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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 58700 $44120 $21.21 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9280 $34070 $16.38 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 7390 $39410 $18.95 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6320 $22230 $10.69 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4690 $81130 $39.01 5.75
6 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3740 $46650 $22.43 4.4
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3590 $36550 $17.57 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3290 $45290 $21.77 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2910 $45680 $21.96 3.8
10 Retail Salespersons 2550 $30240 $14.54 3.1
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2450 $64350 $30.94 5.05
12 Production Occupations 2270 $36560 $17.58 5.85
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2240 $20500 $9.85 2.15
14 Healthcare Support Occupations 2020 $29870 $14.36 3.05
15 Management Occupations 1970 $97120 $46.69 6.05
16 Cashiers 1950 $23560 $11.33 2.25
17 Registered Nurses 1830 $70380 $33.84 1.9
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1660 $28970 $13.93 3.7
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1660 $24200 $11.63 4.1
20 Office Clerks, General 1460 $33680 $16.19 2
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1420 $34170 $16.43 1.6
22 Waiters and Waitresses 1330 $19710 $9.47 1.6
23 Protective Service Occupations 1310 $46040 $22.13 2.25
24 Community and Social Service Occupations 1290 $43090 $20.72 1.65
25 Customer Service Representatives 1140 $26130 $12.56 1.75
26 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1060 $40990 $19.71 1.2
27 General and Operations Managers 920 $99300 $47.74 1.4
28 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 780 $27060 $13.01 1.6
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 770 $25810 $12.41 1.6
30 Cooks, Restaurant 760 $24080 $11.58 0.75
31 Nursing Assistants 760 $26900 $12.93 1.05
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 700 $26500 $12.74 1.2
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 700 $36610 $17.6 1.7
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 670 $63280 $30.42 1
35 Receptionists and Information Clerks 630 $27980 $13.45 0.7
36 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 620 $74220 $35.68 1.65
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 610 $36530 $17.56 1.1
38 Personal Care Aides 600 $20410 $9.81 1.3
39 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 600 $65300 $31.4 0.7
40 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 590 $38640 $18.58 0.6
41 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 580 $73680 $35.42 2.8
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 580 $54640 $26.27 1
43 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 540 $64400 $30.96 0.9
44 Construction Laborers 530 $34870 $16.77 0.8
45 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 520 $36760 $17.67 0.9
46 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 480 $70620 $33.95 0.4
47 Accountants and Auditors 450 $60980 $29.32 0.9
48 Home Health Aides 440 $25010 $12.03 0.7
49 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 440 $55260 $26.57 1
50 Legal Occupations 390 $68540 $32.95 0.8
51 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 380 $33440 $16.08 0.8
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 350 $36150 $17.38 0.6
53 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 350 $38170 $18.35 0.1
54 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 340 $53500 $25.72 0.5
55 Counter and Rental Clerks 330 $31970 $15.37 0.3
56 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 310 $21610 $10.39 1
57 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 300 $61720 $29.67 0.45
58 Carpenters 290 $36490 $17.54 0.6
59 Electricians 280 $45990 $22.11 0.4
60 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 280 $82920 $39.86 0.6
61 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 270 $44750 $21.52 0.2
62 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 270 $48520 $23.33 0.3
63 Bartenders 260 $23520 $11.31 0.4
64 Dishwashers 250 $19960 $9.59 0.3
65 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 250 $25750 $12.38 0.2
66 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 240 $45630 $21.94 0.5
67 Tellers 240 $26470 $12.73 0.3
68 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 230 $40930 $19.68 0.1
69 Mental Health Counselors 230 $44990 $21.63 0.1
70 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 230 $21960 $10.56 0.25
71 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 230 $21170 $10.18 0.2
72 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 220 $22970 $11.04 0.2
73 Medical Secretaries 210 $32280 $15.52 0.4
74 Medical Assistants 210 $32860 $15.8 0.45
75 Lawyers 210 $82850 $39.83 0.5
76 Billing and Posting Clerks 200 $35910 $17.27 0.35
77 Firefighters 200 $42070 $20.23 0.2
78 Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 200 $28330 $13.62 0.1
79 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 200 $43730 $21.03 0.2
80 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 200 $61820 $29.72 0.3
81 Team Assemblers 200 $25800 $12.41 0.75
82 Crossing Guards 200 $28750 $13.82 0
83 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 190 $61890 $29.76 0.4
84 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 190 $51500 $24.76 0.1
85 Security Guards 180 $27500 $13.22 0.7
86 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 180 $43580 $20.95 0.2
87 Dental Assistants 180 $36700 $17.64 0.2
88 Human Resources Specialists 180 $61060 $29.36 0.3
89 Medical and Health Services Managers 180 $107040 $51.46 0.2
90 Food Preparation Workers 180 $24220 $11.64 0.6
91 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 180 $48180 $23.16 0.2
92 Parts Salespersons 170 $40370 $19.41 0.2
