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Great Falls Employment

Employment and Industries in the Great Falls, Montana Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Great Falls than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Great Falls.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Great Falls.
  • A list of any large public companies in Great Falls.

Most Popular Jobs in Great Falls, Montana 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 850 $56,380 $43,850 - 67,790 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 510 $41,780 $22,540 - 64,420 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 360 $40,060 $16,990 - 67,750 6% 96%
4 Accountants and auditors 290 $63,580 $32,090 - 112,570 18% 79%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 270 $33,390 $15,280 - 66,580 11% 95%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 260 $49,730 $15,490 - 82,910 8% 51%
7 Social and human service assistants 170 $25,220 $17,610 - 35,560 34% 58%
8 Teachers and instructors, all other 160 $24,950 $14,820 - 48,350 9% 54%
9 Lawyers 140 $70,470 $48,730 - 100,630 11% 99%
10 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 130 $36,470 $14,280 - 73,370 13% 73%
11 Pharmacists 120 $87,740 $38,640 - 115,410 22% 97%
12 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 100 $49,870 $42,820 - 59,870 12% 51%
13 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 80 $32,610 $21,750 - 48,890 30% 77%
14 Civil engineers 70 $70,500 $52,570 - 95,560 18% 87%
15 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $46,930 $32,670 - 74,750 5% 58%
16 Computer programmers 70 $35,470 $22,180 - 57,260 -4% 73%
17 Social workers, all other 70 $35,380 $22,460 - 50,160 18% 77%
18 Coaches and scouts 70 $19,080 $13,570 - 31,920 15% 60%
19 Sales managers 60 $75,680 $30,360 - 127,970 10% 69%
20 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 60 $51,660 $38,090 - 65,990 12% 51%
21 Instructional coordinators 60 $42,240 $14,360 - 63,550 23% 79%
22 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 60 $39,150 $28,550 - 51,390 34% 73%
23 Advertising sales agents 60 $31,330 $14,600 - 56,200 20% 56%
24 Financial managers 50 $86,400 $44,290 - 13% 60%
25 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 50 $71,580 $54,190 - 94,700 8% 78%
26 Medical and health services managers 50 $63,370 $30,700 - 102,260 16% 57%
27 Managers, all other 50 $62,070 $28,940 - 107,970 7% 55%
28 Special education teachers, secondary school 50 $41,590 $20,640 - 69,510 9% 87%
29 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $40,290 $19,350 - 63,630 27% 50%
30 Child, family, and school social workers 50 $39,750 $30,500 - 52,540 19% 77%
31 Social and community service managers 50 $35,570 $23,190 - 50,550 25% 72%
32 Chief executives 40 $92,040 $51,990 - 2% 65%
33 Librarians 40 $44,710 $19,540 - 72,890 4% 85%
34 Public relations specialists 40 $37,080 $27,490 - 50,240 18% 81%
35 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $36,780 $27,120 - 48,360 18% 56%
36 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 40 $35,290 $19,920 - 55,360 20% 87%
37 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $34,970 $27,710 - 48,770 23% 73%
38 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $25,490 $17,700 - 41,870 14% 62%
39 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 40 $0 $ - 16% 99%
40 Mental health counselors 30 $35,610 $26,040 - 41,460 30% 73%
41 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 30 $34,290 $21,200 - 47,610 15% 51%
42 Graphic designers 30 $31,500 $20,800 - 50,470 10% 55%
43 Athletic trainers 30 $19,060 $13,420 - 31,970 24% 72%

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 1,750 $25,910 $14,030 - 43,270 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,150 $17,810 $13,840 - 24,270 -3% 10%
3 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 980 $28,480 $16,450 - 40,860 13% 16%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 880 $23,770 $14,850 - 32,660 1% 18%
5 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 710 $22,210 $14,810 - 31,880 15% 4%
6 Waiters and waitresses 670 $15,700 $13,480 - 18,810 11% 14%
7 Stock clerks and order fillers 600 $23,210 $14,820 - 35,100 -8% 8%
8 Cooks, restaurant 490 $16,280 $13,560 - 20,600 12% 5%
9 General and operations managers 480 $78,210 $36,800 - 141,120 2% 48%
10 Carpenters 480 $32,250 $19,440 - 44,130 10% 6%
11 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 480 $15,980 $13,550 - 19,210 18% 5%
12 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 470 $22,070 $17,580 - 26,800 18% 7%
13 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 460 $24,190 $16,650 - 32,710 2% 5%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 420 $35,450 $21,390 - 55,440 10% 4%
15 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 420 $21,920 $13,880 - 37,970 8% 4%
16 Bartenders 380 $18,240 $14,060 - 24,060 11% 17%
17 Cooks, fast food 380 $16,870 $13,890 - 20,090 8% 5%
18 Office clerks, general 360 $20,400 $14,980 - 27,310 13% 19%
19 Maintenance and repair workers, general 340 $30,370 $18,370 - 40,810 10% 6%
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 340 $21,980 $14,590 - 31,070 18% 6%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 330 $34,780 $20,050 - 58,380 4% 25%
22 Child care workers 330 $17,660 $13,900 - 23,380 18% 15%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 310 $42,970 $25,160 - 64,460 6% 29%
24 Home health aides 310 $18,050 $14,450 - 20,870 49% 7%
25 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 300 $18,050 $13,920 - 24,120 13% 5%
