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Pine Bluff Employment

Employment and Industries in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Area

Pine Bluff serves as the primary trade center for southeastern Arkansas. Agriculture is still a primary factor for Pine Bluff's economy. The significant agriculture products includes soybeans, cotton, rice, cattle, catfish, timber and poultry. The economy's other primary industries include cottonseed oil production, cotton processing, wire products manufacturing, paper and wood products, metal fabrication, the manufacturing of electric transformers and poultry processing.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff bolsters employment in the city with its business incubator located downtown. The major sectors for employment are healthcare, government, manufacturing, agriculture, paper making, construction and education. Pine Bluff's manufacturing sector includes a large number of manufacturing industries.

Some of the jobs that pay well in Pine Bluff are packaging and filling, machine operators and tenders, security guards, production workers, maintenance and repair workers, industrial machinery mechanics, managers and welders, cutters, solderers and braziers.

Notable data about Pine Bluff: Approximately 8% of the workforce belongs to a union. The cost of living index in 2008 was 78.7 which is low compared to the national average of 100. Regarding the population over the age of 25, about 17% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2007 the median household income was approximately $32,000.

The primary employers in Pine Bluff are shown below:

  • Regional Medical Center
  • Tyson Foods
  • Simmons First National Corp
  • U.S. Army - Pine Bluff Arsenal; army depot
  • Evergreen Packaging
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Arkansas Department of Corrections
  • Jefferson Regional Medical Center Preferred Provider Organization
  • Stephen L Lafrance Pharmacy Inc
  • Super D Drugs Acquisition Co
  • Pine Bluff School District
  • Area Agency On Aging of Southeast Arkansas Inc
  • Jefferson County
  • Central Moloney Inc
  • Davis Nursing Association
  • Watson Chapel Schools
  • McGeorge Contracting Co, Inc
  • Washington Group International
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • USSA Drug Corporate/SAJ Distributors
  • City of Pine Bluff
  • FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research
  • Arcelor Pine Bluff Inc
  • Stant Manufacturing

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The Pine Bluff Commercial Online Edition includes up-to-date information about the business activities in Pine Bluff.

Most Popular Jobs in Pine Bluff, Arkansas 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 440 $42,990 $34,750 - 52,360 14% 95%
2 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 350 $42,400 $28,300 - 54,630 6% 96%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $43,470 $34,140 - 54,100 11% 95%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 260 $34,080 $18,130 - 58,240 9% 54%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 190 $47,290 $19,180 - 81,910 8% 51%
6 Accountants and auditors 140 $49,930 $30,600 - 78,900 18% 79%
7 Chemists 110 $80,000 $53,300 - 114,580 9% 93%
8 Managers, all other 100 $81,830 $51,710 - 105,090 7% 55%
9 Medical and health services managers 90 $73,860 $43,350 - 137,580 16% 57%
10 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $69,600 $55,570 - 84,990 8% 78%
11 Management analysts 90 $51,040 $29,070 - 83,000 22% 78%
12 Training and development specialists 90 $35,980 $23,230 - 52,170 18% 56%
13 Chief executives 80 $106,510 $56,680 - 2% 65%
14 Pharmacists 80 $81,330 $39,970 - 122,150 22% 97%
15 Financial managers 80 $72,730 $44,070 - 105,040 13% 60%
16 Child, family, and school social workers 80 $34,810 $26,660 - 46,330 19% 77%
17 Social and human service assistants 80 $24,450 $19,000 - 32,010 34% 58%
18 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $50,660 $32,220 - 64,500 13% 73%
19 Lawyers 60 $73,310 $43,830 - 126,590 11% 99%
20 Librarians 60 $50,710 $40,730 - 64,400 4% 85%
21 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 60 $43,220 $27,150 - 82,740 17% 56%
22 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 50 $47,300 $36,220 - 62,400 -5% 96%
23 Legislators 50 $0 $ - 1% 65%
24 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $58,380 $35,070 - 89,220 5% 58%
25 Computer specialists, all other 40 $53,150 $16,770 - 98,040 15% 68%
26 Statisticians 40 $52,930 $33,930 - 69,910 9% 93%
27 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $46,180 $36,990 - 54,100 16% 87%
28 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 40 $45,130 $36,850 - 52,960 20% 87%
29 Public relations specialists 40 $41,970 $14,680 - 75,390 18% 81%
30 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $34,900 $23,700 - 47,080 18% 56%
31 Industrial engineers 30 $73,510 $55,600 - 97,120 20% 74%
32 Occupational health and safety specialists 30 $57,720 $28,170 - 90,270 8% 72%
33 Coaches and scouts 30 $43,650 $23,800 - 62,010 15% 60%
34 Special education teachers, secondary school 30 $42,440 $32,780 - 53,770 9% 87%
35 Community and social service specialists, all other 30 $38,250 $26,280 - 51,170 25% 58%

