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Grand Junction Employment

Employment and Industries in the Grand Junction, Colorado Area

Grand Junction is regarded as the region's commercial center. The primary factors for the economy are healthcare, agriculture, tourism, livestock and oil and gas. The area also includes light manufacturing. In addition, Grand Junction has been ranked #24 for "Best small places for business and careers" by Forbes.com.

The largest employers in Grand Junction are shown below:

  • Mesa County District #51
  • St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Mesa State College
  • State of Colorado
  • Mesa County
  • City of Grand Junction
  • Walmart
  • Halliburton Energy
  • STARTEK
  • Community Hospital
  • City Markets Inc
  • Hilltop Community Resources Inc
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • US Postal Service
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Family Health West
  • West Star Aviation
  • McDonald's
  • Mesa Developmental Services
  • Choice Hotels
  • Home Depot
  • Union Pacific Railroad

Grand Junction's major employment sectors are healthcare, education, construction; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services and government.

Some of the occupations more common in Grand Junction than most cities include rotary drill operators, oil and gas; conservation scientists, service unit operators, oil, gas and mining; excavating and loading machine and drag line operators; sheet metal workers, cement masons and concrete finishers, first-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers as well as computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic.

Notable data about Grand Junction: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 88.2. The nation's average is 100. Regarding the population over 25 years of age, about 26% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009 the average earnings in Grand Junction was $27,000.

Grand Junction companies are offered assistance by business organizations such as:

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel offers current information about the business activities in Grand Junction.

