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Work Force Education Levels


Within 60-minute Commute Within 30-minute Commute
High School Graduates 502,953 247,596
With Bachelor's Degrees 112,017 46,828

Wages

The City of Merced and its surrounding areas provide an abundant labor force, including both skilled and unskilled workers, at very reasonable wage rates. True to the area’s agricultural roots, these workers tend to be hard working and loyal, resulting in low turnover rates for local employers.

Occupational Title New Hires,
No Experience
Average Wage 3+ Years
Bookkeeping & Accounting Clerks $11.46 $14.83 $17.83
Cannery Workers $7.95 $9.24 $9.88
Computer Operators $9.39 $12.59 $15.45
Customer Service Representatives $9.77 $15.92 $20.21
Data Entry Keyers $9.93 $11.16 $12.11
First Line Supervisor Managers - Production $18.56 $25.24 $30.15
Industrial Truck Operators $13.85 $16.55 $19.79
Machinery Maintenance Mechanics $11.15 $18.79 $22.61
Machinists $14.97 $17.35 $20.40
Personnel Clerks $11.78 $16.27 $20.38
Plant Maintenance Mechanics $9.82 $15.31 $18.14
Salesperson-Retail $8.30 $11.51 $13.01
Secretaries, General $8.24 $11.44 $14.28
Sheet Metal Workers $12.24 $21.27 $25.78
Traffic, Shipping, & Receiving Clerks $9.17 $13.05 $16.23
Welder, Cutters, Soldiers, Braziers $11.38 $13.77 $16.08

Greater Merced Area Population & Labor Force Over Time

Year Population Within 60-minute Commute Population Within 30-minute Commute Labor Force Within 60-minute Commute Labor Force Within 30-minute Commute
2000 1,836,487 890,579 716,229 276,079
2005 2,085,674 920,195 933,215 404,399
2010 2,392,859 1,150,527 1,260,110 640,144

One Stop Employment Services

Map of Commuting AreaWorkNet of Merced County is a consortium of job training and recruitment agencies, including Merced College, the Merced County Private Industry Training Department, and the Employment Development Department. The agencies work together as a unit to meet employer’s needs.

Businesses locating in Merced can reduce the costs of recruiting, screening, and training employees by taking advantage of several available programs through WorkNet of Merced County.


WorkNet Services

Recruitment Programs and Activities

  • Advertising
  • Orientation
  • Job Fairs
  • Prescreening Applicants
  • Prescreening Tax Credits
  • Eligibility

Job Classifications and Qualifications

  • Pay Ranges
  • Benefits
  • Labor Market Information

Facilities for

  • Orientations
  • Testing
  • Interviewing
  • Training
  • Counseling

Customized Training

  • Pre-Job Training
  • Subsidized On-the-Job Training
  • Classroom - Credit/Noncredit
  • Customized Orientations

Financial Incentives

  • Tax Credit Programs
  • Subsidized Classroom Training
  • Subsidized On-the-Job Training

After Hire Follow-up Support Services

  • Vouchering
  • Counseling