Most common jobs in La Crosse

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Most common jobs in La Crosse

The 10 largest occupations in America employ 30.5 million workers, representing 21% of all workers. Keeping America’s economy moving would be impossible without office workers, package handlers, food prep workers, and truck drivers. And what would the sick do without the millions of hospital workers, nurses, and home health aides?

Stacker compiled a list of the most common jobs in La Crosse using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by total employment as of May 2020. While much has changed during the coronavirus pandemic, the jobs featured here give a holistic view at the most popular industries in your area and how many jobs are supported.

Keep reading to see which jobs in La Crosse are the most common.

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#50. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 240 (3.355 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $72,530 (#146 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 475,000 (3.415 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,680)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,810)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#49. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 250 (3.493 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $68,260 (#60 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 417,440 (3.001 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,100)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($94,280)
--- Kankakee, IL ($93,420)
- Job description: Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.
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#48. Management analysts

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 260 (3.623 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $75,080 (#294 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 734,000 (5.277 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $97,580
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($163,720)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($157,490)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($135,250)
- Job description: Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
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#46. Pharmacy technicians

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 270 (3.831 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $34,720 (#196 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 415,310 (2.986 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $36,450
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,620)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,020)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($52,810)
- Job description: Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
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#46. Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 270 (3.698 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $30,350 (#230 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 599,980 (4.313 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,580)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($45,780)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($44,940)
- Job description: Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on a planned or scheduled basis. May collect a fare.

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#46. First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 270 (3.714 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $58,730 (#87 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 477,430 (3.432 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $58,300
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($80,810)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($76,610)
--- Odessa, TX ($76,050)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.
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#43. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 290 (4.080 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $69,670 (#73 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 977,070 (7.024 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($115,620)
--- Lawrence, KS ($97,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($94,870)
- Job description: Sell services to individuals or businesses. May describe options or resolve client problems.
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#43. Electricians

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 290 (4.032 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $67,320 (#66 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 656,510 (4.72 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $61,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,680)
--- Trenton, NJ ($90,210)
--- Kankakee, IL ($88,530)
- Job description: Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
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#43. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 290 (4.011 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $19,530 (#324 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 316,700 (2.277 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $24,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,960)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,910)
- Job description: Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.
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#40 (tie). Industrial machinery mechanics

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 300 (4.221 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $52,890 (#254 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 385,980 (2.775 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $57,350
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($84,180)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($84,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,580)
- Job description: Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. May also install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to plans.

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#40 (tie). Market research analysts and marketing specialists

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 300 (4.128 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $53,080 (#308 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 690,160 (4.962 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $73,970
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($117,900)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($96,150)
- Job description: Research conditions in local, regional, national, or online markets. Gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or plan a marketing or advertising campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. May employ search marketing tactics, analyze web metrics, and develop recommendations to increase search engine ranking and visibility to target markets.
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#38. Substitute teachers, short-term

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 310 (4.323 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $49,530 (#9 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 512,030 (3.681 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $36,090
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salisbury, MD-DE ($87,620)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($61,870)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,900)
- Job description: Teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher's lesson plan.
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#38. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 310 (4.260 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $25,260 (#185 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 795,590 (5.72 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $28,010
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,640)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($41,370)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($40,490)
- Job description: Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.
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#38. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 310 (4.334 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $27,140 (#249 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 302,410 (2.174 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $32,740
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($50,580)
--- New Bedford, MA ($48,390)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,470)
- Job description: Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.
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#35 (tie). Printing press operators

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 320 (4.518 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $37,240 (#177 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 160,270 (1.152 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $40,200
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($55,750)
--- New Bedford, MA ($52,000)
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,820)
- Job description: Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

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#35 (tie). Automotive service technicians and mechanics

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 320 (4.495 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $44,930 (#182 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 620,110 (4.458 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $46,760
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($66,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($64,630)
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($64,420)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
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#33. Food preparation workers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 340 (4.796 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $25,940 (#173 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 793,590 (5.705 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $26,820
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,330)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($36,120)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($35,860)
- Job description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
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#33. Loan officers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 340 (4.772 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $64,050 (#275 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 308,700 (2.219 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $76,930
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eau Claire, WI ($129,900)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($121,100)
--- Tyler, TX ($114,690)
- Job description: Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. Advise borrowers on financial status and payment methods. Includes mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers, loan underwriters, and payday loan officers.
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#33. Computer user support specialists

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 340 (4.690 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $48,770 (#255 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 634,820 (4.564 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($86,350)
--- Napa, CA ($78,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,670)
- Job description: Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
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#30 (tie). Human resources specialists

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 350 (4.852 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $56,280 (#296 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 647,810 (4.657 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $69,430
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,680)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($90,130)
- Job description: Recruit, screen, interview, or place individuals within an organization. May perform other activities in multiple human resources areas.

