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Fargo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fargo, North Dakota Area

Fargo is known for its pro-business environment. The Fargo economy is powered by education, healthcare, food processing and agricultural equipment manufacturing. Agriculture is also a significant element of the economy. The city is also a major retail hub for the entire Upper Plains. In addition, software companies, including Microsoft have facilities in Fargo.

Case I H, a producer of heavy-duty tractors is the city's top manufacturing company. Jobs are also provided by companies producing items such as concrete, food, jewelry, dairy and meat products, and neon signs.

Some of the notable local companies are BBI International, a prominent biofuels company, Alien Technology, an RFID manufacturer, CNH Global, manufactures agricultural equipment, Cass-Clay Creamery, local creamery, Global Electric Motorcars, manufacturers neighborhood electric vehicles, Hornbachers, local chain of supermarkets and Forum Communications, owns newspapers and television and radio stations.

Fargo has bee rated by Expansion Management magazine as one of the top places to locate a company. Fargo has been rated by Forbes Magazine as the second best small city in the nation for business and careers.

The city's largest employers:

  • MeritCare Health System
  • North Dakota State University
  • Fargo Public School District Number One
  • Dakota Clinic, LTD
  • US Bank Service Center
  • Microsoft
  • Innovis Health
  • City of Fargo
  • Noridian Mutual Insurance Company
  • Fargo VA Medical Center
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Wanzek Construction Company
  • Upstream LLC
  • Hornbachers Foods
  • Dak Bev, LLC
  • American Lutheran Homes, Inc
  • Bethany Homes, Inc
  • Alien Technology
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Fargo's leading nonagricultural employment segments:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Educational and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Financial activities
  • Manufacturing

Facts about Fargo, North Dakota: In 2009 the average salary was $32,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Fargo was 85.1. The nation's average is 100. For the population 25 years of age and older, 34% have acquired a bachelor's degree or better.

Fargo businesses have access to helpful organizations such as:

The Inforum provides information about the local business community.

