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Grand Junction Employment

Employment and Industries in the Grand Junction, Colorado Area

Grand Junction is regarded as the region's commercial center. The primary factors for the economy are healthcare, agriculture, tourism, livestock and oil and gas. The area also includes light manufacturing. In addition, Grand Junction has been ranked #24 for "Best small places for business and careers" by Forbes.com.

The largest employers in Grand Junction are shown below:

  • Mesa County District #51
  • St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Mesa State College
  • State of Colorado
  • Mesa County
  • City of Grand Junction
  • Walmart
  • Halliburton Energy
  • Star Trek USA Inc
  • Community Hospital
  • City Markets Inc
  • Hilltop Community Resources Inc
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • US Postal Service
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Family Health West
  • West Star Aviation
  • McDonald's
  • Mesa Developmental Services
  • Choice Hotels
  • Home Depot
  • Union Pacific Railroad

Grand Junction's major employment sectors are healthcare, education, construction; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services and government.

Some of the occupations more common in Grand Junction than most cities include rotary drill operators, oil and gas; conservation scientists, service unit operators, oil, gas and mining; excavating and loading machine and drag line operators; sheet metal workers, cement masons and concrete finishers, first-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers as well as computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic.

Notable data about Grand Junction: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 88.2. The nation's average is 100. Regarding the population over 25 years of age, about 26% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009 the average earnings in Grand Junction was $27,000.

Grand Junction companies are offered assistance by business organizations such as:

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel offers current information about the business activities in Grand Junction.

