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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1362440 $46820 $22.51 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 215160 $37130 $17.85 14.8
3 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 146510 $35940 $17.28 6.45
4 Sales and Related Occupations 145520 $36980 $17.78 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 137410 $25500 $12.26 8.3
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 95590 $60470 $29.07 6.15
7 Production Occupations 82190 $34940 $16.8 5.85
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72860 $86870 $41.76 5.75
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 71450 $52280 $25.14 4.4
10 Management Occupations 58800 $108620 $52.22 6.05
11 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 55660 $29010 $13.95 1.6
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 54790 $48980 $23.55 3.8
13 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 50500 $65410 $31.45 5.05
14 Retail Salespersons 45290 $29260 $14.07 3.1
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 43890 $29800 $14.33 3.7
16 Cashiers 41990 $25380 $12.2 2.25
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 41560 $27960 $13.44 4.1
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 39930 $23310 $11.21 2.15
19 Protective Service Occupations 35710 $51850 $24.93 2.25
20 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 33030 $27610 $13.27 1.2
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 30030 $33400 $16.06 3.05
22 Registered Nurses 27090 $96270 $46.28 1.9
23 Office Clerks, General 26090 $34310 $16.5 2
24 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 25730 $48050 $23.1 1.2
25 Waiters and Waitresses 21710 $28180 $13.55 1.6
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 19290 $38410 $18.47 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 19240 $116320 $55.93 1.4
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 18510 $54480 $26.19 1.65
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 17450 $30520 $14.67 1.6
30 Customer Service Representatives 16640 $37230 $17.9 1.75
31 Substitute Teachers 16340 $39770 $19.12 0
32 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 15010 $77040 $37.04 2.8
33 Security Guards 14550 $27420 $13.18 0.7
34 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 14300 $57170 $27.48 1
35 Cooks, Fast Food 14040 $22300 $10.72 0.3
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 13970 $41730 $20.06 1.1
37 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 13790 $79920 $38.42 1.65
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 13310 $68770 $33.06 1
39 Carpenters 12900 $48270 $23.21 0.6
40 Construction Laborers 12330 $41620 $20.01 0.8
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 12150 $43510 $20.92 1
42 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 12000 $27580 $13.26 0.8
43 Personal Care Aides 11840 $23620 $11.36 1.3
44 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 11660 $33290 $16 0.35
45 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 11490 $32940 $15.84 0.4
46 Packers and Packagers, Hand 11430 $26750 $12.86 0.45
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 11390 $40360 $19.41 0.6
48 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 11160 $41110 $19.77 0.9
49 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 11060 $50100 $24.09 1.7
50 Cooks, Restaurant 10960 $26400 $12.69 0.75
51 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 9080 $25840 $12.43 1
52 Team Assemblers 8670 $29330 $14.1 0.75
53 Receptionists and Information Clerks 8630 $29680 $14.27 0.7
54 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 8620 $74510 $35.82 0.9
55 Nursing Assistants 8620 $31110 $14.96 1.05
56 Food Preparation Workers 8490 $24170 $11.62 0.6
57 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8190 $31890 $15.33 0.6
58 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 7730 $54410 $26.16 0.6
59 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 7680 $48900 $23.51 0.5
60 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 7560 $24340 $11.7 0.6
61 Medical Assistants 7400 $31330 $15.06 0.45
62 Dishwashers 7330 $22170 $10.66 0.3
63 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 6990 $67570 $32.48 0.7
64 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 6590 $47190 $22.69 0.5
65 Counter and Rental Clerks 6330 $31380 $15.09 0.3
66 Accountants and Auditors 6310 $70860 $34.07 0.9
67 Electricians 6070 $58770 $28.25 0.4
68 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 6060 $24860 $11.95 0.2
69 Medical Secretaries 6010 $34860 $16.76 0.4
70 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 5960 $23220 $11.16 0.3
71 Legal Occupations 5920 $97820 $47.03 0.8
72 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 5760 $90190 $43.36 0.45
73 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 5730 $23380 $11.24 0.3
74 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 5430 $40890 $19.66 0.2
75 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5410 $60550 $29.11 0.4
76 Childcare Workers 5220 $26250 $12.62 0.8
77 Sales Managers 5130 $107480 $51.67 0.2
78 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 4990 $74570 $35.85 0.4
79 Helpers--Production Workers 4950 $25510 $12.27 0.3
80 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 4600 $39570 $19.03 0.3
81 Dental Assistants 4550 $32970 $15.85 0.2
82 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 4520 $25390 $12.21 0.3
83 Correctional Officers and Jailers 4500 $71460 $34.36 0.3
84 Billing and Posting Clerks 4360 $37760 $18.15 0.35
85 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 4350 $35600 $17.12 0.3
86 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 4170 $71460 $34.36 0.3
87 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 4160 $29010 $13.95 0.25
88 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 4150 $48740 $23.43 0.2
89 Bartenders 4070 $26980 $12.97 0.4
90 Production Workers, All Other 4060 $27930 $13.43 0.2
91 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 4050 $56670 $27.25 0.5
