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Fresno Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fresno, California Area

Fresno serves as the economic center for California's Central Valley. Agriculture is the major factor for the Fresno area economy. Agriculture provides approximately 25% of the region's jobs. In addition, it's estimated that one out of three jobs are related to agriculture. Fresno county is regarded as one of the most prominent agricultural counties in the nation. The primary crops are cotton, grapes, cattle, plums, milk, tomatoes, turkeys and peaches. The area's food processing industry is an important element of the economy. In addition, Fresno's unemployment rate fluctuates on a seasonal basis due to the varying employment needs of the agricultural industry.

The primary non-agricultural sectors for employment are:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Construction
  • Finance

Fresno continues to add non-agricultural industries. The manufacturing sector provides jobs in a variety of areas including metal products, farm machinery, stone, transportation equipment, glass products, electrical equipment, wood products and furniture. Jobs are also provided in sectors such as irrigation and agricultural technology, flexible food manufacturing and advanced logistics. In addition, the numerous call centers employ a portion of the workforce.

The jobs more common in Fresno when compared to most of the nation's cities are first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers; farm workers and laborers, crop, nursery and greenhouse; slaughterers and meat packers; agricultural equipment operators; meat poultry,and fish cutters and trimmers; tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents and agricultural inspectors.

Fresno includes numerous business incubators that function as resource centers for entrepreneurs and new companies. A number of the business incubators are situated at California State University, Fresno. The city also has a large Enterprise Zone. The state of California provides companies operating in the zone with various tax credits such as for financing, hiring, and capital investment. The programs are offered by the State of California Commerce and the Economic Development Program.

Noteworthy data regarding Fresno: The average salary in Fresno in early 2009 was $33,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 94.6. The national average is 100. Regarding the population over the age of 25, about 19% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The largest employers in the public sector are provided below:

  • Fresno County Unified School District
  • Fresno County
  • Community Medical Centers
  • City of Fresno
  • California State University, Fresno
  • State Center Community College District

The largest employers in Fresno's private sector are:

  • Community Medical Center - Healthcare
  • St. Agnes Medical Center - Healthcare
  • Beverly Healthcare - Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente - Healthcare
  • Pelco - Video security systems manufacture
  • Children's Hospital Central California - Healthcare
  • Quinn Group Inc - Ag, industrial and construction equipment manufacturer
  • AT&T - Communications
  • Zacky Farms - Turkey growers and processors
  • Fresno Bee - Newspaper
  • Guarantee Real Estate - Real estate brokerage
  • Sunrise Medical - Wheelchair manufacturer
  • Producers Dairy Foods - Dairy products processing and packaging
  • London Properties Real Estate brokerage
  • Geil Enterprises - Security, janitorial services
  • Turner Security Systems - Security personnel and monitoring
  • Securitas Security Services USA - Security services
  • Grundfos Pumps Manufacturing Corp - Water pumps manufacturer
  • Quest Diagnostics Inc - Clinical laboratory services
  • Duncan Enterprises - Ceramic arts manufacturer

Business organizations offering assistance to Fresno businesses:

The The Business Journal - Fresno provides information about the current business activities in Fresno.

