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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 73850 $45610 $21.93 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11140 $35540 $17.09 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 8640 $25150 $12.09 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 7620 $34060 $16.37 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6550 $56750 $27.28 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5590 $88420 $42.51 5.75
7 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3370 $25790 $12.4 4.1
8 Production Occupations 3330 $35960 $17.29 5.85
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3290 $32860 $15.8 6.45
10 Management Occupations 3260 $91050 $43.77 6.05
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2900 $24100 $11.58 2.15
12 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2890 $30030 $14.44 3.7
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2760 $44700 $21.49 3.8
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2700 $51130 $24.58 4.4
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 2670 $33350 $16.04 3.05
16 Registered Nurses 2360 $87710 $42.17 1.9
17 Retail Salespersons 2360 $28930 $13.91 3.1
18 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2350 $62410 $30.01 5.05
19 Cashiers 2190 $26200 $12.59 2.25
20 Community and Social Service Occupations 2070 $46210 $22.21 1.65
21 Office Clerks, General 1380 $30330 $14.58 2
22 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1320 $71010 $34.14 2.8
23 Protective Service Occupations 1270 $57260 $27.53 2.25
24 Waiters and Waitresses 1270 $25310 $12.17 1.6
25 Personal Care Aides 1240 $23310 $11.21 1.3
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1180 $28170 $13.54 1.6
27 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1160 $35730 $17.18 1.6
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1140 $27620 $13.28 1.2
29 General and Operations Managers 1050 $93790 $45.09 1.4
30 Customer Service Representatives 960 $36080 $17.34 1.75
31 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 940 $27900 $13.42 1.6
32 Nursing Assistants 890 $29100 $13.99 1.05
33 Cooks, Restaurant 860 $25340 $12.18 0.75
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 840 $39700 $19.09 1.1
35 Childcare Workers 840 $24730 $11.89 0.8
36 Cooks, Fast Food 830 $22260 $10.7 0.3
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 800 $41540 $19.97 1.7
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 770 $36830 $17.71 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 760 $51770 $24.89 1
40 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 750 $38800 $18.66 1
41 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 740 $24590 $11.82 1
42 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 730 $28550 $13.73 0.6
43 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 610 $78840 $37.9 1.65
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 580 $30520 $14.67 0.6
45 Social and Human Service Assistants 530 $37040 $17.81 0.3
46 Receptionists and Information Clerks 530 $27650 $13.29 0.7
47 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 500 $56580 $27.2 0.9
48 Packers and Packagers, Hand 500 $25080 $12.06 0.45
49 Medical Secretaries 490 $36040 $17.33 0.4
50 Medical Assistants 490 $31380 $15.09 0.45
51 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 490 $31930 $15.35 0.8
52 Counter and Rental Clerks 480 $29530 $14.2 0.3
53 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 470 $31170 $14.99 0.3
54 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 450 $51250 $24.64 0.5
55 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 430 $49180 $23.64 1
56 Bartenders 420 $29770 $14.31 0.4
57 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 420 $39640 $19.06 1.2
58 Construction Laborers 410 $43300 $20.82 0.8
59 Legal Occupations 400 $100660 $48.4 0.8
60 Dishwashers 370 $22610 $10.87 0.3
61 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 360 $87270 $41.96 0.45
62 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 360 $53000 $25.48 0.6
63 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 340 $43270 $20.8 0.5
64 Accountants and Auditors 340 $62300 $29.95 0.9
65 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 330 $41140 $19.78 0.6
66 Carpenters 330 $46950 $22.57 0.6
67 Computer User Support Specialists 310 $46970 $22.58 0.4
68 Dental Assistants 310 $41750 $20.07 0.2
69 Team Assemblers 300 $29310 $14.09 0.75
70 Security Guards 300 $26700 $12.84 0.7
71 Food Preparation Workers 290 $23140 $11.13 0.6
72 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 280 $23790 $11.44 0.3
73 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 280 $52260 $25.12 0.5
74 Tellers 270 $26760 $12.86 0.3
75 Billing and Posting Clerks 270 $37570 $18.06 0.35
76 Firefighters 270 $55030 $26.46 0.2
77 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 270 $58780 $28.26 0.2
78 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 260 $26080 $12.54 0.3
79 Pharmacy Technicians 260 $40590 $19.51 0.25
80 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 260 $35570 $17.1 0.2
81 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 250 $77600 $37.31 0.4
82 Dental Hygienists 250 $94680 $45.52 0.1
83 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 250 $41940 $20.16 0.3
84 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 250 $25580 $12.3 0.2
85 Recreation Workers 250 $25110 $12.07 0.3
86 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 240 $63870 $30.71 0.7
87 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 240 $22090 $10.62 0.25
88 Management Analysts 230 $67710 $32.55 0.5
89 Software Developers, Applications 220 $103990 $49.99 0.5
90 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 220 $33050 $15.89 0.4
91 Mental Health Counselors 220 $39470 $18.98 0.1
92 Sales Managers 220 $71160 $34.21 0.2
93 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 220 $33440 $16.08 0.3
