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Grand Forks Employment

Employment and Industries in the Grand Forks, North Dakota Area

Grand Fork's economy primarily consists of healthcare, food processing, defense, manufacturing, agriculture and scientific research. The University of North Dakota is the city's largest employer and is also a significant contributor to the economy. In addition, the Grand Forks Air Force base employs a large number of civilian workers.

Altru Health System is Grand Forks' largest private employer. Wind turbine manufacturer, LM Glasfiber and small aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design are two of the city's largest manufacturers. Amazon.com has a customer service facility in the city and is one of the regions's major employers.

Noteworthy details regarding Grand Forks, North Dakota: For the population 25 years of age and older, 30% have earned a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was at 84.3. The country's average is 100. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $41,000.

Grand Forks' significant employers:

  • University of North Dakota
  • Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Altru Health System
  • Grand Forks Public Schools
  • Hugo's Stores
  • City of Grand Forks
  • Simplot
  • Amazon.com
  • Valley Memorial Homes
  • SEI Information
  • Alerus Financial
  • Hugo's
  • Target Corporation
  • Ecolab Inc
  • Grand Forks Herald Incorporated
  • North American Foods, LLC
  • North Dakota Mill & Elevator Association
  • Valley Markets, Incorporated
  • Pribbs Steel & Mfg, Inc
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises

Some of Grand Forks' most common jobs where the majority of the workers have college degrees include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, social and human service assistants; educational, vocational and school counselors; medical and health services managers, coaches and scouts, and child, family and school social workers.

The top nonagricultural employment sectors for Grand Forks:

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

Local companies are invited to work with helpful organizations including:

The Grand Forks Herald offers information about local business and industry.

