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Boise Employment

Employment and Industries in the Boise, Idaho Area

Boise is the region's primary economic center. The city is home to the headquarters of a number of major firms including URS Corp, Albertson's Inc (supermarket chain), Boise Cascade LLC (wood and paper products), Washington Group International, Morrison Knudsen (engineering and construction), Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, Idaho Timber, Micron Technology (semiconductor manufacturer), T.J. International (specialty building products) J.R. Simplot Company (frozen foods, cattle and phosphates) and WinCo Foods.

The high-tech industry is increasingly becoming more important in Boise. The high-tech sector includes firms such as Mobile Data Force, Balihoo.com, Microsoft and Sybase. Boise is also home to numerous manufacturing facilities. In addition, Boise is a prominent location for call centers, with call centers for companies such as DIRECTV, Teleperformance and T-Mobile. Tourism is also a significant element of the economy. In addition, since Boise is the state capital, the state government is a major employer.

Shown below is a list of the largest employers in Boise:

  • Ada County
  • Albertson's Inc
  • Boise Corporation
  • Boise School District
  • Boise State University
  • City of Boise
  • Fred Myer
  • DIRECTV
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Idaho Department of Commerce & Labor
  • Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
  • Idaho Power Company
  • Micron Technology
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Qwest Communications
  • St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
  • St. Luke's Regional Medical Center
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • U.S. Bank
  • Veterans Affair, Medical Center
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • Washington Group International
  • IDACORP
  • American Ecology Corp

The major sectors for employment in Boise are:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality

Interesting information about Boise: Included in Inc.com's hottest median size cities for entrepreneurs list. Ranked #3 in Forbes Magazine's list of best places for business and careers. The city's workforce is educated above the country's average. The estimated median household income in Boise in 2007 was $49,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 90.6. The national average is 100. About 34% of the adult population holds a bachelor's degree or better.

Boise companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

The Idaho Statesman offers current information regarding the business activities in Boise.

