Bakersfield Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bakersfield, California Area

Agriculture, manufacturing, petroleum extraction and refining are the primary factors for Bakersfield's economy. Bakersfield is one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the nation. It's also one of the nation's largest oil producing counties. The technology based sector includes companies such as DIVR Systems, Lort Manufacturing and ProSoft Technology. The Dreyers Grand Ice Cream facility located in Bakersfield is one of the largest single-location ice cream facilities in the world. Victory Circle Inc. manufactures new stock car bodies, assembles race cars and includes a repair shop. Bakersfield is also home to the ACS Call Center, one of the country's largest student loan management companies.

The most popular occupations in the city in which the majority of the employees have a college degree are teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sale representatives, accountants and auditors, engineers and management analysts. Jobs more prevalent in Bakersfield than most other cities are farm workers, oil and gas workers, agricultural equipment operators, graders and sorters of agricultural products, first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers, correctional officers and jailers, first-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers and farm equipment mechanics.

Noteworthy information about Bakersfield: The city has been ranked #5 for the nation's medium sized cities for business by Inc. Magazine. The Center for Digital Government stated "Bakersfield is one of the most digital-savvy, cutting-edge mid-sized cities in the nation." The city has enterprise zones and no local utility or inventory taxes. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $51,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 93.1. The national average is 100. For the population over 25 years of age, approximately 19% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Shown below are the major employers in the Bakersfield area:

  • Kern County
  • Giumarra Farms
  • Grimmway Farms
  • Wm. Bolthouse Farms
  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • City of Bakersfield
  • Mercy Hospital
  • ARB Inc
  • Kern Medical Center
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Sun World
  • Chevron North American Exploration and Production
  • Texaco
  • Andrews Distribution
  • Seventh Standard Ranch Co
  • Paramount Farms
  • Sun Pacific Shipper Sales
  • Cal State Univ. Bakersfield
  • Aera Energy LLC
  • Clinical Sierra Vista Inc
  • Kaiser Permamente
  • Frito-Lay
  • Nestle Ice Cream Co. LLC
  • Bakersfield College
  • Western Oilfields Supply Company
  • Ken Small Construction
  • Cal Farm Invest Inc

