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Pocatello Employment

Employment and Industries in the Pocatello, Idaho Area

The major economic elements in Pocatello are manufacturing, transportation, mining, medical products, agriculture, processing of agricultural products, recreation, tourism, nuclear research and high-tech. In addition, Pocatello has been ranked #20 in the "Best places for business and careers" list by Forbes Magazine.

The major employers in Pocatello are:

  • Idaho State University
  • School District 25
  • Portneuf Medical Center
  • Northwest BEC Corporation
  • ON Semiconductor
  • Convergys Business Services
  • Heinz Frozen Food Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Pocatello City Government
  • Bannock County Government
  • Ballard Medical/Kimberly Clark
  • Walmart
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho
  • Cusa CSS, LLC
  • System 1, Inc
  • Idaho Home Health and Hospice Inc
  • Mccall of the Wild Inc
  • MMJ Inc
  • Norton Associates LLC
  • Mountain West Research Center
  • Amis Holdings Inc

Some of the most popular jobs filled primarily by college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountants and auditors, financial managers, social and human service assistants, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists; and management analysts.

The major employment sectors in Pocatello are shown below:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Accommodation and Food services
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Government
  • Finance and insurance

Noteworthy information about Pocatello: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 82.5 which is low when compared to the national average of 100. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $42,000. Regarding the residents over the age of 25, about 28% have a bachelor's degree or better.

Pocatello companies have access to helpful business organizations such as:

The Idaho State Journal offers current information about the business endeavors in Pocatello.

Most Popular Jobs in Pocatello, Idaho 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 550 $59,760 $44,650 - 75,090 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 510 $46,590 $42,540 - 52,580 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 480 $46,830 $42,660 - 52,720 6% 96%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 270 $47,200 $34,110 - 64,120 9% 54%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 200 $37,080 $26,920 - 50,790 8% 51%
6 Accountants and auditors 160 $73,290 $29,820 - 130,370 18% 79%
7 Lawyers 150 $80,900 $35,110 - 159,610 11% 99%
8 Financial managers 120 $62,360 $33,900 - 101,450 13% 60%
9 Social and human service assistants 110 $29,500 $20,720 - 45,010 34% 58%
10 Management analysts 100 $77,660 $38,110 - 129,620 22% 78%
11 Community and social service specialists, all other 100 $46,540 $40,900 - 55,870 25% 58%
12 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 100 $37,110 $24,620 - 49,580 11% 58%
13 Child, family, and school social workers 100 $34,100 $27,320 - 40,060 19% 77%
14 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $53,190 $41,070 - 65,810 13% 73%
15 Medical and health services managers 80 $54,860 $27,380 - 81,300 16% 57%
16 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $65,630 $34,740 - 83,810 8% 78%
17 Legislators 70 $27,450 $14,250 - 41,700 1% 65%
18 Chief executives 60 $137,720 $58,160 - 2% 65%
19 Pharmacists 60 $92,070 $73,590 - 116,180 22% 97%
20 Sales managers 60 $52,170 $29,030 - 93,760 10% 69%
21 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $47,510 $34,360 - 63,120 27% 50%
22 Floral designers 60 $18,610 $14,410 - 26,050 -9% 55%
23 Engineers, all other 50 $74,370 $57,460 - 98,050 6% 82%
24 Managers, all other 50 $69,940 $44,010 - 101,910 7% 55%
25 Computer specialists, all other 50 $56,480 $34,680 - 82,870 15% 68%
26 Graphic designers 50 $28,560 $17,900 - 48,440 10% 55%
27 Computer systems analysts 40 $80,820 $47,780 - 131,500 29% 68%
28 Physician assistants 40 $76,510 $38,950 - 97,790 27% 67%
29 Physical therapists 40 $61,420 $44,310 - 82,460 27% 89%
30 Financial specialists, all other 40 $48,710 $35,370 - 77,410 12% 50%
31 Training and development specialists 40 $39,040 $21,800 - 58,200 18% 56%
32 Surveyors 40 $0 $ - 24% 82%
33 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 30 $113,140 $42,320 - 24% 78%
34 Detectives and criminal investigators 30 $56,990 $50,430 - 64,120 17% 54%
35 Network systems and data communications analysts 30 $40,300 $22,260 - 57,930 53% 57%
36 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 30 $39,430 $24,300 - 53,200 5% 58%
37 Editors 30 $35,280 $14,970 - 65,250 2% 81%

