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Farmington Employment

Employment and Industries in the Farmington, New Mexico Area

Farmington's leading industries are oil, natural gas and coal and they are also the region's largest employers. The primary coal mines are operated by BHP Billiton. Education, health and social services are also important parts of the economy. Farmington is also a regional retail hub.

The leading fields of employment in Farmington are mining, educational services, healthcare, construction, accommodation and food services, utilities, finance and insurance, social assistance and the government. Management, professional and related occupations (28% of the labor force). Sales and office occupations (25% of the workforce).

The Farmington region's significant employers:

  • San Juan Regional Medical Center
  • San Juan College
  • Indian Health Services
  • Sodexo
  • SYNERTX
  • BioPointe
  • San Juan County
  • Presbyterian Medical Services
  • Aegis Therapies

Farmington has numerous occupations where the majority of the workers have a college degree including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, sales managers, child, family and school social workers; coaches and scouts, financial managers and petroleum engineers.

The cost of living index in 2008 was 85.0 which is lower than the country's average of 100. In Farmington 20% of the adults have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. The average earnings in Farmington in 2009 was $30,000.

Local companies can work with helpful associations such as:

Those interested in the activities of the local business community may want to read the Farmington Daily Times.

Most Popular Jobs in Farmington, New Mexico 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 $60,970 $46,910 - 76,530 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 770 $48,170 $37,580 - 61,630 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 490 $48,550 $28,260 - 90,810 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 410 $47,370 $36,150 - 61,190 6% 96%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 350 $46,830 $37,530 - 57,640 11% 95%
6 Sales managers 210 $90,560 $45,700 - 142,270 10% 69%
7 Accountants and auditors 170 $61,100 $35,290 - 99,700 18% 79%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 170 $36,740 $22,630 - 53,720 19% 77%
9 Coaches and scouts 160 $14,710 $13,770 - 15,750 15% 60%
10 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 150 $46,980 $34,900 - 61,260 20% 87%
11 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 130 $80,170 $59,610 - 113,360 8% 78%
12 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 120 $87,140 $50,390 - 134,140 22% 93%
13 Financial managers 110 $78,740 $34,930 - 131,810 13% 60%
14 Petroleum engineers 100 $111,000 $77,780 - 133,520 5% 80%
15 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 100 $47,700 $24,000 - 69,310 13% 73%
16 Civil engineers 80 $101,570 $39,710 - 18% 87%
17 Special education teachers, secondary school 80 $48,060 $35,480 - 62,460 9% 87%
18 Lawyers 70 $75,420 $27,720 - 127,820 11% 99%
19 Medical and health services managers 70 $72,290 $52,320 - 98,940 16% 57%
20 Special education teachers, middle school 70 $45,590 $35,290 - 54,170 16% 87%
21 Physical therapists 60 $65,460 $32,590 - 95,030 27% 89%
22 Speech-language pathologists 60 $64,430 $47,980 - 87,120 11% 98%
23 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $57,010 $34,430 - 101,740 5% 58%
24 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 60 $48,940 $34,220 - 65,790 12% 51%
25 Teachers and instructors, all other 60 $46,880 $27,040 - 61,900 9% 54%
26 Anthropologists and archeologists 60 $44,430 $29,780 - 55,600 15% 90%
27 Community and social service specialists, all other 60 $31,150 $26,060 - 38,930 25% 58%
28 Social and human service assistants 60 $24,980 $15,370 - 36,030 34% 58%
29 Health educators 60 $22,070 $16,730 - 29,790 26% 58%
30 Pharmacists 50 $128,550 $82,720 - 22% 97%
31 Managers, all other 50 $77,470 $47,980 - 114,600 7% 55%
32 Occupational health and safety specialists 50 $65,990 $44,370 - 84,950 8% 72%
33 Detectives and criminal investigators 50 $49,800 $34,990 - 65,590 17% 54%
34 Surveyors 50 $44,470 $29,500 - 54,760 24% 82%
35 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 50 $43,360 $31,330 - 61,610 34% 73%
36 Advertising sales agents 50 $34,110 $26,700 - 47,420 20% 56%
37 Dentists, general 40 $169,800 $38,800 - 9% 100%
38 Electrical engineers 40 $79,600 $69,150 - 98,580 6% 81%
39 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $72,640 $46,080 - 116,780 27% 50%
40 Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 40 $69,530 $55,390 - 95,510 10% 80%
41 Librarians 40 $57,430 $43,170 - 75,710 4% 85%
42 Social and community service managers 40 $37,230 $18,480 - 67,240 25% 72%
43 Engineers, all other 40 $33,740 $27,900 - 41,100 6% 82%
44 Environmental engineers 30 $73,360 $54,450 - 116,360 25% 86%
45 Training and development specialists 30 $43,770 $24,980 - 81,460 18% 56%

