Wisconsin Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 2,848,550
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -206,500 (-6.8%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $47,354
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,537 (10.6%)

Occupation Categories

There are 2,848,550 employed workers in Wisconsin. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 409,200 people. This represents 14.4% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Production Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 337,370 and 263,570 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations409,20014.4%
Production Occupations337,37011.8%
Sales and Related Occupations263,5709.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations245,8208.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations209,0307.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations171,4006.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations165,0605.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations141,7505.0%
Management Occupations126,0604.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations117,3904.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations110,9203.9%
Construction and Extraction Occupations105,1603.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations81,7102.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations77,5402.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations71,2902.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations52,2601.8%
Protective Service Occupations51,9001.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations39,0401.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations31,9701.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations20,3400.7%
Legal Occupations14,1600.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5,6100.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 337,370 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 326,800 an increase of 10,570 or 3.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations, which increased 4,890 and 4,320 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 126,060 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 129,080 or 2.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Protective Service Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which decreased 2,790 and 2,520 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Personal Care and Service Occupations, which currently employs 117,390 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 76,040 an increase of 41,350 or 54.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Production Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations, which increased 30,690 and 29,930 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Healthcare Support Occupations, which currently employs 71,290 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 92,720 or 23.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which decreased 13,170 and 7,040 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations117,39054.4%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations77,54047.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations141,75026.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations39,04025.8%
Management Occupations126,06015.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations171,40012.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations52,26012.0%
Production Occupations337,37010.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations110,9209.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations105,1606.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations165,0605.8%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5,6105.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations245,8203.7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations209,0302.3%
Legal Occupations14,160-1.7%
Sales and Related Occupations263,570-2.6%
Protective Service Occupations51,900-2.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations409,200-3.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations81,710-6.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations31,970-8.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations20,340-20.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations71,290-23.1%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 81,160 people. This represents 2.8% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Customer Service Representatives, which employ 75,340 and 72,200 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Wisconsin are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons81,1602.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food75,3402.6%
Customer Service Representatives72,2002.5%
Personal Care Aides63,2702.2%
Cashiers62,6802.2%
Office Clerks General62,2302.2%
Registered Nurses59,0302.1%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand54,7501.9%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers49,7601.7%
Assemblers and Fabricators All Other Including Team Assemblers48,1701.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 63,270 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 17,830 an increase of 45,440 or 254.9%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Customer Service Representatives and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which increased 24,920 and 12,520 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 4,780 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 20,330 or 76.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Home Health Aides and Cashiers, which decreased 15,540 and 10,190 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Psychiatric Technicians3,820558.6%
Manicurists and Pedicurists1,880337.2%
Education Training and Library Workers All Other1,220281.3%
Personal Care Aides63,270254.9%
Health and Safety Engineers Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors810237.5%
Financial Examiners1,360231.7%
Floor Sanders and Finishers360227.3%
Credit Counselors640220.0%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic4,670219.9%
Elevator Installers and Repairers190216.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Physical Scientists All Other50-96.9%
Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers40-92.5%
Helpers Construction Trades All Other30-91.9%
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers70-89.9%
Tool Grinders Filers and Sharpeners130-89.3%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic140-88.4%
Grounds Maintenance Workers All Other40-88.2%
Advertising and Promotions Managers80-88.2%
Personal Care and Service Workers All Other140-87.9%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians50-86.8%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $112,210 per year. This represents 137.0% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which pay $95,890 and $79,560 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$112,210237.0%
Legal Occupations$95,890202.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,560168.0%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,080162.8%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,370152.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,540138.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$63,850134.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,870113.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations$50,950107.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,590100.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$46,23097.6%
Protective Service Occupations$44,65094.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,54094.1%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,56085.7%
Production Occupations$38,94082.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,27078.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,20078.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$33,84071.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,76069.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,09061.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,99054.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,27049.1%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $112,210 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $92,240 an increase of $19,970 or 21.7%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Legal Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $19,080 and $11,780 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Legal Occupations$95,89024.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,76021.7%
Management Occupations$112,21021.7%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,56019.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,27018.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,08018.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$33,84017.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,20017.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,27017.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,09015.9%
Protective Service Occupations$44,65015.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,87014.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,54014.1%
Production Occupations$38,94013.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,59013.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,37013.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,56012.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,99012.0%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$46,23011.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$63,8508.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$50,9507.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,5405.9%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pays $278,730 per year. This represents 588.6% above the state average of $47,354. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Pediatricians General and Anesthesiologists, which pay $266,160 and $257,450 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Wisconsin are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$278,730588.6%
Pediatricians General$266,160562.1%
Anesthesiologists$257,450543.7%
Internists General$251,480531.1%
Family and General Practitioners$249,110526.1%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$239,610506.0%
Dentists All Other Specialists$238,170503.0%
Dentists General$213,210450.3%
Orthodontists$209,880443.2%
Nurse Anesthetists$204,820432.5%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Wisconsin are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Gaming Dealers$17,89037.8%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$19,89042.0%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$20,06042.4%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$20,12042.5%
Dishwashers$20,22042.7%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$20,25042.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$20,29042.8%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$20,36043.0%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops$20,51043.3%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$20,81043.9%



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