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 1,700 $19,950 $14,200 - 30,950 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 1,160 $23,320 $15,130 - 31,970 13% 19%
3 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 940 $25,270 $17,220 - 38,410 15% 4%
4 Waiters and waitresses 900 $19,970 $14,330 - 30,150 11% 14%
5 General and operations managers 760 $65,240 $29,670 - 112,980 2% 48%
6 Cashiers 610 $18,590 $14,700 - 24,340 -3% 10%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 500 $16,140 $14,060 - 19,500 18% 5%
8 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 460 $31,690 $20,820 - 41,700 10% 4%
9 Food cooking machine operators and tenders 440 $27,210 $20,060 - 32,780 -5% 0%
10 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 420 $39,670 $18,650 - 69,990 4% 25%
11 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 420 $35,170 $25,070 - 50,470 15% 18%
12 Driver/sales workers 420 $31,100 $14,420 - 54,830 -5% 4%
13 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 410 $21,180 $15,260 - 29,530 2% 5%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 390 $26,470 $17,270 - 38,130 13% 16%
15 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 370 $19,790 $15,500 - 25,840 18% 7%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 350 $39,110 $23,100 - 61,120 6% 29%
17 Teacher assistants 350 $23,380 $21,190 - 26,080 10% 18%
18 Carpenters 270 $33,700 $19,960 - 49,140 10% 6%
19 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 270 $27,210 $17,670 - 38,170 1% 18%
20 Home health aides 270 $21,100 $16,280 - 26,920 49% 7%
21 Business operations specialists, all other 260 $59,410 $18,250 - 139,360 21% 49%
22 Maintenance and repair workers, general 260 $35,490 $16,830 - 50,680 10% 6%
23 Construction laborers 260 $25,580 $18,200 - 33,600 11% 5%
24 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 260 $24,970 $14,390 - 56,050 8% 4%
25 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 240 $34,740 $16,400 - 50,160 14% 4%
26 Cooks, restaurant 240 $23,600 $16,120 - 31,720 12% 5%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 230 $23,770 $17,230 - 33,260 11% 14%
28 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 230 $17,490 $14,330 - 23,400 13% 5%
29 Industrial truck and tractor operators 220 $27,860 $19,310 - 36,880 -2% 2%
30 Loan officers 210 $52,430 $28,010 - 86,300 12% 49%
31 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 210 $22,410 $15,310 - 31,920 18% 6%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 190 $45,680 $25,840 - 67,950 9% 10%
33 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 180 $35,430 $24,810 - 50,310 14% 7%
34 Stock clerks and order fillers 180 $22,100 $15,570 - 31,590 -8% 8%
35 Tellers 180 $20,670 $17,160 - 25,350 14% 16%
36 Electricians 170 $43,480 $24,740 - 63,270 7% 7%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 160 $48,810 $26,290 - 68,590 7% 13%
38 Bartenders 160 $19,250 $14,130 - 31,600 11% 17%
39 Dental assistants 150 $29,710 $18,660 - 38,930 29% 9%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 140 $46,950 $28,930 - 72,930 -5% 15%
41 Receptionists and information clerks 140 $23,790 $15,870 - 31,550 17% 13%
42 Counter and rental clerks 140 $20,140 $14,180 - 30,920 23% 16%
43 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 130 $46,620 $33,820 - 61,000 11% 33%
44 Bus drivers, school 130 $27,440 $18,900 - 32,680 9% 4%
45 Helpers--production workers 130 $22,580 $20,580 - 25,240 -1% 4%
46 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $16,260 $14,280 - 19,220 17% 14%
47 Sales representatives, services, all other 120 $41,240 $17,850 - 83,630 28% 48%
48 Dishwashers 120 $17,030 $14,200 - 23,670 10% 3%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 110 $69,980 $54,330 - 94,870 4% 38%
50 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 110 $30,280 $26,610 - 35,640 7% 3%
51 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 100 $42,180 $33,490 - 52,990 8% 3%
52 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 100 $30,830 $21,610 - 47,890 -7% 14%
53 Security guards 100 $22,010 $15,060 - 32,400 17% 13%
54 Child care workers 100 $17,010 $14,180 - 23,080 18% 15%
55 Dental hygienists 90 $61,440 $54,500 - 70,140 30% 33%
56 Administrative services managers 90 $45,330 $24,200 - 91,650 12% 40%
57 Correctional officers and jailers 90 $34,200 $27,430 - 41,400 17% 11%
58 Food service managers 90 $29,940 $18,490 - 42,720 5% 24%
