Chico Employment

Employment and Industries in the Chico, California Area

Chico is the economic center of the Northern Sacramento Valley. Much of Chico's economy is powered by the California State University, Chico. Agriculture is also a significant part of the economy. Almonds, rice, olives, kiwis, peaches and plums are the major crops. The major employers are the government, education, social services, arts and entertainment, recreation, healthcare and accommodation and food service. About 26% of the workforce are sales and office workers and about 15% are employed by the government.

The most popular occupations in Chico in which the majority of the workers have a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants and financial managers. Jobs which are more prevalent in Chico than most of the nation's other cities are brewery machine operators, tile and marble setters, education administrators, pest control workers, farm workers, office and administrative support personnel and protective service workers.

Noteworthy data about Chico: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $36,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 106.2. The national average is 100. For the population over the age of 25, about 33% have a bachelor's degree or higher. The daytime population expands by about 23% due to people commuting from the surrounding area for work.

The top 10 manufacturing employers in Chico are:

  • Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Koret of California
  • SunGard Public Sector
  • Aero Union
  • Sunset Moulding Company
  • Smucker Quality Beverages
  • Lundberg Family Farms
  • Norfield Industries
  • JG Brattan
  • Wrex Products

The top 10 non-manufacturing employers in Chico are:

  • Enloe Medical Center
  • Butte County
  • California State University, Chico
  • Chico Unified School District
  • Tri Counties Bank
  • Butte-Glenn Community College District
  • Lifetouch National School Studios
  • City of Chico
  • Feather Falls Casino
  • Employment Development Department

Business organizations offering assistance to Chico companies:

The Chico Enterprise-Record provides up-to-date information about the business activities in Chico.

