Rochester Employment

Employment and Industries in the Rochester, Minnesota Area

Rochester, Minnesota is regarded as a prominent center for medicine, biosciences and technology. The economy relies on the Mayo Clinic, IBM, the hospitality sector and agriculture. The Mayo Clinic is Rochester's largest employer. Service businesses, including the Mayo Clinic provide the majority of the jobs in Rochester. The hotel and restaurant industries provide a substantial number of jobs.

The city includes one of the largest IBM facilities, under one roof, in the world. IBM is a major employer in the city. The region also offers employment at the facilities of over 150 manufacturing companies. Pemstar and Crenlo Inc are two of the major manufacturing firms. The region also includes more than 1400 working farms. The production of milk and cheese are significant economic factors. In addition, vegetable packing provides seasonal jobs for hundreds of workers.

Notable information about Rochester, Minnesota: Rochester is often included in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list. The average salary in Rochester in 2009 was $43,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Rochester was at 79.9 which is lower than the national average of 100. About 38% of the adult residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Rochester's top employers:

  • Mayo Clinic - Medical/hospital
  • IBM - Electronics-computer
  • Rochester Public Schools - Education
  • Olmsted County - Government
  • Olmsted Medical Center - Medical-hospital services
  • Walmart & Sams Club - Retail
  • City of Rochester - Government
  • HyVee - Retail Grocery
  • Sunstone Hotel Properties - Hotel/restaurant services
  • Charter Communications - Cable Television/ high speed Internet
  • RCTC - Post secondary education
  • Crenlo - Fabricated metal
  • Target - Retail
  • Federal Medical Center - Corrections/medical
  • Benchmark Electronics - Contract Mfg/design/engineering
  • Seneca Food - Food processing
  • Marigold Foods - Food processing
  • Hiawatha Homes - Res. Services/dev. disabilities
  • Samaritan Bethany Inc - Healthcare for the aging
  • Pace Dairy - Food processing

Some of the most common occupations in Rochester filled by college graduates are registered nurses, computer software applications engineers, teachers, computer programmers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, computer systems analysts, computer and information systems managers, pharmacists, and social and human service assistants.

The primary job providing segments in Rochester are:

  • Healthcare
  • Computer and electronic products
  • Educational services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Social assistance
  • Manufacturing

Local companies have opportunities to collaborate with the following helpful organizations:

People interested in learning about the region's business and industry activities can read the local newspaper the Post-Bulletin

