Out & About
If you were a carpenter…
It’s helpful, going into a job interview or pitching for a raise, if you know what the going rate of pay is for what you do. The California Employment Development Department uses surveys to come up with very specific labor market information for areas, including Chico-Paradise. You can find the results at http://www.calmis.ca.gov.
The mean hourly wage here is $15.15, which translates to $31,510 a year. That’s around the typical salary of a social worker, mechanical drafter or paralegal.
Chief executives, of which there are an estimated 310 here, bring in an average of $93,621 year—or $45.01 an hour. A preschool teacher can expect to make $20,453 a year—$9.83 an hour.
The survey lists hundreds of jobs, many of them very specific. Who knew there were 220 security guards ($19,132) and 50 editors ($34,201) in town? Most city- or visitors’-bureau-generated lists pick common jobs, like retail clerk. We threw in some fun ones.
Job Annual wage
sales manager $77,101
funeral director $53,522
computer support specialist $44,839
civil engineer $59,133
wildlife biologist $42,631
marriage and family therapist $44,074
elementary-school teacher $45,309
graphic designer $34,671
news reporter $29,515
public-relations specialist $34,876
registered nurse $49,805
home health aide $17,413
aerobics instructor $24,359
motocycle mechanic $28,658
truck driver $27,729