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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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The Bakersfield.com provides information about the current business activities in Bakersfield.

Jobs in Bakersfield

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations303620$47,680$22.92100
2Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations43190$23,560$11.330.65
3Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse39810$22,890$11.010.3
4Office and Administrative Support Occupations36000$37,630$18.0914.35
5Sales and Related Occupations25490$35,190$16.929.9
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations23740$25,960$12.488.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations21460$64,950$31.236.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations21380$37,770$18.166.55
9Construction and Extraction Occupations14740$52,240$25.114.45
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations14730$82,680$39.755.8
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations12950$50,640$24.353.8
12Production Occupations12380$39,690$19.085.7
13Management Occupations11380$111,570$53.646.15
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations10050$76,620$36.845.25
15Protective Service Occupations10020$65,610$31.542.2
16Personal Care and Service Occupations9530$26,980$12.974.3
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food8890$24,160$11.622.3
18Cashiers8700$24,800$11.922.2
19Retail Salespersons7530$28,680$13.792.85
20Architecture and Engineering Occupations7500$100,140$48.141.7
21Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7340$30,730$14.773.65
22Healthcare Support Occupations6300$32,810$15.773
23Community and Social Service Occupations5540$56,470$27.151.65
24Registered Nurses5340$90,610$43.561.95
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand5100$32,060$15.421.7
26Office Clerks, General5050$33,890$16.291.9
27Personal Care Aides5050$24,420$11.741.5
28Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4640$43,480$20.911.2
29Correctional Officers and Jailers4240$73,110$35.150.25
30Computer and Mathematical Occupations4170$87,890$42.252.9
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4040$27,370$13.161.3
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3920$30,470$14.651.55
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3910$38,690$18.61.5
34Waiters and Waitresses3380$26,970$12.961.7
35General and Operations Managers3370$112,660$54.161.5
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2990$41,210$19.811.05
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2740$54,020$25.970.95
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2640$42,350$20.360.9
39Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2600$83,680$40.230.8
40Cooks, Fast Food2480$23,560$11.330.3
41Substitute Teachers2340$40,830$19.630
42Business Operations Specialists, All Other2200$81,580$39.220.7
43Packers and Packagers, Hand2080$26,180$12.590.45
44Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2030$51,760$24.891.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2030$41,610$20.011
46Receptionists and Information Clerks1850$30,220$14.530.7
47Customer Service Representatives1810$32,780$15.761.75
48Medical Assistants1760$29,140$14.010.45
49First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1740$67,390$32.40.4
50Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1660$51,190$24.610.6
51Nursing Assistants1630$29,310$14.091
52Construction Laborers1580$36,240$17.420.8
53Helpers--Production Workers1560$30,660$14.740.3
54Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1560$79,010$37.990.4
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1520$46,500$22.360.5
56Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products1520$23,340$11.220
57Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1520$64,800$31.150.9
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1510$32,930$15.830.8
59Food Preparation Workers1500$25,160$12.10.6
60Electricians1490$77,940$37.470.4
61Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1470$37,010$17.80.6
62First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1440$34,980$16.820.6
63Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1370$33,120$15.920.35
64Childcare Workers1340$25,660$12.340.8
65Cooks, Restaurant1330$27,300$13.120.8
66Counter and Rental Clerks1250$31,010$14.910.3
67Security Guards1230$26,810$12.890.7
68Social and Human Service Assistants1220$36,510$17.550.25
69Medical Secretaries1190$36,910$17.740.4
70Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1180$24,090$11.580.9
71Accountants and Auditors1170$67,950$32.670.9
72Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1130$53,040$25.50.5
73Industrial Machinery Mechanics1120$59,920$28.810.2
74Legal Occupations1100$110,910$53.320.8
75Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1090$29,940$14.40.2
76Management Analysts1080$98,200$47.210.5
77Billing and Posting Clerks1040$35,610$17.120.3
78Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1030$49,370$23.740.2
79Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1030$51,380$24.70.3
80Dishwashers1020$23,090$11.10.3
81First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1020$79,200$38.080.3
82Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining1020$53,570$25.760
83Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1010$34,990$16.820.4
84Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment980$29,770$14.320.2
85First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors970$60,790$29.220
86Child, Family, and School Social Workers960$55,000$26.440.2
87Pharmacy Technicians950$37,450$18.010.3
88Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers940$31,190$150
89Bus Drivers, School or Special Client940$33,650$16.180.3
90Agricultural Equipment Operators910$31,850$15.310
91First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers910$65,860$31.670.4
92Dental Assistants900$40,860$19.640.2
93Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors870$67,330$32.370.2
94Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians860$81,580$39.220.1
95Firefighters830$73,900$35.530.2
96Sales Managers830$100,150$48.150.2
97Petroleum Engineers820$133,970$64.410
98Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education820$33,890$16.290.3
99Carpenters790$45,070$21.670.7
100Financial Managers790$117,400$56.440.4
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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$47,680303,620
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$23,56043,190
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$22,89039,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,63036,000
Sales and Related Occupations$35,19025,490
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,96023,740
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$64,95021,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,77021,380
Construction and Extraction Occupations$52,24014,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,68014,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,64012,950
Production Occupations$39,69012,380
Management Occupations$111,57011,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,62010,050
Protective Service Occupations$65,61010,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,9809,530
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,1608,890
Cashiers$24,8008,700
Retail Salespersons$28,6807,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$100,1407,500
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,7307,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,8106,300
Community and Social Service Occupations$56,4705,540
Registered Nurses$90,6105,340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,0605,100
Office Clerks, General$33,8905,050
Personal Care Aides$24,4205,050
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4804,640
Correctional Officers and Jailers$73,1104,240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$87,8904,170
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3704,040
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,4703,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,6903,910
Waiters and Waitresses$26,9703,380
General and Operations Managers$112,6603,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,2102,990
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,0202,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,3502,640
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$83,6802,600
Cooks, Fast Food$23,5602,480
Substitute Teachers$40,8302,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$81,5802,200
Packers and Packagers, Hand$26,1802,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,7602,030
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,6102,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,2201,850
Customer Service Representatives$32,7801,810
Medical Assistants$29,1401,760
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$67,3901,740
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,1901,660

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$47,680303,620
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,63036,000
Sales and Related Occupations$35,19025,490
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,96023,740
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$64,95021,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,77021,380
Construction and Extraction Occupations$52,24014,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,68014,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,64012,950
Production Occupations$39,69012,380
Management Occupations$111,57011,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$76,62010,050
Protective Service Occupations$65,61010,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,9809,530
Retail Salespersons$28,6807,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$100,1407,500
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,7307,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,8106,300
Community and Social Service Occupations$56,4705,540
Registered Nurses$90,6105,340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,0605,100
Office Clerks, General$33,8905,050
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4804,640
Correctional Officers and Jailers$73,1104,240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$87,8904,170
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3704,040
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,4703,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,6903,910
Waiters and Waitresses$26,9703,380
General and Operations Managers$112,6603,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,2102,990
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,0202,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,3502,640
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$83,6802,600
Substitute Teachers$40,8302,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$81,5802,200
Packers and Packagers, Hand$26,1802,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$51,7602,030
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,6102,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,2201,850
Customer Service Representatives$32,7801,810
Medical Assistants$29,1401,760
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$67,3901,740
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,1901,660
Nursing Assistants$29,3101,630
Construction Laborers$36,2401,580
Helpers--Production Workers$30,6601,560
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$79,0101,560
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$46,5001,520
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,8001,520

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