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Yuma Employment

Employment and Industries in the Yuma, Arizona Area

The Yuma economy is powered by the agriculture-forestry-fishing and hunting industry and the public administration, education, healthcare and retail trade sectors. About 24% of the city's workforce have government jobs. The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is the primary non-agricultural employer located in Yuma County. The Marine Corps Air Station is one of the busiest air stations of the Marine Corps and is an important part of the economy.

The agricultural industry provides about 90% of the country's winter lettuce crop. The agricultural industry brings in about $1 billion in gross income each year. The over 80,000 winter visitors that make Yuma their winter home significantly bolster the economy. An additional 300,000 visitors come to the city each year which also brings more money and jobs to Yuma.

The Yuma International Airport provides a Foreign Trade Zone which allows business to defer, reduce or eliminate payment of custom duties. Arizona also offers an 80% reduction in the payment of property taxes for businesses situated inside an activated zone.

Notable facts about Yuma: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 86.5 and the national average is 100. The population over 25 years of age that has a bachelor's degree or higher is 16.2%. The average earnings in Yuma in early 2009 was $34,000.

Shown below are some of the primary employers in Yuma:

  • U.S. Army Proving Ground
  • U.S. Border Control
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Station
  • Tanner Companies
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center
  • Yuma Elementary School District 1
  • City of Yuma
  • Yuma Union High School District No 70
  • Crane Elementary School District No 13
  • Yuma Broadcasting Co
  • Walmart
  • Yuma County
  • Edward Montiel
  • JLG Harvesting Inc
  • Western Newspapers
  • Yuma/La Paz Counties Community College
  • Arizona Western College
  • Associated Citrus
  • Barkley Farms
  • Dole Corporation
  • Target
  • Union Pacific Transportation

Yuma has numerous manufacturing companies. The largest employers in the sector are:

  • AMI - Alside Division
  • Carrier UTC
  • Gowen Milling Manufacturing
  • Johnson Controls
  • Shaw Industries/Queen Carpets
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Allied West Paper
  • ALSCO
  • Alside
  • Northwestern Industries
  • Superlite Block

The largest employment sectors, in descending order, are provided below:

  • Government
  • Trade Transportation and Utilities
  • Education and Health Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Mining and Construction
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Activities

Organizations providing assistance to Yuma companies:

The Yuma Sun provides up-to-date information regarding the business activities in the Yuma area.

