Working in the Cream City


Milwaukee has always been a city of fearless, forward-thinking trailblazers. From the birthplace of the familiar QWERTY keyboard to the signature roar of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the Good Land has an undeniably unique pioneering spirit. With 11 Fortune 1000 companies, a groundbreaking water science industry and a flourishing business community, whether you're just starting your career or you're looking to break new ground as a leader in your field, there's a place for you right here in the Gathering Place. Join us and make your mark in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee's Top Employers

By Number Of Employees

(Source: Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce)
  • Advocate Aurora Health Care - 32,000
  • Froedtert Health - 14,000
  • Ascension Wisconsin – 10,750
  • Quad/Graphics, Inc. - 7,500
  • Medical College of Wisconsin – 6,225
  • Kohl’s Corp. – 6,200
  • GE Healthcare Technologies - 6,000
  • Northwestern Mutual - 6,000
  • Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin – 4,700
  • Rockwell Automation – 4,000
  • WEC Energy Group - 3,300
  • Harley-Davidson Inc - 2,320
  • Milwaukee Tool – 2,300
  • Johnson Controls - 1,900
  • Baird – 1,500
  • Fiserv, Inc. - 900
  • ManpowerGroup - 750

Milwaukee's Fortune 1000 Companies

The Greater Milwaukee area is home to 6 Fortune 500 companies and 5 additional Fortune 1000 headquarters.


Milwaukee Area Fortune 500 Companies

  • 111 – Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • 202 – ManpowerGroup
  • 226 – Kohl’s Corp.
  • 230 – Fiserv, Inc.
  • 404 – WEC Energy Group
  • 476 – Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Milwaukee Area Fortune 1000 Companies

  • 592 – Harley-Davidson, Inc.
  • 661 – Snap-On, Inc.
  • 690 – Generac Holdings
  • 780 – A.O. Smith Corp.
  • 866 – Quad/Graphics, Inc.

Fast Facts - Working in MKE

  • The Greater Milwaukee area’s key industries include mechanical manufacturing; energy, power & controls; food & beverage; water technology; and medical technology.

  • Milwaukee ranks No. 5 on Forbes' list of "up-and-coming" tech cities.

  • Due to its relatively low cost of living, this year Forbes ranked Milwaukee 16th best metro area in the nation for young professionals.

  • The region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion market, supporting 20,000 jobs and accounting for 4% of the total world water business.

  • Milwaukee is one of only 14 cities worldwide that have gained admission into the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. 

  • Milwaukee has 250+ food & beverage manufacturing companies, employing nearly 15,000 people.

  • Thanks to the region’s agricultural roots, 4,400 farms can be found in the 6 counties surrounding Milwaukee.

  • The Milwaukee region has one of the lowest commute times of major urban areas and is considered one of the more walkable cities in the country.

  • Inc. Magazine has recognized Milwaukee as one of the best cities for business.

  • KPMG has proclaimed Milwaukee's "cost of doing business" as one of best in the nation as well.


Green & Growing


Milwaukee is home to a thriving eco-friendly business sector, with companies dedicated to sustainability and environmental protection. These businesses are making a positive impact on the city by reducing waste, conserving resources, and creating jobs. Learn about some of the innovative steps area businesses have taken to help build a better tomorrow.


Plan your Commute


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