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Rochester Employment

Employment and Industries in the Rochester, Minnesota Area

Rochester, Minnesota is regarded as a prominent center for medicine, biosciences and technology. The economy relies on the Mayo Clinic, IBM, the hospitality sector and agriculture. The Mayo Clinic is Rochester's largest employer. Service businesses, including the Mayo Clinic provide the majority of the jobs in Rochester. The hotel and restaurant industries provide a substantial number of jobs.

The city includes one of the largest IBM facilities, under one roof, in the world. IBM is a major employer in the city. The region also offers employment at the facilities of over 150 manufacturing companies. Pemstar and Crenlo Inc are two of the major manufacturing firms. The region also includes more than 1400 working farms. The production of milk and cheese are significant economic factors. In addition, vegetable packing provides seasonal jobs for hundreds of workers.

Notable information about Rochester, Minnesota: Rochester is often included in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list. The average salary in Rochester in 2009 was $43,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Rochester was at 79.9 which is lower than the national average of 100. About 38% of the adult residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Rochester's top employers:

  • Mayo Clinic - Medical/hospital
  • IBM - Electronics-computer
  • Rochester Public Schools - Education
  • Olmsted County - Government
  • Olmsted Medical Center - Medical-hospital services
  • Walmart & Sams Club - Retail
  • City of Rochester - Government
  • HyVee - Retail Grocery
  • Sunstone Hotel Properties - Hotel/restaurant services
  • Charter Communications - Cable Television/ high speed Internet
  • RCTC - Post secondary education
  • Crenlo - Fabricated metal
  • Target - Retail
  • Federal Medical Center - Corrections/medical
  • Benchmark Electronics - Contract Mfg/design/engineering
  • Seneca Food - Food processing
  • Marigold Foods - Food processing
  • Hiawatha Homes - Res. Services/dev. disabilities
  • Samaritan Bethany Inc - Healthcare for the aging
  • Pace Dairy - Food processing

Some of the most common occupations in Rochester filled by college graduates are registered nurses, computer software applications engineers, teachers, computer programmers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, computer systems analysts, computer and information systems managers, pharmacists, and social and human service assistants.

The primary job providing segments in Rochester are:

  • Healthcare
  • Computer and electronic products
  • Educational services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Social assistance
  • Manufacturing

Local companies have opportunities to collaborate with the following helpful organizations:

People interested in learning about the region's business and industry activities can read the local newspaper the Post-Bulletin

