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El Centro Employment

Employment and Industries in the El Centro, California Area

Retail, wholesale, transportation and agriculture are the major elements of El Centro's economy. The major employment sectors are the government, wholesale, agriculture, construction, education, healthcare and transportation. About 27% of the workforce is employed by the government and approximately 22% of the workforce is employed in sales and office jobs.

Some of the most popular jobs in El Centro primarily filled by college graduates are teachers, registered nurses, accountants and auditors, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, sales managers and child, family and school social workers. Occupations which are more common in El Central when compared to most of the nation's other cities are agricultural equipment operators, farm workers, farm equipment mechanics, power plant operators, machinery maintenance workers and electrical power-line installers and repairers.

Notable data regarding Chico: In 2007 the estimated median household income in El Centro was $33,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was very close to the national average. For the population over the age of 25, about 14% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The main employers in the area are provided below:

  • All Star Seed Co - Wholesale Seeds & Bulbs
  • ARC - Disabled persons equipment and supplies
  • ARC Imperial Valley - Transportation lines
  • Central Union High School - Education
  • El Centro Naval Air Facility - Federal government, national security
  • El Centro Regional Medical CTR - Hospitals
  • Imperial County Behavioral - Government
  • Imperial County OFC of Education - Computer training
  • United States Gypsum Co - Gypsum & gypsum products
  • US Border Patrol
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Altar Produce LLC
  • Ametza LLC
  • Imperial Irrigation District
  • Vessey & Company

El Centro companies are provided assistance by business organizations such as:

The Imperial Valley Press Online provides up-to-date information about the business activities in El Centro.

