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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations114770$55,440$26.65100
2Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations20770$100,050$48.15.8
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations15490$37,740$18.1514.35
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations9310$24,470$11.768.55
5Sales and Related Occupations8600$34,360$16.529.9
6Registered Nurses7640$77,920$37.461.95
7Production Occupations6450$39,450$18.975.7
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6080$36,100$17.356.55
9Healthcare Support Occupations6070$36,940$17.763
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations5460$51,020$24.536.05
11Management Occupations5170$99,340$47.766.15
12Personal Care and Service Occupations5060$26,790$12.884.3
13Construction and Extraction Occupations4110$54,370$26.144.45
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3840$31,050$14.933.65
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations3750$90,810$43.662.9
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations3620$64,940$31.225.25
17Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3350$47,920$23.043.8
18Retail Salespersons3280$26,210$12.62.85
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2660$22,920$11.022.3
20Personal Care Aides2600$24,140$11.611.5
21Cashiers2380$23,180$11.142.2
22Community and Social Service Occupations1980$52,860$25.421.65
23Medical Secretaries1970$41,860$20.120.4
24Office Clerks, General1920$34,750$16.711.9
25Medical Assistants1770$41,710$20.050.45
26Waiters and Waitresses1730$22,240$10.691.7
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1690$32,870$15.811.55
28Nursing Assistants1620$33,110$15.921
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1470$46,220$22.221.2
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1440$26,990$12.971.3
31General and Operations Managers1430$84,820$40.781.5
32Customer Service Representatives1430$35,060$16.861.75
33Architecture and Engineering Occupations1410$86,790$41.731.7
34Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1340$70,490$33.890.8
35Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1260$36,180$17.391.5
36Protective Service Occupations1240$49,720$23.92.2
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1240$47,580$22.881.8
38Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1230$24,880$11.960.9
39Nurse Practitioners1140$124,690$59.950.1
40Home Health Aides1140$26,830$12.90.7
41Cooks, Restaurant1130$25,510$12.260.8
42Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1060$42,840$20.591.05
43Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers960$33,200$15.960
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers910$39,340$18.911
45Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses870$47,570$22.870.5
46First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers820$53,060$25.510.95
47Bartenders750$22,230$10.690.4
48Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand740$29,640$14.251.7
49Maintenance and Repair Workers, General710$40,890$19.660.9
50Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics700$40,190$19.320.2
51Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics700$40,590$19.510.5
52Bus Drivers, School or Special Client650$35,190$16.920.3
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers630$30,450$14.640.8
54Childcare Workers620$24,210$11.640.8
55Business Operations Specialists, All Other610$61,030$29.340.7
56Medical Records and Health Information Technicians600$50,120$24.10.1
57Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters600$60,210$28.950.3
58Medical and Health Services Managers590$115,210$55.390.25
59First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers560$36,170$17.390.6
60Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products550$60,830$29.250.9
61Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers550$33,560$16.140.6
62Pharmacy Technicians530$38,680$18.60.3
63Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers520$41,220$19.820.3
64Accountants and Auditors520$60,640$29.150.9
65Electricians510$60,360$29.020.4
66Food Servers, Nonrestaurant510$26,520$12.750.2
67Carpenters510$50,460$24.260.7
68Sales Representatives, Services, All Other500$62,200$29.90.6
69Construction Laborers500$44,070$21.190.8
70Software Developers, Applications490$90,160$43.350.55
71Driver/Sales Workers470$28,420$13.660.3
72Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs460$25,140$12.090.2
73First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers450$58,560$28.150.4
74Computer and Information Systems Managers450$119,650$57.530.2
75Packers and Packagers, Hand440$25,750$12.380.45
76Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators420$55,820$26.840.2
77Recreation Workers390$28,440$13.670.25
78Social and Human Service Assistants390$39,800$19.140.25
79Computer Systems Analysts380$85,380$41.050.4
80Tellers370$32,990$15.860.3
81Human Resources Specialists370$59,830$28.770.35
82Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers340$61,360$29.50.4
83Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists330$30,960$14.880.4
84Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks330$27,090$13.020.2
85Computer User Support Specialists330$58,100$27.930.4
86Legal Occupations330$74,370$35.750.8
87Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria320$30,020$14.430.3
88Financial Managers320$107,360$51.620.4
89Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing320$29,560$14.210
90Security Guards320$34,920$16.790.7
91Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop320$24,230$11.650.3
92Dental Assistants300$49,970$24.020.2
93Nurse Anesthetists300$195,890$94.180
94Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators300$39,470$18.980.35
95Machinists300$45,710$21.970.25
96Food Preparation Workers290$24,570$11.810.6
97Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors290$52,290$25.140
98Loan Officers280$63,090$30.330.2
99Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop270$22,110$10.630.3
100Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education270$35,950$17.290.3
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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$55,440114,770
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$100,05020,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,74015,490
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,4709,310
Sales and Related Occupations$34,3608,600
Registered Nurses$77,9207,640
Production Occupations$39,4506,450
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,1006,080
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,9406,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,0205,460
Management Occupations$99,3405,170
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,7905,060
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,3704,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,0503,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,8103,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,9403,620
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,9203,350
Retail Salespersons$26,2103,280
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,9202,660
Personal Care Aides$24,1402,600
Cashiers$23,1802,380
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,8601,980
Medical Secretaries$41,8601,970
Office Clerks, General$34,7501,920
Medical Assistants$41,7101,770
Waiters and Waitresses$22,2401,730
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,8701,690
Nursing Assistants$33,1101,620
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,2201,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,9901,440
General and Operations Managers$84,8201,430
Customer Service Representatives$35,0601,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,7901,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,4901,340
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,1801,260
Protective Service Occupations$49,7201,240
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,5801,240
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,8801,230
Nurse Practitioners$124,6901,140
Home Health Aides$26,8301,140
Cooks, Restaurant$25,5101,130
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,8401,060
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,200960
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,340910
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$47,570870
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,060820
Bartenders$22,230750
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,640740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,890710
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics$40,190700

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$55,440114,770
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$100,05020,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,74015,490
Sales and Related Occupations$34,3608,600
Registered Nurses$77,9207,640
Production Occupations$39,4506,450
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,1006,080
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,9406,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,0205,460
Management Occupations$99,3405,170
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,7905,060
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,3704,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,0503,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,8103,750
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,9403,620
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,9203,350
Retail Salespersons$26,2103,280
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,8601,980
Medical Secretaries$41,8601,970
Office Clerks, General$34,7501,920
Medical Assistants$41,7101,770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,8701,690
Nursing Assistants$33,1101,620
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,2201,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,9901,440
General and Operations Managers$84,8201,430
Customer Service Representatives$35,0601,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,7901,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,4901,340
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,1801,260
Protective Service Occupations$49,7201,240
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,5801,240
Nurse Practitioners$124,6901,140
Home Health Aides$26,8301,140
Cooks, Restaurant$25,5101,130
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,8401,060
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,200960
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,340910
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$47,570870
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,060820
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,640740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,890710
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics$40,190700
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,590700
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$35,190650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,450630
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$61,030610
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians$50,120600
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$60,210600
Medical and Health Services Managers$115,210590

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