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Hanford Employment

Employment and Industries in the Hanford, California Area

Hanford is a prominent commercial center for the south central San Joaquin Valley. The region is a major distribution network for agricultural and other types of goods for numerous national and international markets. The once prominent heavy industry sector has been in decline for years. Many Hanford residents work at the close by NAS Lemoore, the Navy's largest master jet base, and for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation which operates three state prisons located in Kings County.

The major sectors for employment in Hanford are:

  • Services
  • Government
  • Farming
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Construction

Some of the most popular occupations in Hanford that are filled primarily by college graduates are wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, education administrators, accountants and auditors, financial managers, sales managers and network and computer systems administrators.

Noteworthy data about Hanford: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 90.2. The national average is 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $49,000. Regarding the population over 25 years of age, approximately 14% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The City-Wide Business Loan Program offers below-market rate loans for new and expanding companies. The Downtown Loan Program provides low-interest loans for downtown business development and expansion.

The major employers in Hanford are provided below:

  • King County - Government
  • Adventist Health System - Healthcare
  • Hanford Elementary School District - Education
  • Del Monte Foods Co - Canned Specialties (MFRS)
  • Marquez Brothers International - Cheese and dairy products producer
  • Central Valley General Hospital - Hospitals
  • Central Valley Meat Co Inc - Meat Packers (WHLS)
  • Con Agra Foods Inc - Food Brokers (WHLS)
  • Hanford Community Hospital - Hospitals
  • Hanford Community Medical CTR - Hospitals
  • Nichols Farms - Farming
  • Sentinel - Newspapers (Publishers/MFRS)
  • Walmart Supercenter - Department stores
  • Warmerdam Packing - Fruits & vegetables - Growers & shippers

Business organizations offering assistance to Hanford companies:

The Hanford Sentinel provides information about the current business activities in Hanford.

Most Popular Jobs in Hanford, 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 920 $50,260 $32,570 - 82,620 14% 95%
2 Registered nurses 800 $81,700 $59,390 - 102,710 24% 56%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 230 $61,310 $39,010 - 90,730 8% 51%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 160 $57,880 $29,010 - 78,310 9% 54%
5 Health educators 120 $37,020 $32,920 - 40,230 26% 58%
6 Self-enrichment education teachers 110 $27,770 $21,700 - 35,970 23% 54%
7 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 100 $65,140 $49,950 - 80,240 -5% 96%
8 Mental health counselors 90 $58,750 $27,310 - 99,670 30% 73%
9 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $67,180 $47,660 - 91,900 20% 87%
10 Accountants and auditors 80 $63,050 $36,750 - 114,440 18% 79%
11 Pharmacists 70 $120,120 $107,910 - 138,630 22% 97%
12 Medical and health services managers 60 $98,280 $40,490 - 149,800 16% 57%
13 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 60 $93,340 $72,610 - 124,660 8% 78%
14 Financial managers 60 $93,300 $53,330 - 132,650 13% 60%
15 Sales managers 50 $88,610 $49,120 - 153,740 10% 69%
16 Computer specialists, all other 50 $74,450 $56,080 - 97,270 15% 68%
17 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50 $68,830 $47,400 - 94,130 17% 56%
18 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50 $55,750 $42,010 - 77,270 12% 51%
19 Physician assistants 40 $88,660 $47,760 - 126,410 27% 67%
20 Managers, all other 40 $80,650 $58,680 - 108,600 7% 55%
21 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $62,030 $44,610 - 87,850 27% 50%
22 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 40 $51,540 $34,450 - 76,890 13% 73%
23 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $48,680 $30,950 - 80,500 5% 58%
24 Civil engineers 30 $82,250 $52,460 - 108,510 18% 87%
25 Engineers, all other 30 $75,880 $57,330 - 101,830 6% 82%
26 Management analysts 30 $66,680 $47,910 - 99,390 22% 78%
27 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 30 $60,070 $39,210 - 94,680 12% 51%

