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Bismarck Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bismarck, North Dakota Area

Bismarck, North Dakota is a major business and finance center. The city is also a prominent distribution hub for the agriculture industry. Bismarck is also the home of the Fortune 500 company MDU Resources Group.

Services and retail trade combined comprise more than 50% of the non-agricultural labor force. Due to Bismarck being the capital city in North Dakota, state government is the largest employer. Healthcare is the second largest job providing segment. Other significant employment sectors are education, professional and business services, trade, transportation, manufacturing and energy.

Noteworthy information about Bismarck, North Dakota: Bismarck was included in Expansion Management magazine's list of five star communities. The city has been ranked the #2 best small place for business and careers by Forbes Magazine. In 2009 the average earnings of workers in Bismarck was $28,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 80.9 (national average: 100). Regarding the adult population, 29% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The significant employers in Bismarck:

  • State of North Dakota
  • MedCenter One Health Systems
  • St. Alexius Medical Center
  • Bismarck Public Schools
  • Midwest Motor Express
  • Federal Government
  • Bobcat/Ingersoll Rand
  • City of Bismarck
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative
  • University of Mary
  • Walmart
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation
  • Sykes Enterprises Incorporated
  • Benedictine Health System
  • Unisys Corporation
  • Baptist Home, Inc
  • Dan's Super Market, Inc
  • Industrial Contractors Inc
  • Miller Insulation Co, Inc
  • BNCCORP, Inc

Bismarck has numerous popular jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, social and human service assistants, civil engineers, financial managers, computer software applications engineers, and social and community service managers.

Bismarck businesses have opportunities to team up with helpful organizations such as:

BismarckTribune.com is a good resource for people interested in the local business community.