92 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 4000 $49560 $23.83 0.3
93 Human Resources Specialists 4000 $61930 $29.77 0.3
94 Tellers 3900 $28980 $13.93 0.3
95 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 3790 $29380 $14.13 0.2
96 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 3780 $60680 $29.17 0.35
97 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 3620 $68280 $32.83 0.2
98 Management Analysts 3620 $80670 $38.78 0.5
99 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 3590 $23510 $11.3 0.2
100 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 3520 $42980 $20.66 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Riverside Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,820 1,362,440
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,130 215,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,940 146,510
Sales and Related Occupations 36,980 145,520
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,500 137,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,470 95,590
Production Occupations 34,940 82,190
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 86,870 72,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations 52,280 71,450
Management Occupations 108,620 58,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,010 55,660
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,980 54,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,410 50,500
Retail Salespersons 29,260 45,290
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,800 43,890
Cashiers 25,380 41,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,960 41,560
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,310 39,930
Protective Service Occupations 51,850 35,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,610 33,030
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,400 30,030
Registered Nurses 96,270 27,090
Office Clerks, General 34,310 26,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,050 25,730
Waiters and Waitresses 28,180 21,710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,410 19,290
General and Operations Managers 116,320 19,240
Community and Social Service Occupations 54,480 18,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,520 17,450
Customer Service Representatives 37,230 16,640
Substitute Teachers 39,770 16,340
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,040 15,010
Security Guards 27,420 14,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,170 14,300
Cooks, Fast Food 22,300 14,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,730 13,970
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 79,920 13,790
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,770 13,310
Carpenters 48,270 12,900
Construction Laborers 41,620 12,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,510 12,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,580 12,000
Personal Care Aides 23,620 11,840
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,290 11,660
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 32,940 11,490
Packers and Packagers, Hand 26,750 11,430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 40,360 11,390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,110 11,160
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,100 11,060
Cooks, Restaurant 26,400 10,960

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,820 1,362,440
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,130 215,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,940 146,510
Sales and Related Occupations 36,980 145,520
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,500 137,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,470 95,590
Production Occupations 34,940 82,190
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 86,870 72,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations 52,280 71,450
Management Occupations 108,620 58,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,010 55,660
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,980 54,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,410 50,500
Retail Salespersons 29,260 45,290
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,800 43,890
Cashiers 25,380 41,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,960 41,560
Protective Service Occupations 51,850 35,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,610 33,030
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,400 30,030
Registered Nurses 96,270 27,090
Office Clerks, General 34,310 26,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,050 25,730
Waiters and Waitresses 28,180 21,710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,410 19,290
General and Operations Managers 116,320 19,240
Community and Social Service Occupations 54,480 18,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,520 17,450
Customer Service Representatives 37,230 16,640
Substitute Teachers 39,770 16,340
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,040 15,010
Security Guards 27,420 14,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,170 14,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,730 13,970
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 79,920 13,790
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,770 13,310
Carpenters 48,270 12,900
Construction Laborers 41,620 12,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,510 12,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,580 12,000
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,290 11,660
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 32,940 11,490
Packers and Packagers, Hand 26,750 11,430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 40,360 11,390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,110 11,160
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,100 11,060
Cooks, Restaurant 26,400 10,960
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,840 9,080
Team Assemblers 29,330 8,670
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,680 8,630

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