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Modesto Employment

Employment and Industries in the Modesto, California Area

Modesto has an agricultural based economy due to the region's fertile farmland. Modesto's economy is bolstered by several prominent wineries including E & J Gallo, which is one of the world's largest wineries. The Gallo Glass Company is one of the largest wine bottle manufacturing companies in the world and provides thousands of manufacturing and office jobs. The food canneries and several steel working facilities also provide numerous jobs in Modesto. The prominent almond factory, the Blue Diamond Growers, and Foster Farms, a major poultry processing plant, are located in the region and provide numerous jobs. In addition, more than 20% of the Modesto workforce is employed outside of the county.

The major sectors for employment are agriculture related industries, healthcare, education, accommodation and food service, social assistance and light manufacturing. About 27% of the workforce are employed in management, professional and related occupations.

Some of the most popular Modesto jobs typically filled by college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants, lawyers, sales managers and financial managers. Some of the jobs that are more prevalent in Modesto when compared to the nation's other cities are slaughterers and meat packers, farm workers and laborers, crop, nursery and greenhouse; food batch makers, agricultural and food science technicians, packaging, graders and sorters of agricultural products and agricultural equipment operators.

Noteworthy information regarding Modesto: In 2007 the median household income in Modesto was $47,470. The cost of living index in 2008 was very near the national average. About 16% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Shown below are the primary employers in Modesto:

  • Carlo Rossi Winery - Wineries (MFRS)
  • Copperidge Winery - Wineries (MFRS)
  • County of Stanislaus - Social service & welfare organizations
  • Del Monte Foods Co - Canning (Manufacturer)
  • Doctor's Medical CTR - Hospitals
  • E & J Gallo Winery - Wineries (MFRS)
  • Ecco Domani Winery - Wineries (MFRS)
  • Memorial Hospital - Emergency medical & surgical service
  • Memorial Medical CTR - Hospitals
  • Modesto Junior College - Education
  • Peter Vella Winery - Wineries (MFRS)
  • Stanislaus County Community SVC - Government
  • Sutter Gould Medical - Physicians & surgeons
  • Sutter Gould Medical FNDTN - Diabetes information centers
  • Zabaco Winery - Wineries (MFRS)

Modesto companies may obtain assistance by business organizations such as:

The Modesto Bee offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Modesto.