Most Popular Jobs in Rochester, Minnesota 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 6,450 $0 $ - 24% 56%
2 Computer software engineers, applications 880 $85,620 $60,780 - 108,530 45% 85%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 860 $45,600 $27,710 - 63,750 6% 96%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 800 $46,560 $28,470 - 63,340 14% 95%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 710 $40,690 $27,350 - 58,850 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 550 $55,380 $37,270 - 78,300 18% 79%
7 Computer programmers 480 $102,810 $50,970 - -4% 73%
8 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 470 $51,370 $33,480 - 80,570 8% 51%
9 Computer systems analysts 420 $81,470 $51,890 - 122,890 29% 68%
10 Computer and information systems managers 410 $129,950 $85,570 - 16% 73%
11 Pharmacists 370 $112,480 $94,970 - 131,420 22% 97%
12 Social and human service assistants 350 $28,000 $19,590 - 39,670 34% 58%
13 Computer specialists, all other 340 $61,590 $43,830 - 81,510 15% 68%
14 Medical and health services managers 300 $105,110 $68,320 - 146,170 16% 57%
15 Managers, all other 270 $89,890 $53,200 - 128,480 7% 55%
16 Industrial engineers 270 $0 $ - 20% 74%
17 Sales and related workers, all other 240 $51,460 $27,730 - 82,440 14% 62%
18 Management analysts 220 $69,690 $48,080 - 100,720 22% 78%
19 Physical therapists 210 $71,690 $58,050 - 85,440 27% 89%
20 Financial managers 200 $96,260 $60,240 - 133,120 13% 60%
21 Teachers and instructors, all other 200 $40,350 $23,550 - 64,160 9% 54%
22 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 200 $40,010 $23,410 - 63,960 13% 73%
23 Network systems and data communications analysts 180 $0 $ - 53% 57%
24 Sales managers 170 $107,460 $53,840 - 166,130 10% 69%
25 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 170 $48,110 $31,640 - 62,430 20% 87%
26 Database administrators 160 $70,990 $44,640 - 104,970 29% 72%
27 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 160 $64,650 $41,130 - 96,950 17% 56%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 160 $62,330 $42,590 - 88,290 27% 50%
29 Financial analysts 150 $70,830 $43,250 - 100,600 34% 87%
30 Civil engineers 150 $68,200 $48,190 - 87,850 18% 87%
31 Lawyers 140 $138,410 $63,630 - 11% 99%
32 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 140 $69,200 $36,550 - 107,040 12% 51%
33 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 140 $51,760 $31,580 - 78,860 18% 56%
34 Graphic designers 130 $56,780 $30,590 - 99,150 10% 55%
35 Occupational therapists 120 $63,690 $50,270 - 81,100 23% 90%
36 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $51,160 $33,820 - 70,100 19% 77%
37 Community and social service specialists, all other 120 $41,940 $28,610 - 59,020 25% 58%
38 Engineering managers 110 $124,230 $80,510 - 7% 84%
39 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 110 $101,820 $30,350 - 25% 67%
40 Market research analysts 110 $83,680 $45,630 - 134,380 20% 82%
41 Instructional coordinators 110 $64,430 $46,100 - 82,820 23% 79%
42 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 110 $51,170 $37,480 - 66,130 34% 73%
43 Special education teachers, secondary school 110 $47,760 $29,420 - 63,380 9% 87%
44 Self-enrichment education teachers 110 $38,080 $18,350 - 63,060 23% 54%
45 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $66,110 $54,860 - 80,410 30% 77%
46 Speech-language pathologists 100 $58,260 $44,480 - 74,700 11% 98%
47 Electrical engineers 90 $100,010 $63,480 - 140,430 6% 81%
48 Social and community service managers 90 $65,410 $44,770 - 86,680 25% 72%
49 Writers and authors 90 $51,140 $17,910 - 80,060 13% 84%
50 Special education teachers, middle school 90 $45,920 $28,980 - 63,270 16% 87%
51 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $84,630 $64,890 - 104,770 8% 78%
52 Editors 80 $58,490 $25,970 - 86,970 2% 81%
53 Training and development specialists 80 $58,030 $36,000 - 88,500 18% 56%
54 Librarians 80 $52,310 $37,980 - 64,570 4% 85%
55 Tax preparers 80 $29,240 $21,760 - 46,770 -8% 54%
56 Engineers, all other 70 $83,030 $45,200 - 120,940 6% 82%
57 Chief executives 60 $137,300 $15,230 - 2% 65%
58 Purchasing managers 60 $96,550 $62,740 - 151,780 3% 57%
59 Public relations specialists 60 $66,290 $36,930 - 118,160 18% 81%
60 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $46,170 $27,220 - 72,790 5% 58%
61 Floral designers 60 $21,950 $15,860 - 31,140 -9% 55%
62 Marketing managers 50 $107,920 $63,320 - 149,490 14% 69%
63 Human resources managers, all other 50 $97,790 $60,950 - 131,030 11% 58%
64 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 50 $78,730 $41,500 - 153,190 16% 99%
65 Occupational health and safety specialists 50 $64,190 $44,650 - 86,290 8% 72%
66 Coaches and scouts 50 $32,530 $17,470 - 57,740 15% 60%
67 Education administrators, all other 40 $75,510 $40,280 - 102,570 13% 78%
68 Producers and directors 40 $73,970 $52,470 - 100,050 11% 75%
69 Legislators 40 $18,440 $14,280 - 29,930 1% 65%
70 Advertising sales agents 40 $0 $ - 20% 56%
71 Urban and regional planners 30 $60,080 $42,570 - 80,550 15% 92%
72 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 30 $59,060 $36,950 - 85,260 18% 56%
73 Clergy 30 $56,570 $40,580 - 80,580 19% 75%
74 Meeting and convention planners 30 $44,300 $29,650 - 59,000 20% 67%
75 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 30 $37,750 $26,530 - 47,920 24% 78%