59 File clerks 90 $27,740 $21,110 - 34,520 -41% 20%
60 Parts salespersons 90 $26,350 $15,950 - 37,340 -2% 6%
61 Postal service mail carriers 90 $0 $ - 1% 11%
62 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 90 $0 $ - -8% 12%
63 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 80 $39,640 $17,450 - 63,790 13% 11%
64 Loan interviewers and clerks 80 $26,990 $21,420 - 37,420 -1% 24%
65 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 80 $16,800 $14,390 - 19,970 10% 17%
66 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 70 $55,190 $33,760 - 75,370 10% 17%
67 Bill and account collectors 70 $33,110 $15,280 - 51,100 23% 13%
68 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 70 $26,280 $17,120 - 37,280 4% 15%
69 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 70 $25,960 $20,760 - 35,120 4% 6%
70 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 70 $20,830 $15,940 - 25,510 10% 5%
71 Food preparation workers 70 $19,550 $14,730 - 25,950 15% 7%
72 Cost estimators 60 $47,480 $30,610 - 74,250 19% 32%
73 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 60 $42,640 $25,200 - 55,030 4% 30%
74 Appraisers and assessors of real estate 60 $40,700 $20,670 - 57,990 17% 44%
75 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 60 $32,970 $22,480 - 59,090 19% 14%
76 Court, municipal, and license clerks 60 $31,510 $22,450 - 40,850 9% 24%
77 Pharmacy technicians 60 $28,550 $21,560 - 35,100 32% 16%
78 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 60 $23,560 $16,480 - 32,370 2% 11%
79 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 60 $23,250 $16,230 - 31,760 11% 5%
80 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 60 $22,410 $14,390 - 39,950 8% 9%
81 Civil engineering technicians 50 $44,030 $35,410 - 51,460 10% 18%
82 Radiologic technologists and technicians 50 $40,560 $35,040 - 48,540 15% 25%
83 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 50 $39,200 $25,920 - 50,680 12% 3%
84 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 50 $37,520 $26,880 - 49,720 14% 11%
85 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 50 $32,000 $22,560 - 41,870 3% 38%
86 Library technicians 50 $28,680 $21,740 - 42,740 9% 27%
87 Medical assistants 50 $25,440 $19,720 - 33,410 35% 10%
88 Tire repairers and changers 50 $24,570 $17,460 - 35,070 20% 6%
89 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 40 $59,390 $53,950 - 65,860 3% 13%
90 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 40 $57,130 $50,130 - 65,000 4% 18%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 40 $56,750 $29,760 - 79,880 9% 33%
92 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 40 $36,960 $24,910 - 48,500 11% 4%
93 Computer support specialists 40 $34,470 $22,460 - 50,010 13% 43%
94 All other information and record clerks 40 $33,330 $21,410 - 46,090 -13% 21%
95 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 40 $32,620 $15,850 - 47,500 14% 8%
96 Medical records and health information technicians 40 $26,350 $18,830 - 34,640 18% 12%
97 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 40 $26,320 $17,990 - 37,600 3% 18%
98 Medical secretaries 40 $23,770 $18,590 - 30,250 17% 18%
99 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 40 $18,590 $14,960 - 26,950 14% 3%
100 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 30 $46,300 $30,620 - 61,420 0% 42%
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Jobs More Common Near Pocatello Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 27,210 440 95.2
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 37,110 100 11.7
Driver/sales workers 31,100 420 6.1
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 30,280 110 5.4
Community and social service specialists, all other 46,540 100 5.3
Loan officers 52,430 210 3.4
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,260 130 3.3
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,200 270 3
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,830 480 2.7
Dental assistants 29,710 150 2.7
General and operations managers 65,240 760 2.4
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,270 940 2.3
Office clerks, general 23,320 1,160 2.1
Child, family, and school social workers 34,100 100 2
Retail salespersons 19,950 1,700 2
Elementary school teachers, except special education 46,590 510 2
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 69,980 110 2
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,860 220 2
