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Yuma Employment

Employment and Industries in the Yuma, Arizona Area

The Yuma economy is powered by the agriculture-forestry-fishing and hunting industry and the public administration, education, healthcare and retail trade sectors. About 24% of the city's workforce have government jobs. The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is the primary non-agricultural employer located in Yuma County. The Marine Corps Air Station is one of the busiest air stations of the Marine Corps and is an important part of the economy.

The agricultural industry provides about 90% of the country's winter lettuce crop. The agricultural industry brings in about $1 billion in gross income each year. The over 80,000 winter visitors that make Yuma their winter home significantly bolster the economy. An additional 300,000 visitors come to the city each year which also brings more money and jobs to Yuma.

The Yuma International Airport provides a Foreign Trade Zone which allows business to defer, reduce or eliminate payment of custom duties. Arizona also offers an 80% reduction in the payment of property taxes for businesses situated inside an activated zone.

Notable facts about Yuma: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 86.5 and the national average is 100. The population over 25 years of age that has a bachelor's degree or higher is 16.2%. The average earnings in Yuma in early 2009 was $34,000.

Shown below are some of the primary employers in Yuma:

  • U.S. Army Proving Ground
  • U.S. Border Control
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Station
  • Tanner Companies
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center
  • Yuma Elementary School District 1
  • City of Yuma
  • Yuma Union High School District No 70
  • Crane Elementary School District No 13
  • Yuma Broadcasting Co
  • Walmart
  • Yuma County
  • Edward Montiel
  • JLG Harvesting Inc
  • Western Newspapers
  • Yuma/La Paz Counties Community College
  • Arizona Western College
  • Associated Citrus
  • Barkley Farms
  • Dole Corporation
  • Target
  • Union Pacific Transportation

Yuma has numerous manufacturing companies. The largest employers in the sector are:

  • AMI - Alside Division
  • Carrier UTC
  • Gowen Milling Manufacturing
  • Johnson Controls
  • Shaw Industries/Queen Carpets
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Allied West Paper
  • ALSCO
  • Alside
  • Northwestern Industries
  • Superlite Block

The largest employment sectors, in descending order, are provided below:

  • Government
  • Trade Transportation and Utilities
  • Education and Health Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Mining and Construction
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Activities

Organizations providing assistance to Yuma companies:

The Yuma Sun provides up-to-date information regarding the business activities in the Yuma area.