Most Popular Jobs in Yuma, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 930 $62,110 $38,450 - 85,100 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 860 $39,290 $28,340 - 52,580 14% 95%
3 Detectives and criminal investigators 760 $51,940 $38,280 - 63,990 17% 54%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 640 $41,580 $32,560 - 56,490 6% 96%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 340 $54,630 $24,410 - 84,620 8% 51%
6 Accountants and auditors 300 $55,600 $27,900 - 90,910 18% 79%
7 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 300 $51,400 $30,910 - 69,960 5% 58%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 140 $38,240 $22,330 - 56,990 19% 77%
9 Lawyers 120 $78,190 $51,510 - 113,050 11% 99%
10 Management analysts 120 $70,400 $36,510 - 96,920 22% 78%
11 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 120 $47,830 $35,450 - 62,670 13% 73%
12 Sales managers 110 $70,000 $41,210 - 112,370 10% 69%
13 Medical and health services managers 110 $66,450 $42,160 - 95,790 16% 57%
14 Managers, all other 100 $79,150 $52,760 - 105,570 7% 55%
15 Health educators 100 $35,450 $17,750 - 62,300 26% 58%
16 Pharmacists 90 $113,480 $71,680 - 141,500 22% 97%
17 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $78,780 $59,630 - 102,580 8% 78%
18 Engineering managers 90 $70,230 $51,080 - 96,400 7% 84%
19 Financial managers 80 $77,420 $45,830 - 122,400 13% 60%
20 Civil engineers 80 $73,840 $52,920 - 98,920 18% 87%
21 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 80 $66,030 $35,010 - 106,440 12% 51%
22 Engineers, all other 70 $93,100 $69,930 - 127,940 6% 82%
23 Social and community service managers 70 $54,340 $31,390 - 72,850 25% 72%
24 Mechanical engineers 60 $69,950 $46,870 - 96,100 4% 78%
25 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $48,360 $35,170 - 63,480 9% 87%
26 Medical and public health social workers 60 $46,040 $26,090 - 66,400 24% 77%
27 Instructional coordinators 60 $45,900 $35,180 - 59,200 23% 79%
28 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 60 $38,150 $26,400 - 50,870 20% 87%
29 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50 $59,890 $40,410 - 78,770 25% 93%
30 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $56,350 $33,690 - 81,170 27% 50%
31 Computer programmers 50 $56,180 $27,650 - 91,980 -4% 73%
32 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 50 $45,720 $34,570 - 61,380 34% 73%
33 Librarians 50 $42,310 $32,490 - 53,620 4% 85%
34 Social and human service assistants 50 $30,830 $23,280 - 43,950 34% 58%
35 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 40 $41,400 $26,790 - 59,010 14% 54%
36 Training and development specialists 40 $36,340 $26,130 - 49,690 18% 56%
37 Dentists, general 40 $0 $ - 9% 100%
38 Chief executives 30 $116,040 $82,060 - 154,980 2% 65%
39 Computer and information systems managers 30 $88,200 $58,980 - 123,250 16% 73%
40 Physician assistants 30 $81,140 $48,360 - 128,950 27% 67%
41 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $53,120 $34,940 - 74,360 17% 56%
42 Urban and regional planners 30 $52,520 $36,610 - 69,700 15% 92%
43 Surveyors 30 $47,860 $32,190 - 68,300 24% 82%
44 Graphic designers 30 $35,480 $22,620 - 54,620 10% 55%
45 Legislators 30 $25,760 $14,660 - 40,930 1% 65%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 7,580 $17,680 $14,950 - 20,830 -3% 4%
2 Cashiers 1,920 $19,830 $14,910 - 28,130 -3% 10%
3 Retail salespersons 1,650 $25,080 $15,060 - 47,280 12% 25%
4 Office clerks, general 1,450 $24,230 $15,550 - 33,540 13% 19%
5 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,150 $21,120 $15,690 - 29,060 15% 4%
6 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,020 $32,200 $18,120 - 50,020 10% 6%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,010 $18,300 $14,820 - 24,260 18% 5%
8 Waiters and waitresses 940 $18,450 $14,750 - 28,380 11% 14%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 930 $21,490 $16,510 - 29,960 2% 5%
10 Telemarketers 820 $21,090 $16,750 - 28,410 -10% 14%
11 General and operations managers 770 $79,140 $37,890 - 134,930 2% 48%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 740 $28,980 $15,240 - 43,260 13% 16%
13 Packers and packagers, hand 740 $18,200 $14,780 - 24,670 -12% 3%
14 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 720 $25,220 $15,690 - 36,390 1% 18%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 700 $37,860 $23,060 - 57,990 4% 25%
16 Stock clerks and order fillers 680 $22,290 $15,340 - 32,390 -8% 8%
17 Teacher assistants 660 $20,780 $15,460 - 25,880 10% 18%
18 Receptionists and information clerks 610 $25,390 $15,550 - 38,970 17% 13%
19 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 600 $20,320 $15,120 - 28,600 18% 6%
20 Correctional officers and jailers 580 $35,810 $32,370 - 40,650 17% 11%
21 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 550 $16,390 $14,570 - 19,670 10% 8%
22 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 520 $32,770 $23,450 - 44,570 15% 18%
23 Construction laborers 520 $26,880 $17,530 - 40,510 11% 5%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 510 $39,110 $20,280 - 61,050 6% 29%
25 Customer service representatives 510 $28,220 $18,110 - 38,430 25% 22%
26 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 470 $24,850 $19,700 - 31,080 18% 7%
27 Cooks, restaurant 460 $19,500 $15,390 - 24,950 12% 5%
28 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 450 $17,840 $14,870 - 22,000 13% 5%
29 Carpenters 440 $30,450 $18,770 - 44,090 10% 6%
