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Merced Employment

Employment and Industries in the Merced, California Area

Agriculture is the economic base for the Merced area. The region includes three very large food processing facilities, Foster Farms, Hilmar Cheese and Morningstar Packaging. The prominent E & J Gallo winery is also situated in the region. The addition of the University of California, Merced is expected to stimulate research and technology in the area. The university has already become a significant factor for the economy.

The manufacturing sector and related businesses provide about 12% of the jobs in the Merced region. The top 25 private sector companies employ more than 70% of the Greater Merced's manufacturing workforce. Agriculture, healthcare, education, construction, the government and social assistance are significant sectors for employment.

Occupations in Merced that are primarily filled by college graduates are teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, education administrators, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants and financial managers. Some of the occupations which are more common in Merced than most cities in the nation are agricultural equipment operators, graders and sorters of agricultural products, farm workers and laborers, crop, nursery and greenhouse; meat poultry and fish cutters and trimmers; farm equipment mechanics and first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers.

Noteworthy data regarding Merced: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $31,726. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 104.2. The country's average is 100. About 13.6% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The WorkNet Merced County is a collection of job training and recruitment agencies which includes the Merced County Private Industry Training Department, Merced College and the Employment Development Department. These agencies work together to meet the needs of employers. The organization offers customized training, recruiting programs, financial incentives and other types of assistance.

The major employers in Merced are shown below:

  • Mercy Medical Hospital - Hospitals
  • UC Merced - Education
  • Bianchi & Sons - Fruits & Vegetables - Growers & Shippers
  • Malibu Boats LLC - Boats manufacturer
  • Man-Siak Mak Inc - Physicians & surgeons
  • Quebecor World - Printers (MFRS)
  • Walmart - Department Stores
  • Weaver Union School District - Education
  • Werner Co - Ladders (WHLS)
  • Yosemite Wholesale Inc - Grocers - Retail

Companies in Merced may receive assistance from Business organizations such as:

The Merced Sun-Star provides up-to-date information about the business activities in the Merced area.

Most Popular Jobs in Merced, 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 2,060 $60,790 $41,290 - 84,340 14% 95%
2 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 650 $62,000 $39,800 - 85,940 6% 96%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 580 $60,810 $40,620 - 84,400 11% 95%
4 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 250 $55,490 $37,680 - 76,370 20% 87%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 210 $61,800 $28,700 - 104,540 8% 51%
6 Accountants and auditors 210 $54,840 $33,920 - 89,240 18% 79%
7 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 190 $99,660 $70,800 - 131,390 8% 78%
8 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 170 $58,890 $21,060 - 96,440 13% 73%
9 Coaches and scouts 160 $32,250 $18,180 - 56,420 15% 60%
10 Financial managers 130 $90,560 $44,200 - 133,170 13% 60%
11 Social and human service assistants 120 $24,520 $18,270 - 33,710 34% 58%
12 Medical and health services managers 100 $98,190 $48,860 - 152,030 16% 57%
13 Chief executives 90 $174,310 $101,130 - 2% 65%
14 Sales managers 80 $89,070 $46,630 - 153,950 10% 69%
15 Management analysts 70 $74,430 $56,300 - 99,350 22% 78%
16 Librarians 70 $60,140 $31,900 - 85,120 4% 85%
17 Managers, all other 60 $103,070 $61,780 - 139,730 7% 55%
18 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 60 $82,540 $37,080 - 113,400 16% 99%
19 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $53,290 $33,200 - 94,450 5% 58%
20 Graphic designers 60 $40,790 $28,280 - 50,770 10% 55%
21 Legislators 60 $30,630 $26,680 - 37,410 1% 65%
22 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 60 $0 $ - -5% 96%
23 Pharmacists 50 $120,990 $111,910 - 136,060 22% 97%
24 Instructional coordinators 50 $69,650 $44,820 - 113,770 23% 79%
25 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $59,880 $42,530 - 80,900 27% 50%
26 Financial specialists, all other 50 $51,840 $28,960 - 88,190 12% 50%
27 Child, family, and school social workers 50 $35,030 $25,610 - 63,300 19% 77%
28 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 50 $29,130 $21,300 - 38,920 15% 51%
29 Lawyers 40 $98,020 $53,690 - 158,520 11% 99%
30 Physical therapists 40 $90,090 $66,810 - 109,180 27% 89%
31 Computer programmers 40 $70,000 $55,940 - 95,450 -4% 73%
32 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $61,600 $38,240 - 93,130 17% 56%
33 Social and community service managers 40 $52,860 $31,160 - 68,130 25% 72%
34 Training and development specialists 40 $50,740 $32,970 - 69,320 18% 56%
35 Public relations specialists 40 $48,780 $25,080 - 65,480 18% 81%
36 Advertising sales agents 40 $38,530 $24,270 - 61,270 20% 56%
37 Editors 40 $25,580 $17,480 - 33,580 2% 81%
38 Computer systems analysts 30 $45,560 $27,640 - 76,650 29% 68%
39 Special education teachers, secondary school 30 $0 $ - 9% 87%