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 Correctional officers and jailers 1,450 $31,340 $23,700 - 39,580 17% 11%
2 Cashiers 1,040 $16,170 $13,780 - 19,840 -3% 10%
3 Retail salespersons 900 $19,900 $13,920 - 30,770 12% 25%
4 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 650 $19,900 $16,670 - 24,420 18% 7%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 640 $22,700 $16,780 - 30,340 1% 18%
6 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 590 $21,420 $14,980 - 30,800 2% 5%
7 Stock clerks and order fillers 590 $18,340 $13,780 - 25,230 -8% 8%
8 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 570 $15,060 $13,760 - 16,460 18% 5%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 560 $17,510 $14,000 - 22,540 15% 4%
10 Office clerks, general 550 $19,930 $14,420 - 28,090 13% 19%
11 Maintenance and repair workers, general 500 $38,430 $18,450 - 63,040 10% 6%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 460 $28,770 $18,630 - 40,550 13% 16%
13 Helpers--production workers 450 $28,320 $17,700 - 39,170 -1% 4%
14 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 440 $32,820 $26,140 - 40,510 14% 7%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 440 $30,460 $20,340 - 46,690 4% 25%
16 Cooks, fast food 430 $15,430 $13,830 - 18,020 8% 5%
17 Teacher assistants 410 $17,200 $14,050 - 21,330 10% 18%
18 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 400 $28,330 $20,360 - 41,410 10% 4%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 390 $38,100 $25,450 - 59,230 6% 29%
20 Security guards 350 $31,180 $19,230 - 42,160 17% 13%
21 Bus drivers, school 320 $19,120 $13,730 - 26,200 9% 4%
22 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 310 $0 $ - -5% 5%
23 Business operations specialists, all other 300 $53,910 $25,620 - 83,500 21% 49%
24 Team assemblers 300 $24,560 $15,520 - 33,970 0% 5%
25 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 290 $26,920 $20,440 - 32,010 -15% 0%
26 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 290 $17,120 $14,260 - 20,390 11% 5%
27 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 280 $36,130 $20,820 - 49,900 11% 33%
28 General and operations managers 270 $71,920 $34,530 - 126,540 2% 48%
29 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 270 $28,040 $20,730 - 37,560 -7% 14%
30 Industrial truck and tractor operators 270 $26,100 $21,530 - 31,510 -2% 2%
31 Personal and home care aides 270 $14,620 $13,380 - 15,840 51% 10%
32 Packers and packagers, hand 260 $19,300 $14,970 - 25,600 -12% 3%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 250 $25,110 $17,070 - 39,170 11% 14%
34 Receptionists and information clerks 240 $21,160 $16,440 - 27,900 17% 13%
35 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 240 $16,390 $13,820 - 21,630 13% 5%
36 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 230 $22,910 $14,620 - 36,430 4% 6%
37 Home health aides 230 $15,120 $13,330 - 18,380 49% 7%
38 Food preparation workers 210 $15,780 $13,960 - 18,900 15% 7%
39 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 200 $47,530 $27,090 - 83,720 7% 13%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 190 $47,390 $30,630 - 65,890 -5% 15%
41 Industrial machinery mechanics 190 $44,660 $30,280 - 62,830 9% 5%
42 Tellers 190 $23,090 $17,070 - 32,380 14% 16%
43 Waiters and waitresses 190 $18,320 $13,980 - 25,200 11% 14%
44 Child care workers 190 $14,860 $13,510 - 16,390 18% 15%
45 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 180 $30,360 $15,540 - 59,320 8% 4%
46 Customer service representatives 180 $28,780 $16,470 - 45,960 25% 22%
47 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 170 $32,840 $22,280 - 48,490 15% 18%
48 Food servers, nonrestaurant 150 $15,080 $14,030 - 16,270 16% 9%
49 Fire fighters 140 $35,420 $20,410 - 49,090 12% 18%
50 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 140 $24,720 $17,670 - 32,600 4% 15%
51 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 130 $30,120 $21,300 - 42,420 5% 2%
52 Medical secretaries 130 $26,200 $18,860 - 32,800 17% 18%
53 Carpenters 120 $27,360 $15,650 - 35,950 10% 6%
54 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 120 $26,580 $17,770 - 40,210 14% 4%
55 Bill and account collectors 120 $23,700 $17,170 - 31,990 23% 13%
56 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 110 $39,670 $28,010 - 49,520 8% 9%
57 Construction laborers 110 $21,790 $16,760 - 26,510 11% 5%