Jobs in Grand Junction

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations59580$44,410$21.35100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations9150$34,340$16.5114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations7360$38,900$18.79.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations6230$23,420$11.268.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5030$79,860$38.395.8
6Construction and Extraction Occupations3610$49,100$23.64.45
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations3390$44,260$21.286.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3370$36,460$17.536.55
9Retail Salespersons3060$28,650$13.782.85
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3030$45,770$22.013.8
11Production Occupations2840$36,130$17.375.7
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations2310$65,750$31.615.25
13Healthcare Support Occupations2200$30,510$14.673
14Management Occupations1980$96,910$46.596.15
15Registered Nurses1870$73,020$35.111.95
16Personal Care and Service Occupations1810$24,610$11.834.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1780$29,040$13.963.65
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1640$21,550$10.362.3
19Cashiers1540$24,400$11.732.2
20Office Clerks, General1330$34,360$16.521.9
21Community and Social Service Occupations1280$44,060$21.181.65
22Protective Service Occupations1240$46,120$22.172.2
23Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1200$33,590$16.151.5
24Waiters and Waitresses1190$20,980$10.091.7
25Customer Service Representatives1160$27,500$13.221.75
26General and Operations Managers920$99,930$48.041.5
27Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers910$41,000$19.711.2
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers780$27,310$13.131.3
29Cooks, Restaurant770$24,720$11.890.8
30Personal Care Aides770$21,790$10.481.5
31Nursing Assistants760$28,140$13.531
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners720$27,630$13.281.55
33Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations660$38,700$18.61.8
34Architecture and Engineering Occupations640$71,340$34.31.7
35Business Operations Specialists, All Other630$68,410$32.890.7
36Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products630$57,140$27.470.9
37Computer and Mathematical Occupations620$73,340$35.262.9
38Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations590$64,880$31.190.8
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks580$35,270$16.961.05
40Receptionists and Information Clerks580$29,850$14.350.7
41Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand570$29,900$14.381.7
42Maintenance and Repair Workers, General560$36,170$17.390.9
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers550$54,210$26.061
44Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers550$34,490$16.580.6
45Home Health Aides520$25,650$12.330.7
46Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners510$23,110$11.110.9
47Construction Laborers460$33,580$16.150.8
48First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers460$76,600$36.830.4
49First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers450$54,730$26.310.95
50Accountants and Auditors420$63,950$30.740.9
51Legal Occupations400$74,930$36.020.8
52First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers390$36,000$17.310.6
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers360$33,660$16.180.8
54Electricians340$50,020$24.050.4
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics330$54,070$260.5
56Roustabouts, Oil and Gas330$45,740$21.990
57Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors320$42,420$20.40
58Counter and Rental Clerks310$35,720$17.170.3
59Dishwashers300$21,090$10.140.3
60Bartenders290$24,450$11.760.4
61Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators280$44,580$21.430.2
62Food Preparation Workers270$24,270$11.670.6
63Information and Record Clerks, All Other270$42,050$20.220.1
64Sales Representatives, Services, All Other270$99,410$47.80.6
65Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses260$46,040$22.140.5
66Food Servers, Nonrestaurant250$22,040$10.60.2
67Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop250$22,780$10.950.3
68Carpenters240$37,930$18.240.7
69Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria240$27,910$13.420.3
70Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks240$23,080$11.090.2
71Lawyers240$85,090$40.910.5
72Medical Secretaries240$35,090$16.870.4
73Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers240$65,000$31.250.4
74Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents240$70,560$33.920.2
75Court, Municipal, and License Clerks230$32,930$15.830.1
76Medical Assistants230$33,740$16.220.45
77Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters230$47,040$22.610.3
78Tellers230$27,550$13.250.3
79Dental Assistants220$36,090$17.350.2
80Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists210$52,780$25.380.2
81Crossing Guards210$29,620$14.240
82First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers210$60,710$29.190.3
83First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers210$59,840$28.770.4
84Social and Human Service Assistants200$29,260$14.070.25
85Machinists190$39,320$18.90.25
86Medical and Health Services Managers190$108,930$52.370.25
87Pharmacy Technicians190$33,560$16.130.3
88Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers180$29,030$13.960
89Child, Family, and School Social Workers180$44,210$21.250.2
90Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks180$30,260$14.550.4
91Billing and Posting Clerks170$36,950$17.770.3
92Firefighters170$42,020$20.20.2
93Amusement and Recreation Attendants160$21,630$10.40.2
94Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants160$48,520$23.330.35
95Family and General Practitioners160$202,070$97.150.1
96Human Resources Specialists160$58,170$27.970.35
97Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists160$55,330$26.60.4
98Tire Repairers and Changers160$31,010$14.910.1
99Construction Managers150$77,920$37.460.3
100Industrial Machinery Mechanics150$42,160$20.270.2
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Junction Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,41059,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,3409,150
Sales and Related Occupations$38,9007,360
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,4206,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,8605,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,1003,610
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,2603,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,4603,370
Retail Salespersons$28,6503,060
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7703,030
Production Occupations$36,1302,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,7502,310
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,5102,200
Management Occupations$96,9101,980
Registered Nurses$73,0201,870
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,6101,810
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,0401,780
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,5501,640
Cashiers$24,4001,540
Office Clerks, General$34,3601,330
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,0601,280
Protective Service Occupations$46,1201,240
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,5901,200
Waiters and Waitresses$20,9801,190
Customer Service Representatives$27,5001,160
General and Operations Managers$99,930920
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,000910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,310780
Cooks, Restaurant$24,720770
Personal Care Aides$21,790770
Nursing Assistants$28,140760
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,630720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$38,700660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,340640
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,410630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$57,140630
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,340620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,880590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,270580
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,850580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,900570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,170560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$54,210550
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,490550
Home Health Aides$25,650520
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,110510
Construction Laborers$33,580460
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$76,600460
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,730450
Accountants and Auditors$63,950420

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Grand Junction, Colorado Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,41059,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,3409,150
Sales and Related Occupations$38,9007,360
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,8605,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,1003,610
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,2603,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,4603,370
Retail Salespersons$28,6503,060
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7703,030
Production Occupations$36,1302,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,7502,310
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,5102,200
Management Occupations$96,9101,980
Registered Nurses$73,0201,870
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,0401,780
Office Clerks, General$34,3601,330
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,0601,280
Protective Service Occupations$46,1201,240
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,5901,200
Customer Service Representatives$27,5001,160
General and Operations Managers$99,930920
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,000910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,310780
Nursing Assistants$28,140760
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,630720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$38,700660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,340640
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,410630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$57,140630
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,340620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,880590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,270580
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,850580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,900570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,170560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$54,210550
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,490550
Home Health Aides$25,650520
Construction Laborers$33,580460
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$76,600460
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,730450
Accountants and Auditors$63,950420
Legal Occupations$74,930400
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,000390
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,660360
Electricians$50,020340
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$54,070330
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas$45,740330
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors$42,420320
Counter and Rental Clerks$35,720310

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