Jobs in Rochester

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations116600$57,840$27.81100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations14030$36,980$17.7813.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10490$25,410$12.228.7
4Sales and Related Occupations9260$35,380$17.019.5
5Healthcare Support Occupations6400$36,470$17.532.85
6Production Occupations6370$40,890$19.665.6
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5720$37,210$17.896.7
8Personal Care and Service Occupations5330$27,600$13.274.65
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations5210$49,790$23.946
10Management Occupations4630$98,980$47.596.35
11Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4290$29,910$14.383.6
12Construction and Extraction Occupations4190$55,580$26.724.6
13Retail Salespersons3800$27,400$13.172.7
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3570$47,550$22.863.75
15Business and Financial Operations Occupations3000$63,650$30.65.35
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2850$24,100$11.592.45
17Personal Care Aides2800$25,200$12.111.7
18Cashiers2480$24,640$11.852.2
19Computer and Mathematical Occupations2320$87,760$42.193
20Waiters and Waitresses2090$22,080$10.621.65
21Community and Social Service Occupations2030$52,020$25.011.75
22Office Clerks, General1950$35,710$17.171.9
23Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1870$34,400$16.541.4
24Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1720$24,810$11.930.9
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1630$31,400$15.11.5
26General and Operations Managers1440$87,530$42.081.5
27Customer Service Representatives1430$34,630$16.651.75
28Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1380$48,100$23.121.2
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1340$28,640$13.771.25
30Architecture and Engineering Occupations1220$86,290$41.481.7
31Cooks, Restaurant1190$27,780$13.350.9
32Protective Service Occupations1100$49,610$23.852.2
33Home Health Aides1090$28,490$13.70.6
34Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1040$35,090$16.870.8
35Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations930$50,340$24.21.8
36Bartenders860$22,970$11.050.4
37Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand840$33,350$16.031.8
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers830$40,940$19.680.95
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General800$41,980$20.180.9
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks740$40,010$19.241.05
41Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters720$57,960$27.870.3
42Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations690$80,650$38.770.8
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers670$32,670$15.710.75
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers660$52,780$25.380.95
45Bus Drivers, School or Special Client650$35,060$16.860.3
46Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics640$40,350$19.40.5
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers640$35,120$16.890.6
48Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers630$34,470$16.570.6
49Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products630$66,050$31.750.85
50Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses600$47,380$22.780.5
51Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers600$41,200$19.810.3
52Carpenters580$52,490$25.240.6
53Construction Laborers560$46,050$22.140.9
54Food Servers, Nonrestaurant550$27,250$13.10.2
55Childcare Workers520$25,200$12.120.7
56Sales Representatives, Services, All Other520$60,790$29.220.7
57Business Operations Specialists, All Other490$57,350$27.570.7
58Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria490$31,510$15.150.3
59Electricians460$64,110$30.820.45
60First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers450$59,630$28.670.4
61Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists440$28,880$13.880.4
62Pharmacy Technicians440$36,850$17.720.3
63Recreation Workers430$29,940$14.40.3
64Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators420$56,870$27.340.25
65Software Developers, Applications420$93,540$44.970.65
66Accountants and Auditors410$61,980$29.80.9
67Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop400$22,980$11.050.3
68Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs380$27,290$13.120.25
69Tellers380$33,050$15.890.25
70Dental Assistants340$51,460$24.740.2
71Dishwashers330$23,500$11.30.3
72Human Resources Specialists330$57,360$27.580.4
73Legal Occupations330$72,890$35.040.8
74Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education330$34,300$16.490.3
75Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants320$50,880$24.460.35
76Healthcare Social Workers320$53,790$25.860.1
77Packers and Packagers, Hand320$27,350$13.150.4
78Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers320$64,420$30.970.4
79Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks310$27,320$13.130.15
80Social and Human Service Assistants310$32,350$15.550.3
81Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing310$30,710$14.760
82Financial Managers300$110,390$53.070.4
83Machinists300$47,730$22.950.2
84Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors290$53,020$25.490.2
85Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity280$37,800$18.170.1
86Child, Family, and School Social Workers280$67,010$32.220.2
87Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers280$42,350$20.360.35
88Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic260$41,570$19.990.1
89Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers260$22,840$10.980.3
90Food Preparation Workers260$25,220$12.120.5
91Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators260$41,200$19.810.4
92Dental Hygienists250$73,830$35.490.1
93Loan Officers250$72,170$34.70.2
94Painters, Construction and Maintenance250$46,700$22.450.2
95Postal Service Mail Carriers250$51,500$24.760.2
96Self-Enrichment Education Teachers250$36,020$17.320.2
97Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers250$48,980$23.550.1
98Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists240$51,070$24.550.2
99Driver/Sales Workers240$26,080$12.540.3
100Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks240$37,520$18.040.4
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Rochester Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$57,840116,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,98014,030
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,41010,490
Sales and Related Occupations$35,3809,260
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,4706,400
Production Occupations$40,8906,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,2105,720
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,6005,330
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,7905,210
Management Occupations$98,9804,630
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,9104,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,5804,190
Retail Salespersons$27,4003,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,5503,570
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,6503,000
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,1002,850
Personal Care Aides$25,2002,800
Cashiers$24,6402,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$87,7602,320
Waiters and Waitresses$22,0802,090
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,0202,030
Office Clerks, General$35,7101,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,4001,870
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,8101,720
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,4001,630
General and Operations Managers$87,5301,440
Customer Service Representatives$34,6301,430
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,1001,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,6401,340
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,2901,220
Cooks, Restaurant$27,7801,190
Protective Service Occupations$49,6101,100
Home Health Aides$28,4901,090
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,0901,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,340930
Bartenders$22,970860
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,350840
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,940830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,980800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,010740
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$57,960720
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$80,650690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$32,670670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,780660
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$35,060650
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,350640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,120640
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,470630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$66,050630
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$47,380600

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Rochester, Minnesota Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$57,840116,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,98014,030
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,41010,490
Sales and Related Occupations$35,3809,260
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,4706,400
Production Occupations$40,8906,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,2105,720
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,6005,330
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,7905,210
Management Occupations$98,9804,630
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,9104,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,5804,190
Retail Salespersons$27,4003,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,5503,570
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,6503,000
Personal Care Aides$25,2002,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$87,7602,320
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,0202,030
Office Clerks, General$35,7101,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,4001,870
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,4001,630
General and Operations Managers$87,5301,440
Customer Service Representatives$34,6301,430
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,1001,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,6401,340
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,2901,220
Cooks, Restaurant$27,7801,190
Protective Service Occupations$49,6101,100
Home Health Aides$28,4901,090
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,0901,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$50,340930
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,350840
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,940830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,980800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,010740
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$57,960720
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$80,650690
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$32,670670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,780660
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$35,060650
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,350640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,120640
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,470630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$66,050630
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$47,380600
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$41,200600
Carpenters$52,490580
Construction Laborers$46,050560
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant$27,250550
Childcare Workers$25,200520

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