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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 137160 $45610 $21.93 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21620 $35450 $17.04 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 14340 $39740 $19.11 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12130 $23500 $11.3 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 10040 $37950 $18.25 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9020 $72700 $34.95 5.75
7 Construction and Extraction Occupations 7840 $46590 $22.4 4.4
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7120 $60440 $29.06 5.05
9 Production Occupations 7040 $37160 $17.87 5.85
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6860 $52610 $25.29 6.15
11 Management Occupations 6550 $102580 $49.32 6.05
12 Personal Care and Service Occupations 6430 $27570 $13.26 4.1
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5450 $48990 $23.56 3.8
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4650 $28230 $13.57 3.7
15 Retail Salespersons 4520 $30190 $14.51 3.1
16 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4480 $66620 $32.03 2.8
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 3700 $31590 $15.19 3.05
18 Customer Service Representatives 3440 $33400 $16.06 1.75
19 Registered Nurses 3360 $61230 $29.44 1.9
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3140 $21820 $10.49 2.15
21 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3070 $45010 $21.64 1.2
22 Cashiers 3050 $21500 $10.34 2.25
23 Office Clerks, General 2830 $29810 $14.33 2
24 Waiters and Waitresses 2710 $20530 $9.87 1.6
25 Personal Care Aides 2510 $28510 $13.71 1.3
26 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2320 $30290 $14.56 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 2280 $104600 $50.29 1.4
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2270 $37300 $17.94 1.6
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2250 $27170 $13.06 1.6
30 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2200 $67990 $32.69 1.65
31 Community and Social Service Occupations 1950 $45640 $21.94 1.65
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1940 $39160 $18.83 1.7
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1920 $25840 $12.42 1.2
34 Protective Service Occupations 1850 $43390 $20.86 2.25
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1840 $38230 $18.38 1.1
36 Nursing Assistants 1720 $30660 $14.74 1.05
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1630 $67780 $32.59 1
38 Construction Laborers 1390 $36440 $17.52 0.8
39 Accountants and Auditors 1330 $57920 $27.85 0.9
40 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1280 $55430 $26.65 1
41 Bartenders 1230 $19970 $9.6 0.4
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1200 $42770 $20.57 1
43 Childcare Workers 1180 $21160 $10.17 0.8
44 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1170 $22370 $10.75 1
45 Electricians 1070 $57360 $27.58 0.4
46 Cooks, Restaurant 1050 $30060 $14.45 0.75
47 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 970 $67440 $32.42 0.7
48 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 950 $41220 $19.82 0.5
49 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 940 $59710 $28.71 0.9
50 Computer User Support Specialists 910 $53700 $25.82 0.4
51 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 900 $39250 $18.87 0.9
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 880 $34140 $16.41 0.6
53 Carpenters 830 $39040 $18.77 0.6
54 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 810 $29350 $14.11 0.8
55 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 800 $43100 $20.72 0.3
56 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 770 $33680 $16.19 0.6
57 Team Assemblers 760 $36780 $17.68 0.75
58 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 760 $63960 $30.75 0.4
59 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 760 $33050 $15.89 0.4
60 Receptionists and Information Clerks 760 $27170 $13.06 0.7
61 Legal Occupations 740 $75310 $36.21 0.8
62 Software Developers, Applications 730 $75570 $36.33 0.5
63 Driver/Sales Workers 660 $30310 $14.57 0.3
64 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 650 $50220 $24.14 0.2
65 Security Guards 630 $29390 $14.13 0.7
66 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 630 $48550 $23.34 0.3
67 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 610 $39930 $19.2 0.5
68 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 610 $60180 $28.93 0.6
69 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 610 $66420 $31.93 0.2
70 Food Preparation Workers 590 $26080 $12.54 0.6
71 Parts Salespersons 580 $39400 $18.94 0.2
72 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 550 $48160 $23.15 0.5
73 Packers and Packagers, Hand 540 $24600 $11.83 0.45
74 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 520 $50780 $24.41 0.2
75 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 510 $39370 $18.93 0.2
76 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 510 $24250 $11.66 0.2
77 Human Resources Specialists 510 $55010 $26.45 0.3
78 Software Developers, Systems Software 500 $62820 $30.2 0.3
79 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 490 $29880 $14.37 0.3
80 Social and Human Service Assistants 480 $32060 $15.41 0.3
81 Computer Systems Analysts 480 $81400 $39.14 0.4
82 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 480 $29900 $14.37 0.4
83 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 460 $30250 $14.54 0.2
84 Production Workers, All Other 460 $30250 $14.54 0.2
85 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 460 $53090 $25.52 0.4
86 Phlebotomists 440 $28400 $13.66 0.1
87 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 440 $70270 $33.78 0.2
88 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 440 $24170 $11.62 0.2
89 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 430 $37250 $17.91 0.35
90 Financial Managers 430 $120910 $58.13 0.4
91 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 420 $44250 $21.28 0.2