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Jobs in Bakersfield

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations316680$50,270$24.17100
2Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations41830$25,520$12.270.65
3Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse39000$25,000$12.020.3
4Office and Administrative Support Occupations32610$40,240$19.3513.75
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations27780$37,250$17.916.7
6Sales and Related Occupations25720$38,130$18.339.5
7Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations24980$28,590$13.758.7
8Educational Instruction and Library Occupations23560$65,310$31.46
9Construction and Extraction Occupations17630$53,670$25.84.6
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations14850$89,360$42.965.85
11Healthcare Support Occupations13370$30,560$14.692.85
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations13110$52,990$25.483.75
13Management Occupations12080$112,490$54.086.35
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations11780$76,610$36.835.35
15Protective Service Occupations10140$73,650$35.412.2
16Production Occupations10020$44,150$21.225.6
17Cashiers9150$28,050$13.482.2
18Fast Food and Counter Workers8090$27,450$13.22.45
19Architecture and Engineering Occupations8050$101,710$48.91.7
20Home Health and Personal Care Aides7160$25,990$12.490
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand7060$33,970$16.331.8
22Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations6950$32,930$15.833.6
23Retail Salespersons6810$29,880$14.372.7
24Community and Social Service Occupations6250$57,400$27.61.75
25Office Clerks, General5740$35,600$17.121.9
26Registered Nurses5290$92,440$44.441.95
27Personal Care and Service Occupations5060$31,020$14.914.65
28Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4720$43,920$21.121.2
29Stockers and Order Fillers4460$29,660$14.261.25
30Correctional Officers and Jailers4320$79,830$38.380.25
31Computer and Mathematical Occupations3920$82,790$39.83
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3890$40,160$19.311.4
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3870$33,330$16.031.5
34Waiters and Waitresses3640$26,790$12.881.65
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3460$89,770$43.160.8
36General and Operations Managers3350$112,170$53.931.5
37Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other3210$79,880$38.40.7
38Substitute Teachers, Short-Term3020$39,960$19.210.4
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2860$42,450$20.411.05
40Cooks, Fast Food2740$26,460$12.720.3
41Packers and Packagers, Hand2740$28,560$13.730.4
42Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2480$51,830$24.921.8
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2470$43,480$20.90.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2460$55,720$26.790.95
45Cooks, Restaurant2210$30,610$14.720.9
46Medical Assistants2130$33,260$15.990.45
47First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2120$73,530$35.350.4
48Construction Laborers2070$40,040$19.250.9
49First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1940$41,380$19.890.95
50Receptionists and Information Clerks1890$31,670$15.220.7
51Customer Service Representatives1860$34,100$16.391.75
52Security Guards1830$29,730$14.290.7
53Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel1780$58,450$28.10.7
54Light Truck Drivers1770$37,760$18.150.6
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1710$41,110$19.760.6
56Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1530$76,890$36.970.85
57Electricians1490$71,700$34.470.45
58Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers1470$61,370$29.510.1
59Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants1460$34,840$16.750.4
60Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas1450$53,310$25.630
61Nursing Assistants1420$31,660$15.220.95
62Childcare Workers1400$29,290$14.080.7
63Social and Human Service Assistants1350$40,080$19.270.3
64Counter and Rental Clerks1340$32,360$15.560.3
65Food Preparation Workers1340$28,350$13.630.5
66Accountants and Auditors1310$72,080$34.650.9
67Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1310$83,530$40.160.4
68Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks1300$34,540$16.610.4
69First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1270$59,600$28.660.3
70Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1270$32,180$15.470.75
71Industrial Machinery Mechanics1250$58,600$28.170.2
72Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products1240$25,540$12.280
73Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1210$54,660$26.280.5
74Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1200$46,590$22.40.5
75Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1200$27,900$13.420.9
76Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1180$37,430$180.4
77Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1130$32,430$15.590.3
78Management Analysts1120$89,980$43.260.55
79Dishwashers1100$25,230$12.130.3
80Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1100$52,610$25.290.25
81Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1060$52,810$25.390.3
82Legal Occupations1050$101,960$49.020.8
83Dental Assistants1040$39,930$19.20.2
84Petroleum Engineers1040$150,540$72.370
85Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other990$44,320$21.310
86Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas990$62,200$29.90
87Billing and Posting Clerks980$37,490$18.020.3
88Computer Occupations, All Other980$81,630$39.250.3
89Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other960$26,590$12.780
90Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers960$39,970$19.210.35
91Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers960$50,420$24.240.3
92Pharmacy Technicians920$39,710$19.090.3
93Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity910$34,670$16.670.3
94Carpenters900$49,390$23.740.6
95First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers900$80,640$38.770.3
96Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other850$32,000$15.390.1
97Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians830$84,490$40.620.1
98Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators830$32,610$15.680.8
99Construction Managers800$122,350$58.820.3
100Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education800$34,270$16.480.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Bakersfield Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,270316,680
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$25,52041,830
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,00039,000
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,24032,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,25027,780
Sales and Related Occupations$38,13025,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,59024,980
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$65,31023,560
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,67017,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,36014,850
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,56013,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$52,99013,110
Management Occupations$112,49012,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,61011,780
Protective Service Occupations$73,65010,140
Production Occupations$44,15010,020
Cashiers$28,0509,150
Fast Food and Counter Workers$27,4508,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$101,7108,050
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$25,9907,160
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,9707,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,9306,950
Retail Salespersons$29,8806,810
Community and Social Service Occupations$57,4006,250
Office Clerks, General$35,6005,740
Registered Nurses$92,4405,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,0205,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,9204,720
Stockers and Order Fillers$29,6604,460
Correctional Officers and Jailers$79,8304,320
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,7903,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,1603,890
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$33,3303,870
Waiters and Waitresses$26,7903,640
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$89,7703,460
General and Operations Managers$112,1703,350
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$79,8803,210
Substitute Teachers, Short-Term$39,9603,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,4502,860
Cooks, Fast Food$26,4602,740
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,5602,740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,8302,480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,4802,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,7202,460
Cooks, Restaurant$30,6102,210
Medical Assistants$33,2602,130
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$73,5302,120
Construction Laborers$40,0402,070
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,3801,940
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,6701,890

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bakersfield, California Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$50,270316,680
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$25,52041,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,24032,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,25027,780
Sales and Related Occupations$38,13025,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,59024,980
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$65,31023,560
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,67017,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,36014,850
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,56013,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$52,99013,110
Management Occupations$112,49012,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,61011,780
Protective Service Occupations$73,65010,140
Production Occupations$44,15010,020
Cashiers$28,0509,150
Fast Food and Counter Workers$27,4508,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$101,7108,050
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$25,9907,160
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,9707,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,9306,950
Retail Salespersons$29,8806,810
Community and Social Service Occupations$57,4006,250
Office Clerks, General$35,6005,740
Registered Nurses$92,4405,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,0205,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,9204,720
Stockers and Order Fillers$29,6604,460
Correctional Officers and Jailers$79,8304,320
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$82,7903,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,1603,890
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$33,3303,870
Waiters and Waitresses$26,7903,640
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$89,7703,460
General and Operations Managers$112,1703,350
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$79,8803,210
Substitute Teachers, Short-Term$39,9603,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,4502,860
Cooks, Fast Food$26,4602,740
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,5602,740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,8302,480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,4802,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,7202,460
Cooks, Restaurant$30,6102,210
Medical Assistants$33,2602,130
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$73,5302,120
Construction Laborers$40,0402,070
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,3801,940
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,6701,890
Customer Service Representatives$34,1001,860

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