Idaho Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 706,140
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -42,800 (-5.7%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $43,483
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,789 (12.4%)

Occupation Categories

There are 706,140 employed workers in Idaho. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 106,040 people. This represents 15.0% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 71,880 and 63,620 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations106,04015.0%
Sales and Related Occupations71,88010.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations63,6209.0%
Production Occupations47,7606.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations45,3306.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations43,0706.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations41,2505.8%
Management Occupations40,4705.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations40,0805.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations31,1104.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations26,5203.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations24,2003.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations23,6503.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations19,6002.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations14,6102.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations13,5901.9%
Protective Service Occupations13,3301.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations11,7101.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations9,7001.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations8,1201.1%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations6,3800.9%
Legal Occupations4,1200.6%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 47,760 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 44,560 an increase of 3,200 or 7.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 2,530 and 2,430 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 106,040 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 106,200 or 0.2%.

Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 63,620 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 51,630 an increase of 11,990 or 23.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 10,750 and 9,800 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations, which currently employs 8,120 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 8,490 or 4.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Life Physical and Social Science Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which decreased 360 and 90 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations24,20079.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations6,38038.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations40,08032.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations63,62023.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations26,52022.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations43,07021.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations41,25021.0%
Production Occupations47,76020.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations31,11019.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations23,65014.1%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations14,61012.0%
Sales and Related Occupations71,88011.5%
Protective Service Occupations13,33011.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations19,60011.2%
Legal Occupations4,1208.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations106,0408.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations11,7104.4%
Management Occupations40,4702.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations45,3300.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations13,590-0.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations9,700-3.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations8,120-4.4%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 24,670 people. This represents 3.5% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Customer Service Representatives and Cashiers, which employ 17,140 and 17,120 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Idaho are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons24,6703.5%
Customer Service Representatives17,1402.4%
Cashiers17,1202.4%
Office Clerks General16,6502.4%
Registered Nurses13,7902.0%
General and Operations Managers13,1901.9%
Waiters and Waitresses12,6301.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food12,1301.7%
Personal Care Aides12,1301.7%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers11,9401.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 12,130 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 3,130 an increase of 9,000 or 287.5%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive and Customer Service Representatives, which increased 6,100 and 5,700 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 1,680 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 6,440 or 73.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Postsecondary Teachers All Other and Sales Representatives Wholesale and Manufacturing Technical and Scientific Products, which decreased 2,140 and 1,720 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Business Teachers Postsecondary380850.0%
Health Technologists and Technicians All Other380660.0%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors480585.7%
Meeting Convention and Event Planners410583.3%
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers920411.1%
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers750341.2%
Human Resources Specialists1,790336.6%
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers200300.0%
Personal Care Aides12,130287.5%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders620287.5%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Mechanical Engineering Technicians50-91.5%
Postsecondary Teachers All Other220-90.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other90-88.2%
Engineering Technicians Except Drafters All Other130-84.7%
Animal Control Workers30-82.4%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops40-80.0%
Meter Readers Utilities120-79.3%
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers50-76.2%
Credit Authorizers Checkers and Clerks60-76.0%
Pipelayers120-75.0%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pays an average of $82,750 per year. This represents 90.3% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Management Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $82,530 and $79,020 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,750190.3%
Management Occupations$82,530189.8%
Legal Occupations$79,020181.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,510178.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,910165.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,730146.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$55,200126.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$44,500102.3%
Protective Service Occupations$43,720100.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,710100.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$43,41099.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$42,85098.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,25097.2%
Production Occupations$36,82084.7%
Sales and Related Occupations$35,79082.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,25081.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,67079.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,00073.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,56070.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,78063.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,39058.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,21051.1%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which currently pays an average of $71,910 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $57,060 an increase of $14,850 or 26.0%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased $14,290 and $12,310 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Education Training and Library Occupations, which currently employs 0 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 0 or inf%.
Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,91026.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,56025.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,00022.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,25021.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,75020.9%
Production Occupations$36,82020.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$42,85020.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,51018.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,73018.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,39017.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$44,50017.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,67016.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,71016.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,21015.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,78015.9%
Protective Service Occupations$43,72015.4%
Management Occupations$82,53013.3%
Legal Occupations$79,02013.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,25011.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$55,20010.8%
Sales and Related Occupations$35,79010.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations$43,410-1.1%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $256,450 per year. This represents 589.8% above the state average of $43,483. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Physicians and Surgeons All Other and Surgeons, which pay $241,670 and $241,030 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Idaho are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$256,450589.8%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$241,670555.8%
Surgeons$241,030554.3%
Family and General Practitioners$234,810540.0%
Orthodontists$202,030464.6%
Internists General$195,330449.2%
Pediatricians General$172,080395.7%
Dentists General$172,020395.6%
Nurse Anesthetists$143,270329.5%
Computer and Information Research Scientists$137,180315.5%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Idaho are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Parking Lot Attendants$19,32044.4%
Cooks Fast Food$19,36044.5%
Dishwashers$19,59045.1%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$19,82045.6%
Animal Trainers$19,85045.6%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$19,87045.7%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$20,35046.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$20,41046.9%
Waiters and Waitresses$20,78047.8%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$21,04048.4%



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