58 Counter and rental clerks 110 $18,330 $13,780 - 24,870 23% 16%
59 Cooks, restaurant 110 $15,910 $14,120 - 18,700 12% 5%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 100 $45,400 $30,760 - 61,680 9% 10%
61 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 100 $31,030 $26,030 - 38,530 -13% 4%
62 Preschool teachers, except special education 100 $25,830 $14,910 - 40,890 26% 43%
63 All other information and record clerks 100 $25,410 $14,210 - 45,280 -13% 21%
64 Pharmacy technicians 100 $22,480 $17,410 - 26,960 32% 16%
65 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 100 $20,850 $15,450 - 28,820 18% 6%
66 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 100 $16,740 $13,750 - 19,910 10% 5%
67 Postal service mail carriers 100 $0 $ - 1% 11%
68 Logging equipment operators 90 $32,320 $19,230 - 41,430 -1% 2%
69 Machine feeders and offbearers 80 $22,160 $15,770 - 30,310 -15% 0%
70 Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 80 $17,670 $13,960 - 22,300 -4% 3%
71 Dishwashers 80 $15,220 $13,930 - 16,640 10% 3%
72 Administrative services managers 70 $61,070 $31,730 - 107,710 12% 40%
73 Sales representatives, services, all other 70 $43,100 $18,960 - 63,820 28% 48%
74 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 70 $42,670 $32,980 - 52,340 16% 43%
75 Food service managers 70 $39,000 $27,730 - 56,070 5% 24%
76 Production workers, all other 70 $38,350 $19,700 - 52,430 2% 5%
77 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 70 $37,520 $25,760 - 49,370 14% 8%
78 Radiologic technologists and technicians 70 $36,290 $23,120 - 54,300 15% 25%
79 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 70 $34,350 $20,800 - 49,320 8% 3%
80 Healthcare support workers, all other 70 $32,200 $15,700 - 48,100 16% 10%
81 Dental assistants 70 $25,420 $20,100 - 31,430 29% 9%
82 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 70 $15,300 $13,800 - 17,350 17% 14%
83 Prepress technicians and workers 70 $0 $ - -21% 16%
84 Industrial production managers 60 $103,250 $54,510 - 161,960 -6% 43%
85 Loan officers 60 $53,560 $27,960 - 97,130 12% 49%
86 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 60 $53,180 $29,830 - 80,480 0% 42%
87 Millwrights 60 $52,400 $34,460 - 64,480 6% 0%
88 Stationary engineers and boiler operators 60 $49,250 $41,450 - 61,970 3% 10%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $42,640 $26,760 - 64,950 10% 17%
90 Computer support specialists 60 $33,210 $26,470 - 44,030 13% 43%
91 Cement masons and concrete finishers 60 $29,100 $16,200 - 39,820 11% 2%
92 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 60 $18,150 $14,050 - 24,840 12% 0%
93 Tire repairers and changers 60 $17,680 $13,990 - 25,180 20% 6%
94 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 50 $40,340 $24,010 - 63,180 4% 30%
95 Material moving workers, all other 50 $36,110 $32,040 - 43,380 1% 6%
96 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 50 $34,180 $20,910 - 45,940 9% 3%
97 Maintenance workers, machinery 50 $32,730 $23,920 - 51,100 -1% 0%
98 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 50 $30,120 $20,420 - 39,950 12% 3%
99 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 50 $29,740 $20,770 - 40,110 11% 29%
100 Switchboard operators, including answering service 50 $25,360 $16,180 - 38,230 -8% 10%
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Jobs More Common Near Pine Bluff Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Correctional officers and jailers 31,340 1,450 35.2
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,920 290 6.5
Chemists 80,000 110 6.3
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,030 100 5.7
Helpers--production workers 28,320 450 4.9
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 0 310 4.6
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,120 290 4.3
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 39,670 110 3.9
Cooks, fast food 15,430 430 3.9
Food servers, nonrestaurant 15,080 150 3.8
Bus drivers, school 19,120 320 3.8
Industrial machinery mechanics 44,660 190 3.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,820 440 3.1
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 28,040 270 2.9
Personal and home care aides 14,620 270 2.9
Fire fighters 35,420 140 2.7
Teachers and instructors, all other 34,080 260 2.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,900 650 2.3
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 16,740 100 2.2