Waiters and waitresses 19,970 900 2
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 34,740 240 2
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 48,810 160 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,670 420 1.9
Social and human service assistants 29,500 110 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 45,680 190 1.7
Bus drivers, school 27,440 130 1.7
Bartenders 19,250 160 1.7
Tellers 20,670 180 1.7
Home health aides 21,100 270 1.7
Counter and rental clerks 20,140 140 1.6
Carpenters 33,700 270 1.6
Helpers--production workers 22,580 130 1.6
Teacher assistants 23,380 350 1.6
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 31,690 460 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 23,770 230 1.5
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,180 100 1.5
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 24,970 260 1.5
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,790 370 1.4
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,170 420 1.4
Cooks, restaurant 23,600 240 1.4
Electricians 43,480 170 1.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,430 180 1.4
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,490 230 1.4
Construction laborers 25,580 260 1.4
Lawyers 80,900 150 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 39,110 350 1.3
Business operations specialists, all other 59,410 260 1.3
Dishwashers 17,030 120 1.2
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,830 100 1.2
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 46,950 140 1.2
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 22,410 210 1.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Pocatello, Idaho Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,200 1.24 270
Accountants and auditors 73,290 1.23 160
Driver/sales workers 31,100 1.19 420
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 27,210 1.12 440
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,270 1.1 940
Cooks, restaurant 23,600 1.09 240
Waiters and waitresses 19,970 1.07 900
Teacher assistants 23,380 1.05 350
Bus drivers, school 27,440 1.05 130
Social and human service assistants 29,500 1.04 110
Maintenance and repair workers, general 35,490 1.03 260
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,670 1.02 420
Business operations specialists, all other 59,410 1.01 260
Cashiers 18,590 1 610
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 69,980 1 110
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 30,280 1 110
Receptionists and information clerks 23,790 0.99 140
Home health aides 21,100 0.99 270
Bartenders 19,250 0.99 160
Dishwashers 17,030 0.99 120
Registered nurses 59,760 0.97 550
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,100 0.97 180
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,620 0.96 130
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 34,740 0.96 240
Helpers--production workers 22,580 0.96 130
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,140 0.94 500
Elementary school teachers, except special education 46,590 0.94 510
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,210 0.93 270
Electricians 43,480 0.93 170
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,860 0.93 220
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 22,410 0.92 210
Dental assistants 29,710 0.92 150
Office clerks, general 23,320 0.92 1,160
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,830 0.92 480
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,490 0.91 230
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,170 0.91 420
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,430 0.9 180
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 46,950 0.89 140
Loan officers 52,430 0.89 210
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,180 0.88 410
Tellers 20,670 0.87 180
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 39,110 0.87 350
Counter and rental clerks 20,140 0.86 140
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 24,970 0.86 260
Carpenters 33,700 0.86 270
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 48,810 0.86 160
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 31,690 0.84 460
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,260 0.84 130
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 26,470 0.83 390
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,790 0.82 370

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