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Prescott Employment

Employment and Industries in the Prescott, Arizona Area

Prescott is regarded as the region's trade center. Government is the dominant sector for the economy. Construction, real estate, healthcare, tourism, education, accommodation and food services and durable goods manufacturing are significant contributors for employment in the city. Professional, scientific and technical services also provide jobs. In addition, Flagstaff is home to Arizona's second busiest airport.

Prescott's enterprise zone offers state income tax credits and/or property tax reductions. Another program, the Arizona Job Building Program, was designed to produce quality employment opportunities, increase the per capita income of the residents of Arizona and to increase the skill levels of the employees. Reimbursement grants are also provided to companies that are expanding their business or are newly locating in the city.

Notable pieces of information about Prescott: The city was included in Money Magazine's "Top Ten Western Towns" list. The cost of living compared to the rest of the country is about 19% higher. For residents over the age of 25 about 30% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Shown below are the percentages of the employees that work in the major sectors:

  • Professional and Related Occupations - 25%
  • Sales and Office 25%
  • Service - 18%
  • Management, Business and Financial Operations - 12%
  • Production, Transportation and Material Moving - 9%
  • Construction, Extraction and Maintenance

The major employers in Prescott are shown below:

  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center - Hospital
  • Yavapai County - Government
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center - Hospital
  • Prescott Unified School District - Education
  • Walmart - Retail
  • City of Prescott Government
  • State of Arizona - Government
  • Fann Contracting - Hwy/Heavy Construction
  • Yavapai College - Education
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Chelton Avionics
  • Exsil
  • Fork in the Road
  • Paul Johnson Drywall
  • Fortner Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Sturn Ruger

Helpful business organizations for Prescott companies:

The Prescott Daily Courier covers the current business activities in the Prescott area.