Most Popular Jobs in Grand Junction, Colorado 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 820 $61,380 $47,810 - 77,910 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 660 $47,480 $22,650 - 75,950 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 500 $52,750 $32,770 - 84,490 18% 79%
4 Lawyers 220 $89,550 $53,560 - 149,870 11% 99%
5 Civil engineers 180 $74,090 $53,490 - 97,530 18% 87%
6 Managers, all other 170 $93,540 $55,630 - 132,520 7% 55%
7 Social and human service assistants 160 $23,540 $16,530 - 33,470 34% 58%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 150 $31,400 $20,340 - 49,660 19% 77%
9 Conservation scientists 110 $49,730 $29,940 - 67,180 5% 86%
10 Public relations specialists 110 $43,220 $21,960 - 72,500 18% 81%
11 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 100 $46,970 $26,070 - 67,760 5% 58%
12 Sales and related workers, all other 100 $33,380 $20,050 - 41,320 14% 62%
13 Coaches and scouts 100 $32,520 $20,350 - 49,510 15% 60%
14 Pharmacists 90 $108,520 $91,750 - 129,730 22% 97%
15 Medical and health services managers 90 $83,760 $48,440 - 110,720 16% 57%
16 Physical therapists 90 $69,000 $52,760 - 112,740 27% 89%
17 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 90 $42,000 $24,640 - 64,480 18% 56%
18 Rehabilitation counselors 90 $27,790 $18,980 - 42,570 23% 73%
19 Financial managers 80 $87,100 $47,570 - 129,600 13% 60%
20 Sales managers 70 $84,240 $36,510 - 155,910 10% 69%
21 Mechanical engineers 70 $82,670 $32,420 - 4% 78%
22 Advertising sales agents 70 $54,030 $18,160 - 116,940 20% 56%
23 Computer specialists, all other 70 $53,280 $33,090 - 78,690 15% 68%
24 Teachers and instructors, all other 70 $40,460 $27,740 - 60,290 9% 54%
25 Computer software engineers, applications 60 $96,430 $55,740 - 163,890 45% 85%
26 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 60 $62,130 $37,380 - 100,500 12% 51%
27 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 60 $59,810 $27,040 - 82,230 25% 67%
28 Training and development specialists 60 $48,230 $30,840 - 72,150 18% 56%
29 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $44,030 $31,440 - 52,560 15% 51%
30 Mental health counselors 60 $32,620 $19,690 - 46,120 30% 73%
31 Chief executives 50 $156,520 $100,570 - 2% 65%
32 Personal financial advisors 50 $103,430 $42,120 - 41% 81%
33 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $59,820 $39,010 - 81,080 27% 50%
34 Veterinarians 50 $54,200 $29,890 - 80,150 35% 100%
35 Medical and public health social workers 50 $40,010 $26,740 - 56,050 24% 77%
36 Computer systems analysts 40 $63,560 $29,620 - 101,180 29% 68%
37 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $63,210 $25,180 - 101,200 53% 57%
38 Occupational therapists 40 $62,050 $49,740 - 82,660 23% 90%
39 Urban and regional planners 40 $60,740 $37,720 - 84,580 15% 92%
40 Social and community service managers 40 $59,620 $25,140 - 89,370 25% 72%
41 Librarians 40 $57,140 $33,300 - 81,410 4% 85%
42 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $48,750 $29,580 - 70,280 18% 56%
43 Graphic designers 40 $41,130 $23,390 - 62,260 10% 55%
44 Producers and directors 40 $40,760 $20,990 - 80,270 11% 75%
45 Interior designers 40 $38,250 $18,900 - 49,780 20% 55%
46 Dentists, general 30 $160,690 $109,830 - 9% 100%
47 Computer and information systems managers 30 $103,080 $73,030 - 141,110 16% 73%
48 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 30 $71,390 $48,340 - 97,380 25% 93%
49 Optometrists 30 $60,680 $42,620 - 134,460 11% 100%
50 Dietitians and nutritionists 30 $58,150 $42,420 - 79,430 9% 72%
51 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $49,200 $31,340 - 76,130 17% 56%
52 Floral designers 30 $23,660 $16,980 - 30,080 -9% 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 3,050 $28,460 $15,430 - 49,150 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,650 $17,480 $15,130 - 20,500 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,640 $20,220 $15,250 - 27,560 -3% 10%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,630 $28,680 $18,070 - 39,130 1% 18%
5 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,360 $42,140 $26,030 - 59,970 10% 4%
6 Waiters and waitresses 1,330 $0 $ - 11% 14%
7 General and operations managers 1,200 $83,920 $32,540 - 150,140 2% 48%
8 Office clerks, general 1,060 $23,380 $15,310 - 34,430 13% 19%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 890 $29,300 $18,330 - 41,040 13% 16%
10 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 790 $68,240 $43,400 - 119,790 9% 10%
11 Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 750 $54,580 $43,100 - 71,480 -5% 0%
12 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 750 $42,450 $25,770 - 61,510 15% 18%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 670 $23,080 $15,880 - 31,030 15% 4%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 650 $23,660 $16,200 - 31,860 -8% 8%
15 Construction laborers 640 $28,840 $19,460 - 39,040 11% 5%
16 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 620 $27,240 $17,260 - 40,820 8% 4%
17 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 600 $26,090 $17,250 - 38,420 2% 5%
18 Receptionists and information clerks 600 $23,460 $15,860 - 31,140 17% 13%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 570 $44,070 $22,900 - 76,830 4% 25%
20 Maintenance and repair workers, general 540 $30,940 $17,490 - 48,560 10% 6%
21 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 540 $24,840 $20,520 - 30,810 18% 7%
22 Home health aides 530 $18,360 $14,830 - 25,020 49% 7%
23 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 520 $39,390 $20,480 - 61,970 14% 4%