Jobs in Modesto

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 172380 $45230 $21.74 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 26540 $37160 $17.87 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 18770 $33430 $16.07 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 16390 $25840 $12.42 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 15840 $34160 $16.43 6.45
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 13590 $55980 $26.92 6.15
7 Production Occupations 12570 $38560 $18.54 5.85
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10680 $93100 $44.76 5.75
9 Management Occupations 7290 $100530 $48.33 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6690 $47210 $22.7 3.8
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6670 $49700 $23.89 4.4
12 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 6360 $24930 $11.98 0.6
13 Cashiers 6160 $24800 $11.92 2.25
14 Retail Salespersons 5740 $27120 $13.04 3.1
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 5120 $34480 $16.58 3.05
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5010 $22820 $10.97 2.15
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4900 $26590 $12.78 4.1
18 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 4790 $24350 $11.71 0.3
19 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4690 $32540 $15.64 3.7
20 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4340 $64830 $31.17 5.05
21 Registered Nurses 4030 $108870 $52.34 1.9
22 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3910 $28790 $13.84 1.2
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 3550 $47990 $23.07 1.65
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3410 $27320 $13.13 1.6
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3170 $39200 $18.85 1.2
26 Office Clerks, General 3020 $32950 $15.84 2
27 Customer Service Representatives 2960 $38440 $18.48 1.75
28 Waiters and Waitresses 2710 $30460 $14.65 1.6
29 Protective Service Occupations 2610 $52160 $25.07 2.25
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2440 $36480 $17.54 1.6
31 General and Operations Managers 2380 $105500 $50.72 1.4
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2180 $31550 $15.17 1.6
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1810 $54940 $26.42 1
34 Substitute Teachers 1800 $37700 $18.12 0
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1740 $40690 $19.56 1
36 Cooks, Fast Food 1700 $21710 $10.44 0.3
37 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1700 $28320 $13.62 0.45
38 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1680 $37160 $17.87 0.35
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1630 $40950 $19.69 1.1
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1620 $44040 $21.17 0.9
41 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1570 $73950 $35.55 2.8
42 Medical Assistants 1510 $35810 $17.22 0.45
43 Nursing Assistants 1460 $30960 $14.88 1.05
44 Personal Care Aides 1390 $23120 $11.12 1.3
45 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1320 $43910 $21.11 1.7
46 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1280 $61080 $29.37 1
47 Helpers--Production Workers 1250 $33480 $16.1 0.3
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1200 $33510 $16.11 0.6
49 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1180 $34180 $16.43 0.6
50 Team Assemblers 1180 $31360 $15.08 0.75
51 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1180 $77280 $37.15 1.65
52 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1120 $28590 $13.75 0.7
53 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1110 $35390 $17.01 0.25
54 Cooks, Restaurant 1080 $26290 $12.64 0.75
55 Billing and Posting Clerks 1010 $33730 $16.22 0.35
56 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1010 $67250 $32.33 0.9
57 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 980 $25900 $12.45 1
58 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 950 $35160 $16.91 0.4
59 Medical Secretaries 910 $38380 $18.45 0.4
60 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 900 $33930 $16.31 0.8
61 Food Preparation Workers 900 $25150 $12.09 0.6
62 Carpenters 890 $43400 $20.86 0.6
63 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 880 $49250 $23.68 0.5
64 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products 870 $21730 $10.45 0
65 Construction Laborers 860 $44240 $21.27 0.8
66 Dishwashers 850 $22180 $10.67 0.3
67 Counter and Rental Clerks 840 $30950 $14.88 0.3
68 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 820 $59420 $28.57 0.4
69 Security Guards 790 $24700 $11.87 0.7
70 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 790 $57050 $27.43 0.2
71 Driver/Sales Workers 790 $35380 $17.01 0.3
72 Food Batchmakers 780 $34890 $16.78 0.1
73 Accountants and Auditors 770 $65390 $31.44 0.9
74 Childcare Workers 760 $25940 $12.47 0.8
75 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 760 $26680 $12.83 0.2
76 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 720 $43130 $20.74 0.5
77 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 710 $47430 $22.8 0.3
78 Legal Occupations 710 $79700 $38.32 0.8
79 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 690 $42940 $20.64 0.6
80 Recreation Workers 690 $26580 $12.78 0.3
81 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 650 $82590 $39.71 0.45
82 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 650 $30780 $14.8 0.3
83 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 620 $22620 $10.87 0.25
84 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 610 $50200 $24.14 0.3
85 Pharmacy Technicians 600 $37560 $18.06 0.25
86 Electricians 580 $59980 $28.83 0.4
87 Social and Human Service Assistants 580 $40850 $19.64 0.3
88 Dental Assistants 570 $36120 $17.37 0.2
89 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 560 $49170 $23.64 0.3
90 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 560 $56730 $27.28 0.5
91 Parts Salespersons 550 $30450 $14.64 0.2
92 Tellers 510 $30010 $14.43 0.3
93 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 510 $37610 $18.08 0.2
94 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 500 $65700 $31.59 0.4
95 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 490 $66020 $31.74 0.3
96 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 480 $67340 $32.38 0.7
97 Bartenders 480 $33840 $16.27 0.4
98 Sales Managers 470 $98260 $47.24 0.2
99 Manicurists and Pedicurists 470 $22950 $11.03 0.1
100 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 470 $34860 $16.76 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Modesto Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,230 172,380
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,160 26,540
Sales and Related Occupations 33,430 18,770
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,840 16,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,160 15,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,980 13,590
Production Occupations 38,560 12,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 93,100 10,680
Management Occupations 100,530 7,290
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,210 6,690
Construction and Extraction Occupations 49,700 6,670
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 24,930 6,360
Cashiers 24,800 6,160
Retail Salespersons 27,120 5,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 34,480 5,120
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22,820 5,010
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,590 4,900
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 24,350 4,790
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,540 4,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,830 4,340
Registered Nurses 108,870 4,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,790 3,910
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,990 3,550
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,320 3,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,200 3,170
Office Clerks, General 32,950 3,020
Customer Service Representatives 38,440 2,960
Waiters and Waitresses 30,460 2,710
Protective Service Occupations 52,160 2,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,480 2,440
General and Operations Managers 105,500 2,380
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,550 2,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,940 1,810
Substitute Teachers 37,700 1,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,690 1,740
Cooks, Fast Food 21,710 1,700
Packers and Packagers, Hand 28,320 1,700
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 37,160 1,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,950 1,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 44,040 1,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,950 1,570
Medical Assistants 35,810 1,510
Nursing Assistants 30,960 1,460
Personal Care Aides 23,120 1,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,910 1,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,080 1,280
Helpers--Production Workers 33,480 1,250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,510 1,200
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,180 1,180
Team Assemblers 31,360 1,180

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,230 172,380
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,160 26,540
Sales and Related Occupations 33,430 18,770
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,840 16,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,160 15,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,980 13,590
Production Occupations 38,560 12,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 93,100 10,680
Management Occupations 100,530 7,290
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,210 6,690
Construction and Extraction Occupations 49,700 6,670
Retail Salespersons 27,120 5,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 34,480 5,120
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,590 4,900
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,540 4,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,830 4,340
Registered Nurses 108,870 4,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,790 3,910
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,990 3,550
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,320 3,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,200 3,170
Office Clerks, General 32,950 3,020
Customer Service Representatives 38,440 2,960
Waiters and Waitresses 30,460 2,710
Protective Service Occupations 52,160 2,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,480 2,440
General and Operations Managers 105,500 2,380
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,550 2,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,940 1,810
Substitute Teachers 37,700 1,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,690 1,740
Packers and Packagers, Hand 28,320 1,700
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 37,160 1,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,950 1,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 44,040 1,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,950 1,570
Medical Assistants 35,810 1,510
Nursing Assistants 30,960 1,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,910 1,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,080 1,280
Helpers--Production Workers 33,480 1,250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,510 1,200
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,180 1,180
Team Assemblers 31,360 1,180
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,280 1,180
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,590 1,120
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 35,390 1,110
Cooks, Restaurant 26,290 1,080
Billing and Posting Clerks 33,730 1,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,250 1,010

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