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Riverside Employment

Employment and Industries in the Riverside, California Area

Riverside is the largest city in the Inland Empire and has a long tradition in agriculture. However, government, manufacturing, education and retail are currently major elements of the economy. Riverside also has the most jobs and businesses of all the cities in the region. Affordable land and housing has been attracting employees and skilled professionals to Riverside. The increase in skilled professionals has increased the Inland Empire's amount of high-tech, corporate and professional jobs.

Riverside is a prominent finance center for the region and is home to numerous brokerages, architecture, accounting, software, legal, banks and engineering firms. Also, Riverside is home to a large number of trucking companies.

Riverside has been attracting new technology companies by developing high-tech industrial parks such as the Riverside Regional Technology Park which includes the participation of the University of California at Riverside. Companies such as Bourns Engineering, Centrum Analytical labs, I/O Software and Luminex Software have selected Riverside for their new headquarters. Riverside has also attracted a large number of industrial companies to the city. Manufacturing jobs in Riverside are provided in areas such as electrical instruments, glass, plastics, recreational vehicles, food processing, wood, and imaging equipment.

The major non-agricultural sectors for jobs in Riverside are:

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

Some of the popular jobs in Riverside which are primarily filled by those with a college degree are teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountants and auditors, sales managers, financial managers, management analysts, civil engineers and social and human service assistants. Some of the jobs which are more prevalent in Riverside than most cities include, Terrazzo workers and finishers, forest and conservation technicians, fiberglass laminators and fabricators, stone masons, plasterers and stucco masons and tile and marble setters.

Riverside offers incentives to bring in new companies and help existing businesses grow. The incentives include local and state Enterprise Zones, industrial development bond financing, redevelopment incentives and employment hiring and training programs. Riverside also offers the Recycled Market Development Zone which provides financial incentives for businesses that utilize recycling in their manufacturing processes.

Notable information regarding Riverside: Included in Money Magazine's best places to live list. In 2008 the cost of living index was 130.8 which is high when compared to the national average of 100. For the population over the age of 25, about 19% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The primary employers in Riverside are shown below:

  • University of California at Riverside
  • Riverside Unified School District
  • City of Riverside
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Pacific Bell
  • Alvord Unified School District
  • The Press Enterprise Co
  • Riverside Community Hospital
  • DHL
  • Riverside City Council
  • Riverside Forklift Training

Some of the business organizations which provide assistance to Riverside companies are:

The Press-Enterprise offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in the Riverside area.