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 2,770 $18,310 $16,720 - 20,030 -3% 4%
2 Retail salespersons 2,030 $22,190 $16,640 - 33,860 12% 25%
3 Cashiers 1,750 $20,810 $16,640 - 30,770 -3% 10%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,460 $22,640 $16,640 - 30,970 2% 5%
5 Office clerks, general 1,450 $24,770 $16,890 - 33,510 13% 19%
6 Teacher assistants 1,350 $30,150 $20,180 - 41,880 10% 18%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,170 $18,670 $16,650 - 20,320 18% 5%
8 Customer service representatives 1,070 $29,660 $20,110 - 39,970 25% 22%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,010 $45,070 $28,760 - 75,410 10% 4%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 970 $25,290 $16,640 - 37,120 15% 4%
11 Maintenance and repair workers, general 860 $34,250 $19,390 - 49,730 10% 6%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 790 $22,640 $16,640 - 32,470 -8% 8%
13 Packers and packagers, hand 780 $18,420 $16,710 - 20,020 -12% 3%
14 General and operations managers 740 $100,390 $45,170 - 2% 48%
15 Cooks, fast food 700 $17,990 $16,680 - 19,760 8% 5%
16 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 640 $35,300 $22,480 - 48,360 13% 16%
17 Construction laborers 640 $27,950 $17,920 - 46,580 11% 5%
18 Waiters and waitresses 610 $20,100 $16,710 - 24,970 11% 14%
19 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 590 $68,440 $48,130 - 94,410 11% 33%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 570 $44,740 $27,420 - 65,880 6% 29%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 560 $36,430 $19,680 - 55,270 4% 25%
22 Graders and sorters, agricultural products 550 $20,040 $16,740 - 24,560 -2% 0%
23 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 540 $32,900 $20,260 - 46,840 1% 18%
24 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 470 $24,080 $20,420 - 30,310 18% 7%
25 Food batchmakers 460 $41,240 $32,380 - 51,170 11% 5%
26 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 460 $39,850 $24,130 - 54,440 15% 18%
27 Industrial truck and tractor operators 460 $35,530 $23,400 - 47,790 -2% 2%
28 Medical assistants 450 $25,630 $19,430 - 32,470 35% 10%
29 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 440 $33,310 $18,570 - 50,490 14% 4%
30 Food preparation workers 440 $18,730 $16,680 - 24,070 15% 7%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 420 $28,340 $18,490 - 44,620 11% 14%
32 Business operations specialists, all other 410 $66,880 $25,770 - 147,040 21% 49%
33 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 410 $29,860 $17,730 - 45,400 18% 6%
34 Cooks, restaurant 360 $20,670 $17,100 - 25,460 12% 5%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 350 $56,190 $35,190 - 89,180 -5% 15%
36 Agricultural equipment operators 340 $22,980 $17,900 - 30,010 -5% 4%
37 Child care workers 340 $22,510 $16,780 - 30,170 18% 15%
38 Medical secretaries 330 $25,410 $18,230 - 35,100 17% 18%
39 Receptionists and information clerks 330 $24,000 $17,460 - 33,120 17% 13%
40 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 330 $18,620 $16,710 - 20,890 10% 8%
41 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 320 $60,670 $43,300 - 82,380 16% 43%
42 Tellers 320 $24,210 $18,370 - 31,580 14% 16%
43 Driver/sales workers 290 $22,910 $16,670 - 34,190 -5% 4%
44 Counter and rental clerks 280 $23,720 $17,120 - 33,500 23% 16%
45 Bus drivers, school 270 $28,490 $21,610 - 38,450 9% 4%
46 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $26,810 $19,670 - 35,910 11% 5%
47 Security guards 270 $23,900 $17,550 - 35,940 17% 13%
48 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 260 $34,170 $17,940 - 58,870 8% 4%
49 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 250 $29,800 $20,280 - 39,950 4% 15%
50 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 250 $28,190 $17,700 - 42,810 4% 6%
51 Carpenters 240 $47,950 $23,860 - 77,770 10% 6%
52 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 240 $19,420 $16,730 - 23,860 13% 5%
53 Home health aides 240 $19,190 $16,680 - 24,050 49% 7%
54 Dishwashers 240 $18,020 $16,680 - 19,870 10% 3%
55 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 220 $18,780 $16,660 - 25,000 12% 6%
56 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 200 $47,370 $37,380 - 59,650 14% 7%
57 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 200 $39,890 $24,270 - 68,620 11% 4%
58 Postal service mail carriers 200 $0 $ - 1% 11%
