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Chico Employment

Employment and Industries in the Chico, California Area

Chico is the economic center of the Northern Sacramento Valley. Much of Chico's economy is powered by the California State University, Chico. Agriculture is also a significant part of the economy. Almonds, rice, olives, kiwis, peaches and plums are the major crops. The major employers are the government, education, social services, arts and entertainment, recreation, healthcare and accommodation and food service. About 26% of the workforce are sales and office workers and about 15% are employed by the government.

The most popular occupations in Chico in which the majority of the workers have a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants and financial managers. Jobs which are more prevalent in Chico than most of the nation's other cities are brewery machine operators, tile and marble setters, education administrators, pest control workers, farm workers, office and administrative support personnel and protective service workers.

Noteworthy data about Chico: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $36,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 106.2. The national average is 100. For the population over the age of 25, about 33% have a bachelor's degree or higher. The daytime population expands by about 23% due to people commuting from the surrounding area for work.

The top 10 manufacturing employers in Chico are:

  • Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Koret of California
  • SunGard Public Sector
  • Aero Union
  • Sunset Moulding Company
  • Smucker Quality Beverages
  • Lundberg Family Farms
  • Norfield Industries
  • JG Brattan
  • Wrex Products

The top 10 non-manufacturing employers in Chico are:

  • Enloe Medical Center
  • Butte County
  • California State University, Chico
  • Chico Unified School District
  • Tri Counties Bank
  • Butte-Glenn Community College District
  • Lifetouch National School Studios
  • City of Chico
  • Feather Falls Casino
  • Employment Development Department

Business organizations offering assistance to Chico companies:

The Chico Enterprise-Record provides up-to-date information about the business activities in Chico.

Most Popular Jobs in Chico, California 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 1,640 $80,290 $58,210 - 105,970 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,030 $60,760 $38,480 - 88,770 14% 95%
3 Social and human service assistants 370 $26,250 $20,360 - 36,910 34% 58%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 330 $44,260 $21,420 - 75,530 8% 51%
5 Financial managers 250 $82,080 $37,180 - 136,550 13% 60%
6 Accountants and auditors 250 $57,480 $37,800 - 85,080 18% 79%
7 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 240 $61,040 $40,070 - 98,510 13% 73%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 220 $43,670 $29,060 - 54,320 19% 77%
9 Lawyers 210 $124,600 $74,140 - 11% 99%
10 Sales managers 200 $78,930 $43,980 - 125,520 10% 69%
11 Medical and health services managers 160 $86,290 $50,110 - 120,820 16% 57%
12 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 160 $59,810 $44,540 - 80,770 11% 95%
13 Management analysts 160 $54,960 $29,630 - 78,230 22% 78%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 140 $99,040 $69,210 - 134,700 8% 78%
15 Civil engineers 130 $70,210 $43,700 - 102,040 18% 87%
16 Pharmacists 120 $124,510 $109,070 - 154,520 22% 97%
17 Physical therapists 120 $83,990 $59,890 - 108,670 27% 89%
18 Advertising sales agents 120 $49,160 $25,880 - 78,030 20% 56%
19 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 110 $0 $ - 34% 73%
20 Speech-language pathologists 100 $83,890 $66,150 - 114,820 11% 98%
21 Managers, all other 100 $81,950 $39,260 - 127,710 7% 55%
22 Physician assistants 100 $80,920 $36,160 - 124,380 27% 67%
23 Education, training, and library workers, all other 100 $35,180 $20,960 - 61,410 11% 79%
24 Chief executives 90 $144,580 $80,330 - 2% 65%
25 Computer systems analysts 90 $80,080 $50,390 - 124,130 29% 68%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 90 $75,030 $66,900 - 86,920 12% 51%
27 Network and computer systems administrators 80 $58,880 $36,700 - 83,440 27% 50%
28 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 70 $107,100 $30,830 - 25% 67%
29 Occupational therapists 70 $84,640 $68,000 - 103,480 23% 90%
30 Social and community service managers 70 $84,420 $44,720 - 134,300 25% 72%
31 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 70 $80,680 $50,990 - 122,070 16% 99%
32 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $54,750 $30,470 - 89,400 5% 58%
33 Public relations specialists 70 $29,720 $17,930 - 47,380 18% 81%
34 Engineers, all other 60 $69,650 $51,420 - 99,000 6% 82%
35 Budget analysts 60 $64,990 $30,160 - 96,890 7% 78%
36 Training and development specialists 60 $48,920 $29,370 - 65,540 18% 56%
37 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $35,200 $23,900 - 50,590 14% 62%
38 Graphic designers 60 $34,930 $23,790 - 49,760 10% 55%
39 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $28,760 $21,840 - 37,280 15% 51%
40 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $92,010 $54,980 - 135,530 45% 85%
41 Librarians 50 $75,090 $46,610 - 111,050 4% 85%
42 Network systems and data communications analysts 50 $64,060 $25,820 - 98,010 53% 57%
43 Medical and public health social workers 50 $47,780 $24,810 - 68,460 24% 77%
44 Health educators 50 $40,630 $27,070 - 54,720 26% 58%
45 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 50 $34,570 $21,800 - 46,810 24% 78%
46 Computer and information systems managers 40 $97,190 $64,860 - 150,590 16% 73%
47 Computer software engineers, systems software 40 $93,190 $43,220 - 152,670 28% 85%
48 Personal financial advisors 40 $69,990 $37,650 - 122,080 41% 81%
49 Special education teachers, secondary school 40 $63,500 $43,390 - 85,430 9% 87%
50 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $61,390 $52,020 - 77,610 9% 72%
51 Financial specialists, all other 40 $61,140 $29,870 - 95,780 12% 50%
52 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $60,340 $37,360 - 89,070 25% 93%
53 Computer programmers 40 $56,780 $34,800 - 90,100 -4% 73%
54 Surveyors 40 $53,400 $39,980 - 66,470 24% 82%
55 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $50,410 $29,990 - 81,920 18% 56%
56 Market research analysts 40 $43,900 $27,910 - 65,220 20% 82%
57 Marketing managers 30 $103,380 $66,470 - 14% 69%
58 Engineering managers 30 $101,990 $53,470 - 7% 84%
59 Urban and regional planners 30 $66,450 $46,310 - 96,970 15% 92%
60 Special education teachers, middle school 30 $56,890 $43,560 - 80,460 16% 87%
61 Legislators 30 $39,960 $26,830 - 58,750 1% 65%
62 Writers and authors 30 $35,940 $19,030 - 65,640 13% 84%
63 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 30 $27,910 $20,860 - 35,880 11% 55%

