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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations181330$45,970$22.1100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations26840$37,490$18.0214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations18510$34,660$16.669.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations17090$26,830$12.98.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations16550$35,460$17.056.55
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations14130$59,390$28.556.05
7Production Occupations12340$39,850$19.165.7
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations11690$92,610$44.525.8
9Personal Care and Service Occupations8370$26,380$12.684.3
10Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations7600$26,800$12.890.65
11Management Occupations7310$99,230$47.716.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations7100$49,700$23.893.8
13Construction and Extraction Occupations6380$50,960$24.54.45
14Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse6210$25,970$12.480.3
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food6090$23,700$11.42.3
16Retail Salespersons6060$26,910$12.942.85
17Cashiers5410$26,120$12.562.2
18Healthcare Support Occupations5150$34,710$16.693
19Business and Financial Operations Occupations4650$66,760$32.15.25
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4580$34,180$16.433.65
21Registered Nurses4140$106,460$51.181.95
22Community and Social Service Occupations4060$47,450$22.811.65
23Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3990$27,770$13.351.3
24Personal Care Aides3920$23,200$11.151.5
25Office Clerks, General3700$32,790$15.771.9
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3420$29,700$14.281.7
27Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3250$41,040$19.731.2
28Protective Service Occupations3030$53,340$25.642.2
29Waiters and Waitresses2990$30,810$14.811.7
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2540$37,290$17.931.5
31General and Operations Managers2270$98,800$47.51.5
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2190$33,820$16.261.55
33Customer Service Representatives2180$40,360$19.411.75
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1820$56,840$27.330.95
35Packers and Packagers, Hand1770$32,040$15.410.45
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1720$41,840$20.121.05
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1700$38,840$18.671
38Substitute Teachers1670$38,900$18.70
39Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1660$37,810$18.180.35
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1650$44,340$21.320.9
41Cooks, Fast Food1650$23,540$11.320.3
42Nursing Assistants1550$32,590$15.671
43Medical Assistants1510$34,600$16.630.45
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1490$63,400$30.480.9
45Computer and Mathematical Occupations1390$71,440$34.352.9
46Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1270$45,300$21.781.8
47Architecture and Engineering Occupations1260$80,310$38.611.7
48Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1220$33,820$16.260.6
49Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1220$70,560$33.920.8
50Recreation Workers1210$26,470$12.730.25
51Helpers--Production Workers1200$33,970$16.330.3
52Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1160$32,590$15.670
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1150$33,610$16.160.6
54Receptionists and Information Clerks1110$29,530$14.20.7
55Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1080$39,620$19.050.2
56Security Guards1080$27,020$12.990.7
57Cooks, Restaurant1060$28,040$13.480.8
58Medical Secretaries1050$39,060$18.780.4
59Billing and Posting Clerks1050$34,220$16.450.3
60Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1000$51,290$24.660.5
61Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment990$27,680$13.310.2
62Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks950$35,550$17.090.4
63Food Preparation Workers910$26,150$12.570.6
64Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers910$34,220$16.450.8
65Carpenters910$51,160$24.60.7
66Construction Laborers910$46,400$22.310.8
67Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners900$27,280$13.120.9
68Counter and Rental Clerks890$31,520$15.150.3
69Industrial Machinery Mechanics880$57,930$27.850.2
70Food Batchmakers830$34,840$16.750.1
71Childcare Workers820$26,490$12.730.8
72Legal Occupations810$78,480$37.730.8
73Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers790$46,430$22.320.3
74First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers780$60,200$28.940.4
75Accountants and Auditors740$67,880$32.640.9
76Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics730$45,720$21.980.5
77Business Operations Specialists, All Other710$61,780$29.70.7
78Bus Drivers, School or Special Client710$31,870$15.320.3
79Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers700$85,920$41.310.4
80Dishwashers690$23,540$11.320.3
81Sales Representatives, Services, All Other650$50,790$24.420.6
82Social and Human Service Assistants640$40,410$19.430.25
83Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers630$45,970$22.10.3
84Dental Assistants620$36,050$17.330.2
85Bartenders610$33,050$15.890.4
86Tellers600$30,210$14.530.3
87Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products560$22,290$10.720
88First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors560$55,010$26.450
89Pharmacy Technicians540$38,560$18.540.3
90Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants530$59,340$28.530.35
91Sales Managers520$91,470$43.980.2
92Electricians520$63,370$30.460.4
93Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors500$41,600$200.2
94Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters500$48,110$23.130.3
95Parts Salespersons500$30,680$14.750.2
96First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers490$64,300$30.910.4
97Painters, Construction and Maintenance490$34,690$16.680.2
98First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers490$68,140$32.760.3
99Manicurists and Pedicurists480$24,470$11.770.1
100Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists470$50,450$24.260.2
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Jobs More Common Near Modesto Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,970181,330
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,49026,840
Sales and Related Occupations$34,66018,510
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,83017,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,46016,550
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,39014,130
Production Occupations$39,85012,340
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$92,61011,690
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,3808,370
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$26,8007,600
Management Occupations$99,2307,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,7007,100
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,9606,380
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,9706,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,7006,090
Retail Salespersons$26,9106,060
Cashiers$26,1205,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,7105,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7604,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,1804,580
Registered Nurses$106,4604,140
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,4504,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,7703,990
Personal Care Aides$23,2003,920
Office Clerks, General$32,7903,700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,7003,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,0403,250
Protective Service Occupations$53,3403,030
Waiters and Waitresses$30,8102,990
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,2902,540
General and Operations Managers$98,8002,270
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$33,8202,190
Customer Service Representatives$40,3602,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,8401,820
Packers and Packagers, Hand$32,0401,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,8401,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,8401,700
Substitute Teachers$38,9001,670
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$37,8101,660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,3401,650
Cooks, Fast Food$23,5401,650
Nursing Assistants$32,5901,550
Medical Assistants$34,6001,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$63,4001,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,4401,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,3001,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,3101,260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,8201,220
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,5601,220
Recreation Workers$26,4701,210

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,970181,330
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,49026,840
Sales and Related Occupations$34,66018,510
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,83017,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,46016,550
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,39014,130
Production Occupations$39,85012,340
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$92,61011,690
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,3808,370
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$26,8007,600
Management Occupations$99,2307,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,7007,100
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,9606,380
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,9706,210
Retail Salespersons$26,9106,060
Cashiers$26,1205,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,7105,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7604,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,1804,580
Registered Nurses$106,4604,140
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,4504,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,7703,990
Office Clerks, General$32,7903,700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,7003,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,0403,250
Protective Service Occupations$53,3403,030
Waiters and Waitresses$30,8102,990
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,2902,540
General and Operations Managers$98,8002,270
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$33,8202,190
Customer Service Representatives$40,3602,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,8401,820
Packers and Packagers, Hand$32,0401,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,8401,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,8401,700
Substitute Teachers$38,9001,670
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$37,8101,660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,3401,650
Nursing Assistants$32,5901,550
Medical Assistants$34,6001,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$63,4001,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,4401,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,3001,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,3101,260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,8201,220
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,5601,220
Recreation Workers$26,4701,210
Helpers--Production Workers$33,9701,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,5901,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,6101,150

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