Jobs in Bismarck

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 74310 $47970 $23.06 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 10610 $37760 $18.16 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 7730 $40420 $19.43 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6260 $25600 $12.31 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5660 $38660 $18.59 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5340 $70800 $34.04 5.75
7 Management Occupations 4370 $97630 $46.94 6.05
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4170 $48910 $23.52 4.4
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3820 $63940 $30.74 5.05
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3740 $49580 $23.84 6.15
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3310 $28670 $13.79 4.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3020 $50970 $24.5 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 2940 $32000 $15.39 3.1
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2550 $30970 $14.89 3.7
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 2530 $33260 $15.99 3.05
16 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2250 $29740 $14.3 1.6
17 Production Occupations 2180 $45930 $22.08 5.85
18 Registered Nurses 1950 $58420 $28.09 1.9
19 Cashiers 1940 $24970 $12 2.25
20 Community and Social Service Occupations 1860 $45070 $21.67 1.65
21 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1620 $71730 $34.49 2.8
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1590 $38390 $18.45 1.6
23 Protective Service Occupations 1540 $44980 $21.63 2.25
24 Nursing Assistants 1500 $32620 $15.68 1.05
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1470 $71500 $34.38 1.65
26 Office Clerks, General 1450 $31050 $14.93 2
27 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1450 $24640 $11.85 2.15
28 Waiters and Waitresses 1320 $23180 $11.14 1.6
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1310 $29200 $14.04 1.6
30 General and Operations Managers 1240 $100960 $48.54 1.4
31 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1160 $56330 $27.08 1.2
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1090 $37610 $18.08 1.1
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1070 $42080 $20.23 1.7
34 Personal Care Aides 1010 $32350 $15.55 1.3
35 Accountants and Auditors 920 $61420 $29.53 0.9
36 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 850 $31670 $15.23 1.2
37 Customer Service Representatives 840 $36910 $17.75 1.75
38 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 830 $64300 $30.91 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 770 $49420 $23.76 1
40 Construction Laborers 710 $40140 $19.3 0.8
41 Childcare Workers 670 $22410 $10.78 0.8
42 Social and Human Service Assistants 660 $34520 $16.59 0.3
43 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 640 $59330 $28.52 1
44 Bartenders 630 $21910 $10.53 0.4
45 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 590 $37280 $17.93 0.6
46 Carpenters 580 $41650 $20.03 0.6
47 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 540 $75250 $36.18 1
48 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 530 $34750 $16.71 0.8
49 Legal Occupations 510 $87640 $42.13 0.8
50 Civil Engineers 490 $80870 $38.88 0.2
51 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 470 $38900 $18.7 0.9
52 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 470 $24910 $11.98 1
53 Electricians 440 $61230 $29.44 0.4
54 Cooks, Restaurant 430 $28880 $13.89 0.75
55 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 420 $43920 $21.11 0.5
56 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 410 $45510 $21.88 0.5
57 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 390 $62330 $29.96 0.4
58 Managers, All Other 390 $109260 $52.53 0.65
59 Software Developers, Applications 380 $90400 $43.46 0.5
60 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 370 $37810 $18.18 0.6
61 Home Health Aides 360 $32130 $15.45 0.7
62 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 330 $31870 $15.32 0.3
63 Receptionists and Information Clerks 330 $32920 $15.83 0.7
64 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 330 $53730 $25.83 0.5
65 Tellers 330 $30190 $14.52 0.3
66 Lawyers 310 $101120 $48.61 0.5
67 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 310 $70980 $34.12 0.3
68 Human Resources Specialists 300 $56780 $27.3 0.3
69 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 290 $59160 $28.44 0.2
70 Social and Community Service Managers 290 $70290 $33.79 0.1
71 Parts Salespersons 280 $34700 $16.68 0.2
72 Recreation Workers 280 $30770 $14.8 0.3
73 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 270 $42050 $20.22 0.1
74 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 270 $25800 $12.4 0.2
75 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 270 $26920 $12.94 0.4
76 Correctional Officers and Jailers 260 $41360 $19.89 0.3
77 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 260 $19700 $9.47 0.3
78 Food Preparation Workers 250 $26500 $12.74 0.6
79 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 240 $30120 $14.48 0.2
80 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 240 $26030 $12.51 0.2
81 Compliance Officers 240 $58090 $27.93 0.2
82 Computer User Support Specialists 230 $48000 $23.08 0.4
83 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 230 $55030 $26.46 0.45
84 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 220 $59980 $28.84 0.4
85 Security Guards 220 $33250 $15.98 0.7
86 Gaming Dealers 220 $21970 $10.56 0
87 Computer Occupations, All Other 220 $68790 $33.07 0.2
88 Financial Managers 210 $119030 $57.23 0.4
89 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 210 $73640 $35.4 0.6
90 Highway Maintenance Workers 200 $50450 $24.25 0.1
91 Construction Managers 200 $102380 $49.22 0.2
92 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 200 $41320 $19.87 0.1
93 Advertising Sales Agents 200 $51540 $24.78 0.1
94 Medical and Health Services Managers 200 $90820 $43.66 0.2
95 Insurance Sales Agents 190 $45130 $21.7 0.3
96 Dishwashers 190 $22270 $10.71 0.3
97 Chief Executives 190 $149590 $71.92 0.2
98 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 190 $59790 $28.74 0.1
99 Bill and Account Collectors 190 $39780 $19.13 0.2
100 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 190 $50270 $24.17 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Bismarck Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,970 74,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,760 10,610
Sales and Related Occupations 40,420 7,730
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,600 6,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,660 5,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,800 5,340
Management Occupations 97,630 4,370
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,910 4,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,940 3,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,580 3,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,670 3,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,970 3,020
Retail Salespersons 32,000 2,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,970 2,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,260 2,530
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,740 2,250
Production Occupations 45,930 2,180
Registered Nurses 58,420 1,950
Cashiers 24,970 1,940
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,070 1,860
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,730 1,620
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,390 1,590
Protective Service Occupations 44,980 1,540
Nursing Assistants 32,620 1,500
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,500 1,470
Office Clerks, General 31,050 1,450
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 24,640 1,450
Waiters and Waitresses 23,180 1,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,200 1,310
General and Operations Managers 100,960 1,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 56,330 1,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,610 1,090
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,080 1,070
Personal Care Aides 32,350 1,010
Accountants and Auditors 61,420 920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,670 850
Customer Service Representatives 36,910 840
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,300 830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,420 770
Construction Laborers 40,140 710
Childcare Workers 22,410 670
Social and Human Service Assistants 34,520 660
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,330 640
Bartenders 21,910 630
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,280 590
Carpenters 41,650 580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 75,250 540
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 34,750 530
Legal Occupations 87,640 510
Civil Engineers 80,870 490

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bismarck, North Dakota Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,970 74,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,760 10,610
Sales and Related Occupations 40,420 7,730
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,600 6,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,660 5,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,800 5,340
Management Occupations 97,630 4,370
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,910 4,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,940 3,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,580 3,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,670 3,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,970 3,020
Retail Salespersons 32,000 2,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,970 2,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,260 2,530
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,740 2,250
Production Occupations 45,930 2,180
Registered Nurses 58,420 1,950
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,070 1,860
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,730 1,620
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,390 1,590
Protective Service Occupations 44,980 1,540
Nursing Assistants 32,620 1,500
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,500 1,470
Office Clerks, General 31,050 1,450
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,200 1,310
General and Operations Managers 100,960 1,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 56,330 1,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,610 1,090
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,080 1,070
Personal Care Aides 32,350 1,010
Accountants and Auditors 61,420 920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,670 850
Customer Service Representatives 36,910 840
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,300 830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,420 770
Construction Laborers 40,140 710
Social and Human Service Assistants 34,520 660
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,330 640
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,280 590
Carpenters 41,650 580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 75,250 540
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 34,750 530
Legal Occupations 87,640 510
Civil Engineers 80,870 490
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,900 470
Electricians 61,230 440
Cooks, Restaurant 28,880 430
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 43,920 420
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 45,510 410

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