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 1,770 $25,370 $14,440 - 41,450 12% 25%
2 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,460 $26,530 $17,390 - 37,830 1% 18%
3 Construction laborers 1,420 $26,440 $17,730 - 38,050 11% 5%
4 Cashiers 1,330 $16,570 $13,920 - 20,370 -3% 10%
5 Personal and home care aides 1,300 $21,780 $17,260 - 26,280 51% 10%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,280 $15,570 $13,840 - 18,290 18% 5%
7 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,230 $36,100 $22,820 - 49,060 10% 4%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,050 $24,710 $14,580 - 38,740 -8% 8%
9 Maintenance and repair workers, general 900 $41,780 $22,430 - 67,870 10% 6%
10 General and operations managers 830 $92,830 $41,790 - 2% 48%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 830 $30,390 $16,770 - 46,780 13% 16%
12 Office clerks, general 770 $21,440 $14,400 - 33,860 13% 19%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 720 $67,370 $37,710 - 101,620 9% 10%
14 Waiters and waitresses 720 $15,830 $13,820 - 19,020 11% 14%
15 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 690 $20,660 $14,660 - 29,470 15% 4%
16 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 650 $43,300 $28,480 - 61,020 8% 3%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 620 $34,680 $18,070 - 62,920 4% 25%
18 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 590 $47,110 $23,920 - 77,950 5% 2%
19 Teacher assistants 580 $17,800 $13,960 - 25,650 10% 18%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 540 $39,280 $24,130 - 57,600 6% 29%
21 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 530 $45,980 $32,060 - 57,510 -5% 0%
22 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 530 $23,200 $14,290 - 36,270 2% 5%
23 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 520 $33,890 $16,880 - 56,300 14% 4%
24 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 510 $50,870 $33,700 - 63,170 12% 3%
25 Security guards 500 $19,520 $14,470 - 27,760 17% 13%
26 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 440 $23,400 $17,630 - 32,000 18% 7%
27 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 430 $46,170 $31,580 - 60,130 12% 3%
28 Electricians 410 $48,920 $34,410 - 77,800 7% 7%
29 Derrick operators, oil and gas 390 $49,670 $35,600 - 54,420 -6% 0%
30 Roustabouts, oil and gas 380 $31,230 $22,880 - 41,040 -3% 0%
31 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 370 $41,050 $26,400 - 57,210 15% 18%
32 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 360 $27,230 $15,430 - 55,010 8% 4%
33 Cooks, fast food 360 $17,540 $14,040 - 23,770 8% 5%
34 Helpers--electricians 340 $27,480 $19,700 - 37,670 7% 3%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 330 $62,860 $34,470 - 96,370 7% 13%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 330 $29,720 $16,090 - 46,470 11% 14%
37 Receptionists and information clerks 320 $20,840 $14,840 - 28,020 17% 13%
38 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 300 $50,730 $36,140 - 69,050 11% 33%
39 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 300 $22,030 $14,330 - 34,620 18% 6%
40 Cooks, restaurant 300 $20,540 $14,890 - 25,550 12% 5%
41 Carpenters 270 $35,400 $25,840 - 52,140 10% 6%
42 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $20,670 $14,570 - 28,410 11% 5%
43 Customer service representatives 260 $28,840 $16,460 - 48,100 25% 22%
44 Bus drivers, school 260 $16,130 $13,850 - 22,220 9% 4%
45 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 260 $16,110 $13,820 - 22,400 10% 8%
46 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 250 $26,200 $19,960 - 38,030 12% 3%
47 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 240 $18,140 $14,310 - 24,180 13% 5%
48 Helpers--production workers 230 $21,320 $15,370 - 27,980 -1% 4%
49 Tellers 220 $19,570 $16,190 - 24,800 14% 16%
50 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 210 $40,150 $27,040 - 51,270 11% 4%
51 Driver/sales workers 210 $31,530 $16,720 - 45,460 -5% 4%
52 Industrial machinery mechanics 200 $39,690 $26,660 - 54,520 9% 5%
53 Dental assistants 200 $29,020 $19,680 - 42,520 29% 9%
54 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 200 $24,490 $15,600 - 37,410 12% 0%
55 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 190 $55,530 $31,480 - 85,230 -5% 15%
56 Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 180 $50,510 $41,070 - 62,600 -5% 0%
57 Medical assistants 180 $27,220 $18,870 - 34,800 35% 10%