Jobs in Fresno

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 350730 $45270 $21.76 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 55620 $36370 $17.49 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 32140 $37210 $17.89 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 29210 $25940 $12.47 8.3
5 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28520 $23200 $11.15 0.6
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 28180 $61710 $29.67 6.15
7 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 25500 $22370 $10.76 0.3
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 25110 $33340 $16.03 6.45
9 Production Occupations 20810 $31600 $15.19 5.85
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 20210 $90160 $43.35 5.75
11 Management Occupations 14850 $101230 $48.67 6.05
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 13780 $64400 $30.96 5.05
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 12980 $44670 $21.48 3.8
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 12050 $47150 $22.67 4.4
15 Retail Salespersons 9690 $26500 $12.74 3.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 9600 $23290 $11.2 2.15
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 9400 $31340 $15.07 3.05
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 9150 $28990 $13.94 3.7
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8950 $28260 $13.59 4.1
20 Cashiers 8710 $24660 $11.86 2.25
21 Office Clerks, General 7780 $32630 $15.69 2
22 Protective Service Occupations 7640 $49130 $23.62 2.25
23 Registered Nurses 6940 $88060 $42.34 1.9
24 Community and Social Service Occupations 6670 $50640 $24.34 1.65
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6240 $28180 $13.55 1.6
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5010 $28420 $13.67 1.2
27 Customer Service Representatives 4810 $34130 $16.41 1.75
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4770 $43280 $20.81 1.2
29 General and Operations Managers 4650 $104940 $50.45 1.4
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4550 $28270 $13.59 1.6
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4540 $36360 $17.48 1.6
32 Waiters and Waitresses 4140 $30890 $14.85 1.6
33 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4090 $40700 $19.57 1.1
34 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3660 $72960 $35.07 2.8
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3470 $67090 $32.25 1
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3420 $46880 $22.54 1.7
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3110 $55380 $26.62 1
38 Packers and Packagers, Hand 3030 $23590 $11.34 0.45
39 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3000 $88670 $42.63 1.65
40 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2990 $33610 $16.16 0.6
41 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2970 $63860 $30.7 0.9
42 Nursing Assistants 2920 $28350 $13.63 1.05
43 Cooks, Fast Food 2750 $22190 $10.67 0.3
44 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2710 $36990 $17.78 0.9
45 Security Guards 2710 $23430 $11.26 0.7
46 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2540 $41510 $19.96 1
47 Medical Assistants 2530 $30560 $14.69 0.45
48 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2510 $29460 $14.16 0.4
49 Legal Occupations 2450 $92950 $44.69 0.8
50 Substitute Teachers 2420 $36350 $17.48 0
51 Personal Care Aides 2240 $24470 $11.77 1.3
52 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 2160 $45120 $21.69 0.1
53 Cooks, Restaurant 2020 $26300 $12.65 0.75
54 Helpers--Production Workers 2020 $23560 $11.33 0.3
55 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2010 $32430 $15.59 0.6
56 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2000 $29070 $13.98 0.7
57 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1940 $28770 $13.83 0.8
58 Construction Laborers 1910 $39950 $19.21 0.8
59 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1910 $66030 $31.75 0.7
60 Food Preparation Workers 1890 $25150 $12.09 0.6
61 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1790 $52590 $25.28 0.6
62 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1760 $30590 $14.71 0.35
63 Medical Secretaries 1750 $34540 $16.6 0.4
64 Accountants and Auditors 1720 $62860 $30.22 0.9
65 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1700 $66920 $32.17 0.3
66 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1660 $39270 $18.88 0.5
67 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1610 $27240 $13.1 0.25
68 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1540 $24410 $11.74 1
69 Childcare Workers 1530 $25990 $12.49 0.8
70 Team Assemblers 1430 $28300 $13.61 0.75
71 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1420 $48880 $23.5 0.5
72 Slaughterers and Meat Packers 1400 $27010 $12.98 0.1
73 Counter and Rental Clerks 1310 $29380 $14.13 0.3
74 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1310 $24130 $11.6 0.2
75 Dental Assistants 1280 $30990 $14.9 0.2
76 Lawyers 1280 $120620 $57.99 0.5
77 Carpenters 1260 $42630 $20.49 0.6
78 Dishwashers 1230 $22100 $10.63 0.3
79 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 1210 $35570 $17.1 0.2
80 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1190 $48500 $23.32 0.4
81 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products 1190 $22750 $10.94 0
82 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1180 $32230 $15.5 0.3
83 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 1160 $24360 $11.71 0.1
84 Management Analysts 1140 $70950 $34.11 0.5
85 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 1110 $35840 $17.23 0.1
86 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1100 $73850 $35.51 0.45
87 Electricians 1090 $58610 $28.18 0.4
88 Data Entry Keyers 1080 $30980 $14.9 0.1
89 Recreation Workers 1080 $27940 $13.43 0.3
90 Sales Managers 1080 $116470 $55.99 0.2
91 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1070 $25560 $12.29 0.3
92 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1070 $51180 $24.6 0.5
93 Social and Human Service Assistants 1020 $34070 $16.38 0.3
94 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 1020 $65160 $31.33 0.2
95 Billing and Posting Clerks 1010 $33900 $16.3 0.35
96 Bartenders 1000 $32440 $15.59 0.4
97 Parts Salespersons 990 $29310 $14.09 0.2
98 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 980 $35450 $17.04 0.3
99 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 960 $69640 $33.48 0.3
100 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 950 $51560 $24.79 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Fresno Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,270 350,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,370 55,620
Sales and Related Occupations 37,210 32,140
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,940 29,210
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 23,200 28,520
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 61,710 28,180
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 22,370 25,500
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,340 25,110
Production Occupations 31,600 20,810
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 90,160 20,210
Management Occupations 101,230 14,850
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,400 13,780
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,670 12,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,150 12,050
Retail Salespersons 26,500 9,690
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,290 9,600
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,340 9,400
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,990 9,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,260 8,950
Cashiers 24,660 8,710
Office Clerks, General 32,630 7,780
Protective Service Occupations 49,130 7,640
Registered Nurses 88,060 6,940
Community and Social Service Occupations 50,640 6,670
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,180 6,240
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,420 5,010
Customer Service Representatives 34,130 4,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,280 4,770
General and Operations Managers 104,940 4,650
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,270 4,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,360 4,540
Waiters and Waitresses 30,890 4,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,700 4,090
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,960 3,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,090 3,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,880 3,420
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,380 3,110
Packers and Packagers, Hand 23,590 3,030
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 88,670 3,000
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,610 2,990
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,860 2,970
Nursing Assistants 28,350 2,920
Cooks, Fast Food 22,190 2,750
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,990 2,710
Security Guards 23,430 2,710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,510 2,540
Medical Assistants 30,560 2,530
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,460 2,510
Legal Occupations 92,950 2,450
Substitute Teachers 36,350 2,420

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,270 350,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,370 55,620
Sales and Related Occupations 37,210 32,140
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,940 29,210
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 61,710 28,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,340 25,110
Production Occupations 31,600 20,810
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 90,160 20,210
Management Occupations 101,230 14,850
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,400 13,780
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,670 12,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,150 12,050
Retail Salespersons 26,500 9,690
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,340 9,400
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,990 9,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,260 8,950
Office Clerks, General 32,630 7,780
Protective Service Occupations 49,130 7,640
Registered Nurses 88,060 6,940
Community and Social Service Occupations 50,640 6,670
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,180 6,240
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,420 5,010
Customer Service Representatives 34,130 4,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,280 4,770
General and Operations Managers 104,940 4,650
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,270 4,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,360 4,540
Waiters and Waitresses 30,890 4,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,700 4,090
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,960 3,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,090 3,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,880 3,420
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,380 3,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 88,670 3,000
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,610 2,990
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,860 2,970
Nursing Assistants 28,350 2,920
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,990 2,710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,510 2,540
Medical Assistants 30,560 2,530
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,460 2,510
Legal Occupations 92,950 2,450
Substitute Teachers 36,350 2,420
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 45,120 2,160
Cooks, Restaurant 26,300 2,020
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,430 2,010
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,070 2,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,770 1,940
Construction Laborers 39,950 1,910
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 66,030 1,910

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