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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations60240$43,950$21.13100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations7750$35,830$17.2214.35
3Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations7130$25,470$12.240.65
4Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse6340$24,200$11.630.3
5Sales and Related Occupations5760$32,470$15.619.9
6Personal Care and Service Occupations5470$23,730$11.414.3
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations4710$61,960$29.796.05
8Personal Care Aides4650$23,070$11.091.5
9Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4220$26,660$12.828.55
10Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3830$34,880$16.776.55
11Protective Service Occupations3430$66,730$32.082.2
12Retail Salespersons2360$24,840$11.942.85
13Management Occupations2330$94,400$45.386.15
14Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2310$88,400$42.55.8
15Business and Financial Operations Occupations2160$64,980$31.245.25
16Community and Social Service Occupations1940$51,640$24.831.65
17Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1940$47,130$22.663.8
18Cashiers1740$24,530$11.792.2
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1680$31,900$15.343.65
20Production Occupations1480$42,670$20.525.7
21Construction and Extraction Occupations1460$51,670$24.844.45
22Office Clerks, General1450$30,670$14.751.9
23Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1170$27,040$131.3
24Healthcare Support Occupations1090$33,850$16.283
25Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1070$25,180$12.12.3
26Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers980$38,160$18.351.2
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners980$31,440$15.121.55
28Registered Nurses880$87,420$42.031.95
29Packers and Packagers, Hand770$28,570$13.740.45
30Waiters and Waitresses740$28,200$13.561.7
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand710$26,300$12.641.7
32Detectives and Criminal Investigators660$83,220$40.010.1
33General and Operations Managers660$89,170$42.871.5
34Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive650$40,880$19.661.5
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks630$36,670$17.631.05
36Cooks, Fast Food630$22,990$11.060.3
37Compliance Officers610$76,800$36.920.2
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers600$42,160$20.271
39First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers590$51,610$24.810.95
40Security Guards560$24,740$11.90.7
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General450$39,610$19.040.9
42Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education390$41,600$200.3
43Business Operations Specialists, All Other360$48,130$23.140.7
44Customer Service Representatives360$35,830$17.231.75
45Managers, All Other360$108,400$52.120.6
46Food Preparation Workers340$26,320$12.650.6
47Computer and Mathematical Occupations320$73,520$35.352.9
48Cooks, Restaurant320$27,290$13.120.8
49Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations320$82,630$39.730.8
50Receptionists and Information Clerks300$30,360$14.590.7
51Childcare Workers290$23,930$11.50.8
52Legal Occupations290$83,620$40.20.8
53Medical Assistants290$30,730$14.770.45
54Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products290$81,330$39.10.9
55Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations280$50,620$24.341.8
56Substitute Teachers280$43,550$20.940
57First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers270$30,440$14.630.6
58Construction Laborers260$40,860$19.650.8
59Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics250$39,820$19.140.5
60Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers240$28,110$13.510.8
61Accountants and Auditors230$65,400$31.440.9
62Nursing Assistants230$31,560$15.171
63Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators230$48,670$23.40.2
64Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses220$51,280$24.650.5
65Agricultural Equipment Operators210$25,450$12.230
66Electricians210$67,580$32.490.4
67Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers210$27,740$13.340.6
68Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers210$80,830$38.860.4
69Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners200$25,910$12.460.9
70Management Analysts200$74,500$35.820.5
71Tellers200$29,520$14.190.3
72Counter and Rental Clerks190$31,790$15.280.3
73Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators190$34,640$16.650.35
74Billing and Posting Clerks180$37,310$17.940.3
75Medical Secretaries180$31,970$15.370.4
76Sales Managers180$82,180$39.510.2
77Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks170$37,940$18.240.1
78Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters170$49,760$23.930.3
79Power Plant Operators170$71,990$34.610
80First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors160$52,480$25.230
81Bartenders150$26,910$12.940.4
82Butchers and Meat Cutters150$27,000$12.980.1
83Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment150$24,830$11.940.2
84Dental Assistants150$38,090$18.310.2
85Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs150$46,590$22.40.1
86First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers150$41,040$19.730
87Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other150$36,960$17.770.2
88Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks150$28,160$13.540.4
89Dishwashers140$22,990$11.050.3
90Firefighters140$40,410$19.430.2
91First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers140$76,480$36.770.3
92Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors140$51,750$24.880
93Sales Representatives, Services, All Other130$45,810$22.020.6
94Tire Repairers and Changers130$28,830$13.860.1
95Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators130$65,690$31.580.1
96Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists120$35,340$16.990.2
97Healthcare Support Workers, All Other120$35,880$17.250.1
98Industrial Machinery Mechanics120$61,050$29.350.2
99Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines120$54,650$26.280.1
100Administrative Services Managers110$90,280$43.40.2
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Jobs More Common Near El Centro Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,95060,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,8307,750
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$25,4707,130
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$24,2006,340
Sales and Related Occupations$32,4705,760
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,7305,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,9604,710
Personal Care Aides$23,0704,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,6604,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,8803,830
Protective Service Occupations$66,7303,430
Retail Salespersons$24,8402,360
Management Occupations$94,4002,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,4002,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,9802,160
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,6401,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,1301,940
Cashiers$24,5301,740
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,9001,680
Production Occupations$42,6701,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,6701,460
Office Clerks, General$30,6701,450
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,0401,170
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,8501,090
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1801,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,160980
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,440980
Registered Nurses$87,420880
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,570770
Waiters and Waitresses$28,200740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,300710
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$83,220660
General and Operations Managers$89,170660
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,880650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,670630
Cooks, Fast Food$22,990630
Compliance Officers$76,800610
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,160600
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,610590
Security Guards$24,740560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,610450
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$41,600390
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$48,130360
Customer Service Representatives$35,830360
Managers, All Other$108,400360
Food Preparation Workers$26,320340
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,520320
Cooks, Restaurant$27,290320
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$82,630320
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,360300

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,95060,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,8307,750
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$25,4707,130
Sales and Related Occupations$32,4705,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,9604,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,6604,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,8803,830
Protective Service Occupations$66,7303,430
Management Occupations$94,4002,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,4002,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,9802,160
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,6401,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,1301,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,9001,680
Production Occupations$42,6701,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,6701,460
Office Clerks, General$30,6701,450
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,0401,170
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,8501,090
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1801,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,160980
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,440980
Registered Nurses$87,420880
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,570770
Waiters and Waitresses$28,200740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,300710
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$83,220660
General and Operations Managers$89,170660
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,880650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,670630
Compliance Officers$76,800610
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,160600
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,610590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,610450
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$41,600390
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$48,130360
Customer Service Representatives$35,830360
Managers, All Other$108,400360
Food Preparation Workers$26,320340
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,520320
Cooks, Restaurant$27,290320
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$82,630320
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,360300
Legal Occupations$83,620290
Medical Assistants$30,730290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$81,330290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,620280
Substitute Teachers$43,550280
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,440270
Construction Laborers$40,860260

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