26 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 290 $29,390 $21,880 - 39,010 15% 18%
27 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 280 $35,570 $28,010 - 42,830 14% 7%
28 Construction laborers 280 $31,140 $19,830 - 42,540 11% 5%
29 Personal and home care aides 270 $20,960 $16,410 - 24,990 51% 10%
30 Receptionists and information clerks 240 $20,380 $14,510 - 25,770 17% 13%
31 Food preparation workers 240 $18,400 $14,200 - 23,620 15% 7%
32 Counter and rental clerks 220 $20,300 $13,840 - 31,490 23% 16%
33 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 210 $36,040 $16,190 - 54,480 14% 4%
34 Business operations specialists, all other 200 $54,250 $35,250 - 78,150 21% 49%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 180 $28,620 $17,020 - 43,290 11% 14%
36 Teacher assistants 180 $18,160 $13,950 - 24,580 10% 18%
37 Dishwashers 180 $14,960 $13,480 - 16,620 10% 3%
38 Medical assistants 170 $25,690 $20,360 - 32,670 35% 10%
39 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 160 $39,250 $29,530 - 50,500 8% 3%
40 Medical secretaries 160 $27,430 $18,630 - 33,170 17% 18%
41 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 160 $21,060 $13,930 - 32,470 27% 47%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 150 $55,250 $19,570 - 81,610 7% 13%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 150 $49,750 $34,890 - 65,310 9% 10%
44 Tellers 150 $21,470 $17,280 - 25,870 14% 16%
45 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 140 $46,120 $35,570 - 54,720 11% 33%
46 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 140 $35,790 $22,650 - 62,610 9% 47%
47 Legal secretaries 140 $28,320 $21,860 - 37,410 12% 18%
48 Bus drivers, school 130 $22,380 $16,230 - 36,970 9% 4%
49 Electricians 120 $50,020 $35,950 - 64,520 7% 7%
50 Dental assistants 120 $32,110 $22,860 - 41,700 29% 9%
51 Medical records and health information technicians 120 $27,600 $18,980 - 38,240 18% 12%
52 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 110 $48,530 $35,020 - 62,260 11% 11%
53 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 110 $44,190 $29,630 - 59,780 11% 4%
54 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 110 $27,210 $16,660 - 39,040 4% 6%
55 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 100 $44,600 $32,070 - 60,010 12% 3%
56 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 100 $35,040 $23,840 - 58,000 12% 3%
57 Painters, construction and maintenance 100 $33,790 $17,690 - 42,560 12% 6%
58 Automotive body and related repairers 100 $31,190 $17,730 - 45,320 12% 3%
59 Cement masons and concrete finishers 100 $30,600 $26,250 - 38,360 11% 2%
60 Data entry keyers 100 $22,960 $16,640 - 33,700 -5% 18%
61 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 100 $19,650 $15,200 - 26,150 11% 5%
62 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $18,410 $14,780 - 23,510 14% 3%
63 Postal service mail carriers 100 $0 $ - 1% 11%
64 Computer support specialists 90 $37,310 $24,550 - 50,970 13% 43%
65 Parts salespersons 90 $29,320 $18,520 - 39,560 -2% 6%
66 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 90 $28,490 $20,550 - 39,020 4% 15%
67 Industrial truck and tractor operators 90 $27,670 $19,330 - 36,840 -2% 2%
68 Pharmacy technicians 90 $27,440 $19,380 - 33,830 32% 16%
69 Recreation workers 90 $25,670 $14,500 - 47,290 13% 47%
70 Radiologic technologists and technicians 80 $45,530 $35,050 - 59,480 15% 25%
71 All other information and record clerks 80 $35,170 $25,910 - 46,020 -13% 21%
72 Farm equipment mechanics 80 $34,370 $26,280 - 45,840 1% 3%
73 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 80 $29,490 $22,760 - 38,330 -1% 22%
74 Tire repairers and changers 80 $21,600 $16,480 - 31,160 20% 6%
75 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 80 $20,210 $13,650 - 34,940 -12% 9%
76 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 80 $16,690 $13,890 - 19,840 17% 14%
77 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 80 $15,120 $13,600 - 16,660 12% 6%
78 Fire fighters 70 $43,760 $31,000 - 53,920 12% 18%
79 Healthcare support workers, all other 70 $27,950 $21,170 - 33,530 16% 10%
80 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 70 $27,010 $21,390 - 32,630 10% 24%
81 Amusement and recreation attendants 70 $15,770 $13,640 - 19,210 24% 22%
82 Appraisers and assessors of real estate 60 $46,300 $14,780 - 63,680 17% 44%
83 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $40,960 $26,050 - 62,070 10% 17%
84 Bill and account collectors 60 $32,980 $20,320 - 54,120 23% 13%
85 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 60 $31,650 $19,700 - 53,110 5% 2%
86 Roofers 60 $24,850 $17,610 - 35,630 14% 3%
87 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 60 $23,540 $18,250 - 31,280 1% 29%
88 Security guards 60 $23,250 $15,440 - 31,640 17% 13%
89 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 60 $0 $ - -8% 12%
90 Sales representatives, services, all other 60 $0 $ - 28% 48%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 50 $49,970 $25,440 - 78,500 -5% 15%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 50 $46,790 $15,530 - 64,320 13% 17%
93 Conveyor operators and tenders 50 $32,370 $16,830 - 61,570 -7% 0%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 50 $30,890 $18,550 - 42,270 13% 11%
95 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 50 $26,900 $18,110 - 39,280 3% 18%
96 Helpers--carpenters 50 $23,040 $14,690 - 30,360 12% 3%
97 Bakers 50 $21,590 $17,080 - 25,950 10% 8%
98 Packers and packagers, hand 50 $20,540 $13,760 - 32,250 -12% 3%
99 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 40 $57,590 $33,630 - 87,500 -0% 36%