58 Preschool teachers, except special education 180 $19,780 $15,090 - 29,590 26% 43%
59 Food preparation workers 180 $16,110 $13,950 - 19,250 15% 7%
60 Administrative services managers 170 $70,470 $31,870 - 110,300 12% 40%
61 Home health aides 170 $23,240 $15,270 - 32,680 49% 7%
62 Dishwashers 170 $15,850 $13,890 - 19,130 10% 3%
63 Machinists 150 $48,790 $27,250 - 77,450 -3% 3%
64 Painters, construction and maintenance 150 $33,180 $25,740 - 40,120 12% 6%
65 Loan interviewers and clerks 150 $24,770 $19,230 - 31,770 -1% 24%
66 Team assemblers 150 $22,780 $17,370 - 30,030 0% 5%
67 Paralegals and legal assistants 140 $31,760 $26,210 - 40,170 22% 45%
68 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 140 $16,220 $13,880 - 21,540 12% 6%
69 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 130 $42,010 $28,250 - 51,460 14% 7%
70 Parts salespersons 130 $36,070 $23,590 - 53,530 -2% 6%
71 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 130 $18,260 $14,330 - 23,580 14% 3%
72 Packers and packagers, hand 130 $16,560 $13,820 - 20,560 -12% 3%
73 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 120 $41,450 $21,840 - 64,760 14% 8%
74 Helpers--extraction workers 120 $32,390 $25,140 - 40,740 -0% 0%
75 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 110 $45,360 $33,700 - 56,110 16% 43%
76 Medical secretaries 110 $30,440 $22,220 - 41,150 17% 18%
77 Counter and rental clerks 110 $22,360 $14,470 - 32,810 23% 16%
78 Child care workers 110 $22,170 $15,040 - 30,860 18% 15%
79 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 100 $61,800 $36,850 - 96,940 10% 17%
80 Business operations specialists, all other 100 $51,170 $16,100 - 80,160 21% 49%
81 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 100 $30,310 $19,490 - 39,970 3% 18%
82 Pharmacy technicians 100 $28,730 $16,230 - 40,190 32% 16%
83 Healthcare support workers, all other 100 $26,170 $15,570 - 37,490 16% 10%
84 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 100 $16,590 $13,990 - 20,000 10% 5%
85 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 90 $33,650 $20,840 - 48,700 8% 9%
86 Court, municipal, and license clerks 90 $31,610 $25,940 - 40,540 9% 24%
87 Cement masons and concrete finishers 90 $30,920 $25,150 - 38,240 11% 2%
88 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 90 $28,220 $18,730 - 39,290 4% 15%
89 Service station attendants 90 $19,140 $14,380 - 28,160 13% 6%
90 Construction managers 80 $93,900 $44,310 - 16% 29%
91 Computer support specialists 80 $45,370 $19,900 - 74,170 13% 43%
92 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 80 $31,260 $25,230 - 39,260 14% 11%
93 Surveying and mapping technicians 80 $30,860 $17,250 - 51,850 19% 7%
94 Maintenance workers, machinery 80 $29,820 $15,670 - 54,190 -1% 0%
95 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 80 $26,560 $14,930 - 41,150 4% 6%
96 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 80 $16,890 $14,090 - 20,370 17% 14%
97 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 70 $70,530 $35,470 - 103,500 7% 6%
98 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 70 $56,640 $31,990 - 84,670 0% 42%
99 Radiologic technologists and technicians 70 $50,970 $37,880 - 64,320 15% 25%
100 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 70 $44,200 $26,660 - 65,750 19% 14%
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Jobs More Common Near Farmington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Derrick operators, oil and gas 49,670 390 115.5
Helpers--extraction workers 32,390 120 79
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 45,980 530 75.4
Roustabouts, oil and gas 31,230 380 51.8
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 50,510 180 39.1
Petroleum engineers 111,000 100 16.8
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 87,140 120 12
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 46,170 430 10.8
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 26,200 250 10.3
Helpers--electricians 27,480 340 9.6
Personal and home care aides 21,780 1,300 8.4
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 50,870 510 6.3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 43,300 650 5.4
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 47,110 590 5
Construction laborers 26,440 1,420 4.1
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 24,490 200 4
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 41,450 120 3.9
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 67,370 720 3.6
Coaches and scouts 14,710 160 2.8