24 Cooks, restaurant 510 $24,570 $16,350 - 32,250 12% 5%
25 Business operations specialists, all other 480 $59,280 $30,160 - 96,290 21% 49%
26 Electricians 480 $42,850 $26,340 - 61,000 7% 7%
27 Customer service representatives 470 $26,650 $17,310 - 37,660 25% 22%
28 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 470 $19,630 $16,010 - 24,530 13% 5%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 460 $44,290 $24,490 - 65,270 6% 29%
30 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 460 $41,850 $25,070 - 64,080 11% 4%
31 Food preparation workers 460 $20,380 $16,720 - 25,460 15% 7%
32 Carpenters 400 $35,890 $22,450 - 50,990 10% 6%
33 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 390 $28,920 $16,100 - 47,270 18% 6%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 380 $30,990 $19,200 - 44,810 11% 14%
35 Counter and rental clerks 380 $23,030 $16,030 - 31,960 23% 16%
36 Dishwashers 360 $19,210 $15,710 - 23,790 10% 3%
37 Driver/sales workers 350 $21,930 $14,950 - 36,700 -5% 4%
38 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 330 $37,680 $28,590 - 49,910 8% 3%
39 Tellers 330 $23,240 $18,890 - 29,070 14% 16%
40 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 320 $40,440 $26,790 - 75,540 -5% 0%
41 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 320 $39,140 $24,500 - 61,620 5% 2%
42 Child care workers 310 $20,260 $15,530 - 27,770 18% 15%
43 Parts salespersons 290 $36,070 $20,960 - 53,540 -2% 6%
44 Cement masons and concrete finishers 280 $35,360 $26,220 - 48,110 11% 2%
45 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 280 $19,770 $14,900 - 29,800 12% 6%
46 Personal and home care aides 280 $18,540 $15,770 - 21,690 51% 10%
47 Sheet metal workers 270 $41,250 $23,390 - 58,250 7% 4%
48 Medical secretaries 250 $33,320 $18,180 - 49,400 17% 18%
49 Bartenders 240 $30,570 $15,140 - 71,130 11% 17%
50 Team assemblers 240 $25,330 $17,290 - 33,060 0% 5%
51 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $22,760 $15,530 - 44,220 10% 17%
52 Sales representatives, services, all other 230 $64,070 $21,920 - 150,630 28% 48%
53 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 230 $18,570 $16,320 - 20,810 17% 14%
54 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 220 $40,540 $30,730 - 50,950 14% 7%
55 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 220 $21,860 $15,580 - 30,050 14% 3%
56 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 220 $17,070 $14,810 - 20,140 10% 5%
57 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 210 $29,060 $22,490 - 36,900 4% 15%
58 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 210 $24,900 $16,630 - 36,520 4% 6%
59 Construction managers 200 $61,240 $33,990 - 100,750 16% 29%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 200 $53,600 $36,100 - 76,960 -5% 15%
61 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 200 $24,050 $17,580 - 30,450 12% 6%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $59,430 $34,500 - 83,910 7% 13%
63 Bill and account collectors 170 $40,970 $27,710 - 51,520 23% 13%
64 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 160 $46,670 $29,760 - 74,570 12% 3%
65 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 160 $28,880 $17,010 - 48,920 -3% 6%
66 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 160 $25,340 $18,210 - 32,750 11% 5%
67 Helpers--production workers 160 $23,910 $17,310 - 33,280 -1% 4%
68 Packers and packagers, hand 160 $17,630 $14,920 - 23,890 -12% 3%
69 Computer support specialists 150 $44,930 $24,700 - 66,590 13% 43%
70 Loan interviewers and clerks 150 $35,030 $26,680 - 45,880 -1% 24%
71 Dental assistants 150 $29,560 $23,680 - 37,020 29% 9%
72 Healthcare support workers, all other 150 $28,730 $22,760 - 33,530 16% 10%
73 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
74 Machinists 140 $37,030 $24,530 - 55,120 -3% 3%
75 Medical assistants 140 $30,210 $25,050 - 37,100 35% 10%
76 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 140 $27,170 $22,190 - 32,520 10% 24%
77 Preschool teachers, except special education 140 $22,640 $15,320 - 32,450 26% 43%
78 Cooks, fast food 140 $17,860 $15,150 - 22,070 8% 5%
79 Insurance sales agents 130 $39,500 $17,820 - 70,730 13% 45%
80 Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 130 $37,060 $28,170 - 49,290 8% 4%
81 Painters, construction and maintenance 130 $36,730 $27,360 - 49,190 12% 6%
82 All other information and record clerks 130 $36,350 $26,460 - 49,930 -13% 21%
83 Security guards 130 $25,920 $19,710 - 32,970 17% 13%
84 Recreation workers 130 $24,100 $15,760 - 33,430 13% 47%
85 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 130 $0 $ - 7% 2%
86 Dental hygienists 120 $65,980 $55,630 - 81,160 30% 33%
87 Highway maintenance workers 120 $40,330 $33,720 - 49,040 9% 5%
88 Pharmacy technicians 120 $29,820 $24,680 - 35,820 32% 16%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 110 $69,750 $31,570 - 101,950 4% 38%
90 Loan officers 110 $63,380 $33,810 - 104,520 12% 49%
91 Amusement and recreation attendants 110 $17,290 $14,850 - 20,800 24% 22%
92 Cost estimators 100 $55,990 $35,100 - 80,280 19% 32%
93 Industrial truck and tractor operators 100 $29,090 $20,690 - 39,220 -2% 2%
94 Tire repairers and changers 100 $26,640 $15,750 - 39,560 20% 6%
95 Food servers, nonrestaurant 100 $18,410 $15,010 - 25,280 16% 9%
96 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 90 $47,140 $28,920 - 74,570 0% 42%
97 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 90 $38,280 $18,270 - 56,380 2% 11%
98 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 90 $35,860 $17,360 - 59,310 8% 9%
99 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 90 $35,830 $23,530 - 51,650 -7% 14%