Most Popular Jobs in Prescott, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,310 $62,770 $37,600 - 85,410 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 930 $43,340 $26,550 - 65,680 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 480 $43,230 $25,060 - 69,480 6% 96%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 470 $61,950 $24,740 - 104,470 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 350 $58,020 $27,340 - 114,940 18% 79%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $39,690 $26,420 - 53,430 11% 95%
7 Management analysts 180 $50,210 $34,170 - 85,040 22% 78%
8 Financial managers 160 $82,150 $43,690 - 132,900 13% 60%
9 Dentists, general 150 $158,740 $105,500 - 9% 100%
10 Sales managers 150 $80,550 $38,780 - 133,620 10% 69%
11 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 150 $37,860 $25,530 - 51,900 13% 73%
12 Pharmacists 130 $99,280 $84,470 - 128,460 22% 97%
13 Managers, all other 130 $68,230 $28,980 - 131,380 7% 55%
14 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 130 $52,230 $22,090 - 86,770 12% 51%
15 Social and human service assistants 130 $32,210 $23,490 - 40,600 34% 58%
16 Occupational therapists 110 $71,360 $55,520 - 88,040 23% 90%
17 Instructional coordinators 110 $41,880 $25,940 - 62,970 23% 79%
18 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 110 $27,640 $18,290 - 41,940 20% 87%
19 Medical and health services managers 100 $76,840 $46,230 - 106,970 16% 57%
20 Training and development specialists 100 $40,760 $28,270 - 60,170 18% 56%
21 Child, family, and school social workers 100 $38,770 $27,900 - 50,070 19% 77%
22 Lawyers 100 $0 $ - 11% 99%
23 Physical therapists 90 $73,620 $55,420 - 96,760 27% 89%
24 Advertising sales agents 90 $53,020 $23,630 - 117,750 20% 56%
25 Marketing managers 80 $58,790 $34,070 - 127,360 14% 69%
26 Librarians 80 $51,620 $20,790 - 92,210 4% 85%
27 Civil engineers 70 $75,830 $39,200 - 107,370 18% 87%
28 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $66,810 $46,130 - 95,540 8% 78%
29 Market research analysts 70 $61,370 $24,520 - 101,670 20% 82%
30 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $56,060 $45,550 - 66,770 12% 51%
31 Social and community service managers 70 $46,250 $26,150 - 63,590 25% 72%
32 Rehabilitation counselors 70 $45,600 $28,820 - 65,550 23% 73%
33 Chief executives 60 $150,710 $59,680 - 2% 65%
34 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $58,530 $34,850 - 81,480 27% 50%
35 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 60 $50,380 $33,260 - 63,310 18% 56%
36 Veterinarians 60 $49,660 $26,760 - 99,420 35% 100%
37 Chiropractors 60 $41,070 $17,490 - 88,170 14% 98%
38 Coaches and scouts 60 $36,510 $17,320 - 58,130 15% 60%
39 Graphic designers 50 $36,750 $22,840 - 48,800 10% 55%
40 Engineering managers 40 $97,320 $69,420 - 134,390 7% 84%
41 Computer software engineers, applications 40 $83,120 $41,440 - 155,420 45% 85%
42 Physician assistants 40 $81,840 $67,630 - 100,730 27% 67%
43 Surveyors 40 $48,410 $29,360 - 67,950 24% 82%
44 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $47,560 $26,060 - 66,520 14% 62%
45 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $43,880 $31,810 - 64,580 5% 58%
46 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 40 $38,360 $23,370 - 53,260 24% 78%
47 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $34,750 $26,820 - 49,510 18% 56%
48 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 40 $28,500 $16,320 - 52,830 11% 55%
49 Optometrists 30 $95,630 $69,010 - 131,610 11% 100%
50 Advertising and promotions managers 30 $66,570 $31,500 - 122,600 6% 76%
51 Special education teachers, secondary school 30 $52,460 $29,060 - 77,940 9% 87%
52 Medical and public health social workers 30 $49,530 $33,600 - 71,360 24% 77%
53 Self-enrichment education teachers 30 $38,330 $27,480 - 51,250 23% 54%
54 Public relations specialists 30 $32,220 $20,770 - 48,260 18% 81%
55 Legislators 30 $16,110 $14,580 - 21,130 1% 65%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,340 $25,500 $15,640 - 39,540 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,230 $20,920 $15,320 - 30,520 -3% 10%
3 Waiters and waitresses 1,590 $19,490 $14,760 - 33,710 11% 14%
4 Office clerks, general 1,100 $23,750 $15,320 - 36,390 13% 19%
5 Construction laborers 1,060 $29,740 $19,290 - 42,550 11% 5%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,050 $27,120 $16,750 - 39,380 1% 18%
7 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 970 $33,420 $23,140 - 45,240 13% 16%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 940 $22,570 $16,030 - 29,790 15% 4%
9 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 940 $19,060 $15,820 - 23,600 13% 5%
10 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 910 $18,550 $14,870 - 24,480 18% 5%
11 Receptionists and information clerks 850 $23,840 $17,470 - 31,420 17% 13%
12 General and operations managers 830 $88,160 $36,760 - 2% 48%
13 Carpenters 810 $38,220 $22,770 - 57,450 10% 6%
14 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 810 $32,390 $23,320 - 43,190 15% 18%
15 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 770 $24,550 $17,160 - 31,730 18% 6%
16 Customer service representatives 740 $31,080 $17,920 - 47,220 25% 22%
17 Food preparation workers 720 $20,460 $15,660 - 27,180 15% 7%
18 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 680 $42,450 $34,280 - 51,550 8% 3%
19 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 680 $24,520 $18,700 - 31,900 18% 7%
20 Stock clerks and order fillers 680 $23,070 $16,010 - 32,170 -8% 8%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 670 $39,270 $20,780 - 62,280 4% 25%
22 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 620 $23,910 $15,590 - 36,720 2% 5%
