North Dakota Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 416,540
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -36,740 (-8.1%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $49,636
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,356 (12.1%)

Occupation Categories

There are 416,540 employed workers in North Dakota. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 56,770 people. This represents 13.6% 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 38,580 and 34,800 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations56,77013.6%
Sales and Related Occupations38,5809.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations34,8008.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations33,9308.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations33,2708.0%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations25,8106.2%
Production Occupations24,1305.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations22,8705.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations22,7105.5%
Management Occupations22,5905.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations18,4104.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations17,7704.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations13,9803.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations11,1402.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations8,0501.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations7,0401.7%
Protective Service Occupations6,7601.6%
Community and Social Service Occupations5,6901.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations5,1901.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations3,3700.8%
Legal Occupations2,6400.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,0400.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care and Service Occupations, which currently employs 18,410 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 16,630 an increase of 1,780 or 10.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Management Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which increased 1,480 and 730 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which currently employs 33,930 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 36,740 or 7.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Healthcare Support Occupations, which decreased 1,580 and 1,300 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Construction and Extraction Occupations, which currently employs 33,270 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 22,650 an increase of 10,620 or 46.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Management Occupations and Personal Care and Service Occupations, which increased 8,280 and 6,720 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 56,770 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 59,100 or 3.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Healthcare Support Occupations and Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations, which decreased 1,420 and 150 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Legal Occupations2,64084.6%
Management Occupations22,59057.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations18,41057.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations8,05056.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations17,77051.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations33,27046.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations7,04046.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations22,71041.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations25,81030.7%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations5,19028.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations33,93021.3%
Protective Service Occupations6,76021.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations5,69012.5%
Production Occupations24,1308.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations3,3708.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations22,8707.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations34,8007.8%
Sales and Related Occupations38,5801.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations13,9801.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations56,770-3.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations11,140-11.3%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,040-12.6%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 13,330 people. This represents 3.2% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers and Cashiers, which employ 10,560 and 9,530 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in North Dakota are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons13,3303.2%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers10,5602.5%
Cashiers9,5302.3%
Office Clerks General9,4202.3%
Registered Nurses8,7702.1%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food7,7001.8%
General and Operations Managers7,5501.8%
Nursing Assistants7,0801.7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive6,5601.6%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6,3701.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 6,090 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 1,160 an increase of 4,930 or 425.0%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive and General and Operations Managers, which increased 3,680 and 3,430 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 1,150 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 3,650 or 68.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Home Health Aides and Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks, which decreased 1,700 and 1,500 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Multiple Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic530783.3%
Engineering Technicians Except Drafters All Other770670.0%
Postsecondary Teachers All Other440633.3%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment350600.0%
Logisticians310520.0%
Insurance Underwriters220450.0%
Personal Care Aides6,090425.0%
Medical Equipment Preparers250400.0%
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists480380.0%
Maintenance Workers Machinery630350.0%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Boilermakers30-91.7%
Telemarketers150-89.1%
Chemical Technicians30-88.0%
Computer Operators70-78.8%
Switchboard Operators Including Answering Service100-76.7%
Home Health Aides550-75.6%
Molding Coremaking and Casting Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic80-74.2%
Medical Transcriptionists190-71.6%
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents90-70.0%
Data Entry Keyers300-69.4%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $99,260 per year. This represents 100.0% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $77,710 and $76,680 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$99,260200.0%
Legal Occupations$77,710156.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,680154.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,290149.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,350139.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$67,330135.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,190133.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,500111.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$55,030110.9%
Education Training and Library Occupations$52,200105.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,890100.5%
Protective Service Occupations$47,68096.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$45,27091.2%
Production Occupations$43,28087.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$42,88086.4%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,68082.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,98078.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$36,53073.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,43071.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,93064.3%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,92062.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,27050.9%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which currently pays an average of $67,330 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $49,400 an increase of $17,930 or 36.3%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $17,790 and $16,650 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$36,53047.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,92047.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,43045.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$45,27039.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,93039.4%
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,89038.4%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,68037.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$67,33036.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$55,03035.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,98035.1%
Protective Service Occupations$47,68034.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,27032.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,35031.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,50031.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,68030.2%
Production Occupations$43,28029.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$42,88029.2%
Education Training and Library Occupations$52,20028.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,29027.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,19025.4%
Management Occupations$99,26019.4%
Legal Occupations$77,71015.0%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $273,120 per year. This represents 550.3% above the state average of $49,636. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Physicians and Surgeons All Other and Dentists All Other Specialists, which pay $266,510 and $263,240 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in North Dakota are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$273,120550.3%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$266,510536.9%
Dentists All Other Specialists$263,240530.3%
Surgeons$219,390442.0%
Dentists General$212,380427.9%
Nurse Anesthetists$197,860398.6%
Psychiatrists$196,410395.7%
Internists General$191,700386.2%
Optometrists$175,090352.8%
Chief Executives$172,900348.3%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in North Dakota are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$20,15040.6%
Bartenders$20,88042.1%
Waiters and Waitresses$21,14042.6%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$21,86044.0%
Dishwashers$22,86046.1%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$23,53047.4%
Telemarketers$23,57047.5%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$23,85048.1%
Tour and Travel Guides$24,38049.1%
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers$24,44049.2%



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