Jobs in Boise

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 296390 $43040 $20.69 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 49990 $33740 $16.22 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 30700 $37260 $17.91 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26160 $20990 $10.09 8.3
5 Management Occupations 17480 $85060 $40.89 6.05
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 16590 $76290 $36.68 5.75
7 Production Occupations 16310 $33620 $16.16 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 15950 $39250 $18.87 6.15
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 15870 $32500 $15.63 6.45
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 15610 $40010 $19.24 4.4
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 13920 $64540 $31.03 5.05
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 11600 $42020 $20.2 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 11460 $28200 $13.56 3.1
14 Customer Service Representatives 11060 $31190 $15 1.75
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 10710 $22800 $10.96 4.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 9660 $25900 $12.45 3.7
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8840 $68500 $32.93 2.8
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7450 $80180 $38.55 1.65
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 7420 $28990 $13.94 3.05
20 Office Clerks, General 6980 $30400 $14.62 2
21 Protective Service Occupations 5750 $39880 $19.17 2.25
22 General and Operations Managers 5620 $82470 $39.65 1.4
23 Registered Nurses 5520 $64290 $30.91 1.9
24 Cashiers 5300 $21250 $10.22 2.25
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 5160 $42820 $20.59 1.65
26 Waiters and Waitresses 5160 $21160 $10.17 1.6
27 Personal Care Aides 5090 $21510 $10.34 1.3
28 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4620 $19310 $9.28 2.15
29 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4530 $44310 $21.3 1.7
30 Cooks, Fast Food 4000 $17910 $8.61 0.3
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3950 $36820 $17.7 1.1
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3910 $31590 $15.19 1.6
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3830 $24880 $11.96 1.6
34 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3670 $37890 $18.22 1.2
35 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3620 $27760 $13.35 1.6
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3340 $61860 $29.74 1
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3230 $50470 $24.26 1
38 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3050 $26200 $12.6 1.2
39 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2770 $55560 $26.71 0.9
40 Nursing Assistants 2580 $26080 $12.54 1.05
41 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2550 $21770 $10.47 1
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2540 $41930 $20.16 1
43 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2380 $26690 $12.83 0.7
44 Construction Laborers 2330 $29340 $14.11 0.8
45 Cooks, Restaurant 2300 $22410 $10.78 0.75
46 Team Assemblers 2250 $25940 $12.47 0.75
47 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2210 $32370 $15.56 0.9
48 Accountants and Auditors 2190 $68130 $32.76 0.9
49 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2150 $27040 $13 0.8
50 Substitute Teachers 2140 $20940 $10.07 0
51 Carpenters 2070 $33480 $16.1 0.6
52 Legal Occupations 2020 $78220 $37.61 0.8
53 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 1910 $23710 $11.4 0.6
54 Electricians 1780 $46890 $22.54 0.4
55 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1620 $53150 $25.55 0.6
56 Software Developers, Applications 1610 $79750 $38.34 0.5
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1560 $40120 $19.29 0.5
58 Computer User Support Specialists 1530 $40540 $19.49 0.4
59 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1520 $29550 $14.21 0.4
60 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 1510 $20550 $9.88 0.3
61 Security Guards 1500 $29440 $14.16 0.7
62 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1450 $55390 $26.63 0.4
63 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1380 $31290 $15.04 0.6
64 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1370 $34340 $16.51 0.3
65 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1360 $24440 $11.75 0.3
66 Bill and Account Collectors 1340 $36120 $17.37 0.2
67 Driver/Sales Workers 1330 $33970 $16.33 0.3
68 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1330 $68860 $33.11 0.7
69 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1310 $31080 $14.94 0.6
70 Medical Assistants 1290 $30870 $14.84 0.45
71 Management Analysts 1270 $83490 $40.14 0.5
72 Civil Engineers 1250 $73020 $35.1 0.2
73 Bartenders 1250 $22270 $10.7 0.4
74 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1230 $26490 $12.73 0.3
75 Food Preparation Workers 1210 $20570 $9.89 0.6
76 Dishwashers 1190 $18140 $8.72 0.3
77 Telemarketers 1150 $27250 $13.1 0.15
78 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1140 $56320 $27.08 0.4
79 Lawyers 1140 $96510 $46.4 0.5
80 Social and Human Service Assistants 1120 $30240 $14.54 0.3
81 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1100 $33480 $16.09 0.3
82 Billing and Posting Clerks 1100 $35890 $17.26 0.35
83 Sales Managers 1060 $104800 $50.39 0.2
84 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1020 $52620 $25.3 0.3
85 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 990 $18610 $8.95 0.25
86 Home Health Aides 980 $22700 $10.92 0.7
87 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 970 $43020 $20.68 0.5
88 Financial Managers 960 $103460 $49.74 0.4
89 Human Resources Specialists 950 $63000 $30.29 0.3
90 Computer Systems Analysts 950 $80400 $38.66 0.4
91 Tellers 940 $26390 $12.69 0.3
92 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 930 $34780 $16.72 0.2
93 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 930 $59710 $28.71 0.3
94 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 910 $42110 $20.25 0.2
95 Medical and Health Services Managers 900 $92330 $44.39 0.2
96 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 900 $18730 $9.01 0.3
97 Electrical Engineers 880 $89720 $43.13 0.1
98 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 880 $55190 $26.53 0.45
99 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 870 $25700 $12.35 0.4
100 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 850 $57490 $27.64 0.35
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Jobs More Common Near Boise Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,040 296,390
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,740 49,990
Sales and Related Occupations 37,260 30,700
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,990 26,160
Management Occupations 85,060 17,480
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,290 16,590
Production Occupations 33,620 16,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 39,250 15,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,500 15,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,010 15,610
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,540 13,920
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,020 11,600
Retail Salespersons 28,200 11,460
Customer Service Representatives 31,190 11,060
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,800 10,710
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,900 9,660
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,500 8,840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,180 7,450
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,990 7,420
Office Clerks, General 30,400 6,980
Protective Service Occupations 39,880 5,750
General and Operations Managers 82,470 5,620
Registered Nurses 64,290 5,520
Cashiers 21,250 5,300
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,820 5,160
Waiters and Waitresses 21,160 5,160
Personal Care Aides 21,510 5,090
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,310 4,620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,310 4,530
Cooks, Fast Food 17,910 4,000
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,820 3,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,590 3,910
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,880 3,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,890 3,670
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,760 3,620
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,860 3,340
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,470 3,230
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,200 3,050
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 55,560 2,770
Nursing Assistants 26,080 2,580
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,770 2,550
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,930 2,540
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,690 2,380
Construction Laborers 29,340 2,330
Cooks, Restaurant 22,410 2,300
Team Assemblers 25,940 2,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,370 2,210
Accountants and Auditors 68,130 2,190
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,040 2,150
Substitute Teachers 20,940 2,140

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Boise, Idaho Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,040 296,390
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,740 49,990
Sales and Related Occupations 37,260 30,700
Management Occupations 85,060 17,480
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,290 16,590
Production Occupations 33,620 16,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 39,250 15,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,500 15,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,010 15,610
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,540 13,920
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,020 11,600
Retail Salespersons 28,200 11,460
Customer Service Representatives 31,190 11,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,900 9,660
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,500 8,840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,180 7,450
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,990 7,420
Office Clerks, General 30,400 6,980
Protective Service Occupations 39,880 5,750
General and Operations Managers 82,470 5,620
Registered Nurses 64,290 5,520
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,820 5,160
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,310 4,530
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,820 3,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,590 3,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,890 3,670
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,760 3,620
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,860 3,340
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,470 3,230
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,200 3,050
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 55,560 2,770
Nursing Assistants 26,080 2,580
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,930 2,540
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,690 2,380
Construction Laborers 29,340 2,330
Team Assemblers 25,940 2,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,370 2,210
Accountants and Auditors 68,130 2,190
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,040 2,150
Carpenters 33,480 2,070
Legal Occupations 78,220 2,020
Electricians 46,890 1,780
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 53,150 1,620
Software Developers, Applications 79,750 1,610
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 40,120 1,560
Computer User Support Specialists 40,540 1,530
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,550 1,520
Security Guards 29,440 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 55,390 1,450
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,290 1,380

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