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 3,300 $24,320 $14,940 - 36,640 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,350 $18,290 $14,380 - 25,540 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 2,240 $18,340 $14,390 - 23,590 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 2,120 $28,290 $20,600 - 38,210 13% 19%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,820 $21,180 $13,990 - 36,720 11% 14%
6 Home health aides 1,710 $24,090 $20,400 - 30,130 49% 7%
7 Business operations specialists, all other 1,580 $50,070 $28,990 - 75,970 21% 49%
8 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,550 $28,880 $21,900 - 37,390 18% 7%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,430 $25,480 $17,000 - 40,290 2% 5%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,350 $26,690 $16,540 - 38,330 15% 4%
11 Customer service representatives 1,270 $32,180 $21,710 - 43,110 25% 22%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,220 $23,940 $15,720 - 36,350 -8% 8%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,190 $35,990 $27,620 - 46,870 10% 4%
14 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,130 $39,630 $30,560 - 50,370 15% 18%
15 Teacher assistants 1,070 $25,340 $18,550 - 31,240 10% 18%
16 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,020 $23,060 $15,240 - 33,880 13% 5%
17 Personal and home care aides 1,000 $22,650 $17,580 - 27,640 51% 10%
18 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 970 $32,590 $19,450 - 45,810 13% 16%
19 Team assemblers 950 $31,130 $18,970 - 46,220 0% 5%
20 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 930 $43,300 $34,240 - 52,840 14% 7%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 910 $42,580 $27,970 - 62,310 6% 29%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 870 $37,410 $21,810 - 57,300 4% 25%
23 General and operations managers 810 $86,310 $39,060 - 156,490 2% 48%
24 Receptionists and information clerks 680 $23,490 $14,640 - 34,590 17% 13%
25 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 670 $41,650 $31,360 - 51,830 4% 15%
26 Carpenters 650 $47,960 $34,020 - 63,010 10% 6%
27 Bartenders 620 $19,100 $14,210 - 25,340 11% 17%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 560 $27,880 $17,910 - 42,910 11% 14%
29 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 530 $28,920 $19,420 - 40,810 18% 6%
30 Electricians 520 $52,100 $34,080 - 68,010 7% 7%
31 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 510 $26,760 $19,390 - 33,480 8% 4%
32 Tellers 490 $24,630 $19,480 - 31,390 14% 16%
33 Maintenance and repair workers, general 480 $36,820 $23,490 - 53,410 10% 6%
34 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 460 $39,120 $26,150 - 51,160 5% 2%
35 Production workers, all other 460 $27,650 $16,010 - 38,520 2% 5%
36 Cooks, restaurant 450 $23,040 $17,300 - 29,860 12% 5%
37 Packers and packagers, hand 430 $17,940 $13,940 - 25,290 -12% 3%
38 Pharmacy technicians 420 $33,800 $25,960 - 42,500 32% 16%
39 Computer support specialists 410 $44,480 $31,220 - 62,370 13% 43%
40 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 390 $34,640 $22,480 - 48,780 14% 4%
41 Machinists 380 $36,440 $25,620 - 51,540 -3% 3%
42 Food preparation workers 380 $23,210 $17,060 - 33,920 15% 7%
43 Dishwashers 380 $18,870 $14,530 - 25,370 10% 3%
44 Security guards 370 $28,400 $18,150 - 42,300 17% 13%
45 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 360 $44,860 $30,440 - 61,600 8% 3%
46 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 360 $34,800 $24,050 - 46,610 1% 18%
47 Personal care and service workers, all other 360 $29,980 $20,630 - 38,990 -13% 21%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 350 $50,140 $33,230 - 74,150 -5% 15%
49 Construction laborers 350 $42,480 $28,780 - 57,800 11% 5%
50 Food servers, nonrestaurant 340 $25,840 $17,340 - 35,570 16% 9%
51 Surgical technologists 340 $0 $ - 25% 16%
52 Industrial truck and tractor operators 330 $29,150 $21,510 - 38,740 -2% 2%
53 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 300 $31,210 $22,240 - 38,630 13% 4%
54 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 290 $33,370 $21,590 - 48,150 19% 14%
55 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 290 $24,970 $17,180 - 36,190 -9% 5%
56 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 290 $19,380 $15,960 - 24,070 17% 14%
57 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 280 $26,450 $17,180 - 38,520 12% 6%
58 Loan officers 270 $52,840 $37,090 - 75,090 12% 49%