Jobs in Yuma

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations60430$39,930$19.2100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations9220$31,140$14.9714.35
3Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations7570$23,360$11.230.65
4Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse7000$22,410$10.780.3
5Sales and Related Occupations6190$30,210$14.529.9
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations5290$23,700$11.398.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations3600$43,640$20.986.05
8Protective Service Occupations3230$49,650$23.872.2
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3230$30,980$14.896.55
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3120$85,780$41.245.8
11Management Occupations2770$83,130$39.976.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2610$41,910$20.153.8
13Construction and Extraction Occupations2060$36,670$17.634.45
14Production Occupations1960$33,950$16.325.7
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1940$24,860$11.953.65
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations1930$65,410$31.455.25
17Retail Salespersons1870$25,670$12.342.85
18Customer Service Representatives1790$25,000$12.021.75
19Cashiers1610$22,850$10.982.2
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1400$21,930$10.542.3
21Office Clerks, General1240$27,850$13.391.9
22Healthcare Support Occupations1210$29,770$14.313
23Personal Care and Service Occupations1190$24,870$11.964.3
24Registered Nurses1150$69,110$33.231.95
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1030$23,660$11.371.55
26General and Operations Managers880$73,870$35.511.5
27Waiters and Waitresses880$23,590$11.341.7
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive850$30,770$14.791.5
29Maintenance and Repair Workers, General800$31,710$15.250.9
30First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers750$46,160$22.190.95
31Community and Social Service Occupations740$40,250$19.351.65
32Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand720$25,690$12.351.7
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers710$26,710$12.841.3
34Detectives and Criminal Investigators660$78,780$37.880.1
35First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers580$41,090$19.751
36Computer and Mathematical Occupations510$70,130$33.722.9
37Cooks, Fast Food460$21,860$10.510.3
38Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers460$34,070$16.381.2
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks440$33,120$15.921.05
40Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers440$25,840$12.420.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers430$30,000$14.420.6
42Receptionists and Information Clerks430$26,100$12.550.7
43Medical Secretaries420$31,460$15.130.4
44Cooks, Restaurant400$25,800$12.40.8
45Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations380$63,400$30.480.8
46Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers370$49,160$23.630.4
47Medical Assistants360$29,800$14.330.45
48Business Operations Specialists, All Other350$69,610$33.470.7
49Managers, All Other330$89,570$43.060.6
50Carpenters320$34,310$16.490.7
51Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics310$41,580$19.990.5
52Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners310$23,470$11.290.9
53Nursing Assistants310$28,270$13.591
54Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment300$23,670$11.380.2
55Firefighters300$48,870$23.490.2
56Recreation Workers290$22,280$10.710.25
57Security Guards290$27,830$13.380.7
58Compliance Officers280$66,500$31.970.2
59Driver/Sales Workers270$28,480$13.690.3
60Electricians270$41,900$20.140.4
61Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers270$41,120$19.770.6
62Bartenders260$28,030$13.480.4
63Pharmacy Technicians250$31,850$15.310.3
64Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education250$25,890$12.450.3
65Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products250$50,600$24.320.9
66First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers240$42,220$20.30
67Tellers240$30,410$14.620.3
68Accountants and Auditors210$70,090$33.70.9
69Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations210$50,100$24.091.8
70Billing and Posting Clerks210$35,720$17.170.3
71Legal Occupations210$72,690$34.950.8
72Construction Laborers200$29,010$13.950.8
73First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers200$56,010$26.930.3
74Personal Care Aides200$21,820$10.491.5
75Sales Representatives, Services, All Other200$38,940$18.720.6
76Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators190$27,620$13.280.35
77Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators180$41,740$20.070.2
78Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs180$23,110$11.110.2
79Bus Drivers, School or Special Client170$29,230$14.050.3
80First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers170$53,970$25.950.4
81Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop170$21,510$10.340.3
82Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers160$31,430$15.110.1
83Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers160$39,800$19.130.2
84Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses160$50,020$24.050.5
85Parts Salespersons160$27,810$13.370.2
86Butchers and Meat Cutters150$31,440$15.110.1
87Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria150$24,450$11.750.3
88Dishwashers150$21,650$10.410.3
89Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance150$37,620$18.090.1
90First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers150$47,240$22.710.4
91Packers and Packagers, Hand150$25,410$12.220.45
92Postal Service Mail Carriers150$47,320$22.750.2
93Dental Assistants140$35,030$16.840.2
94Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks140$31,320$15.060.4
95Financial Managers130$86,100$41.40.4
96First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers130$49,530$23.810
97First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives130$78,680$37.830.1
98First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors130$39,830$19.150
99Human Resources Specialists130$55,080$26.480.35
100Medical Records and Health Information Technicians120$50,930$24.490.1
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Jobs More Common Near Yuma Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,93060,430
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,1409,220
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$23,3607,570
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$22,4107,000
Sales and Related Occupations$30,2106,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,7005,290
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,6403,600
Protective Service Occupations$49,6503,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,9803,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,7803,120
Management Occupations$83,1302,770
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,9102,610
Construction and Extraction Occupations$36,6702,060
Production Occupations$33,9501,960
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,8601,940
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,4101,930
Retail Salespersons$25,6701,870
Customer Service Representatives$25,0001,790
Cashiers$22,8501,610
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,9301,400
Office Clerks, General$27,8501,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,7701,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,8701,190
Registered Nurses$69,1101,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,6601,030
General and Operations Managers$73,870880
Waiters and Waitresses$23,590880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,770850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$31,710800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,160750
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,250740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,690720
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,710710
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$78,780660
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,090580
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$70,130510
Cooks, Fast Food$21,860460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$34,070460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,120440
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,840440
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,000430
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,100430
Medical Secretaries$31,460420
Cooks, Restaurant$25,800400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$63,400380
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$49,160370
Medical Assistants$29,800360
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$69,610350
Managers, All Other$89,570330
Carpenters$34,310320

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Yuma, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,93060,430
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,1409,220
Sales and Related Occupations$30,2106,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,6403,600
Protective Service Occupations$49,6503,230
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,9803,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,7803,120
Management Occupations$83,1302,770
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,9102,610
Construction and Extraction Occupations$36,6702,060
Production Occupations$33,9501,960
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,4101,930
Retail Salespersons$25,6701,870
Office Clerks, General$27,8501,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,7701,210
Registered Nurses$69,1101,150
General and Operations Managers$73,870880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,770850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$31,710800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,160750
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,250740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,690720
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,710710
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$78,780660
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,090580
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$70,130510
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$34,070460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,120440
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,840440
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,000430
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,100430
Medical Secretaries$31,460420
Cooks, Restaurant$25,800400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$63,400380
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$49,160370
Medical Assistants$29,800360
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$69,610350
Managers, All Other$89,570330
Carpenters$34,310320
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,580310
Nursing Assistants$28,270310
Firefighters$48,870300
Security Guards$27,830290
Compliance Officers$66,500280
Driver/Sales Workers$28,480270
Electricians$41,900270
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$41,120270
Bartenders$28,030260
Pharmacy Technicians$31,850250
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$25,890250

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