Jobs in Grand Forks

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 50120 $43840 $21.08 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 6740 $36050 $17.33 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 5440 $23180 $11.14 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 5400 $33140 $15.93 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3770 $37240 $17.9 6.45
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3720 $55490 $26.68 6.15
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3400 $73850 $35.5 5.75
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2800 $48110 $23.13 4.4
9 Production Occupations 2390 $40060 $19.26 5.85
10 Management Occupations 2320 $96040 $46.17 6.05
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2270 $26840 $12.9 4.1
12 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2260 $28880 $13.89 3.7
13 Retail Salespersons 2210 $30470 $14.65 3.1
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2110 $45680 $21.96 3.8
15 Cashiers 1640 $21640 $10.41 2.25
16 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1620 $61140 $29.39 5.05
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 1600 $32290 $15.52 3.05
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1180 $21920 $10.54 2.15
19 Waiters and Waitresses 1090 $21120 $10.16 1.6
20 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1090 $29990 $14.42 1.6
21 Office Clerks, General 980 $32350 $15.55 2
22 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 980 $29880 $14.37 1.6
23 Personal Care Aides 960 $27540 $13.24 1.3
24 Nursing Assistants 950 $31050 $14.93 1.05
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 950 $46120 $22.17 1.2
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 850 $29290 $14.08 1.2
27 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 820 $61890 $29.75 1.65
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 800 $45840 $22.04 1.65
29 General and Operations Managers 790 $88080 $42.35 1.4
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 720 $39920 $19.19 1.7
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 670 $40010 $19.24 1.1
32 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 660 $24250 $11.66 1
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 640 $36130 $17.37 1.6
34 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 610 $45770 $22 1
35 Protective Service Occupations 570 $43960 $21.14 2.25
36 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 540 $64730 $31.12 2.8
37 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 510 $41710 $20.05 0.5
38 Bartenders 510 $20270 $9.75 0.4
39 Customer Service Representatives 490 $31610 $15.2 1.75
40 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 470 $60750 $29.2 0.9
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 470 $37590 $18.07 0.9
42 Electricians 410 $58730 $28.23 0.4
43 Carpenters 400 $41900 $20.15 0.6
44 Cooks, Restaurant 390 $26710 $12.84 0.75
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 390 $32270 $15.52 0.6
46 Construction Laborers 390 $33990 $16.34 0.8
47 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 360 $44680 $21.48 0.5
48 Accountants and Auditors 360 $58670 $28.2 0.9
49 Team Assemblers 340 $37710 $18.13 0.75
50 Driver/Sales Workers 320 $25480 $12.25 0.3
51 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 310 $22020 $10.58 0.2
52 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 310 $57350 $27.57 1
53 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 300 $59380 $28.55 0.2
54 Food Preparation Workers 300 $24830 $11.94 0.6
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 290 $39490 $18.99 0.6
56 Receptionists and Information Clerks 280 $28380 $13.64 0.7
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 270 $38350 $18.44 0.5
58 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 270 $45650 $21.95 0.3
59 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 270 $29030 $13.96 0.8
60 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 260 $61780 $29.7 1
61 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 250 $56810 $27.31 0.7
62 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 240 $67470 $32.44 0.4
63 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 240 $22130 $10.64 0.3
64 Childcare Workers 240 $20440 $9.83 0.8
65 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 230 $25500 $12.26 0.2
66 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 220 $62860 $30.22 0.4
67 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 210 $28580 $13.74 0.3
68 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 210 $23160 $11.14 0.2
69 Dishwashers 210 $20540 $9.87 0.3
70 Legal Occupations 210 $68240 $32.81 0.8
71 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 200 $23020 $11.07 0.2
72 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 190 $29420 $14.14 0.4
73 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 180 $63190 $30.38 0.3
74 Financial Managers 180 $111900 $53.8 0.4
75 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 180 $38800 $18.66 0.4
76 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 170 $39860 $19.17 0.3
77 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 160 $34700 $16.68 0.6
78 Industrial Engineering Technicians 160 $47250 $22.72 0
79 Human Resources Specialists 160 $55860 $26.86 0.3
80 Tellers 160 $28890 $13.89 0.3
81 Security Guards 150 $24830 $11.94 0.7
82 Parts Salespersons 150 $36390 $17.5 0.2
83 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 150 $53930 $25.93 0.2
84 Postal Service Mail Carriers 150 $49230 $23.67 0.15
85 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 150 $53090 $25.53 0.2
86 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 150 $36820 $17.7 0.35
87 Highway Maintenance Workers 140 $46850 $22.52 0.1
88 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 140 $21380 $10.28 0.3
89 Social and Human Service Assistants 140 $34470 $16.57 0.3
90 Billing and Posting Clerks 130 $37370 $17.97 0.35
91 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 130 $19130 $9.2 0.25
92 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 130 $48230 $23.19 0.2
93 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 130 $35540 $17.09 0.2
94 Construction Managers 120 $82290 $39.56 0.2
95 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 120 $49170 $23.64 0.1
96 Loan Officers 120 $69140 $33.24 0.2
97 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 120 $32540 $15.64 0.25
98 Dental Assistants 110 $42200 $20.29 0.2
99 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 110 $36790 $17.69 0.2
100 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 110 $46260 $22.24 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Grand Forks Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,840 50,120
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,050 6,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,180 5,440
Sales and Related Occupations 33,140 5,400
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,240 3,770
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,490 3,720
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,850 3,400
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,110 2,800
Production Occupations 40,060 2,390
Management Occupations 96,040 2,320
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,840 2,270
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,880 2,260
Retail Salespersons 30,470 2,210
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,680 2,110
Cashiers 21,640 1,640
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,140 1,620
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,290 1,600
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,920 1,180
Waiters and Waitresses 21,120 1,090
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,990 1,090
Office Clerks, General 32,350 980
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,880 980
Personal Care Aides 27,540 960
Nursing Assistants 31,050 950
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,120 950
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 29,290 850
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 61,890 820
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,840 800
General and Operations Managers 88,080 790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 39,920 720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,010 670
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,250 660
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,130 640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,770 610
Protective Service Occupations 43,960 570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,730 540
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,710 510
Bartenders 20,270 510
Customer Service Representatives 31,610 490
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,750 470
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,590 470
Electricians 58,730 410
Carpenters 41,900 400
Cooks, Restaurant 26,710 390
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,270 390
Construction Laborers 33,990 390
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 44,680 360
Accountants and Auditors 58,670 360
Team Assemblers 37,710 340
Driver/Sales Workers 25,480 320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,840 50,120
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,050 6,740
Sales and Related Occupations 33,140 5,400
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,240 3,770
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,490 3,720
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,850 3,400
Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,110 2,800
Production Occupations 40,060 2,390
Management Occupations 96,040 2,320
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,840 2,270
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,880 2,260
Retail Salespersons 30,470 2,210
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,680 2,110
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,140 1,620
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,290 1,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,990 1,090
Office Clerks, General 32,350 980
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,880 980
Personal Care Aides 27,540 960
Nursing Assistants 31,050 950
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,120 950
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 29,290 850
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 61,890 820
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,840 800
General and Operations Managers 88,080 790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 39,920 720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,010 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,130 640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 45,770 610
Protective Service Occupations 43,960 570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,730 540
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,710 510
Customer Service Representatives 31,610 490
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,750 470
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,590 470
Electricians 58,730 410
Carpenters 41,900 400
Cooks, Restaurant 26,710 390
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,270 390
Construction Laborers 33,990 390
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 44,680 360
Accountants and Auditors 58,670 360
Team Assemblers 37,710 340
Driver/Sales Workers 25,480 320
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,350 310
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 59,380 300
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,490 290
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,380 280
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 38,350 270
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 45,650 270

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