59 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 270 $26,650 $19,330 - 36,940 14% 3%
60 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 260 $31,840 $17,940 - 47,660 -5% 5%
61 Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 260 $18,300 $13,670 - 34,910 -9% 3%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 250 $57,090 $40,830 - 79,640 7% 13%
63 Preschool teachers, except special education 250 $29,990 $22,190 - 40,620 26% 43%
64 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 250 $28,090 $18,120 - 39,990 4% 6%
65 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 250 $18,250 $14,280 - 23,890 10% 17%
66 Sales representatives, services, all other 240 $61,300 $32,450 - 102,590 28% 48%
67 Counter and rental clerks 240 $23,700 $14,600 - 36,150 23% 16%
68 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 240 $22,530 $17,150 - 28,840 13% 15%
69 Postal service mail carriers 240 $0 $ - 1% 11%
70 Medical assistants 230 $37,080 $26,490 - 50,320 35% 10%
71 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 230 $28,790 $19,380 - 38,380 11% 5%
72 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 230 $27,500 $18,950 - 37,130 10% 5%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 220 $64,530 $43,760 - 96,710 9% 10%
74 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 220 $60,420 $38,210 - 83,440 0% 42%
75 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 220 $17,660 $14,340 - 21,550 12% 6%
76 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 210 $52,780 $36,860 - 65,260 11% 33%
77 Recreation workers 210 $28,360 $18,100 - 44,440 13% 47%
78 Industrial machinery mechanics 200 $43,510 $34,610 - 51,610 9% 5%
79 Cement masons and concrete finishers 200 $41,790 $25,590 - 71,650 11% 2%
80 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 200 $33,090 $21,560 - 52,750 8% 9%
81 Parts salespersons 200 $29,680 $20,700 - 39,810 -2% 6%
82 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 200 $26,100 $17,410 - 38,860 -7% 14%
83 Dental assistants 190 $41,510 $33,960 - 51,300 29% 9%
84 Driver/sales workers 190 $20,890 $14,150 - 31,200 -5% 4%
85 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 180 $36,160 $27,510 - 45,410 11% 29%
86 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 180 $18,660 $14,780 - 23,630 10% 8%
87 Cooks, fast food 180 $18,510 $14,950 - 23,110 8% 5%
88 Medical records and health information technicians 170 $41,120 $29,730 - 54,840 18% 12%
89 Child care workers 170 $18,060 $14,580 - 22,320 18% 15%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 150 $73,930 $54,050 - 101,590 4% 38%
91 Highway maintenance workers 150 $39,430 $27,550 - 50,820 9% 5%
92 Painters, construction and maintenance 150 $36,730 $22,510 - 62,500 12% 6%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 150 $33,280 $15,680 - 51,370 16% 26%
94 Dental hygienists 140 $65,290 $54,030 - 81,120 30% 33%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 140 $39,240 $21,430 - 57,230 13% 11%
96 Data entry keyers 140 $33,250 $23,480 - 43,540 -5% 18%
97 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 140 $31,080 $26,140 - 38,660 -13% 4%
98 Amusement and recreation attendants 140 $19,100 $14,520 - 24,440 24% 22%
99 Insurance sales agents 130 $52,870 $34,650 - 78,370 13% 45%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 130 $43,760 $23,740 - 65,790 10% 17%
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Jobs More Common Near Rochester Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Personal care and service workers, all other 29,980 360 10.3
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 18,300 260 7.2
Surgical technologists 0 340 6
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary 85,300 120 5.9
Interpreters and translators 0 120 5.8
Registered nurses 0 6,450 3.8
Personal and home care aides 22,650 1,000 3.5
Production workers, all other 27,650 460 3.2
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 31,210 300 3.1
Home health aides 24,090 1,710 3.1
Food servers, nonrestaurant 25,840 340 2.8
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 33,370 290 2.7
Highway maintenance workers 39,430 150 2.6
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,080 140 2.6
Computer specialists, all other 61,590 340 2.6
Sales and related workers, all other 51,460 240 2.6
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 51,170 110 2.5
Computer software engineers, applications 85,620 880 2.4
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 33,090 200 2.3
