How to Hire in Bakersfield: Bakersfield, CA Hiring Trends

Business owners hiring in Bakersfield may benefit from the city’s rapidly expanding workforce. The city’s population grew by 10.4% between April 2010 and July 2019, much more than California as a whole.

Creating more effective help wanted ads, and posting them in the right locations, can help you find the high-quality candidates you need for your business. Understanding the city’s unique hiring market can help you focus your efforts, so keep reading to learn about Bakersfield’s popular employers, average salaries and much more.

Related: Our step-by-step guide to write a help wanted ad in any location

Below are Indeed’s insights* to help you create your next help wanted ad in Bakersfield:

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021
As of April 2021, jobs in Bakersfield, CA are moderately competitive compared to other job markets.

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Who else is hiring in Bakersfield?

Below are the most popular employers in the Bakersfield metro based on job clicks in April 2021 on

Here are the top employers by clicks:

  1. Kern Radiology Medical Group, Inc. 3.99%
  2. Kern High School District 1.99%
  3. Kern County, CA 1.80%
  4. Dignity Health 1.71%
  5. Bakersfield College 1.42%
  6. Dollar General 1.22%
  7. Frito-Lay 0.87%
  8. United States Postal Service 0.81%
  9. Bakersfield City School District 0.81%
  10. Adventist Health 0.78%

Health care services are one of Bakersfield’s top industries, and that’s reflected in its most popular employers. Kern Radiology, with its eight diagnostic medical imaging centers in Bakersfield, took the top spot on the list, and the city’s hospitals were also popular. The city’s educational sector also features prominently on this list. The Kern High School district ranks near the top, though employers at the elementary and post-secondary levels also appear.

Job seeker search activity in Bakersfield

There are 142K resumes from job seekers available in Bakersfield on Indeed that you can source talent for your open positions from. Learn more about what to look for in a resume.

There are 141K job seekers who have clicked on jobs leading to 13 job seekers per job on average.

Here are the top search terms job seekers click on:

  1. Warehouse 1.16%
  2. Hiring Immediately 0.84%
  3. Administrative Assistant 0.76%
  4. Receptionist 0.73%
  5. Medical Assistant 0.72%
  6. Truck Driver 0.55%
  7. Customer Service 0.42%
  8. Hiring 0.40%
  9. Driver 0.40%
  10. Retail 0.39%

In April, Warehouse was the most popular search term, which may indicate job seekers were looking for Warehouse Worker or Warehouse Manager jobs. Candidates were also interested in other jobs that support local businesses’ supply chains, including Driver and Truck Driver roles. With multiple health care organizations among the city’s top employers, it’s no surprise that Medical Assistant was another popular search term.

Bakersfield salaries

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary in Bakersfield, CA, ranges from approximately $14.70 per hour for a Customer Service Representative to $60 per hour for an Adjunct Instructor. According to Payscale, Bakersfield’s cost of living is 5% higher than the U.S. average.

Before posting your job, visit Indeed Salaries to check how you compare to reported salaries from other employers and job seekers.

Where are the candidates for Bakersfield jobs?

Nearly 10% of candidates for Bakersfield jobs live outside of the city. Some live in nearby towns, such as Rosedale and Oildale, while other job seekers live further afield in cities that include McFarland and Wasco. To widen your talent pool, consider posting your Bakersfield help wanted ads in these adjacent communities.

Below are the top 10 listed locations for resumes in the Bakersfield area:

  1. Bakersfield, CA 90.87%
  2. Shafter, CA 2.32%
  3. Wasco, CA 2.31%
  4. Arvin, CA 1.54%
  5. Lamont, CA 1.03%
  6. McFarland, CA 1.02%
  7. Oildale, CA 0.32%
  8. Rosedale, CA 0.29%
  9. Mc Farland, CA 0.07%
  10. Caliente, CA 0.06%

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