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#30 (tie). Tellers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 350 (4.836 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $31,250 (#236 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 423,570 (3.045 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $32,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,600)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($38,770)
--- Redding, CA ($38,530)
- Job description: Receive and pay out money. Keep records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution's various transactions.
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#29. Industrial truck and tractor operators

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 370 (5.157 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $37,470 (#206 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 640,950 (4.608 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $39,210
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($58,230)
--- Hinesville, GA ($56,220)
--- Battle Creek, MI ($52,400)
- Job description: Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
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#27. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 390 (5.453 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $59,440 (#167 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 991,000 (7.124 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $67,340
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($99,170)
--- Fresno, CA ($96,200)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($95,500)
- Job description: Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.
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#27. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 390 (5.495 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $64,110 (#218 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 599,900 (4.313 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $66,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($101,930)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($100,590)
--- Longview, WA ($99,590)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#27. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 390 (5.483 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $32,680 (#304 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 891,540 (6.409 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $37,880
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($59,490)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($53,350)
--- Napa, CA ($53,230)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

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#24 (tie). Light truck drivers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 400 (5.634 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $38,060 (#211 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 929,470 (6.682 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,420)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,890)
--- Anchorage, AK ($51,590)
- Job description: Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.
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#24 (tie). Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 400 (5.635 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $47,040 (#139 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 397,550 (2.858 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($75,080)
--- Wheeling, WV-OH ($74,970)
--- Anchorage, AK ($73,790)
- Job description: Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
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#23. Carpenters

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 410 (5.765 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $53,020 (#97 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 699,300 (5.027 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,950)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($82,300)
--- Hanford-Corcoran, CA ($79,870)
- Job description: Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.
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#21 (tie). Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 430 (6.052 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $36,930 (#338 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 549,200 (3.948 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Odessa, TX ($85,040)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($80,520)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,990)
- Job description: Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.
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#21 (tie). Food batchmakers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 430 (6.063 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $34,790 (#104 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 153,270 (1.102 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($62,280)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($59,290)
--- Binghamton, NY ($53,990)
- Job description: Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

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#20. Accountants and auditors

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 470 (6.610 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $70,270 (#224 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,274,620 (9.163 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $81,660
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($111,680)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($105,720)
--- Midland, TX ($103,120)
- Job description: Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.
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#19. Medical assistants

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 490 (6.815 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $43,880 (#17 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 710,200 (5.106 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $36,930
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($53,960)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($53,660)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($52,520)
- Job description: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
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#18. Recreation workers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 510 (7.161 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $28,190 (#230 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 325,640 (2.341 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $30,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($58,380)
--- Danbury, CT ($46,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,300)
- Job description: Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.
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#17. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 550 (7.706 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $37,720 (#185 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,850,360 (13.302 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $40,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($56,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,480)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,930)
- Job description: Perform routine administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.
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#16. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 600 (8.320 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $60,350 (#109 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,427,260 (10.261 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($78,770)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,820)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.
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#15. Bartenders

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 610 (8.521 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $25,860 (#177 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 486,720 (3.499 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $28,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($64,630)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($59,960)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($45,330)
- Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.
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#14. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 620 (8.635 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $31,840 (#96 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,272,840 (9.151 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($42,110)
--- New Bedford, MA ($41,780)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,160)
- Job description: Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
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#13. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 650 (8.995 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $34,290 (#236 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 240,740 (1.731 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $45,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($60,640)
--- Anchorage, AK ($60,250)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,390)
- Job description: Process new insurance policies, modifications to existing policies, and claims forms. Obtain information from policyholders to verify the accuracy and completeness of information on claims forms, applications and related documents, and company records. Update existing policies and company records to reflect changes requested by policyholders and insurance company representatives.
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#12. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 760 (10.572 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $40,690 (#30 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 370,910 (2.667 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($52,340)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($52,240)
--- Battle Creek, MI ($49,120)
- Job description: Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.
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#11. Elementary school teachers, except special education

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 900 (12.573 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $61,540 (#145 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,364,870 (9.812 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $65,420
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($99,360)
--- Kingston, NY ($93,780)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($92,910)
- Job description: Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.
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#10. Stockers and order fillers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 990 (13.831 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $25,870 (#369 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 2,210,960 (15.895 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $31,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Odessa, TX ($39,130)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($39,040)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,580)
- Job description: Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers' orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.
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#9. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,090 (15.181 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $30,480 (#153 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,990,510 (14.31 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($44,110)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($43,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,250)
- Job description: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.
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#8. Nursing assistants

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,210 (16.881 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $33,060 (#103 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,371,050 (9.857 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $32,050
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($48,420)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($43,960)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($42,200)
- Job description: Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.
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#7. Customer service representatives

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,410 (19.605 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $38,310 (#99 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 2,833,250 (20.368 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $38,510
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($49,930)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,720)
--- Midland, MI ($47,250)
- Job description: Interact with customers to provide basic or scripted information in response to routine inquiries about products and services. May handle and resolve general complaints. Excludes individuals whose duties are primarily installation, sales, repair, and technical support.
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#6. Office clerks, general

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,630 (22.723 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $37,130 (#139 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 2,788,090 (20.044 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $37,770
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($49,560)
--- Napa, CA ($47,570)
--- Boulder, CO ($47,160)
- Job description: Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, office machine operation, and filing.
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#5. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,640 (22.901 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $36,930 (#35 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 2,805,200 (20.167 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $33,710
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,690)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($41,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,820)
- Job description: Manually move freight, stock, luggage, or other materials, or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.
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#4. Fast food and counter workers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,670 (23.353 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $22,220 (#207 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 3,450,120 (24.803 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $24,540
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($34,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($34,000)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($33,370)
- Job description: Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages.
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#3. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 1,930 (26.976 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $56,800 (#14 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 1,797,710 (12.924 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $48,710
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($65,170)
--- Danville, IL ($63,230)
--- Lewiston, ID-WA ($62,250)
- Job description: Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.
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#2. Registered nurses

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 3,020 (42.101 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $76,270 (#100 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 2,986,500 (21.47 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $80,010
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($149,200)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($146,870)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($142,140)
- Job description: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
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#1. Retail salespersons

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
- Employment: 3,060 (42.610 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $28,130 (#272 highest pay among all metros)

National
- Employment: 3,659,670 (26.31 per 1,000 jobs)
- Annual mean salary: $30,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,160)
--- Carson City, NV ($40,030)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($39,160)
- Job description: Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

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