Business operations specialists, all other 50,070 1,580 2.3
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 22,530 240 2.2
Pharmacists 112,480 370 2.2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,380 290 2.1
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 43,300 930 2.1
Protective service workers, all other 32,380 100 2.1
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,120 460 2.1
Computer and information systems managers 129,950 410 2.1
Industrial engineers 0 270 2.1
Database administrators 70,990 160 2
Civil engineering technicians 55,420 110 2
Pharmacy technicians 33,800 420 2
Occupational therapists 63,690 120 2
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 41,650 670 2
Bartenders 19,100 620 1.9
Physical therapists 71,690 210 1.9
Community and social service specialists, all other 41,940 120 1.9
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 40,100 100 1.8
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 24,970 290 1.8
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,060 1,020 1.8
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 40,690 710 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 33,280 150 1.8
Medical and health services managers 105,110 300 1.8
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 28,880 1,550 1.8
Social and human service assistants 28,000 350 1.7
Computer programmers 102,810 480 1.7
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 27,500 230 1.7
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 36,160 180 1.7
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 34,860 110 1.6
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 44,860 360 1.6
Medical records and health information technicians 41,120 170 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Rochester, Minnesota Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Computer programmers 102,810 1.6 480
Market research analysts 83,680 1.42 110
Graphic designers 56,780 1.41 130
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 27,500 1.38 230
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 41,650 1.37 670
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary 85,300 1.37 120
Construction laborers 42,480 1.37 350
Lawyers 138,410 1.35 140
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 51,170 1.32 110
Medical assistants 37,080 1.32 230
Personal care and service workers, all other 29,980 1.31 360
Sales and related workers, all other 51,460 1.31 240
Medical records and health information technicians 41,120 1.3 170
Dental assistants 41,510 1.29 190
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 101,820 1.29 110
Computer and information systems managers 129,950 1.29 410
Food servers, nonrestaurant 25,840 1.28 340
Data entry keyers 33,250 1.28 140
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 26,650 1.27 270
Child, family, and school social workers 51,160 1.26 120
Medical and health services managers 105,110 1.24 300
Civil engineering technicians 55,420 1.23 110
File clerks 28,980 1.23 120
Carpenters 47,960 1.22 650
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 31,840 1.22 260
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 28,790 1.22 230
Food preparation workers 23,210 1.21 380
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,060 1.2 1,020
Pharmacy technicians 33,800 1.2 420
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 28,880 1.2 1,550
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 34,800 1.19 360
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 64,650 1.19 160
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 28,920 1.19 530
Computer systems analysts 81,470 1.19 420
Sales representatives, services, all other 61,300 1.18 240
Preschool teachers, except special education 29,990 1.18 250
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 35,470 1.18 120
Recreation workers 28,360 1.17 210
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 26,690 1.17 1,350
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 60,420 1.14 220
Team assemblers 31,130 1.14 950
Teacher assistants 25,340 1.14 1,070
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 34,860 1.14 110
Personal and home care aides 22,650 1.14 1,000
Home health aides 24,090 1.13 1,710
Administrative services managers 82,470 1.13 110
Waiters and waitresses 21,180 1.13 1,820
Engineering managers 124,230 1.13 110
Cement masons and concrete finishers 41,790 1.13 200
Security guards 28,400 1.13 370

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