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 1,090 $20,470 $16,640 - 24,930 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 930 $23,080 $16,640 - 38,720 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 870 $18,870 $16,660 - 22,140 18% 5%
4 Teacher assistants 770 $26,450 $17,080 - 31,480 10% 18%
5 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 560 $35,720 $24,490 - 50,130 10% 4%
6 Stock clerks and order fillers 530 $23,820 $17,020 - 38,890 -8% 8%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 520 $23,550 $17,040 - 33,900 15% 4%
8 Cooks, fast food 490 $17,660 $16,670 - 19,630 8% 5%
9 Maintenance and repair workers, general 450 $31,510 $18,300 - 48,550 10% 6%
10 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 450 $25,640 $18,300 - 36,710 -5% 5%
11 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 440 $24,310 $17,420 - 37,190 2% 5%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 430 $34,080 $22,230 - 46,440 13% 16%
13 Industrial truck and tractor operators 410 $36,550 $20,120 - 50,350 -2% 2%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 380 $44,070 $27,080 - 66,230 6% 29%
15 Business operations specialists, all other 310 $50,430 $30,320 - 76,120 21% 49%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 300 $35,330 $23,590 - 49,370 4% 25%
17 Waiters and waitresses 300 $17,470 $16,670 - 19,340 11% 14%
18 Agricultural equipment operators 290 $26,890 $18,440 - 40,210 -5% 4%
19 General and operations managers 270 $93,370 $45,140 - 158,550 2% 48%
20 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 270 $24,550 $18,100 - 32,100 18% 7%
21 Medical secretaries 260 $27,460 $18,030 - 39,730 17% 18%
22 Medical assistants 250 $26,510 $21,240 - 31,840 35% 10%
23 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 240 $30,830 $21,050 - 44,510 1% 18%
24 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 240 $25,930 $17,610 - 39,430 18% 6%
25 Word processors and typists 210 $30,770 $26,140 - 37,950 -12% 19%
26 Receptionists and information clerks 210 $22,870 $17,460 - 31,270 17% 13%
27 Home health aides 200 $21,460 $16,690 - 26,490 49% 7%
28 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 190 $41,150 $33,780 - 50,120 14% 7%
29 Customer service representatives 190 $29,650 $19,380 - 43,640 25% 22%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 190 $28,240 $20,840 - 39,120 11% 14%
31 Food preparation workers 190 $20,590 $16,990 - 27,080 15% 7%
32 Industrial machinery mechanics 180 $45,270 $39,940 - 51,270 9% 5%
33 Food batchmakers 180 $42,390 $23,220 - 51,650 11% 5%
34 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 180 $41,150 $23,800 - 51,100 -7% 14%
35 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 180 $38,620 $25,920 - 52,320 15% 18%
36 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 180 $33,690 $19,830 - 48,120 11% 5%
37 Dental assistants 180 $30,970 $22,180 - 41,040 29% 9%
38 Tellers 180 $25,280 $18,200 - 35,620 14% 16%
39 Packers and packagers, hand 180 $19,350 $17,020 - 20,450 -12% 3%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 160 $57,750 $41,190 - 74,990 -5% 15%
41 All other information and record clerks 160 $37,990 $21,030 - 58,480 -13% 21%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 150 $55,090 $35,290 - 80,340 7% 13%
43 Counter and rental clerks 150 $22,830 $16,680 - 30,420 23% 16%
44 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 150 $19,570 $16,810 - 24,000 13% 5%
45 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 140 $25,570 $18,240 - 32,530 4% 15%
46 Sales representatives, services, all other 130 $68,300 $22,300 - 110,110 28% 48%
47 Construction laborers 130 $40,800 $23,130 - 72,690 11% 5%
48 Pharmacy technicians 130 $35,890 $30,630 - 41,520 32% 16%
49 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 120 $31,580 $20,490 - 48,810 14% 4%
50 Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 120 $30,280 $27,000 - 33,040 -12% 4%
51 Healthcare support workers, all other 120 $25,030 $18,160 - 32,940 16% 10%
52 Security guards 120 $22,840 $17,550 - 30,670 17% 13%
53 First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 110 $52,400 $34,310 - 71,130 15% 28%
54 Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 110 $43,960 $20,430 - 51,790 -9% 3%
55 Butchers and meat cutters 110 $32,120 $20,860 - 46,940 2% 2%
56 Child care workers 110 $19,680 $17,230 - 23,810 18% 15%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 100 $32,760 $21,010 - 57,250 0% 0%
58 Helpers--production workers 100 $20,380 $16,640 - 28,590 -1% 4%
59 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 90 $65,210 $32,000 - 83,240 9% 10%
60 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 90 $55,950 $42,400 - 79,270 11% 4%
61 Maintenance workers, machinery 90 $44,710 $22,230 - 62,680 -1% 0%
62 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 90 $40,020 $30,000 - 50,950 11% 29%
63 Medical records and health information technicians 90 $34,870 $22,870 - 48,660 18% 12%
64 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 90 $28,710 $17,090 - 41,400 4% 6%
65 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 90 $24,670 $17,270 - 34,710 8% 4%
66 Cooks, restaurant 90 $22,520 $18,060 - 27,920 12% 5%
67 Bartenders 90 $20,820 $17,300 - 25,270 11% 17%