Jobs in Riverside

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1435200$47,350$22.76100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations215150$37,990$18.2714.35
3Transportation and Material Moving Occupations155890$36,380$17.496.55
4Sales and Related Occupations150070$37,440$189.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations142940$26,410$12.78.55
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations99050$61,920$29.776.05
7Production Occupations81760$36,010$17.315.7
8Personal Care and Service Occupations81210$26,520$12.754.3
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations75620$90,480$43.55.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations72400$54,050$25.994.45
11Management Occupations60090$111,160$53.446.15
12Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand58840$30,260$14.551.7
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations55820$49,800$23.943.8
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations51410$67,190$32.35.25
15Personal Care Aides50040$23,860$11.471.5
16Retail Salespersons46880$30,860$14.832.85
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations44470$31,170$14.983.65
18Cashiers43270$25,700$12.362.2
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food41890$23,920$11.52.3
20Protective Service Occupations36270$52,940$25.452.2
21Stock Clerks and Order Fillers33000$28,480$13.691.3
22Healthcare Support Occupations31050$34,800$16.733
23Registered Nurses27720$97,520$46.881.95
24Office Clerks, General25750$35,200$16.921.9
25Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers25290$47,750$22.961.2
26Waiters and Waitresses22080$29,470$14.171.7
27Community and Social Service Occupations21160$55,020$26.451.65
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive20090$38,450$18.481.5
29General and Operations Managers18990$118,180$56.821.5
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners17020$32,130$15.451.55
31Customer Service Representatives16720$37,700$18.121.75
32Security Guards15880$28,270$13.590.7
33Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products14880$67,080$32.250.9
34Computer and Mathematical Occupations14740$77,540$37.282.9
35Cooks, Fast Food14610$23,210$11.160.3
36Architecture and Engineering Occupations14510$82,920$39.871.7
37Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators14410$33,780$16.240.35
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers14350$57,230$27.520.95
39Carpenters13960$51,360$24.690.7
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks13880$41,930$20.161.05
41Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers13360$28,850$13.870.8
42Construction Laborers12350$44,290$21.290.8
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers12060$39,760$19.110.6
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers12050$42,370$20.371
45Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks11980$35,480$17.060.4
46Maintenance and Repair Workers, General11760$41,660$20.030.9
47Packers and Packagers, Hand11360$28,490$13.70.45
48Cooks, Restaurant11290$27,510$13.230.8
49Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations10910$50,310$24.191.8
50Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers10700$29,370$14.120
51Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners9630$26,950$12.960.9
52Receptionists and Information Clerks8910$30,170$14.510.7
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers8660$32,380$15.570.6
54Food Preparation Workers8630$25,790$12.40.6
55Medical Assistants8600$31,040$14.920.45
56Sales Representatives, Services, All Other8390$52,190$25.090.6
57Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8180$76,740$36.90.8
58Business Operations Specialists, All Other8030$67,090$32.250.7
59Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses7210$48,390$23.260.5
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics7150$46,520$22.370.5
61Dishwashers7150$22,870$110.3
62Nursing Assistants7120$33,000$15.871
63Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers6920$23,690$11.390.3
64Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment6900$25,220$12.130.2
65Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations6860$25,860$12.430.65
66Medical Secretaries6840$35,390$17.010.4
67First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors6760$55,710$26.780
68Childcare Workers6630$26,780$12.870.8
69Counter and Rental Clerks6370$33,010$15.870.3
70Electricians6080$56,780$27.30.4
71Accountants and Auditors6040$71,390$34.320.9
72Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers5850$92,260$44.350.4
73Legal Occupations5630$108,310$52.070.8
74Sales Managers5550$111,370$53.540.2
75Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse5310$24,260$11.660.3
76First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers5140$72,890$35.040.4
77First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers5050$62,090$29.850.4
78Dental Assistants4830$34,550$16.610.2
79Production Workers, All Other4820$28,810$13.850.2
80Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers4620$40,160$19.310.3
81Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters4620$49,230$23.670.3
82Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators4600$44,120$21.210.2
83Correctional Officers and Jailers4550$72,710$34.960.25
84Bartenders4540$28,620$13.760.4
85Bus Drivers, School or Special Client4270$38,200$18.360.3
86Billing and Posting Clerks4120$37,840$18.190.3
87First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers4100$71,710$34.480.3
88Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3970$57,930$27.850.35
89Helpers--Production Workers3880$26,470$12.720.3
90Human Resources Specialists3830$63,170$30.370.35
91Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists3830$62,250$29.930.4
92Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3770$25,730$12.370.3
93Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders3730$29,890$14.370.2
94Pharmacy Technicians3730$38,140$18.340.3
95Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks3720$46,750$22.480.2
96Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists3700$51,720$24.860.2
97Amusement and Recreation Attendants3690$24,840$11.940.2
98Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators3680$73,090$35.140.2
99Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs3550$44,130$21.210.1
100Management Analysts3540$79,870$38.40.5
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Jobs More Common Near Riverside Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,3501,435,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,990215,150
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,380155,890
Sales and Related Occupations$37,440150,070
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,410142,940
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,92099,050
Production Occupations$36,01081,760
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,52081,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,48075,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,05072,400
Management Occupations$111,16060,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,26058,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,80055,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$67,19051,410
Personal Care Aides$23,86050,040
Retail Salespersons$30,86046,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,17044,470
Cashiers$25,70043,270
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,92041,890
Protective Service Occupations$52,94036,270
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,48033,000
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,80031,050
Registered Nurses$97,52027,720
Office Clerks, General$35,20025,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,75025,290
Waiters and Waitresses$29,47022,080
Community and Social Service Occupations$55,02021,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,45020,090
General and Operations Managers$118,18018,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,13017,020
Customer Service Representatives$37,70016,720
Security Guards$28,27015,880
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,08014,880
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,54014,740
Cooks, Fast Food$23,21014,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,92014,510
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$33,78014,410
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,23014,350
Carpenters$51,36013,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,93013,880
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,85013,360
Construction Laborers$44,29012,350
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,76012,060
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,37012,050
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$35,48011,980
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,66011,760
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,49011,360
Cooks, Restaurant$27,51011,290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,31010,910
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,37010,700

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,3501,435,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,990215,150
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,380155,890
Sales and Related Occupations$37,440150,070
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,410142,940
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$61,92099,050
Production Occupations$36,01081,760
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,52081,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$90,48075,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,05072,400
Management Occupations$111,16060,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,26058,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,80055,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$67,19051,410
Retail Salespersons$30,86046,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,17044,470
Cashiers$25,70043,270
Protective Service Occupations$52,94036,270
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,48033,000
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,80031,050
Registered Nurses$97,52027,720
Office Clerks, General$35,20025,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,75025,290
Waiters and Waitresses$29,47022,080
Community and Social Service Occupations$55,02021,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,45020,090
General and Operations Managers$118,18018,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,13017,020
Customer Service Representatives$37,70016,720
Security Guards$28,27015,880
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,08014,880
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,54014,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,92014,510
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$33,78014,410
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,23014,350
Carpenters$51,36013,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,93013,880
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,85013,360
Construction Laborers$44,29012,350
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,76012,060
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,37012,050
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$35,48011,980
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,66011,760
Packers and Packagers, Hand$28,49011,360
Cooks, Restaurant$27,51011,290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,31010,910
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,37010,700
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,9509,630
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,1708,910
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,3808,660

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