Jobs in El Centro

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 53890 $44050 $21.18 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7710 $36000 $17.31 14.8
3 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 6400 $23320 $11.21 0.6
4 Sales and Related Occupations 6090 $30340 $14.59 10.15
5 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 5990 $22850 $10.99 0.3
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4560 $55060 $26.47 6.15
7 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4000 $26140 $12.57 8.3
8 Protective Service Occupations 3490 $65260 $31.38 2.25
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3160 $35160 $16.9 6.45
10 Retail Salespersons 2300 $24070 $11.57 3.1
11 Cashiers 2100 $23410 $11.26 2.25
12 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2090 $91290 $43.89 5.75
13 Management Occupations 2020 $93540 $44.97 6.05
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 1950 $46720 $22.46 3.8
15 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1910 $67700 $32.55 5.05
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1790 $23690 $11.39 4.1
17 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1790 $56130 $26.99 4.4
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1720 $30190 $14.51 3.7
19 Office Clerks, General 1470 $31770 $15.28 2
20 Production Occupations 1440 $41700 $20.05 5.85
21 Community and Social Service Occupations 1300 $53540 $25.74 1.65
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1240 $23520 $11.31 2.15
23 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1150 $29500 $14.18 1.6
24 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1100 $26060 $12.53 1.2
25 Healthcare Support Occupations 1080 $32920 $15.83 3.05
26 Personal Care Aides 1000 $21810 $10.48 1.3
27 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 960 $37840 $18.19 1.2
28 Registered Nurses 760 $81620 $39.24 1.9
29 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 700 $80730 $38.81 0.1
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 680 $27780 $13.36 1.6
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 630 $36710 $17.65 1.1
32 Waiters and Waitresses 620 $30070 $14.46 1.6
33 Compliance Officers 620 $76070 $36.57 0.2
34 Security Guards 590 $24200 $11.63 0.7
35 General and Operations Managers 580 $92190 $44.32 1.4
36 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 580 $38850 $18.68 1.6
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 570 $51380 $24.7 1
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 570 $35990 $17.3 1
39 Social and Human Service Assistants 510 $48530 $23.33 0.3
40 Cooks, Fast Food 480 $22190 $10.67 0.3
41 Electricians 480 $69560 $33.44 0.4
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 450 $35450 $17.04 0.9
43 Medical Assistants 430 $30180 $14.51 0.45
44 Packers and Packagers, Hand 410 $25510 $12.27 0.45
45 Construction Laborers 370 $41970 $20.18 0.8
46 Childcare Workers 360 $23960 $11.52 0.8
47 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 320 $70680 $33.98 1
48 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 320 $73160 $35.17 2.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 320 $28470 $13.69 0.7
50 Customer Service Representatives 320 $36720 $17.65 1.75
51 Cooks, Restaurant 310 $26320 $12.66 0.75
52 Managers, All Other 310 $106240 $51.08 0.65
53 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 300 $77600 $37.31 0.9
54 Medical Secretaries 290 $33280 $16 0.4
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 250 $39900 $19.18 0.6
56 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 250 $51340 $24.68 0.7
57 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 250 $42030 $20.21 1.7
58 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 240 $37340 $17.95 0.5
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 230 $31090 $14.95 0.6
60 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 220 $79750 $38.34 0.45
61 Management Analysts 220 $76140 $36.61 0.5
62 Accountants and Auditors 210 $73840 $35.5 0.9
63 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 210 $48830 $23.48 0.2
64 Counter and Rental Clerks 210 $30880 $14.85 0.3
65 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 210 $25660 $12.34 1
66 Bartenders 200 $26090 $12.54 0.4
67 Power Plant Operators 200 $72190 $34.71 0
68 Legal Occupations 200 $93590 $44.99 0.8
69 Firefighters 190 $43530 $20.93 0.2
70 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 180 $27460 $13.2 0.8
71 Tellers 170 $29410 $14.14 0.3
72 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 170 $52660 $25.32 0.5
73 Dental Assistants 170 $36160 $17.39 0.2
74 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 170 $75890 $36.49 0.3
75 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 170 $26950 $12.96 0.4
76 Billing and Posting Clerks 160 $36500 $17.55 0.35
77 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 150 $25460 $12.24 0.25
78 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 150 $45480 $21.87 0.1
79 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 140 $40340 $19.39 0.1
80 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 140 $56320 $27.08 0.6
81 Recreation Workers 140 $27860 $13.4 0.3
82 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 140 $36630 $17.61 0.1
83 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 140 $22490 $10.81 0.25
84 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 140 $79590 $38.26 0.4
85 Nursing Assistants 140 $28840 $13.86 1.05
86 Tire Repairers and Changers 130 $28700 $13.8 0.1
87 Sales Managers 130 $85410 $41.06 0.2
88 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 130 $31770 $15.27 0.35
89 Parts Salespersons 130 $29180 $14.03 0.2
90 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 130 $40950 $19.69 0.3
91 Food Preparation Workers 130 $26230 $12.61 0.6
92 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 130 $37680 $18.11 0.3
93 Dishwashers 120 $22300 $10.72 0.3
94 Carpenters 120 $59960 $28.83 0.6
95 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 120 $49440 $23.77 0.3
96 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 120 $25560 $12.29 0.2
97 Postal Service Mail Carriers 120 $51070 $24.55 0.15
98 First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers 120 $40440 $19.44 0
99 Agricultural Equipment Operators 110 $24140 $11.6 0
100 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 110 $38460 $18.49 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near El Centro Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,050 53,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,000 7,710
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 23,320 6,400
Sales and Related Occupations 30,340 6,090
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 22,850 5,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,060 4,560
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,140 4,000
Protective Service Occupations 65,260 3,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,160 3,160
Retail Salespersons 24,070 2,300
Cashiers 23,410 2,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 91,290 2,090
Management Occupations 93,540 2,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,720 1,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,700 1,910
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,690 1,790
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,130 1,790
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,190 1,720
Office Clerks, General 31,770 1,470
Production Occupations 41,700 1,440
Community and Social Service Occupations 53,540 1,300
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,520 1,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,500 1,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,060 1,100
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,920 1,080
Personal Care Aides 21,810 1,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,840 960
Registered Nurses 81,620 760
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 80,730 700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,780 680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,710 630
Waiters and Waitresses 30,070 620
Compliance Officers 76,070 620
Security Guards 24,200 590
General and Operations Managers 92,190 580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,850 580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,380 570
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 35,990 570
Social and Human Service Assistants 48,530 510
Cooks, Fast Food 22,190 480
Electricians 69,560 480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,450 450
Medical Assistants 30,180 430
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,510 410
Construction Laborers 41,970 370
Childcare Workers 23,960 360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,680 320
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,160 320
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,470 320
Customer Service Representatives 36,720 320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,050 53,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,000 7,710
Sales and Related Occupations 30,340 6,090
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,060 4,560
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,140 4,000
Protective Service Occupations 65,260 3,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,160 3,160
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 91,290 2,090
Management Occupations 93,540 2,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,720 1,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,700 1,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 56,130 1,790
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,190 1,720
Office Clerks, General 31,770 1,470
Production Occupations 41,700 1,440
Community and Social Service Occupations 53,540 1,300
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,500 1,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,060 1,100
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,920 1,080
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,840 960
Registered Nurses 81,620 760
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 80,730 700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,780 680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,710 630
Waiters and Waitresses 30,070 620
Compliance Officers 76,070 620
General and Operations Managers 92,190 580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,850 580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,380 570
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 35,990 570
Social and Human Service Assistants 48,530 510
Electricians 69,560 480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,450 450
Medical Assistants 30,180 430
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,510 410
Construction Laborers 41,970 370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,680 320
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,160 320
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,470 320
Customer Service Representatives 36,720 320
Cooks, Restaurant 26,320 310
Managers, All Other 106,240 310
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 77,600 300
Medical Secretaries 33,280 290
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,900 250
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 51,340 250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,030 250
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,340 240
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,090 230
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 79,750 220

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