23 Fire fighters 590 $37,690 $15,570 - 61,160 12% 18%
24 Teacher assistants 580 $21,880 $15,760 - 26,730 10% 18%
25 Dishwashers 580 $17,190 $14,870 - 20,540 10% 3%
26 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 570 $34,590 $26,450 - 48,760 10% 4%
27 Security guards 560 $23,690 $18,640 - 29,540 17% 13%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 520 $41,560 $24,840 - 63,180 6% 29%
29 Maintenance and repair workers, general 520 $33,900 $20,880 - 47,570 10% 6%
30 Cooks, restaurant 480 $22,400 $16,880 - 30,550 12% 5%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 470 $27,250 $17,680 - 42,590 11% 14%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 460 $51,210 $33,690 - 67,100 9% 10%
33 Packers and packagers, hand 430 $19,410 $14,700 - 28,700 -12% 3%
34 Personal and home care aides 420 $18,360 $16,340 - 20,650 51% 10%
35 Bartenders 420 $17,770 $14,710 - 24,740 11% 17%
36 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 390 $41,430 $24,750 - 61,170 14% 4%
37 Cooks, fast food 390 $17,770 $14,940 - 21,240 8% 5%
38 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 370 $25,680 $15,860 - 38,060 4% 6%
39 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 370 $19,900 $16,550 - 24,610 17% 14%
40 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 360 $39,910 $27,030 - 56,880 11% 4%
41 Team assemblers 360 $23,660 $20,640 - 28,450 0% 5%
42 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 340 $34,350 $17,900 - 56,730 8% 4%
43 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 330 $27,040 $17,840 - 37,490 19% 14%
44 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 320 $24,770 $17,640 - 36,420 11% 5%
45 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 300 $17,180 $14,730 - 23,400 12% 6%
46 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 280 $43,740 $33,590 - 51,260 12% 3%
47 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 280 $43,120 $29,010 - 52,630 14% 7%
48 Electricians 280 $40,680 $27,670 - 52,620 7% 7%
49 Painters, construction and maintenance 280 $31,570 $15,710 - 43,310 12% 6%
50 Medical assistants 280 $26,880 $19,570 - 32,570 35% 10%
51 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 260 $18,890 $14,830 - 28,150 10% 8%
52 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 250 $50,260 $34,140 - 64,300 11% 33%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 240 $49,950 $29,900 - 74,690 -5% 15%
54 Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 240 $38,770 $26,290 - 49,980 8% 4%
55 Cement masons and concrete finishers 240 $32,510 $15,010 - 51,880 11% 2%
56 Home health aides 240 $24,700 $17,620 - 30,650 49% 7%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 230 $52,850 $32,530 - 77,130 7% 13%
58 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 230 $30,180 $17,910 - 46,450 3% 4%
59 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 230 $16,940 $14,850 - 20,590 10% 17%
60 Construction managers 220 $65,000 $40,120 - 89,000 16% 29%
61 Bus drivers, school 220 $23,730 $15,250 - 31,260 9% 4%
62 Pharmacy technicians 210 $33,240 $25,950 - 46,920 32% 16%
63 Driver/sales workers 210 $27,730 $14,770 - 50,540 -5% 4%
64 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 190 $35,490 $22,360 - 46,040 7% 2%
65 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 190 $31,250 $25,100 - 39,610 3% 18%
66 Order clerks 190 $29,020 $21,580 - 33,180 -24% 16%
67 Medical secretaries 190 $27,290 $19,710 - 33,140 17% 18%
68 Child care workers 190 $19,580 $15,010 - 25,950 18% 15%
69 Cooks, short order 190 $18,980 $14,830 - 24,880 5% 5%
70 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 180 $50,850 $22,930 - 80,050 -0% 36%
71 Machinists 180 $32,190 $16,820 - 51,810 -3% 3%
72 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 180 $20,300 $15,290 - 26,960 14% 3%
73 Preschool teachers, except special education 180 $19,730 $15,370 - 25,580 26% 43%
74 Industrial truck and tractor operators 170 $39,120 $21,960 - 55,370 -2% 2%
75 Counter and rental clerks 170 $22,310 $15,860 - 28,830 23% 16%
76 Brickmasons and blockmasons 160 $37,790 $28,900 - 48,470 10% 3%
77 Computer support specialists 160 $35,490 $20,720 - 56,170 13% 43%
78 Dental assistants 160 $35,260 $26,600 - 48,010 29% 9%
79 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 150 $30,950 $22,290 - 39,350 4% 15%
80 Food service managers 140 $46,110 $27,810 - 64,100 5% 24%
81 Cost estimators 140 $44,940 $28,670 - 64,080 19% 32%
82 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 140 $41,680 $21,420 - 61,220 16% 43%
83 Roofers 140 $28,410 $15,240 - 40,170 14% 3%
84 Food servers, nonrestaurant 140 $20,980 $14,940 - 35,900 16% 9%
85 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 140 $19,140 $14,910 - 24,340 10% 5%
86 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 130 $29,890 $20,610 - 42,180 13% 11%
87 Administrative services managers 120 $47,340 $26,340 - 80,450 12% 40%
88 Bill and account collectors 120 $33,370 $23,110 - 47,240 23% 13%
89 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 120 $29,890 $15,210 - 50,190 27% 47%
90 File clerks 120 $25,950 $15,960 - 38,380 -41% 20%
91 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $58,400 $44,620 - 77,800 15% 25%
92 Business operations specialists, all other 110 $57,060 $37,080 - 88,980 21% 49%
93 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $43,110 $18,270 - 75,530 0% 42%
94 Paralegals and legal assistants 110 $35,980 $31,640 - 40,690 22% 45%
95 Court, municipal, and license clerks 110 $34,440 $27,130 - 42,100 9% 24%
96 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 110 $32,390 $22,120 - 46,500 7% 3%
97 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 110 $23,870 $17,270 - 32,650 12% 0%