Jobs in Fargo

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations137890$47,170$22.68100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations21240$36,760$17.6714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations13950$39,970$19.219.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations11520$24,130$11.68.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations10040$40,140$19.36.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9510$74,140$35.655.8
7Production Occupations7800$36,610$17.65.7
8Management Occupations7230$103,000$49.526.15
9Construction and Extraction Occupations7040$47,730$22.954.45
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations7010$50,790$24.426.05
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations6980$62,820$30.25.25
12Personal Care and Service Occupations6740$29,270$14.074.3
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5760$49,780$23.933.8
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4530$30,230$14.533.65
15Retail Salespersons4450$30,420$14.632.85
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations4340$67,870$32.632.9
17Healthcare Support Occupations3790$33,170$15.953
18Registered Nurses3630$63,240$30.41.95
19Customer Service Representatives3190$34,500$16.591.75
20Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3190$47,700$22.931.2
21Office Clerks, General3160$33,830$16.271.9
22Cashiers3140$22,300$10.722.2
23General and Operations Managers2630$105,340$50.641.5
24Waiters and Waitresses2560$20,400$9.811.7
25Personal Care Aides2530$29,780$14.321.5
26Architecture and Engineering Occupations2450$67,700$32.551.7
27Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2320$31,780$15.281.7
28Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2260$23,020$11.072.3
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2240$27,330$13.141.55
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2230$37,760$18.151.5
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2160$43,190$20.761.8
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2100$26,780$12.871.3
33Nursing Assistants2010$31,510$15.151
34Community and Social Service Occupations1910$48,110$23.131.65
35Protective Service Occupations1840$46,760$22.482.2
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1730$38,810$18.661.05
37Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1550$64,570$31.040.9
38Bartenders1290$18,830$9.050.4
39Childcare Workers1290$23,360$11.230.8
40Accountants and Auditors1280$59,960$28.830.9
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1280$55,950$26.90.95
42Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1230$36,350$17.470
43Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1170$72,550$34.880.8
44Cooks, Restaurant1130$29,590$14.230.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1130$41,600$201
46Construction Laborers1100$38,460$18.490.8
47Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners990$23,800$11.440.9
48Maintenance and Repair Workers, General960$40,310$19.380.9
49Electricians950$52,610$25.290.4
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other900$72,760$34.980.7
51Computer User Support Specialists880$57,730$27.760.4
52Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers860$33,200$15.960.8
53Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses860$43,850$21.080.5
54Carpenters850$39,770$19.120.7
55Food Preparation Workers820$26,090$12.540.6
56First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers790$36,240$17.420.6
57Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers770$36,490$17.540.6
58First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers730$67,480$32.440.4
59Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers720$45,570$21.910.3
60Legal Occupations690$78,170$37.580.8
61Sales Representatives, Services, All Other690$60,420$29.050.6
62Driver/Sales Workers670$32,510$15.630.3
63Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks660$33,740$16.220.4
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics650$41,960$20.170.5
65Receptionists and Information Clerks630$27,830$13.380.7
66Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators620$51,010$24.520.2
67Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters620$48,600$23.360.3
68Software Developers, Applications600$75,930$36.50.55
69Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors590$33,910$16.310.2
70Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products580$63,740$30.650.2
71Security Guards560$32,820$15.780.7
72Financial Managers550$129,060$62.050.4
73Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education550$27,950$13.440.3
74First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers520$52,380$25.180.4
75Human Resources Specialists510$56,320$27.080.35
76First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors500$60,380$29.030
77Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers500$60,800$29.230.4
78Production Workers, All Other500$30,480$14.650.2
79Parts Salespersons490$36,410$17.510.2
80Tellers490$30,000$14.420.3
81Civil Engineers480$75,130$36.120.2
82Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop480$23,750$11.420.3
83Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants480$50,530$24.290.35
84Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators470$48,150$23.150.2
85Software Developers, Systems Software470$64,360$30.940.3
86Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks460$41,990$20.190.2
87Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists450$50,250$24.160.2
88Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists450$50,010$24.040.4
89Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers430$63,940$30.740.2
90Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators430$37,970$18.250.35
91Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment420$30,280$14.560.2
92Computer Programmers420$67,420$32.410.2
93Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists420$30,950$14.880.4
94Pharmacists420$106,910$51.40.2
95Computer Occupations, All Other410$68,340$32.850.2
96Insurance Sales Agents410$63,780$30.660.3
97Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers400$29,570$14.220
98First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers400$65,090$31.290.3
99Food Servers, Nonrestaurant400$25,240$12.130.2
100Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks400$25,730$12.370.2
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Jobs More Common Near Fargo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,170137,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,76021,240
Sales and Related Occupations$39,97013,950
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,13011,520
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,14010,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,1409,510
Production Occupations$36,6107,800
Management Occupations$103,0007,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,7307,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,7907,010
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8206,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,2706,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,7805,760
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,2304,530
Retail Salespersons$30,4204,450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$67,8704,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,1703,790
Registered Nurses$63,2403,630
Customer Service Representatives$34,5003,190
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,7003,190
Office Clerks, General$33,8303,160
Cashiers$22,3003,140
General and Operations Managers$105,3402,630
Waiters and Waitresses$20,4002,560
Personal Care Aides$29,7802,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,7002,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,7802,320
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,0202,260
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,3302,240
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,7602,230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,1902,160
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,7802,100
Nursing Assistants$31,5102,010
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,1101,910
Protective Service Occupations$46,7601,840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8101,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,5701,550
Bartenders$18,8301,290
Childcare Workers$23,3601,290
Accountants and Auditors$59,9601,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9501,280
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$36,3501,230
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$72,5501,170
Cooks, Restaurant$29,5901,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,6001,130
Construction Laborers$38,4601,100
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,800990
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,310960
Electricians$52,610950
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$72,760900

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,170137,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,76021,240
Sales and Related Occupations$39,97013,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,14010,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,1409,510
Production Occupations$36,6107,800
Management Occupations$103,0007,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,7307,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,7907,010
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8206,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,2706,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,7805,760
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,2304,530
Retail Salespersons$30,4204,450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$67,8704,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,1703,790
Registered Nurses$63,2403,630
Customer Service Representatives$34,5003,190
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,7003,190
Office Clerks, General$33,8303,160
General and Operations Managers$105,3402,630
Personal Care Aides$29,7802,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,7002,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,7802,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,3302,240
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,7602,230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,1902,160
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,7802,100
Nursing Assistants$31,5102,010
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,1101,910
Protective Service Occupations$46,7601,840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8101,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,5701,550
Accountants and Auditors$59,9601,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9501,280
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$36,3501,230
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$72,5501,170
Cooks, Restaurant$29,5901,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,6001,130
Construction Laborers$38,4601,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,310960
Electricians$52,610950
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$72,760900
Computer User Support Specialists$57,730880
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,200860
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,850860
Carpenters$39,770850
Food Preparation Workers$26,090820
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,240790
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,490770

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