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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations308170$43,880$21.1100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations50980$34,990$16.8214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations31850$37,360$17.969.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations26640$21,530$10.358.55
5Management Occupations19020$88,070$42.346.15
6Construction and Extraction Occupations17900$40,710$19.574.45
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations17200$33,730$16.226.55
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations17190$76,140$36.615.8
9Production Occupations16840$34,520$16.65.7
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations16240$39,000$18.756.05
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations14780$65,160$31.335.25
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations12320$43,510$20.923.8
13Retail Salespersons11370$27,630$13.282.85
14Customer Service Representatives11120$32,370$15.561.75
15Personal Care and Service Occupations10340$24,290$11.684.3
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations10180$25,910$12.463.65
17Healthcare Support Occupations9060$29,650$14.253
18Computer and Mathematical Occupations8540$69,820$33.572.9
19Architecture and Engineering Occupations7420$78,900$37.931.7
20Office Clerks, General7030$31,280$15.041.9
21Registered Nurses6040$66,440$31.941.95
22Cashiers5920$21,410$10.292.2
23Protective Service Occupations5880$41,510$19.962.2
24General and Operations Managers5810$85,290$41.011.5
25Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food5440$19,190$9.222.3
26Waiters and Waitresses5310$21,140$10.161.7
27Personal Care Aides4800$21,970$10.561.5
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4640$23,990$11.531.55
29Community and Social Service Occupations4570$41,060$19.741.65
30Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4160$42,520$20.441.8
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4080$33,080$15.911.5
32Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4020$38,870$18.691.05
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3950$42,330$20.351.2
34Cooks, Fast Food3840$18,060$8.680.3
35Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3750$27,910$13.421.7
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3750$27,140$13.051.3
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers3470$53,110$25.530.95
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3250$62,950$30.260.9
39Nursing Assistants3150$27,400$13.181
40Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2770$56,370$27.10.8
41Construction Laborers2720$31,830$15.30.8
42Cooks, Restaurant2680$23,710$11.40.8
43Carpenters2670$33,220$15.970.7
44Substitute Teachers2600$21,440$10.310
45Receptionists and Information Clerks2590$27,370$13.160.7
46Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2510$33,980$16.340.9
47Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2480$26,500$12.740
48First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2480$40,960$19.691
49Accountants and Auditors2310$66,370$31.910.9
50Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2310$28,090$13.50.8
51Legal Occupations2310$84,570$40.660.8
52Software Developers, Applications2020$84,780$40.760.55
53Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2000$52,530$25.260.6
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1990$32,920$15.830.6
55Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1970$24,950$11.990.65
56Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1960$21,080$10.130.9
57Electricians1910$47,070$22.630.4
58Home Health Aides1890$23,260$11.180.7
59First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1730$59,510$28.610.4
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1720$41,880$20.130.5
61Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1650$30,190$14.520.4
62Computer User Support Specialists1630$43,050$20.70.4
63Security Guards1620$30,590$14.710.7
64Management Analysts1540$80,080$38.50.5
65Medical Assistants1540$32,650$15.690.45
66First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1530$31,460$15.120.6
67Business Operations Specialists, All Other1510$69,280$33.310.7
68Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1510$34,210$16.450.3
69Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse1490$21,310$10.240.3
70Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1410$25,480$12.250.3
71Civil Engineers1330$72,140$34.680.2
72Driver/Sales Workers1270$31,750$15.270.3
73Dishwashers1240$18,430$8.860.3
74Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1240$51,330$24.680.3
75Lawyers1230$109,430$52.610.5
76Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers1220$36,410$17.510.1
77Loan Officers1220$76,390$36.730.2
78Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1210$27,870$13.40.3
79Bill and Account Collectors1190$38,400$18.460.2
80Financial Managers1190$108,980$52.390.4
81First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1180$58,600$28.180.4
82Bartenders1170$22,720$10.930.4
83Social and Human Service Assistants1150$30,370$14.60.25
84Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers1130$36,010$17.310.2
85Helpers--Production Workers1110$27,700$13.320.3
86Sales Managers1100$111,580$53.640.2
87Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1050$19,970$9.60.3
88Tellers1040$27,640$13.290.3
89Correctional Officers and Jailers1020$35,340$16.990.25
90First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1020$62,350$29.970.3
91Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1020$41,810$20.10.2
92Billing and Posting Clerks1010$37,290$17.930.3
93Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1010$43,260$20.80.2
94Computer Systems Analysts1000$80,600$38.750.4
95Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses990$43,750$21.030.5
96Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists970$58,500$28.120.4
97Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors960$31,980$15.380.2
98Human Resources Specialists960$62,790$30.190.35
99Telemarketers950$29,710$14.280.1
100Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment920$21,770$10.470.2
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Jobs More Common Near Boise Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,880308,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,99050,980
Sales and Related Occupations$37,36031,850
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,53026,640
Management Occupations$88,07019,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,71017,900
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,73017,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$76,14017,190
Production Occupations$34,52016,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$39,00016,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,16014,780
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,51012,320
Retail Salespersons$27,63011,370
Customer Service Representatives$32,37011,120
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,29010,340
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,91010,180
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,6509,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,8208,540
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$78,9007,420
Office Clerks, General$31,2807,030
Registered Nurses$66,4406,040
Cashiers$21,4105,920
Protective Service Occupations$41,5105,880
General and Operations Managers$85,2905,810
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,1905,440
Waiters and Waitresses$21,1405,310
Personal Care Aides$21,9704,800
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,9904,640
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,0604,570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,5204,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,0804,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8704,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,3303,950
Cooks, Fast Food$18,0603,840
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,9103,750
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,1403,750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,1103,470
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,9503,250
Nursing Assistants$27,4003,150
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,3702,770
Construction Laborers$31,8302,720
Cooks, Restaurant$23,7102,680
Carpenters$33,2202,670
Substitute Teachers$21,4402,600
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,3702,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,9802,510
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,5002,480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,9602,480
Accountants and Auditors$66,3702,310
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,0902,310

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,880308,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,99050,980
Sales and Related Occupations$37,36031,850
Management Occupations$88,07019,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,71017,900
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,73017,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$76,14017,190
Production Occupations$34,52016,840
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$39,00016,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,16014,780
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,51012,320
Retail Salespersons$27,63011,370
Customer Service Representatives$32,37011,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,91010,180
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,6509,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,8208,540
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$78,9007,420
Office Clerks, General$31,2807,030
Registered Nurses$66,4406,040
Protective Service Occupations$41,5105,880
General and Operations Managers$85,2905,810
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,0604,570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,5204,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,0804,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8704,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,3303,950
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,9103,750
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,1403,750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,1103,470
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,9503,250
Nursing Assistants$27,4003,150
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,3702,770
Construction Laborers$31,8302,720
Carpenters$33,2202,670
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,3702,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,9802,510
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,5002,480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,9602,480
Accountants and Auditors$66,3702,310
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,0902,310
Legal Occupations$84,5702,310
Software Developers, Applications$84,7802,020
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$52,5302,000
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,9201,990
Electricians$47,0701,910
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$59,5101,730
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,8801,720
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,1901,650
Computer User Support Specialists$43,0501,630
Security Guards$30,5901,620

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