100 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 90 $32,340 $24,120 - 45,910 3% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Junction Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 54,580 750 149.3
Conservation scientists 49,730 110 48.1
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 40,440 320 41.7
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 37,060 130 8
Sheet metal workers 41,250 270 4.7
Cement masons and concrete finishers 35,360 280 3.7
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 68,240 790 3.6
Highway maintenance workers 40,330 120 3.6
Parts salespersons 36,070 290 3.6
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 28,880 160 3.5
Tire repairers and changers 26,640 100 3.1
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 18,570 230 2.9
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 0 130 2.9
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,070 220 2.8
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 41,850 460 2.7
Driver/sales workers 21,930 350 2.5
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 37,680 330 2.5
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,140 320 2.5
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 42,140 1,360 2.3
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,680 1,630 2.3
Construction managers 61,240 200 2.3
Counter and rental clerks 23,030 380 2.2
Healthcare support workers, all other 28,730 150 2.2
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 39,390 520 2.1
Electricians 42,850 480 2
General and operations managers 83,920 1,200 1.9
Sales and related workers, all other 33,380 100 1.9
Dishwashers 19,210 360 1.8
Loan interviewers and clerks 35,030 150 1.8
Dental hygienists 65,980 120 1.8
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 46,670 160 1.8
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,240 620 1.8
Retail salespersons 28,460 3,050 1.8
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 21,860 220 1.8
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,770 280 1.7
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 22,760 240 1.7
Civil engineers 74,090 180 1.7
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 27,170 140 1.7
Construction laborers 28,840 640 1.7
Personal and home care aides 18,540 280 1.7
Home health aides 18,360 530 1.6
Coaches and scouts 32,520 100 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,480 1,650 1.6
All other information and record clerks 36,350 130 1.6
Child, family, and school social workers 31,400 150 1.5
Tellers 23,240 330 1.5
Cooks, restaurant 24,570 510 1.5
Waiters and waitresses 0 1,330 1.5
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 24,050 200 1.4
Medical secretaries 33,320 250 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Grand Junction, Colorado Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Bartenders 30,570 1.58 240
Bill and account collectors 40,970 1.33 170
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 22,760 1.28 240
Sales representatives, services, all other 64,070 1.24 230
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 28,920 1.19 390
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 46,670 1.19 160
Parts salespersons 36,070 1.18 290
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 68,240 1.17 790
Retail salespersons 28,460 1.17 3,050
Highway maintenance workers 40,330 1.15 120
Medical secretaries 33,320 1.15 250
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 44,070 1.14 570
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,770 1.14 280
Cooks, restaurant 24,570 1.13 510
Managers, all other 93,540 1.13 170
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 42,140 1.12 1,360
Dishwashers 19,210 1.12 360
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,140 1.11 320
All other information and record clerks 36,350 1.1 130
Loan interviewers and clerks 35,030 1.1 150
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 42,450 1.09 750
Cashiers 20,220 1.09 1,640
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 39,390 1.09 520
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 26,090 1.08 600
Medical assistants 30,210 1.08 140
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 25,340 1.07 160
Loan officers 63,380 1.07 110
Painters, construction and maintenance 36,730 1.07 130
Computer support specialists 44,930 1.07 150
Pharmacy technicians 29,820 1.06 120
Food preparation workers 20,380 1.06 460
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 54,580 1.06 750
Child care workers 20,260 1.05 310
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 59,430 1.04 190
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 21,860 1.04 220
Dental hygienists 65,980 1.04 120
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,660 1.04 650
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,840 1.03 540
Security guards 25,920 1.03 130
Cooks, fast food 17,860 1.03 140
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,630 1.03 470
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 40,440 1.03 320
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 40,540 1.02 220
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,990 1.02 380
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,480 1.01 1,650
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,600 1.01 200
Civil engineers 74,090 1.01 180
Helpers--production workers 23,910 1.01 160
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,080 1.01 670
Business operations specialists, all other 59,280 1.01 480

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