30 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 440 $25,730 $15,170 - 40,400 4% 6%
31 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 430 $36,610 $17,340 - 60,750 14% 4%
32 Home health aides 400 $20,520 $16,230 - 26,930 49% 7%
33 Industrial truck and tractor operators 390 $27,350 $18,620 - 32,780 -2% 2%
34 Helpers--production workers 340 $22,550 $16,340 - 38,300 -1% 4%
35 Security guards 340 $21,200 $15,100 - 30,790 17% 13%
36 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 330 $28,040 $15,490 - 50,950 8% 4%
37 Agricultural equipment operators 310 $22,050 $17,140 - 31,710 -5% 4%
38 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 300 $44,360 $33,800 - 61,060 11% 33%
39 Electricians 300 $41,370 $25,020 - 60,380 7% 7%
40 Bartenders 290 $19,510 $14,700 - 34,460 11% 17%
41 Business operations specialists, all other 270 $57,570 $25,210 - 86,350 21% 49%
42 Tellers 270 $23,500 $18,600 - 29,720 14% 16%
43 Medical assistants 260 $29,840 $21,870 - 39,880 35% 10%
44 Food preparation workers 260 $18,620 $14,890 - 24,730 15% 7%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 250 $30,490 $19,040 - 46,160 11% 14%
46 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 240 $51,820 $30,200 - 77,320 4% 18%
47 Counter and rental clerks 220 $23,440 $15,110 - 38,770 23% 16%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 210 $67,170 $45,280 - 81,510 9% 33%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 210 $54,910 $33,820 - 80,380 9% 10%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $60,290 $33,670 - 83,630 7% 13%
51 Cement masons and concrete finishers 190 $29,130 $22,640 - 35,800 11% 2%
52 Fire fighters 180 $35,780 $15,670 - 50,560 12% 18%
53 Court, municipal, and license clerks 180 $32,600 $24,130 - 45,180 9% 24%
54 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 180 $27,950 $18,220 - 43,490 4% 15%
55 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 180 $19,480 $16,340 - 23,550 -5% 5%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 170 $44,860 $21,800 - 62,430 0% 0%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 170 $43,070 $20,840 - 73,010 -5% 15%
58 Brickmasons and blockmasons 170 $29,640 $17,810 - 46,470 10% 3%
59 Plasterers and stucco masons 170 $26,670 $18,440 - 38,340 8% 0%
60 Preschool teachers, except special education 170 $18,560 $14,690 - 26,240 26% 43%
61 Dishwashers 170 $16,950 $14,810 - 19,940 10% 3%
62 Industrial machinery mechanics 160 $36,700 $19,140 - 54,670 9% 5%
63 Bus drivers, school 160 $24,350 $18,320 - 31,270 9% 4%
64 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 160 $17,840 $14,710 - 26,060 12% 6%
65 Parts salespersons 150 $27,500 $14,930 - 45,830 -2% 6%
66 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
67 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 140 $40,980 $25,540 - 59,190 14% 7%
68 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 140 $34,950 $24,170 - 48,640 9% 3%
69 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 140 $25,290 $15,030 - 41,580 11% 5%
70 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 140 $17,850 $15,100 - 21,240 17% 14%
71 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 140 $16,270 $14,770 - 19,080 10% 17%
72 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 130 $29,310 $17,510 - 39,840 3% 18%
73 Bill and account collectors 120 $31,480 $20,820 - 50,910 23% 13%
74 Sheet metal workers 120 $28,440 $17,680 - 41,090 7% 4%
75 Painters, construction and maintenance 120 $28,190 $21,140 - 37,830 12% 6%
76 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 120 $26,750 $21,980 - 32,440 10% 24%
77 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 120 $17,570 $14,630 - 20,830 14% 3%
78 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 110 $33,150 $22,260 - 49,740 13% 11%
79 Legal secretaries 110 $32,400 $23,110 - 44,780 12% 18%
80 Pharmacy technicians 110 $26,800 $18,250 - 37,980 32% 16%
81 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 110 $23,860 $16,990 - 32,950 7% 3%
82 Glaziers 110 $21,960 $16,660 - 26,210 12% 0%
83 Administrative services managers 100 $62,950 $33,980 - 105,910 12% 40%
84 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 100 $49,000 $42,240 - 60,680 11% 11%
85 Cost estimators 100 $48,950 $26,690 - 77,580 19% 32%
86 Recreation workers 100 $25,310 $15,120 - 39,950 13% 47%
87 Bakers 100 $20,080 $14,940 - 29,640 10% 8%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 90 $41,700 $24,380 - 59,810 10% 17%
89 Computer support specialists 90 $41,250 $28,990 - 58,110 13% 43%
90 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 90 $33,990 $24,990 - 42,680 5% 2%
91 Dental assistants 90 $30,740 $21,710 - 40,470 29% 9%
92 Stonemasons 90 $27,270 $17,640 - 37,830 10% 3%
93 Butchers and meat cutters 90 $26,100 $15,040 - 42,260 2% 2%
94 File clerks 90 $21,060 $15,540 - 27,430 -41% 20%
95 Radiologic technologists and technicians 80 $52,150 $32,650 - 70,150 15% 25%
96 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 80 $50,690 $28,350 - 82,300 0% 42%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 80 $45,140 $27,400 - 74,320 4% 38%
98 Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 80 $31,790 $26,970 - 38,660 8% 4%
99 Farm equipment mechanics 80 $30,430 $19,940 - 44,010 1% 3%
100 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 80 $27,430 $19,880 - 34,130 2% 11%
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Jobs More Common Near Yuma Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Agricultural equipment operators 22,050 310 77.1