68 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 80 $38,470 $27,520 - 50,680 14% 8%
69 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 80 $34,360 $22,020 - 48,700 9% 3%
70 Procurement clerks 80 $34,350 $24,400 - 46,270 -2% 24%
71 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 80 $32,020 $17,740 - 49,560 3% 18%
72 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 80 $28,290 $19,190 - 38,830 5% 2%
73 Cooks, short order 80 $24,090 $19,200 - 30,260 5% 5%
74 Postal service mail carriers 80 $0 $ - 1% 11%
75 Amusement and recreation attendants 80 $0 $ - 24% 22%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 70 $50,770 $33,150 - 66,470 10% 17%
77 Electricians 70 $47,650 $34,310 - 63,110 7% 7%
78 Food service managers 70 $44,180 $32,770 - 65,350 5% 24%
79 Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 70 $42,710 $30,090 - 50,530 -3% 14%
80 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 70 $17,930 $16,680 - 19,650 12% 6%
81 Dishwashers 70 $17,690 $16,680 - 19,570 10% 3%
82 Carpenters 70 $0 $ - 10% 6%
83 Insurance sales agents 70 $0 $ - 13% 45%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 60 $44,950 $19,150 - 71,740 13% 17%
85 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 60 $38,400 $25,670 - 61,950 4% 30%
86 Painters, construction and maintenance 60 $32,300 $18,470 - 53,450 12% 6%
87 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 60 $25,530 $18,900 - 32,400 8% 9%
88 Recreation workers 60 $21,680 $17,110 - 29,450 13% 47%
89 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 60 $21,040 $16,930 - 28,540 12% 6%
90 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 60 $18,170 $16,670 - 19,970 10% 17%
91 Dental hygienists 50 $72,450 $55,900 - 103,720 30% 33%
92 Radiologic technologists and technicians 50 $53,980 $41,460 - 77,270 15% 25%
93 Agricultural and food science technicians 50 $39,550 $23,710 - 51,430 7% 32%
94 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 50 $34,070 $18,230 - 55,470 27% 47%
95 Farm equipment mechanics 50 $30,660 $21,350 - 41,010 1% 3%
96 Bus drivers, school 50 $30,660 $22,400 - 40,170 9% 4%
97 Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 50 $24,840 $19,600 - 31,490 11% 3%
98 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 40 $53,770 $35,970 - 80,090 0% 42%
99 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 40 $45,790 $38,810 - 52,780 11% 11%
100 Computer support specialists 40 $43,220 $33,590 - 58,440 13% 43%
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Jobs More Common Near Hanford Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Agricultural equipment operators 26,890 290 162.4
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 32,760 100 45.5
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,280 120 25.7
Food batchmakers 42,390 180 12.9
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 52,400 110 12.8
Health educators 37,020 120 11.4
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 43,960 110 10.9
Word processors and typists 30,770 210 9.6
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 65,140 100 8.1
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,640 450 7.9
Butchers and meat cutters 32,120 110 5.4
Cooks, fast food 17,660 490 5.2
All other information and record clerks 37,990 160 4
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,270 180 4
Industrial truck and tractor operators 36,550 410 3.9
Self-enrichment education teachers 27,770 110 3.8
Elementary school teachers, except special education 50,260 920 3.8
Healthcare support workers, all other 25,030 120 3.6
Teacher assistants 26,450 770 3.6
Dental assistants 30,970 180 3.3
Medical secretaries 27,460 260 3.1
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 33,690 180 3.1
Medical assistants 26,510 250 2.8
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 41,150 180 2.3
Pharmacy technicians 35,890 130 2.2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 35,720 560 2
Maintenance and repair workers, general 31,510 450 2
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 55,090 150 1.9
Teachers and instructors, all other 57,880 160 1.8
Counter and rental clerks 22,830 150 1.8
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,870 870 1.8
Tellers 25,280 180 1.7
Registered nurses 81,700 800 1.7
Business operations specialists, all other 50,430 310 1.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 41,150 190 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,820 530 1.5
Cashiers 23,080 930 1.5
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 25,570 140 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 44,070 380 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 57,750 160 1.4
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,930 240 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,330 300 1.4
Packers and packagers, hand 19,350 180 1.4
Retail salespersons 20,470 1,090 1.3
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,550 520 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,240 190 1.3
Home health aides 21,460 200 1.3
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 34,080 430 1.3
Helpers--production workers 20,380 100 1.3
Food preparation workers 20,590 190 1.2