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 20,670 270 2.4
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,890 520 2.3
Industrial machinery mechanics 39,690 200 2.3
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,100 1,230 2.3
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,530 1,460 2.3
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 62,860 330 2.2
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 46,980 150 2.1
Maintenance and repair workers, general 41,780 900 2.1
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 45,360 110 2
Cooks, fast food 17,540 360 2
Loan interviewers and clerks 24,770 150 2
Dental assistants 29,020 200 1.9
Administrative services managers 70,470 170 1.9
Child, family, and school social workers 36,740 170 1.9
Bus drivers, school 16,130 260 1.9
Electricians 48,920 410 1.9
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80,170 130 1.9
Parts salespersons 36,070 130 1.8
Sales managers 90,560 210 1.7
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,180 150 1.7
Driver/sales workers 31,530 210 1.7
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,830 350 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 48,170 770 1.6
Stock clerks and order fillers 24,710 1,050 1.6
Healthcare support workers, all other 26,170 100 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,680 620 1.5
Helpers--production workers 21,320 230 1.5
Paralegals and legal assistants 31,760 140 1.5
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 30,310 100 1.5
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 50,730 300 1.5
General and operations managers 92,830 830 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Farmington, New Mexico Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 47,110 1.34 590
Machinists 48,790 1.32 150
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 50,870 1.29 510
Maintenance and repair workers, general 41,780 1.22 900
Driver/sales workers 31,530 1.2 210
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 87,140 1.19 120
Parts salespersons 36,070 1.18 130
Derrick operators, oil and gas 49,670 1.18 390
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 45,980 1.17 530
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 67,370 1.16 720
Child care workers 22,170 1.15 110
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 62,860 1.1 330
Home health aides 23,240 1.09 170
Personal and home care aides 21,780 1.09 1,300
Stock clerks and order fillers 24,710 1.08 1,050
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 46,170 1.07 430
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 42,010 1.06 130
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 41,050 1.06 370
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 55,530 1.05 190
Medical secretaries 30,440 1.05 110
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 50,730 1.05 300
Electricians 48,920 1.04 410
Retail salespersons 25,370 1.04 1,770
Helpers--electricians 27,480 1.03 340
Accountants and auditors 61,100 1.02 170
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 41,450 1.02 120
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 43,300 1.01 650
Cooks, fast food 17,540 1.01 360
Helpers--extraction workers 32,390 1 120
Registered nurses 60,970 0.99 850
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 24,490 0.99 200
Roustabouts, oil and gas 31,230 0.99 380
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 26,200 0.99 250
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,720 0.98 330
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80,170 0.98 130
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 50,510 0.98 180
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,400 0.97 440
Customer service representatives 28,840 0.97 260
Medical assistants 27,220 0.97 180
Administrative services managers 70,470 0.97 170
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,180 0.97 150
Elementary school teachers, except special education 48,170 0.97 770
General and operations managers 92,830 0.96 830
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,100 0.96 1,230
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,200 0.96 530
Counter and rental clerks 22,360 0.96 110
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 45,360 0.96 110
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 30,390 0.95 830
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,140 0.95 240
Cooks, restaurant 20,540 0.95 300

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