What kind of jobs are there in Milwaukee, WI?

Milwaukee is a national leader in precision manufacturing. Several of Milwaukee's Fortune 500 companies are manufacturers, including Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls and Rockwell Automation. The metro area is also seeing job growth in health care due to the region's multihospital systems.

The unemployment rate has been steadily dropping in the Milwaukee metro area, coming in below the national average. However, many post-graduates have looked to bigger urban areas for employment. College graduates' departures have resulted in a less educated populace. Less than a third of the population over 25 years old has a bachelor's degree or higher despite the many colleges and universities that bring people into Milwaukee.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.2 /10

How we calculate this.

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

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

0.8% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Milwaukee

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23k - $32k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18k - $27k

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Total Employment
Salary: $20k - $32k