98 Physicians and surgeons, all other 100 $211,460 $143,040 - 0% 0%
99 Dental hygienists 100 $73,540 $40,480 - 88,270 30% 33%
100 Automotive body and related repairers 100 $49,310 $19,960 - 76,660 12% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Prescott Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 38,770 240 13.4
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 43,740 280 5.8
Fire fighters 37,690 590 5.6
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 30,180 230 5.3
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 27,040 330 4.7
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,450 680 4.7
Dentists, general 158,740 150 4.4
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,900 370 4.2
Brickmasons and blockmasons 37,790 160 3.8
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 35,490 190 3.8
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 50,850 180 3.2
Cooks, short order 18,980 190 3.1
Court, municipal, and license clerks 34,440 110 3
Cement masons and concrete finishers 32,510 240 2.9
Roofers 28,410 140 2.9
Occupational therapists 71,360 110 2.8
Dishwashers 17,190 580 2.7
Painters, construction and maintenance 31,570 280 2.6
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,060 940 2.6
Construction laborers 29,740 1,060 2.5
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 32,390 110 2.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 24,770 320 2.4
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 31,250 190 2.3
Construction managers 65,000 220 2.3
Personal and home care aides 18,360 420 2.2
Carpenters 38,220 810 2.2
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 41,680 140 2.1
Instructional coordinators 41,880 110 2.1
Bartenders 17,770 420 2
Food preparation workers 20,460 720 2
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,670 100 2
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,550 770 2
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 39,910 360 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 51,210 460 1.9
Order clerks 29,020 190 1.9
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 23,870 110 1.8
Food servers, nonrestaurant 20,980 140 1.8
Cooks, fast food 17,770 390 1.8
Receptionists and information clerks 23,840 850 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 29,890 130 1.7
Food service managers 46,110 140 1.7
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,180 300 1.7
Automotive body and related repairers 49,310 100 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,340 930 1.6
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 19,140 140 1.6
Waiters and waitresses 19,490 1,590 1.6
Pharmacy technicians 33,240 210 1.6
Cashiers 20,920 2,230 1.5
Switchboard operators, including answering service 23,040 100 1.5
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 37,860 150 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Prescott, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Industrial truck and tractor operators 39,120 1.3 170
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 34,350 1.19 340
Pharmacy technicians 33,240 1.18 210
Home health aides 24,700 1.16 240
Radiologic technologists and technicians 58,400 1.14 110
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 41,430 1.14 390
Social and human service assistants 32,210 1.14 130
Cashiers 20,920 1.13 2,230
File clerks 25,950 1.1 120
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 61,950 1.1 470
Dental assistants 35,260 1.09 160
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 43,120 1.09 280
Bill and account collectors 33,370 1.08 120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,550 1.08 910
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 32,390 1.07 110
Food preparation workers 20,460 1.07 720
Occupational therapists 71,360 1.06 110
Driver/sales workers 27,730 1.06 210
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,890 1.06 260
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 24,770 1.05 320
Customer service representatives 31,080 1.05 740
Retail salespersons 25,500 1.04 2,340
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 33,420 1.04 970
Waiters and waitresses 19,490 1.04 1,590
Food servers, nonrestaurant 20,980 1.04 140
Court, municipal, and license clerks 34,440 1.04 110
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 50,260 1.04 250
Order clerks 29,020 1.03 190
Cooks, restaurant 22,400 1.03 480
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,900 1.02 370
Cooks, fast food 17,770 1.02 390
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 30,950 1.02 150
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,520 1.02 680
Registered nurses 62,770 1.02 1,310
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 43,740 1.02 280
Child care workers 19,580 1.02 190
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,270 1.01 670
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,550 1.01 770
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,070 1.01 680
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 50,850 1 180
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 38,770 1 240
Dishwashers 17,190 1 580
Receptionists and information clerks 23,840 1 850
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,060 1 940
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,450 0.99 680
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 29,890 0.99 120
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,910 0.99 620
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,180 0.99 300
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,900 0.99 520
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,570 0.99 940

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