59 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $60,230 $38,280 - 86,510 7% 13%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $60,590 $45,360 - 82,840 9% 10%
61 Parts salespersons 180 $29,600 $18,150 - 53,330 -2% 6%
62 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 180 $22,900 $17,300 - 32,060 14% 3%
63 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 170 $34,940 $21,900 - 51,970 5% 2%
64 Electricians 160 $48,510 $30,340 - 72,930 7% 7%
65 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 160 $42,580 $29,480 - 58,380 8% 3%
66 Protective service workers, all other 160 $36,140 $20,840 - 51,950 13% 31%
67 Preschool teachers, except special education 160 $30,200 $18,700 - 43,470 26% 43%
68 Industrial machinery mechanics 150 $56,680 $44,810 - 66,470 9% 5%
69 Food service managers 150 $40,640 $32,690 - 52,490 5% 24%
70 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 150 $26,890 $17,750 - 40,490 -7% 14%
71 Cement masons and concrete finishers 140 $34,240 $20,780 - 67,280 11% 2%
72 Library technicians 140 $33,280 $20,380 - 45,650 9% 27%
73 Dental assistants 140 $32,960 $22,820 - 42,290 29% 9%
74 Butchers and meat cutters 130 $32,300 $17,810 - 48,640 2% 2%
75 Property, real estate, and community association managers 130 $30,750 $17,380 - 74,440 15% 36%
76 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 130 $18,240 $16,740 - 19,910 10% 17%
77 Sales representatives, services, all other 120 $56,290 $20,310 - 100,740 28% 48%
78 Computer support specialists 120 $45,640 $27,910 - 65,610 13% 43%
79 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 120 $36,050 $24,560 - 49,160 3% 18%
80 Team assemblers 120 $30,090 $18,620 - 39,680 0% 5%
81 Amusement and recreation attendants 120 $19,420 $16,640 - 23,560 24% 22%
82 Bartenders 120 $17,560 $16,640 - 19,580 11% 17%
83 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 110 $42,060 $28,370 - 55,340 12% 3%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 110 $40,170 $23,380 - 70,980 0% 0%
85 All other information and record clerks 110 $39,230 $27,120 - 53,030 -13% 21%
86 Healthcare support workers, all other 110 $32,940 $22,900 - 46,680 16% 10%
87 Dental hygienists 100 $94,410 $80,970 - 109,280 30% 33%
88 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 100 $47,340 $33,500 - 64,280 14% 8%
89 Farm equipment mechanics 100 $44,490 $24,680 - 66,960 1% 3%
90 Painters, construction and maintenance 100 $42,610 $25,330 - 65,860 12% 6%
91 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 100 $42,400 $32,170 - 60,170 2% 11%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $40,360 $26,240 - 60,730 13% 17%
93 Bill and account collectors 100 $26,510 $19,980 - 32,190 23% 13%
94 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 90 $48,380 $34,730 - 66,630 14% 11%
95 Pharmacy technicians 90 $33,450 $27,470 - 40,530 32% 16%
96 Tire repairers and changers 90 $23,630 $17,320 - 35,740 20% 6%
97 Grinding and polishing workers, hand 90 $22,920 $17,110 - 30,580 -7% 4%
98 Loan officers 80 $54,760 $27,780 - 97,140 12% 49%
99 Insurance sales agents 80 $52,620 $27,150 - 69,660 13% 45%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 80 $44,460 $30,000 - 55,500 13% 11%
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Jobs More Common Near Merced Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Agricultural equipment operators 22,980 340 90
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 20,040 550 75.6
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 18,310 2,770 29.8
Farm equipment mechanics 44,490 100 24.9
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 40,170 110 23.6
Food batchmakers 41,240 460 15.6
Protective service workers, all other 36,140 160 5.7
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 60,670 320 5.3
Elementary school teachers, except special education 60,790 2,060 4
Library technicians 33,280 140 3.6
Cooks, fast food 17,990 700 3.5
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 55,490 250 3.2
Butchers and meat cutters 32,300 130 3
Teacher assistants 30,150 1,350 3
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 47,340 100 2.9
Packers and packagers, hand 18,420 780 2.8
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 68,440 590 2.6
Coaches and scouts 32,250 160 2.6
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 60,810 580 2.5
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 99,660 190 2.5
Medical assistants 25,630 450 2.4