92 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 410 $19360 $9.31 0.25
93 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 410 $52820 $25.39 0.35
94 Loan Officers 410 $68540 $32.95 0.2
95 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 400 $39940 $19.2 0.3
96 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 390 $43230 $20.78 0.1
97 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 390 $64760 $31.14 0.3
98 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 390 $58840 $28.29 0.45
99 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 380 $33070 $15.9 0.2
100 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 380 $26610 $12.8 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Fargo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,610 137,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,450 21,620
Sales and Related Occupations 39,740 14,340
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,500 12,130
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,950 10,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,700 9,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,590 7,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,440 7,120
Production Occupations 37,160 7,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,610 6,860
Management Occupations 102,580 6,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,570 6,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,990 5,450
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,230 4,650
Retail Salespersons 30,190 4,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,620 4,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,590 3,700
Customer Service Representatives 33,400 3,440
Registered Nurses 61,230 3,360
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,820 3,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,010 3,070
Cashiers 21,500 3,050
Office Clerks, General 29,810 2,830
Waiters and Waitresses 20,530 2,710
Personal Care Aides 28,510 2,510
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,290 2,320
General and Operations Managers 104,600 2,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,300 2,270
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,170 2,250
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 67,990 2,200
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,640 1,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 39,160 1,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,840 1,920
Protective Service Occupations 43,390 1,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,230 1,840
Nursing Assistants 30,660 1,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,780 1,630
Construction Laborers 36,440 1,390
Accountants and Auditors 57,920 1,330
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,430 1,280
Bartenders 19,970 1,230
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,770 1,200
Childcare Workers 21,160 1,180
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,370 1,170
Electricians 57,360 1,070
Cooks, Restaurant 30,060 1,050
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 67,440 970
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,220 950
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,710 940
Computer User Support Specialists 53,700 910

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,610 137,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,450 21,620
Sales and Related Occupations 39,740 14,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,950 10,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,700 9,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,590 7,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,440 7,120
Production Occupations 37,160 7,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,610 6,860
Management Occupations 102,580 6,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,570 6,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,990 5,450
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,230 4,650
Retail Salespersons 30,190 4,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,620 4,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,590 3,700
Customer Service Representatives 33,400 3,440
Registered Nurses 61,230 3,360
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,010 3,070
Office Clerks, General 29,810 2,830
Personal Care Aides 28,510 2,510
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,290 2,320
General and Operations Managers 104,600 2,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,300 2,270
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,170 2,250
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 67,990 2,200
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,640 1,950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 39,160 1,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,840 1,920
Protective Service Occupations 43,390 1,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,230 1,840
Nursing Assistants 30,660 1,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,780 1,630
Construction Laborers 36,440 1,390
Accountants and Auditors 57,920 1,330
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,430 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,770 1,200
Electricians 57,360 1,070
Cooks, Restaurant 30,060 1,050
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 67,440 970
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,220 950
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,710 940
Computer User Support Specialists 53,700 910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,250 900
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,140 880
Carpenters 39,040 830
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 29,350 810
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 43,100 800
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,680 770
Team Assemblers 36,780 760

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