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 Retail salespersons 3,070 $24,190 $16,920 - 36,600 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 2,260 $27,320 $17,960 - 38,720 13% 19%
3 Cashiers 2,050 $23,340 $16,640 - 37,350 -3% 10%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,740 $19,220 $16,640 - 22,940 18% 5%
5 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,210 $22,800 $17,600 - 30,590 18% 7%
6 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,060 $32,860 $21,210 - 46,740 13% 16%
7 General and operations managers 1,050 $86,180 $39,380 - 143,420 2% 48%
8 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 1,020 $18,460 $16,700 - 20,100 10% 8%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,000 $23,300 $17,440 - 31,490 2% 5%
10 Waiters and waitresses 990 $20,140 $16,660 - 34,070 11% 14%
11 Teacher assistants 980 $25,520 $16,840 - 33,720 10% 18%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 940 $22,930 $16,740 - 32,670 -8% 8%
13 Business operations specialists, all other 930 $51,000 $18,530 - 86,050 21% 49%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 900 $43,610 $28,470 - 62,920 6% 29%
15 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 890 $23,850 $17,300 - 34,340 15% 4%
16 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 840 $35,670 $25,380 - 50,440 15% 18%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 810 $38,020 $23,150 - 59,610 4% 25%
18 Construction laborers 790 $34,680 $22,600 - 49,170 11% 5%
19 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 770 $44,860 $35,100 - 55,820 14% 7%
20 Medical secretaries 770 $26,540 $18,470 - 35,700 17% 18%
21 Cooks, fast food 670 $17,740 $16,640 - 19,760 8% 5%
22 Personal and home care aides 650 $19,740 $17,150 - 24,450 51% 10%
23 Customer service representatives 640 $29,510 $18,260 - 48,090 25% 22%
24 Home health aides 620 $20,410 $17,300 - 25,640 49% 7%
25 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 610 $35,930 $24,160 - 48,630 10% 4%
26 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 570 $25,900 $18,140 - 38,180 18% 6%
27 Medical assistants 560 $28,480 $21,830 - 37,520 35% 10%
28 Maintenance and repair workers, general 550 $32,270 $19,000 - 49,770 10% 6%
29 Food preparation workers 530 $20,440 $16,860 - 26,230 15% 7%
30 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 510 $28,710 $19,610 - 41,540 1% 18%
31 Receptionists and information clerks 510 $23,650 $18,390 - 30,270 17% 13%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 480 $27,690 $18,750 - 39,900 11% 14%
33 Cooks, restaurant 470 $22,480 $17,430 - 30,580 12% 5%
34 Counter and rental clerks 430 $22,220 $17,100 - 30,350 23% 16%
35 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 430 $19,160 $16,700 - 23,330 13% 5%
36 Dishwashers 420 $17,800 $16,640 - 19,750 10% 3%
37 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 410 $36,600 $25,160 - 55,360 14% 4%
38 Carpenters 400 $40,650 $22,600 - 69,140 10% 6%
39 Recreation workers 400 $22,710 $16,960 - 33,330 13% 47%
40 Packers and packagers, hand 380 $19,430 $16,940 - 21,620 -12% 3%
41 Tellers 360 $23,720 $18,100 - 31,880 14% 16%
42 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 350 $33,400 $17,850 - 60,060 8% 4%
43 Dental assistants 330 $27,640 $19,650 - 34,080 29% 9%
44 Preschool teachers, except special education 330 $21,060 $17,080 - 25,390 26% 43%
45 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 320 $32,850 $23,390 - 46,040 -1% 22%
46 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 310 $35,040 $17,430 - 62,820 27% 47%
47 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 300 $67,430 $49,620 - 92,690 11% 33%
48 Fire fighters 300 $37,600 $18,630 - 64,240 12% 18%
49 Security guards 290 $22,490 $17,430 - 30,800 17% 13%
50 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 290 $20,580 $17,260 - 26,710 -3% 4%
51 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 270 $36,450 $28,190 - 47,590 3% 38%
52 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 270 $27,960 $19,860 - 37,800 4% 15%
53 Child care workers 260 $21,120 $17,330 - 26,640 18% 15%
54 Pharmacy technicians 250 $36,180 $28,070 - 46,300 32% 16%
55 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 240 $30,380 $18,630 - 48,670 4% 6%
56 Data entry keyers 240 $23,030 $16,640 - 31,130 -5% 18%
57 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $17,760 $16,640 - 19,580 10% 17%