Jobs in Chico

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations81120$46,120$22.17100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations11470$37,070$17.8213.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations8880$26,390$12.698.7
4Sales and Related Occupations7830$35,010$16.839.5
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations7510$55,860$26.856
6Personal Care and Service Occupations6530$26,470$12.734.65
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6020$85,580$41.145.85
8Personal Care Aides4420$24,860$11.951.7
9Management Occupations3470$95,890$46.16.35
10Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3430$34,740$16.76.7
11Production Occupations3390$38,720$18.615.6
12Construction and Extraction Occupations3070$50,270$24.174.6
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2890$25,110$12.072.45
14Community and Social Service Occupations2850$47,480$22.831.75
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2830$47,240$22.713.75
16Healthcare Support Occupations2650$34,690$16.682.85
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2550$30,960$14.893.6
18Registered Nurses2540$84,260$40.511.95
19Business and Financial Operations Occupations2480$62,840$30.215.35
20Cashiers2390$27,260$13.112.2
21Retail Salespersons2340$30,000$14.422.7
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations1380$75,750$36.423
23Protective Service Occupations1310$57,010$27.412.2
24Waiters and Waitresses1290$26,050$12.521.65
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1280$35,890$17.251.4
26Office Clerks, General1260$34,540$16.611.9
27Customer Service Representatives1220$36,530$17.561.75
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1210$29,030$13.961.25
29Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1120$30,620$14.720.65
30Cooks, Restaurant1110$26,410$12.70.9
31Nursing Assistants1110$31,750$15.260.95
32Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1080$29,620$14.241.8
33General and Operations Managers940$106,930$51.411.5
34Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners930$28,280$13.591.5
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks860$43,170$20.761.05
36Social and Human Service Assistants840$39,780$19.120.3
37Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse740$27,880$13.410.3
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers740$51,850$24.930.95
39Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners740$26,630$12.80.9
40Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations730$44,570$21.431.8
41Cooks, Fast Food700$25,080$12.060.3
42Maintenance and Repair Workers, General670$40,770$19.60.9
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers660$42,980$20.660.95
44Architecture and Engineering Occupations640$81,030$38.951.7
45Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations610$61,600$29.610.8
46Medical Secretaries600$37,420$17.990.4
47Receptionists and Information Clerks600$29,010$13.950.7
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products560$50,430$24.240.85
49Construction Laborers550$39,550$19.020.9
50First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers540$32,370$15.560.6
51Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers520$31,740$15.260.75
52Counter and Rental Clerks510$32,510$15.630.3
53Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders510$34,070$16.380.2
54Food Preparation Workers490$25,370$12.20.5
55Medical Assistants490$34,280$16.480.45
56Dishwashers450$24,810$11.930.3
57Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers450$40,940$19.680.6
58Childcare Workers440$26,610$12.790.7
59Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers400$42,730$20.551.2
60Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses390$55,940$26.890.5
61Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers380$82,470$39.650.4
62Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education380$32,330$15.550.3
63Legal Occupations360$77,910$37.460.8
64Recreation Workers360$25,940$12.470.3
65Bartenders350$29,120$140.4
66Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors350$49,530$23.810.2
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics330$43,610$20.970.5
68Computer User Support Specialists330$48,400$23.270.4
69Electricians330$68,510$32.940.45
70Packers and Packagers, Hand330$26,740$12.860.4
71Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers320$30,210$14.530.8
72Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors320$36,520$17.560.2
73Business Operations Specialists, All Other310$61,290$29.470.7
74Accountants and Auditors300$62,820$30.20.9
75Billing and Posting Clerks300$40,320$19.380.3
76Child, Family, and School Social Workers300$52,000$250.2
77Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks300$37,980$18.260.2
78Carpenters290$57,080$27.440.6
79Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors290$56,270$27.050.2
80Software Developers, Applications290$108,800$52.310.65
81Information and Record Clerks, All Other280$32,380$15.570.1
82Sales Representatives, Services, All Other280$45,670$21.960.7
83Firefighters270$57,120$27.460.2
84Rehabilitation Counselors270$30,720$14.770.1
85Security Guards270$29,370$14.120.7
86Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks270$33,020$15.880.4
87Financial Managers260$107,790$51.820.4
88Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers260$47,200$22.690.2
89Human Resources Specialists260$55,460$26.660.4
90Sales Managers260$81,590$39.230.3
91Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers250$24,680$11.860.3
92Pharmacy Technicians250$44,910$21.590.3
93Dental Assistants240$41,290$19.850.2
94Tellers240$29,390$14.130.25
95Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers230$49,890$23.990.1
96Dental Hygienists220$93,690$45.040.1
97First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers220$73,180$35.180.4
98Food Service Managers220$55,910$26.880.2
99Medical and Health Services Managers220$112,910$54.280.3
100Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria210$30,990$14.90.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Chico Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,12081,120
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,07011,470
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,3908,880
Sales and Related Occupations$35,0107,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,8607,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,4706,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,5806,020
Personal Care Aides$24,8604,420
Management Occupations$95,8903,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,7403,430
Production Occupations$38,7203,390
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,2703,070
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1102,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,4802,850
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,2402,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,6902,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,9602,550
Registered Nurses$84,2602,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8402,480
Cashiers$27,2602,390
Retail Salespersons$30,0002,340
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,7501,380
Protective Service Occupations$57,0101,310
Waiters and Waitresses$26,0501,290
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,8901,280
Office Clerks, General$34,5401,260
Customer Service Representatives$36,5301,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,0301,210
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,6201,120
Cooks, Restaurant$26,4101,110
Nursing Assistants$31,7501,110
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,6201,080
General and Operations Managers$106,930940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,280930
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,170860
Social and Human Service Assistants$39,780840
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$27,880740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,850740
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,630740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,570730
Cooks, Fast Food$25,080700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,770670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,980660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,030640
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$61,600610
Medical Secretaries$37,420600
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,010600
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$50,430560
Construction Laborers$39,550550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,370540

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,12081,120
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,07011,470
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,3908,880
Sales and Related Occupations$35,0107,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,8607,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,4706,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,5806,020
Management Occupations$95,8903,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,7403,430
Production Occupations$38,7203,390
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,2703,070
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1102,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,4802,850
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,2402,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,6902,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,9602,550
Registered Nurses$84,2602,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8402,480
Cashiers$27,2602,390
Retail Salespersons$30,0002,340
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,7501,380
Protective Service Occupations$57,0101,310
Waiters and Waitresses$26,0501,290
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,8901,280
Office Clerks, General$34,5401,260
Customer Service Representatives$36,5301,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,0301,210
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,6201,120
Cooks, Restaurant$26,4101,110
Nursing Assistants$31,7501,110
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,6201,080
General and Operations Managers$106,930940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,280930
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,170860
Social and Human Service Assistants$39,780840
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$27,880740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,850740
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,630740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,570730
Cooks, Fast Food$25,080700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,770670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,980660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,030640
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$61,600610
Medical Secretaries$37,420600
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,010600
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$50,430560
Construction Laborers$39,550550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,370540
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,740520

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