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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 114630 $50590 $24.32 100
2 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 19940 $74830 $35.97 5.75
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 15390 $37850 $18.2 14.8
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9900 $23390 $11.24 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 8450 $35100 $16.88 10.15
6 Registered Nurses 8330 $66260 $31.86 1.9
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6400 $35100 $16.87 6.45
8 Production Occupations 6280 $39340 $18.92 5.85
9 Healthcare Support Occupations 5710 $35280 $16.96 3.05
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5670 $48850 $23.49 6.15
11 Management Occupations 5290 $98010 $47.12 6.05
12 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4440 $26330 $12.66 4.1
13 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4150 $88080 $42.35 2.8
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4130 $64930 $31.22 5.05
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4040 $54210 $26.06 4.4
16 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3570 $45740 $21.99 3.8
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3170 $29530 $14.2 3.7
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2950 $21590 $10.38 2.15
19 Retail Salespersons 2930 $27290 $13.12 3.1
20 Cashiers 2300 $22410 $10.77 2.25
21 Customer Service Representatives 2230 $33670 $16.19 1.75
22 Personal Care Aides 2090 $23870 $11.47 1.3
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 1940 $50970 $24.5 1.65
24 Waiters and Waitresses 1810 $20960 $10.08 1.6
25 Office Clerks, General 1780 $36200 $17.4 2
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1700 $86520 $41.6 1.65
27 Nursing Assistants 1670 $32030 $15.4 1.05
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1610 $29390 $14.13 1.6
29 Medical Secretaries 1540 $41440 $19.92 0.4
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1430 $27800 $13.37 1.2
31 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1380 $66630 $32.03 0.9
32 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1370 $48430 $23.28 1.2
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1350 $36900 $17.74 1.6
34 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1320 $46410 $22.31 1.7
35 Medical Assistants 1300 $40830 $19.63 0.45
36 General and Operations Managers 1300 $81170 $39.03 1.4
37 Protective Service Occupations 1250 $49760 $23.93 2.25
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1200 $41790 $20.09 1.1
39 Cooks, Restaurant 1100 $24860 $11.95 0.75
40 Home Health Aides 1090 $25410 $12.22 0.7
41 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1010 $50050 $24.06 1
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 980 $39690 $19.08 0.9
43 Nurse Practitioners 920 $105330 $50.64 0.1
44 Bartenders 910 $21230 $10.21 0.4
45 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 890 $37070 $17.82 1
46 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 830 $46770 $22.49 0.5
47 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 810 $46830 $22.51 0.5
48 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 810 $27820 $13.38 1.6
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 790 $24520 $11.79 1
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 720 $61980 $29.8 1
51 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 690 $59410 $28.56 0.7
52 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 670 $24570 $11.81 0.2
53 Pharmacy Technicians 670 $34610 $16.64 0.25
54 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 660 $64300 $30.91 0.3
55 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 650 $37290 $17.93 0.3
56 Radiologic Technologists 640 $70370 $33.83 0.1
57 Packers and Packagers, Hand 630 $24350 $11.71 0.45
58 Pharmacists 610 $125450 $60.31 0.2
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 600 $35130 $16.89 0.6
60 Carpenters 600 $47500 $22.84 0.6
61 Childcare Workers 590 $23160 $11.13 0.8
62 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 570 $26260 $12.62 0.2
63 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 560 $50360 $24.21 0.1
64 Accountants and Auditors 560 $67820 $32.61 0.9
65 Medical and Health Services Managers 550 $111570 $53.64 0.2
66 Driver/Sales Workers 540 $24170 $11.62 0.3
67 Computer and Information Systems Managers 530 $115240 $55.41 0.25
68 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 530 $32750 $15.75 0.6
69 Electricians 520 $63180 $30.38 0.4
70 Computer Systems Analysts 500 $78920 $37.94 0.4
71 Receptionists and Information Clerks 490 $27300 $13.12 0.7
72 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 480 $41630 $20.02 0.3
73 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 460 $36820 $17.7 0.5
74 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 460 $30400 $14.61 0.8
75 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 460 $62220 $29.91 0.6
76 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 460 $45470 $21.86 0.1
77 Human Resources Specialists 440 $58950 $28.34 0.3
78 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 420 $50900 $24.47 0.2
79 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 400 $57460 $27.63 0.4
80 Medical Equipment Preparers 390 $36770 $17.68 0
81 Legal Occupations 380 $68790 $33.07 0.8
82 Construction Laborers 380 $45700 $21.97 0.8
83 Machinists 380 $44120 $21.21 0.3
84 Financial Managers 370 $102730 $49.39 0.4
85 Computer User Support Specialists 370 $55780 $26.82 0.4
86 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 350 $61400 $29.52 0.45
87 Surgical Technologists 350 $53240 $25.6 0.1
88 Tellers 340 $32240 $15.5 0.3
89 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 340 $38550 $18.53 0.35
90 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 340 $28540 $13.72 0.3