58 Sales representatives, services, all other 230 $53,080 $24,870 - 103,620 28% 48%
59 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 230 $24,340 $18,390 - 31,220 11% 5%
60 Amusement and recreation attendants 230 $19,060 $16,690 - 22,300 24% 22%
61 Electricians 220 $52,410 $34,730 - 79,500 7% 7%
62 Computer support specialists 220 $40,600 $23,370 - 57,060 13% 43%
63 Postal service mail carriers 220 $0 $ - 1% 11%
64 Bartenders 210 $18,440 $16,640 - 20,610 11% 17%
65 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 210 $17,850 $16,670 - 19,530 12% 6%
66 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 200 $28,860 $21,810 - 40,260 10% 24%
67 Property, real estate, and community association managers 200 $27,800 $17,490 - 53,730 15% 36%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $54,360 $32,340 - 81,110 7% 13%
69 Food service managers 190 $40,800 $33,170 - 50,690 5% 24%
70 Agricultural workers, all other 190 $36,310 $23,130 - 47,980 0% 4%
71 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 180 $62,310 $53,170 - 79,000 5% 8%
72 Industrial truck and tractor operators 180 $34,500 $20,570 - 48,690 -2% 2%
73 Bill and account collectors 180 $28,970 $20,850 - 38,340 23% 13%
74 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 170 $63,120 $44,660 - 90,040 9% 10%
75 Loan officers 170 $57,860 $32,270 - 89,760 12% 49%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 170 $52,250 $26,080 - 96,470 -5% 15%
77 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 170 $20,570 $17,220 - 24,680 17% 14%
78 Insurance sales agents 160 $48,080 $28,180 - 79,190 13% 45%
79 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 160 $20,360 $17,190 - 24,900 14% 3%
80 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 150 $47,860 $34,890 - 64,720 8% 3%
81 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 150 $47,150 $33,370 - 64,510 11% 4%
82 Legal secretaries 150 $46,710 $28,430 - 66,640 12% 18%
83 Cement masons and concrete finishers 150 $40,220 $21,370 - 61,190 11% 2%
84 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 140 $34,980 $23,440 - 69,940 5% 2%
85 Pest control workers 140 $24,260 $18,720 - 31,530 16% 9%
86 Radiologic technologists and technicians 130 $56,790 $44,070 - 76,010 15% 25%
87 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 130 $34,450 $21,770 - 61,190 8% 9%
88 Healthcare support workers, all other 130 $30,420 $18,080 - 47,590 16% 10%
89 Order clerks 130 $25,710 $16,640 - 36,860 -24% 16%
90 Team assemblers 130 $22,830 $17,130 - 32,870 0% 5%
91 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 120 $58,280 $38,210 - 82,910 16% 43%
92 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 120 $40,640 $25,900 - 62,790 3% 18%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 120 $33,140 $23,450 - 47,040 16% 26%
94 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 120 $26,410 $18,010 - 37,440 -9% 5%
95 File clerks 120 $21,930 $17,190 - 32,770 -41% 20%
96 Cooks, short order 120 $21,130 $17,200 - 26,760 5% 5%
97 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 120 $19,730 $16,640 - 24,880 10% 5%
98 Graders and sorters, agricultural products 120 $19,590 $17,120 - 24,290 -2% 0%
99 Roofers 110 $41,370 $26,320 - 74,250 14% 3%
100 Butchers and meat cutters 110 $36,910 $26,240 - 49,130 2% 2%
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Jobs More Common Near Chico Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Agricultural workers, all other 36,310 190 370.9
Photographic process workers 22,030 110 17.6
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 19,590 120 13.4
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 36,450 270 7.3
Pest control workers 24,260 140 4.9
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 24,300 110 4.4
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,460 1,020 4.1
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 22,510 110 3.6
Medical secretaries 26,540 770 3.5
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 0 110 3.4
Recreation workers 22,710 400 3.1
Physician assistants 80,920 100 3.1
Personal and home care aides 19,740 650 3.1
Education, training, and library workers, all other 35,180 100 2.9
Protective service workers, all other 40,530 100 2.9
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 32,850 320 2.9
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 35,040 310 2.8