93 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 170 $71940 $34.59 0.2
94 Pharmacy Technicians 160 $32490 $15.62 0.25
95 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 160 $48280 $23.21 0.35
96 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 160 $41550 $19.98 0.1
97 Childcare Workers 160 $21100 $10.14 0.8
98 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 150 $50560 $24.31 0.5
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 150 $49950 $24.01 0.15
100 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 150 $30820 $14.82 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Junction Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,120 58,700
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,070 9,280
Sales and Related Occupations 39,410 7,390
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,230 6,320
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 81,130 4,690
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,650 3,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,550 3,590
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,290 3,290
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,680 2,910
Retail Salespersons 30,240 2,550
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,350 2,450
Production Occupations 36,560 2,270
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,500 2,240
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,870 2,020
Management Occupations 97,120 1,970
Cashiers 23,560 1,950
Registered Nurses 70,380 1,830
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,970 1,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,200 1,660
Office Clerks, General 33,680 1,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,170 1,420
Waiters and Waitresses 19,710 1,330
Protective Service Occupations 46,040 1,310
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,090 1,290
Customer Service Representatives 26,130 1,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,990 1,060
General and Operations Managers 99,300 920
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,060 780
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,810 770
Cooks, Restaurant 24,080 760
Nursing Assistants 26,900 760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,500 700
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,610 700
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 63,280 670
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,980 630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 74,220 620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,530 610
Personal Care Aides 20,410 600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 65,300 600
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,640 590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,680 580
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 54,640 580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,400 540
Construction Laborers 34,870 530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,760 520
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 70,620 480
Accountants and Auditors 60,980 450
Home Health Aides 25,010 440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,260 440
Legal Occupations 68,540 390

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,120 58,700
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,070 9,280
Sales and Related Occupations 39,410 7,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 81,130 4,690
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,650 3,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,550 3,590
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,290 3,290
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,680 2,910
Retail Salespersons 30,240 2,550
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,350 2,450
Production Occupations 36,560 2,270
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,870 2,020
Management Occupations 97,120 1,970
Registered Nurses 70,380 1,830
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,970 1,660
Office Clerks, General 33,680 1,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,170 1,420
Protective Service Occupations 46,040 1,310
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,090 1,290
Customer Service Representatives 26,130 1,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,990 1,060
General and Operations Managers 99,300 920
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,060 780
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,810 770
Nursing Assistants 26,900 760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,500 700
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,610 700
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 63,280 670
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,980 630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 74,220 620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,530 610
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 65,300 600
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,640 590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,680 580
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 54,640 580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,400 540
Construction Laborers 34,870 530
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,760 520
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 70,620 480
Accountants and Auditors 60,980 450
Home Health Aides 25,010 440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,260 440
Legal Occupations 68,540 390
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 33,440 380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,150 350
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 38,170 350
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 53,500 340
Counter and Rental Clerks 31,970 330
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 61,720 300
Carpenters 36,490 290

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