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Food batchmakers 42,390 1.65 180
Teachers and instructors, all other 57,880 1.52 160
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 43,960 1.45 110
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 33,690 1.43 180
Registered nurses 81,700 1.32 800
Sales representatives, services, all other 68,300 1.32 130
Construction laborers 40,800 1.31 130
Pharmacy technicians 35,890 1.28 130
Cashiers 23,080 1.25 930
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 41,150 1.23 180
Industrial truck and tractor operators 36,550 1.22 410
Teacher assistants 26,450 1.19 770
All other information and record clerks 37,990 1.15 160
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 52,400 1.11 110
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,870 1.1 870
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 57,750 1.09 160
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 61,310 1.09 230
Agricultural equipment operators 26,890 1.08 290
Food preparation workers 20,590 1.07 190
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,930 1.07 240
Tellers 25,280 1.07 180
Butchers and meat cutters 32,120 1.07 110
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 34,080 1.07 430
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 30,830 1.06 240
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,820 1.04 530
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 41,150 1.04 190
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,550 1.03 520
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,570 1.02 150
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,550 1.02 270
Child care workers 19,680 1.02 110
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,270 1.02 180
Cooks, fast food 17,660 1.02 490
Home health aides 21,460 1.01 200
Elementary school teachers, except special education 50,260 1.01 920
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,310 1.01 440
Customer service representatives 29,650 1 190
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 38,620 1 180
Word processors and typists 30,770 0.98 210
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,640 0.98 450
Counter and rental clerks 22,830 0.98 150
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 44,070 0.98 380
General and operations managers 93,370 0.97 270
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 55,090 0.97 150
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,280 0.97 120
Dental assistants 30,970 0.96 180
Receptionists and information clerks 22,870 0.96 210
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 35,720 0.95 560
Packers and packagers, hand 19,350 0.95 180
Medical secretaries 27,460 0.95 260
Medical assistants 26,510 0.94 250

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