,5245601.8
74Physical scientists$44,0804001.7
75Industrial production managers$76,1433,8001.7
76Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders$29,6801501.7
77Production, planning, and expediting clerks$37,9027,1801.7
78Grinding and polishing workers, hand$29,4828401.7
79Insurance claims and policy processing clerks$29,2485,4001.7
80Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$32,8567,6701.7
81Helpers--production workers$24,32011,6201.7
83Team assemblers$26,96926,6201.7
84Marriage and family therapists$53,4603301.7
86Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders$25,9989,0201.7
87Industrial machinery mechanics$41,8814,9201.7
88Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary$61,5456101.6
89Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,0922,6001.6
90Occupational therapists$53,5202,0701.6
91Commercial and industrial designers$55,1456601.6
92Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists$22,5758,2501.6
93Agricultural inspectors$35,6201001.6
94First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers$49,78614,7401.6
95Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$37,6678801.6
96Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders$33,6701801.6
97Mechanical engineers$62,9104,9001.5
98Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary$47,6551701.5
99Insurance underwriters$47,4852,2201.5
100Crossing guards$21,1409701.5


The Most Common Jobs in Wisconsin

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Wisconsin 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 2006Mean Local Salary 2006Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons61,200$23,2840.9
3Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food38,150$15,6411.1
4Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand37,950$23,1921.1
5Customer service representatives36,520$28,6701.1
6Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners34,790$22,3231.1
7Registered nurses34,510$54,7471.0
8Office clerks, general34,330$23,6340.8
9Waiters and waitresses31,600$14,9850.9
10Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer30,580$37,1651.4
11Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks29,410$28,9141.1
12Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive28,200$27,1531.1
13Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products26,800$56,6131.2
14Team assemblers26,620$26,9691.7
15Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants24,040$23,3861.3
16Stock clerks and order fillers23,630$21,9431.0
17Executive secretaries and administrative assistants21,940$33,2991.0
18General and operations managers19,790$91,6130.8
19First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers17,850$43,7310.9
20Packers and packagers, hand17,800$21,3381.5
21Receptionists and information clerks17,630$22,8731.1
22Maintenance and repair workers, general17,190$34,7290.9
23Elementary school teachers, except special education16,730$44,5820.9
24Business operations specialists16,710$49,6061.2
25Truck drivers, light or delivery services16,570$23,8251.2
26Accountants and auditors16,540$55,6801.0
28Teacher assistants14,990$23,1490.9
29First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers14,740$49,7861.6
31Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers14,240$30,0462.1
32Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education14,120$45,5421.1
33Personal and home care aides13,290$19,1361.8
34First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers12,810$38,5200.8
35Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks12,230$26,6101.1
36Maids and housekeeping cleaners12,120$17,7951.0
37Helpers--production workers11,620$24,3201.7
38Landscaping and groundskeeping workers11,190$22,0850.8
39Child care workers11,180$18,1651.4
40Industrial truck and tractor operators10,560$29,8611.2
41First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers10,350$28,1390.9
42Food preparation workers9,890$18,2550.8
44Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education9,510$44,8071.2
45Automotive service technicians and mechanics9,280$33,6771.0
46Construction laborers9,260$34,5530.7
47Cooks, restaurant9,220$19,3790.8
48Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders9,020$25,9981.7
49Computer systems analysts8,580$62,2651.1
51Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists8,250$22,5751.6
53Home health aides7,960$19,8460.9
54Police and sheriff's patrol officers7,890$45,2331.1
55Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers7,670$32,8561.7
56Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic7,620$29,4272.3
57Cooks, fast food7,600$15,9600.9
58Billing and posting clerks and machine operators7,570$27,4401.0
59Computer software engineers, applications7,510$66,6301.0
60Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses7,430$35,8440.8
61Security guards7,330$21,1260.5
63Production, planning, and expediting clerks7,180$37,9021.7
64Computer support specialists6,750$38,1860.9
65Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters6,260$50,1651.0
67Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products6,170$63,6881.1
68First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers6,050$53,4640.9
69Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers5,920$14,2721.0
70Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products5,900$47,8931.5
71Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders5,860$34,9415.3
72Loan officers5,770$50,6851.2
73Printing machine operators5,710$36,2602.1
74First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers5,710$59,4450.7
75Bus drivers, school5,690$25,3201.0
76Counter and rental clerks5,670$21,0900.8
77Teachers and instructors5,570$30,4180.9
78Cleaners of vehicles and equipment5,540$20,4451.1
79Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic5,490$35,0223.3
80Insurance claims and policy processing clerks5,400$29,2481.7
81Data entry keyers5,180$24,2701.1
82Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists5,130$30,2331.9
83Management analysts5,110$61,7920.7
84Industrial machinery mechanics4,920$41,8811.7
85Computer programmers4,910$56,1470.8
86Mechanical engineers4,900$62,9101.5
87Postal service mail carriers4,790$43,8101.0
88Preschool teachers, except special education4,780$23,4540.9
89Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators4,720$46,0121.0
91Cooks, institution and cafeteria4,690$22,1720.9
92Driver/sales workers4,690$25,7400.8
93Social and human service assistants4,640$29,0191.1
94Office and administrative support workers4,530$24,8641.1
95Amusement and recreation attendants4,500$16,4721.5
96Financial managers4,500$98,4850.6
97Bill and account collectors4,490$28,6190.7
98Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic4,400$27,0832.6
99Pharmacy technicians4,360$24,3341.1


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