94 Computer Systems Analysts 210 $68560 $32.96 0.4
95 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 200 $61820 $29.72 0.3
96 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 200 $31150 $14.98 0.3
97 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 200 $32890 $15.81 0.2
98 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 200 $22220 $10.68 0.2
99 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 200 $58960 $28.34 0.4
100 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 200 $33470 $16.09 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Chico Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,610 73,850
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,540 11,140
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,150 8,640
Sales and Related Occupations 34,060 7,620
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,750 6,550
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 88,420 5,590
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,790 3,370
Production Occupations 35,960 3,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,860 3,290
Management Occupations 91,050 3,260
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 24,100 2,900
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,030 2,890
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,700 2,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,130 2,700
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,350 2,670
Registered Nurses 87,710 2,360
Retail Salespersons 28,930 2,360
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,410 2,350
Cashiers 26,200 2,190
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,210 2,070
Office Clerks, General 30,330 1,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,010 1,320
Protective Service Occupations 57,260 1,270
Waiters and Waitresses 25,310 1,270
Personal Care Aides 23,310 1,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,170 1,180
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,730 1,160
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,620 1,140
General and Operations Managers 93,790 1,050
Customer Service Representatives 36,080 960
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,900 940
Nursing Assistants 29,100 890
Cooks, Restaurant 25,340 860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,700 840
Childcare Workers 24,730 840
Cooks, Fast Food 22,260 830
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,540 800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,830 770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,770 760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,800 750
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,590 740
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28,550 730
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,840 610
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,520 580
Social and Human Service Assistants 37,040 530
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,650 530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,580 500
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,080 500
Medical Secretaries 36,040 490
Medical Assistants 31,380 490

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,610 73,850
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,540 11,140
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,150 8,640
Sales and Related Occupations 34,060 7,620
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,750 6,550
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 88,420 5,590
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,790 3,370
Production Occupations 35,960 3,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,860 3,290
Management Occupations 91,050 3,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,030 2,890
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,700 2,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,130 2,700
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,350 2,670
Registered Nurses 87,710 2,360
Retail Salespersons 28,930 2,360
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,410 2,350
Cashiers 26,200 2,190
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,210 2,070
Office Clerks, General 30,330 1,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,010 1,320
Protective Service Occupations 57,260 1,270
Waiters and Waitresses 25,310 1,270
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,170 1,180
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,730 1,160
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,620 1,140
General and Operations Managers 93,790 1,050
Customer Service Representatives 36,080 960
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,900 940
Nursing Assistants 29,100 890
Cooks, Restaurant 25,340 860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,700 840
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,540 800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,830 770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,770 760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,800 750
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28,550 730
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,840 610
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,520 580
Social and Human Service Assistants 37,040 530
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,650 530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,580 500
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,080 500
Medical Secretaries 36,040 490
Medical Assistants 31,380 490
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,930 490
Counter and Rental Clerks 29,530 480
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 31,170 470
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 51,250 450
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 49,180 430

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