100 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 40 $52,370 $36,050 - 64,170 -13% 7%
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Jobs More Common Near Great Falls Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 48,530 110 5
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 44,600 100 4
Bartenders 18,240 380 3.5
Cooks, fast food 16,870 380 3.4
Medical records and health information technicians 27,600 120 3.3
Automotive body and related repairers 31,190 100 3.2
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 21,060 160 3.1
Personal and home care aides 20,960 270 2.8
Child care workers 17,660 330 2.6
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 36,470 130 2.5
Social and human service assistants 25,220 170 2.5
Carpenters 32,250 480 2.5
Cooks, restaurant 16,280 490 2.5
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,480 980 2.4
Legal secretaries 28,320 140 2.4
Cement masons and concrete finishers 30,600 100 2.3
Counter and rental clerks 20,300 220 2.2
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 35,790 140 2.2
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,770 880 2.2
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 21,920 420 2.1
Pharmacists 87,740 120 2.1
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 39,250 160 2.1
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 33,390 270 2
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 35,040 100 1.9
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,570 280 1.9
Dental assistants 32,110 120 1.8
Retail salespersons 25,910 1,750 1.8
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,790 100 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 40,060 360 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 41,780 510 1.7
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,980 340 1.7
Home health aides 18,050 310 1.7
Data entry keyers 22,960 100 1.6
Medical secretaries 27,430 160 1.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 22,070 470 1.6
Medical assistants 25,690 170 1.6
Dishwashers 14,960 180 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 55,250 150 1.6
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,050 300 1.6
Cashiers 17,810 1,150 1.5
Teachers and instructors, all other 24,950 160 1.5
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,210 710 1.5
Registered nurses 56,380 850 1.5
Bus drivers, school 22,380 130 1.5
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,040 210 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,210 600 1.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 19,650 100 1.4
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 18,410 100 1.4
General and operations managers 78,210 480 1.3
Postal service mail carriers 0 100 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Great Falls, Montana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Electricians 50,020 1.07 120
Accountants and auditors 63,580 1.06 290
Retail salespersons 25,910 1.06 1,750
Personal and home care aides 20,960 1.05 270
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,210 1.02 600
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,190 1 460
Construction laborers 31,140 1 280
Dental assistants 32,110 1 120
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,040 0.99 210
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 48,530 0.98 110
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 55,250 0.97 150
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,210 0.97 710
Cooks, fast food 16,870 0.97 380
Cashiers 17,810 0.96 1,150
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 44,190 0.96 110
Food preparation workers 18,400 0.96 240
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,210 0.95 110
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 42,970 0.95 310
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,120 0.95 140
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,620 0.95 180
Medical secretaries 27,430 0.95 160
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 35,450 0.94 420
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,050 0.94 300
Bartenders 18,240 0.94 380
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,980 0.93 480
Business operations specialists, all other 54,250 0.92 200
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 22,070 0.92 470
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 39,250 0.92 160
Child care workers 17,660 0.92 330
Medical assistants 25,690 0.91 170
Registered nurses 56,380 0.91 850
Tellers 21,470 0.91 150
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,980 0.91 340
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,570 0.9 280
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,780 0.9 330
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,480 0.89 980
Social and human service assistants 25,220 0.89 170
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,370 0.88 340
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 49,730 0.88 260
Medical records and health information technicians 27,600 0.87 120
Counter and rental clerks 20,300 0.87 220
Dishwashers 14,960 0.87 180
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 49,750 0.86 150
Bus drivers, school 22,380 0.86 130
Receptionists and information clerks 20,380 0.85 240
Home health aides 18,050 0.85 310
Waiters and waitresses 15,700 0.84 670
Elementary school teachers, except special education 41,780 0.84 510
Pharmacists 87,740 0.84 120
Carpenters 32,250 0.82 480

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