Parts salespersons 29,600 180 2.2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,810 270 2.2
Property, real estate, and community association managers 30,750 130 2.1
Driver/sales workers 22,910 290 2.1
Industrial truck and tractor operators 35,530 460 2
Food service managers 40,640 150 2
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 58,890 170 1.9
Medical secretaries 25,410 330 1.9
Cement masons and concrete finishers 34,240 140 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 62,000 650 1.8
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,310 440 1.8
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,250 860 1.8
Bus drivers, school 28,490 270 1.8
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 45,070 1,010 1.7
Construction laborers 27,950 640 1.7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,640 1,460 1.7
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,620 330 1.6
Counter and rental clerks 23,720 280 1.6
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 36,050 120 1.6
Healthcare support workers, all other 32,940 110 1.6
Industrial machinery mechanics 56,680 150 1.6
Child care workers 22,510 340 1.5
Postal service mail carriers 0 200 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,190 350 1.5
Dental hygienists 94,410 100 1.5
Tellers 24,210 320 1.5
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 22,900 180 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 40,360 100 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,340 420 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Food batchmakers 41,240 1.61 460
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 68,440 1.41 590
Teacher assistants 30,150 1.35 1,350
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 60,670 1.28 320
Industrial machinery mechanics 56,680 1.27 150
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 29,860 1.23 410
Carpenters 47,950 1.22 240
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 99,660 1.22 190
Elementary school teachers, except special education 60,790 1.22 2,060
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 62,000 1.21 650
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 60,810 1.21 580
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 45,070 1.2 1,010
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 47,370 1.2 200
All other information and record clerks 39,230 1.19 110
Preschool teachers, except special education 30,200 1.19 160
Industrial truck and tractor operators 35,530 1.18 460
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 34,170 1.18 260
Child care workers 22,510 1.17 340
Protective service workers, all other 36,140 1.16 160
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 58,890 1.14 170
Business operations specialists, all other 66,880 1.14 410
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,810 1.13 270
Healthcare support workers, all other 32,940 1.13 110
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 32,900 1.13 540
Library technicians 33,280 1.13 140
Cashiers 20,810 1.12 1,750
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 55,490 1.11 250
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,290 1.1 970
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 35,300 1.1 640
Team assemblers 30,090 1.1 120
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 61,800 1.09 210
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 22,900 1.09 180
Bus drivers, school 28,490 1.09 270
Computer support specialists 45,640 1.09 120
Sales representatives, services, all other 56,290 1.09 120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,670 1.08 1,170
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 18,780 1.08 220
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 36,050 1.08 120
Waiters and waitresses 20,100 1.07 610
Butchers and meat cutters 32,300 1.07 130
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 42,060 1.07 110
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,190 1.06 350
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 60,230 1.06 190
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,420 1.05 120
Dishwashers 18,020 1.05 240
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,620 1.04 330
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 60,590 1.04 180
General and operations managers 100,390 1.04 740
Electricians 48,510 1.03 160
Cooks, fast food 17,990 1.03 700

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