91 Social and Human Service Assistants 340 $40720 $19.57 0.3
92 Security Guards 330 $33910 $16.3 0.7
93 Management Analysts 330 $79290 $38.12 0.5
94 Nurse Anesthetists 320 $184540 $88.72 0
95 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 320 $31440 $15.12 0.2
96 Sales Managers 310 $114120 $54.87 0.2
97 Food Preparation Workers 310 $25330 $12.18 0.6
98 Physician Assistants 310 $117720 $56.6 0.1
99 Software Developers, Applications 300 $87510 $42.07 0.5
100 Loan Officers 300 $57930 $27.85 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Rochester Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,590 114,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,830 19,940
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,850 15,390
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,390 9,900
Sales and Related Occupations 35,100 8,450
Registered Nurses 66,260 8,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,100 6,400
Production Occupations 39,340 6,280
Healthcare Support Occupations 35,280 5,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,850 5,670
Management Occupations 98,010 5,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,330 4,440
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,080 4,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,930 4,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,210 4,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,740 3,570
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,530 3,170
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,590 2,950
Retail Salespersons 27,290 2,930
Cashiers 22,410 2,300
Customer Service Representatives 33,670 2,230
Personal Care Aides 23,870 2,090
Community and Social Service Occupations 50,970 1,940
Waiters and Waitresses 20,960 1,810
Office Clerks, General 36,200 1,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,520 1,700
Nursing Assistants 32,030 1,670
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,390 1,610
Medical Secretaries 41,440 1,540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,800 1,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 66,630 1,380
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,430 1,370
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,900 1,350
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,410 1,320
Medical Assistants 40,830 1,300
General and Operations Managers 81,170 1,300
Protective Service Occupations 49,760 1,250
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,790 1,200
Cooks, Restaurant 24,860 1,100
Home Health Aides 25,410 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,050 1,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,690 980
Nurse Practitioners 105,330 920
Bartenders 21,230 910
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,070 890
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 46,770 830
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 46,830 810
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,820 810
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,520 790
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,980 720

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,590 114,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,830 19,940
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,850 15,390
Sales and Related Occupations 35,100 8,450
Registered Nurses 66,260 8,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,100 6,400
Production Occupations 39,340 6,280
Healthcare Support Occupations 35,280 5,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,850 5,670
Management Occupations 98,010 5,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,330 4,440
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,080 4,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,930 4,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,210 4,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,740 3,570
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,530 3,170
Retail Salespersons 27,290 2,930
Customer Service Representatives 33,670 2,230
Community and Social Service Occupations 50,970 1,940
Office Clerks, General 36,200 1,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,520 1,700
Nursing Assistants 32,030 1,670
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,390 1,610
Medical Secretaries 41,440 1,540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,800 1,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 66,630 1,380
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,430 1,370
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,900 1,350
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,410 1,320
Medical Assistants 40,830 1,300
General and Operations Managers 81,170 1,300
Protective Service Occupations 49,760 1,250
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,790 1,200
Home Health Aides 25,410 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,050 1,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,690 980
Nurse Practitioners 105,330 920
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,070 890
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 46,770 830
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 46,830 810
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,820 810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,980 720
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 59,410 690
Pharmacy Technicians 34,610 670
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 64,300 660
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 37,290 650
Radiologic Technologists 70,370 640
Pharmacists 125,450 610
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,130 600
Carpenters 47,500 600

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