Tire repairers and changers 26,010 110 2.8
Cooks, fast food 17,740 670 2.7
Property, real estate, and community association managers 27,800 200 2.6
Fire fighters 37,600 300 2.5
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 20,580 290 2.5
Social and human service assistants 26,250 370 2.5
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 62,310 180 2.4
Medical assistants 28,480 560 2.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 44,860 770 2.4
Dental assistants 27,640 330 2.3
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 25,790 110 2.2
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 61,040 240 2.2
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 34,450 130 2.1
Butchers and meat cutters 36,910 110 2.1
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,060 230 2.1
Food service managers 40,800 190 2
Counter and rental clerks 22,220 430 2
Roofers 41,370 110 2
Speech-language pathologists 83,890 100 2
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 28,860 200 2
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 33,140 120 2
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 22,800 1,210 1.9
Business operations specialists, all other 51,000 930 1.8
Child, family, and school social workers 43,670 220 1.8
Data entry keyers 23,030 240 1.8
Preschool teachers, except special education 21,060 330 1.8
Teacher assistants 25,520 980 1.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,570 170 1.7
Cooks, short order 21,130 120 1.7
Dishwashers 17,800 420 1.7
Construction laborers 34,680 790 1.7
Office clerks, general 27,320 2,260 1.6
Pharmacy technicians 36,180 250 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Chico, California Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 67,430 1.39 300
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 62,310 1.36 180
Registered nurses 80,290 1.3 1,640
Legal secretaries 46,710 1.3 150
Pharmacy technicians 36,180 1.29 250
Cashiers 23,340 1.26 2,050
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 58,280 1.23 120
Butchers and meat cutters 36,910 1.23 110
Elementary school teachers, except special education 60,760 1.22 1,030
Lawyers 124,600 1.22 210
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 40,640 1.21 120
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 99,040 1.21 140
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,810 1.19 160
Pharmacists 124,510 1.19 120
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 61,040 1.18 240
Roofers 41,370 1.17 110
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 35,040 1.16 310
Agricultural workers, all other 36,310 1.16 190
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 33,400 1.15 350
Industrial truck and tractor operators 34,500 1.15 180
Teacher assistants 25,520 1.15 980
Physical therapists 83,990 1.15 120
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 44,860 1.13 770
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 47,860 1.12 150
Electricians 52,410 1.12 220
Construction laborers 34,680 1.12 790
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 19,220 1.12 1,740
Radiologic technologists and technicians 56,790 1.11 130
Tire repairers and changers 26,010 1.1 110
Child care workers 21,120 1.1 260
Cement masons and concrete finishers 40,220 1.09 150
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 63,120 1.09 170
Waiters and waitresses 20,140 1.08 990
Child, family, and school social workers 43,670 1.07 220
Office clerks, general 27,320 1.07 2,260
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,900 1.07 570
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,380 1.07 240
Food preparation workers 20,440 1.06 530
Cooks, short order 21,130 1.06 120
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,570 1.06 170
Painters, construction and maintenance 36,100 1.05 110
Advertising sales agents 49,160 1.05 120
Healthcare support workers, all other 30,420 1.04 130
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,850 1.04 890
Carpenters 40,650 1.04 400
Cooks, restaurant 22,480 1.04 470
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,460 1.03 1,020
Dishwashers 17,800 1.03 420
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,060 1.03 230
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 24,340 1.03 230

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