What kind of jobs are there in Madison, WI?

In recent years, Epic Systems has given the region an economic boost. The health care software company draws information technology and health care specialists from across the country to work in its mammoth, eccentrically designed headquarters, complete with farm-themed decor, in nearby Verona. Madison is also home to a number of hospitals, including the University of Wisconsin's extensive system of clinics and teaching and research facilities.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an acclaimed research institution offering jobs to those in the education industry. American Family Insurance's home base is on the outskirts of Madison, and the corporate headquarters of American Girl Brands is located in the nearby suburb of Middleton. Several tech firms, including one of ZenDesk's offices, call Madison home. The region is also developing a reputation as an incubator for biotechnology and as a hotbed for startups.

Given the health of Madison's economy, it should come as no surprise that the unemployment rate is notably lower than the national average. Madisonians also tend to earn slightly more than the average American worker.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.9 /10

How we calculate this.

Madison has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

1.7% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Madison

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23.33k - $32.22k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.69k - $27.67k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $54.25k - $91.77k