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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations80110$44,970$21.62100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations11830$35,580$17.1114.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations8870$25,940$12.478.55
4Sales and Related Occupations8110$33,730$16.229.9
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations7200$55,730$26.796.05
6Personal Care and Service Occupations6200$25,650$12.334.3
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5890$85,000$40.875.8
8Personal Care Aides4210$24,120$11.61.5
9Production Occupations3580$37,270$17.925.7
10Management Occupations3310$91,230$43.866.15
11Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3210$34,310$16.496.55
12Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2940$24,890$11.972.3
13Construction and Extraction Occupations2940$49,290$23.74.45
14Community and Social Service Occupations2730$46,010$22.121.65
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2680$46,120$22.173.8
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2550$30,250$14.543.65
17Retail Salespersons2470$28,400$13.662.85
18Business and Financial Operations Occupations2420$62,180$29.895.25
19Healthcare Support Occupations2410$34,180$16.433
20Cashiers2350$25,760$12.392.2
21Office Clerks, General1410$31,980$15.381.9
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations1400$73,880$35.522.9
23Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1380$26,920$12.941.3
24Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1330$35,630$17.131.5
25Protective Service Occupations1310$60,320$292.2
26Waiters and Waitresses1300$25,850$12.431.7
27Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1150$30,110$14.480.65
28Customer Service Representatives1070$36,570$17.581.75
29Cooks, Restaurant1060$25,860$12.430.8
30General and Operations Managers1050$92,590$44.521.5
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1040$28,000$13.461.55
32Nursing Assistants940$31,200$151
33Social and Human Service Assistants880$36,550$17.570.25
34Cooks, Fast Food870$23,550$11.320.3
35Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand840$29,600$14.231.7
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers810$49,540$23.820.95
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks810$40,190$19.321.05
38Architecture and Engineering Occupations710$80,180$38.551.7
39Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners700$25,220$12.130.9
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General690$39,030$18.770.9
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations680$43,820$21.071.8
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers680$37,980$18.261
43Childcare Workers600$25,170$12.10.8
44Medical Secretaries590$35,820$17.220.4
45Construction Laborers590$42,130$20.260.8
46Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse590$25,100$12.070.3
47Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations570$57,570$27.680.8
48Counter and Rental Clerks560$30,980$14.890.3
49Receptionists and Information Clerks550$28,220$13.570.7
50Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders550$32,850$15.790.2
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers540$30,790$14.810.6
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers500$37,960$18.250.6
53Bartenders480$29,320$14.10.4
54Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products480$50,580$24.320.9
55Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers430$87,010$41.830.4
56Medical Assistants420$32,160$15.460.45
57Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers400$42,620$20.491.2
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers400$30,700$14.760.8
59Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses400$54,740$26.320.5
60Dishwashers380$23,920$11.50.3
61Sales Representatives, Services, All Other380$46,660$22.430.6
62Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors360$45,750$220
63Packers and Packagers, Hand350$25,630$12.320.45
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics350$44,260$21.280.5
65Computer User Support Specialists350$46,260$22.240.4
66Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers340$29,420$14.150
67Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters340$39,050$18.780.3
68Accountants and Auditors320$59,830$28.770.9
69Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors310$37,060$17.820.2
70Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks300$31,710$15.250.2
71Carpenters300$48,820$23.470.7
72Billing and Posting Clerks290$39,210$18.850.3
73Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education290$28,450$13.680.3
74Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers290$26,410$12.70.3
75Sales Managers290$75,190$36.150.2
76Security Guards280$28,620$13.760.7
77Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants280$49,500$23.80.35
78Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks270$32,150$15.460.4
79Tellers270$27,910$13.420.3
80Management Analysts270$59,880$28.790.5
81Dental Hygienists260$97,730$46.980.1
82Software Developers, Applications260$111,040$53.380.55
83Pharmacy Technicians250$42,880$20.620.3
84Dental Assistants250$39,570$19.030.2
85Child, Family, and School Social Workers250$53,230$25.590.2
86Food Preparation Workers250$25,320$12.170.6
87Business Operations Specialists, All Other250$66,250$31.850.7
88Computer Systems Analysts250$70,030$33.670.4
89Insurance Sales Agents240$52,220$25.110.3
90Firefighters240$55,580$26.720.2
91Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors240$57,600$27.690.2
92Rehabilitation Counselors230$36,010$17.310.1
93First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers220$76,550$36.80.4
94First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers220$60,870$29.260.4
95Human Resources Specialists220$52,440$25.210.35
96Painters, Construction and Maintenance220$40,610$19.520.2
97Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan220$34,430$16.550.1
98Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria220$31,410$15.10.3
99Recreation Workers210$26,530$12.760.25
100Postal Service Mail Carriers200$48,350$23.250.2
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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$44,97080,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,58011,830
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,9408,870
Sales and Related Occupations$33,7308,110
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,7307,200
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,6506,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,0005,890
Personal Care Aides$24,1204,210
Production Occupations$37,2703,580
Management Occupations$91,2303,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,3103,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,8902,940
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,2902,940
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,0102,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,1202,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,2502,550
Retail Salespersons$28,4002,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,1802,420
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,1802,410
Cashiers$25,7602,350
Office Clerks, General$31,9801,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,8801,400
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,9201,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6301,330
Protective Service Occupations$60,3201,310
Waiters and Waitresses$25,8501,300
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,1101,150
Customer Service Representatives$36,5701,070
Cooks, Restaurant$25,8601,060
General and Operations Managers$92,5901,050
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,0001,040
Nursing Assistants$31,200940
Social and Human Service Assistants$36,550880
Cooks, Fast Food$23,550870
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,600840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,540810
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,190810
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,180710
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,220700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,030690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,820680
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,980680
Childcare Workers$25,170600
Medical Secretaries$35,820590
Construction Laborers$42,130590
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,100590
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,570570
Counter and Rental Clerks$30,980560
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,220550
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$32,850550

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$44,97080,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,58011,830
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,9408,870
Sales and Related Occupations$33,7308,110
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,7307,200
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,6506,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,0005,890
Production Occupations$37,2703,580
Management Occupations$91,2303,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,3103,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,2902,940
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,0102,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,1202,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,2502,550
Retail Salespersons$28,4002,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,1802,420
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,1802,410
Cashiers$25,7602,350
Office Clerks, General$31,9801,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,8801,400
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,9201,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6301,330
Protective Service Occupations$60,3201,310
Waiters and Waitresses$25,8501,300
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,1101,150
Customer Service Representatives$36,5701,070
Cooks, Restaurant$25,8601,060
General and Operations Managers$92,5901,050
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,0001,040
Nursing Assistants$31,200940
Social and Human Service Assistants$36,550880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,600840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,540810
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,190810
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,180710
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,220700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,030690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,820680
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,980680
Childcare Workers$25,170600
Medical Secretaries$35,820590
Construction Laborers$42,130590
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,100590
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,570570
Counter and Rental Clerks$30,980560
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,220550
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$32,850550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,790540
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,960500
Bartenders$29,320480

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