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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations372770$45,510$21.88100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations56190$37,020$17.814.35
3Sales and Related Occupations32060$37,990$18.279.9
4Education, Training, and Library Occupations30300$61,800$29.716.05
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations30200$27,080$13.028.55
6Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations29630$24,010$11.540.65
7Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse26590$23,190$11.150.3
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations24980$34,190$16.446.55
9Personal Care and Service Occupations23450$26,430$12.714.3
10Production Occupations20780$33,250$15.995.7
11Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations20730$89,050$42.825.8
12Personal Care Aides15900$24,380$11.721.5
13Management Occupations15090$102,700$49.376.15
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations14460$64,390$30.965.25
15Construction and Extraction Occupations13150$51,770$24.894.45
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations13020$46,020$22.133.8
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food9850$23,610$11.352.3
18Retail Salespersons9500$27,850$13.392.85
19Healthcare Support Occupations8870$33,190$15.963
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations8850$29,570$14.223.65
21Cashiers8790$24,710$11.882.2
22Community and Social Service Occupations7620$51,910$24.961.65
23Protective Service Occupations7580$53,020$25.492.2
24Registered Nurses7560$91,010$43.761.95
25Office Clerks, General7400$33,370$16.041.9
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand6110$28,750$13.821.7
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5030$28,760$13.831.3
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4990$36,230$17.421.5
29Customer Service Representatives4880$36,360$17.481.75
30Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4670$43,960$21.131.2
31General and Operations Managers4630$106,360$51.141.5
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4520$28,590$13.751.55
33Waiters and Waitresses4410$33,230$15.981.7
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4180$42,070$20.231.05
35Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3660$49,850$23.961.8
36Computer and Mathematical Occupations3310$73,210$35.22.9
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers3180$56,200$27.020.95
38Architecture and Engineering Occupations3160$88,820$42.71.7
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3110$72,320$34.770.9
40Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3010$65,280$31.390.8
41Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2970$34,750$16.70.6
42Cooks, Fast Food2790$23,140$11.130.3
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2780$39,870$19.171
44Packers and Packagers, Hand2730$24,990$12.020.45
45Legal Occupations2680$90,770$43.640.8
46Medical Assistants2650$31,330$15.060.45
47Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2640$37,730$18.140.9
48Nursing Assistants2500$30,590$14.711
49Security Guards2480$28,370$13.640.7
50Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2460$30,990$14.90.4
51Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2400$30,330$14.580
52Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs2390$45,050$21.660.1
53Cooks, Restaurant2200$27,330$13.140.8
54Business Operations Specialists, All Other2130$62,860$30.220.7
55Receptionists and Information Clerks2130$29,540$14.20.7
56Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders2050$30,640$14.730.2
57First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2020$33,170$15.950.6
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1960$30,190$14.510.8
59Food Preparation Workers1910$26,380$12.680.6
60Construction Laborers1900$44,310$21.30.8
61Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1770$57,770$27.780.6
62Accountants and Auditors1760$65,560$31.520.9
63Carpenters1710$49,240$23.670.7
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1700$41,030$19.730.5
65Correctional Officers and Jailers1700$68,500$32.930.25
66Medical Secretaries1690$34,800$16.730.4
67Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1640$25,330$12.180.2
68Counter and Rental Clerks1630$32,230$15.490.3
69Substitute Teachers1610$37,180$17.880
70Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1560$30,640$14.730.35
71Recreation Workers1550$26,790$12.880.25
72Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1440$25,140$12.090.9
73Childcare Workers1430$26,100$12.550.8
74Dishwashers1370$23,010$11.060.3
75Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1370$49,920$240.5
76Lawyers1310$120,980$58.160.5
77Dental Assistants1270$33,760$16.230.2
78Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1270$31,900$15.340.3
79Helpers--Production Workers1260$25,130$12.080.3
80Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1260$34,620$16.650.3
81Billing and Posting Clerks1250$34,880$16.770.3
82Food Batchmakers1250$28,650$13.770.1
83Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks1220$35,260$16.950.2
84Sales Managers1220$103,610$49.810.2
85Management Analysts1200$72,010$34.620.5
86First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1190$52,510$25.240.4
87Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1180$74,630$35.880.4
88Slaughterers and Meat Packers1170$27,930$13.430.05
89Industrial Machinery Mechanics1160$52,950$25.460.2
90Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products1140$23,690$11.390
91Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers1140$25,380$12.20.1
92Parts Salespersons1140$31,010$14.910.2
93Social and Human Service Assistants1090$38,680$18.60.25
94Data Entry Keyers1060$31,750$15.270.1
95Driver/Sales Workers1060$36,290$17.450.3
96Electricians1060$62,690$30.140.4
97Child, Family, and School Social Workers1030$44,510$21.40.2
98Information and Record Clerks, All Other1030$36,400$17.50.1
99Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1020$53,940$25.930.3
100Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1010$35,640$17.140.3
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Jobs More Common Near Fresno Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,510372,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,02056,190
Sales and Related Occupations$37,99032,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,80030,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,08030,200
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$24,01029,630
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$23,19026,590
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,19024,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,43023,450
Production Occupations$33,25020,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,05020,730
Personal Care Aides$24,38015,900
Management Occupations$102,70015,090
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,39014,460
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,77013,150
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,02013,020
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,6109,850
Retail Salespersons$27,8509,500
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,1908,870
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,5708,850
Cashiers$24,7108,790
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,9107,620
Protective Service Occupations$53,0207,580
Registered Nurses$91,0107,560
Office Clerks, General$33,3707,400
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,7506,110
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,7605,030
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,2304,990
Customer Service Representatives$36,3604,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,9604,670
General and Operations Managers$106,3604,630
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,5904,520
Waiters and Waitresses$33,2304,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,0704,180
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,8503,660
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,2103,310
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,2003,180
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,8203,160
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,3203,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,2803,010
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,7502,970
Cooks, Fast Food$23,1402,790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,8702,780
Packers and Packagers, Hand$24,9902,730
Legal Occupations$90,7702,680
Medical Assistants$31,3302,650
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,7302,640
Nursing Assistants$30,5902,500
Security Guards$28,3702,480
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,9902,460

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,510372,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,02056,190
Sales and Related Occupations$37,99032,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,80030,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,08030,200
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,19024,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,43023,450
Production Occupations$33,25020,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,05020,730
Management Occupations$102,70015,090
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,39014,460
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,77013,150
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,02013,020
Retail Salespersons$27,8509,500
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,1908,870
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,5708,850
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,9107,620
Protective Service Occupations$53,0207,580
Registered Nurses$91,0107,560
Office Clerks, General$33,3707,400
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,7506,110
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,7605,030
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,2304,990
Customer Service Representatives$36,3604,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,9604,670
General and Operations Managers$106,3604,630
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,5904,520
Waiters and Waitresses$33,2304,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,0704,180
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,8503,660
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,2103,310
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,2003,180
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,8203,160
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$72,3203,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,2803,010
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,7502,970
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,8702,780
Legal Occupations$90,7702,680
Medical Assistants$31,3302,650
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,7302,640
Nursing Assistants$30,5902,500
Security Guards$28,3702,480
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,9902,460
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,3302,400
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs$45,0502,390
Cooks, Restaurant$27,3302,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,8602,130
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,5402,130
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$30,6402,050
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,1702,020

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