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 36,130 280 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 47,530 200 2.2
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,470 280 2.2
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,100 270 2.2
All other information and record clerks 25,410 100 2.2
Maintenance and repair workers, general 38,430 500 1.9
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 30,120 130 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 30,460 440 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,400 350 1.7
Packers and packagers, hand 19,300 260 1.7
Teacher assistants 17,200 410 1.6
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 22,700 640 1.6
Tellers 23,090 190 1.6
Child care workers 14,860 190 1.5
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,990 440 1.5
Security guards 31,180 350 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,110 250 1.5
Pharmacy technicians 22,480 100 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 47,390 190 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 18,340 590 1.5
Cashiers 16,170 1,040 1.4
Team assemblers 24,560 300 1.4
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 22,910 230 1.4
Postal service mail carriers 0 100 1.4
Medical secretaries 26,200 130 1.3
Bill and account collectors 23,700 120 1.3
Business operations specialists, all other 53,910 300 1.3
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,390 240 1.3
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 24,720 140 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 38,100 390 1.3
Home health aides 15,120 230 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Security guards 31,180 1.24 350
Chemists 80,000 1.21 110
Helpers--production workers 28,320 1.2 450
Maintenance and repair workers, general 38,430 1.12 500
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 39,670 1.1 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 30,360 1.05 180
Industrial machinery mechanics 44,660 1 190
Waiters and waitresses 18,320 0.98 190
Tellers 23,090 0.98 190
Customer service representatives 28,780 0.97 180
Packers and packagers, hand 19,300 0.95 260
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,920 0.92 290
Business operations specialists, all other 53,910 0.92 300
Medical secretaries 26,200 0.9 130
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,770 0.9 460
Team assemblers 24,560 0.9 300
Teachers and instructors, all other 34,080 0.9 260
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 47,390 0.9 190
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,420 0.89 590
Cooks, fast food 15,430 0.89 430
Receptionists and information clerks 21,160 0.88 240
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,060 0.87 570
Cashiers 16,170 0.87 1,040
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,100 0.87 270
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,470 0.86 280
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,990 0.86 440
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,390 0.86 240
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 30,120 0.86 130
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 32,840 0.85 170
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 38,100 0.84 390
Fire fighters 35,420 0.84 140
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 47,290 0.84 190
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 28,040 0.84 270
Accountants and auditors 49,930 0.84 140
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 47,530 0.84 200
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,110 0.83 250
Correctional officers and jailers 31,340 0.83 1,450
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,400 0.83 350
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,820 0.83 440
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,900 0.83 650
Food preparation workers 15,780 0.82 210
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 24,720 0.82 140
Retail salespersons 19,900 0.82 900
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 22,910 0.8 230
Stock clerks and order fillers 18,340 0.8 590
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 30,460 0.79 440
Counter and rental clerks 18,330 0.79 110
Office clerks, general 19,930 0.78 550
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 22,700 0.78 640
Teacher assistants 17,200 0.77 410

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