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 17,680 7,580 76.8
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 44,860 170 34.4
Detectives and criminal investigators 51,940 760 22.2
Plasterers and stucco masons 26,670 170 12.7
Glaziers 21,960 110 7.4
Correctional officers and jailers 35,810 580 7.3
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 67,170 210 6.9
Telemarketers 21,090 820 6.3
Court, municipal, and license clerks 32,600 180 5
Health educators 35,450 100 4.2
Brickmasons and blockmasons 29,640 170 4.2
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 51,820 240 3.5
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 51,400 300 2.9
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,390 550 2.6
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 23,860 110 2.5
Packers and packagers, hand 18,200 740 2.5
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 49,000 100 2.4
Cement masons and concrete finishers 29,130 190 2.4
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,200 1,020 2
Helpers--production workers 22,550 340 1.9
Sheet metal workers 28,440 120 1.9
Bakers 20,080 100 1.8
Fire fighters 35,780 180 1.8
Parts salespersons 27,500 150 1.7
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 41,580 640 1.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,850 140 1.6
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,610 430 1.6
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,350 390 1.6
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 29,310 130 1.6
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,320 600 1.6
Industrial machinery mechanics 36,700 160 1.6
Elementary school teachers, except special education 39,290 860 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 33,150 110 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,860 700 1.5
Bartenders 19,510 290 1.4
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,730 440 1.4
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 19,480 180 1.4
Teacher assistants 20,780 660 1.4
Cashiers 19,830 1,920 1.4
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,750 120 1.4
Child, family, and school social workers 38,240 140 1.3
Receptionists and information clerks 25,390 610 1.3
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 34,950 140 1.3
Medical assistants 29,840 260 1.3
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,120 1,150 1.3
Construction laborers 26,880 520 1.3
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,840 450 1.3
Cooks, restaurant 19,500 460 1.3
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 47,830 120 1.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Yuma, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 25,290 1.07 140
Cashiers 19,830 1.07 1,920
Medical assistants 29,840 1.06 260
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,300 1.06 1,010
Receptionists and information clerks 25,390 1.06 610
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 60,290 1.06 190
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 40,980 1.04 140
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,850 1.03 470
Retail salespersons 25,080 1.03 1,650
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,840 1.03 160
Bill and account collectors 31,480 1.02 120
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 51,400 1.02 300
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 44,860 1.02 170
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,610 1.01 430
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,490 1.01 250
Registered nurses 62,110 1.01 930
Counter and rental clerks 23,440 1.01 220
Bartenders 19,510 1.01 290
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 51,820 1 240
Tellers 23,500 0.99 270
Waiters and waitresses 18,450 0.99 940
Dishwashers 16,950 0.98 170
Court, municipal, and license clerks 32,600 0.98 180
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,860 0.98 700
Business operations specialists, all other 57,570 0.98 270
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,290 0.98 680
Food preparation workers 18,620 0.97 260
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 28,040 0.97 330
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,630 0.97 340
Home health aides 20,520 0.97 400
Management analysts 70,400 0.96 120
Helpers--production workers 22,550 0.95 340
Pharmacy technicians 26,800 0.95 110
Office clerks, general 24,230 0.95 1,450
Customer service representatives 28,220 0.95 510
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 33,150 0.95 110
Correctional officers and jailers 35,810 0.95 580
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,910 0.94 210
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,750 0.94 120
Child, family, and school social workers 38,240 0.94 140
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,200 0.94 1,020
Teacher assistants 20,780 0.93 660
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,840 0.93 450
Bus drivers, school 24,350 0.93 160
Accountants and auditors 55,600 0.93 300
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 47,830 0.93 120
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 67,170 0.92 210
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,120 0.92 1,150
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,950 0.92 180
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,390 0.92 550

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